Jason Anderson wins at Houston

Jason Anderson is the new championship leader after the Houston win.

The weekend started with 2 important moments, both of them before the Last Chance Qualifying:

-> Eli Tomac decided to withdraw from the rest of the round due to big pains at the shoulder on which he felt last week in Anaheim;

-> Marvin Musquin crashed also on his left shoulder and he was put out from the rest of the night.

The Main Event started with Justin Barcia taking the holeshot, while his teammate Cooper Webb collided in the first turn with Jeremy Martin, both of them returning in the race.

Ken Roczen also had a good start and took the lead before the end of the first lap. However, a fired-up Jason Anderson came from behind and overtook the Honda rider for his first victory of the season.

Barcia wasn’t thanked only with 3rd place and got very close to Kenny, with whom he had a great battle until the finish line. However, Roczen finished 2nd, his first podium since his comeback while Barcia got his 2nd 3rd place in a row.

Cole Seely and Weston Peick completed the top 5, while Broc Tickle and Josh Grant finished 7th and 8th, the last 2 being the best positioned KTM and Kawasaki.

With a 2nd place and a victory in the first 2 rounds, Anderson leads with 49 points, 7 over Roczen and Barcia. Seely and Peick are also tied with 36 points.

The Supercross world championship will return next week for the 2nd and last time this year on Angel Stadium, in Anaheim.

 

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Marvin Musquin wins season opener at Anaheim

The inaugural round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross World Championship took place in front of a sell out Angel Stadium at Anaheim. The race day started with a huge surprise.

Coming back a year long absence, Ken Roczen set the fastest lap in the practice session. The two heat races were very disputed. In the end, Jason Anderson and Justin Barcia won the two races. On the other hand, Dean Wilson had to retire from the whole event after a heavy crash and a shoulder injury.

The Main Event started pretty well for Eli Tomac. Firstly, he took the holeshot and then he managed to open up a confortable gap ahead of Justin Barcia and the others.

Unfortunately, his fairy tale season start was to be soon forgotten. In  a dramatic scenario, Eli Tomac lost the control of the bike and fell hard and injured his shoulder. As a consequence, he had to abandon the race.

Following Tomac’s misfortune, Justin Barcia was unexpectedly leading the Main Event. Sadly for him, his joy was short lived as he was passed by both Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson.

After Musquin and Anderson made their move on Barcia, the race tempo slowed down. In the end, Musquin made his famous win move as he crossed the finish line first. Jason Anderson did well in the season and finished second, while Justin Barcia completed an unexpected podium for the Yamaha factory team.

Comeback kid, Ken Roczen, had an uneventful night and finished fourth ahead of the likes of Weiston Peick, Cole Seely, Jeremy Martin, Blake Baggett or Broc Tickle.

On the other hand, Chad Reed’s night was awful. With his new CR22 private team, he managed to finish only 15th. The 2004 and 2008 champion declared before the race that this was first serious outing with his new Husqvarna bike.

Given the fact that this was the first round of the season, the championship standings is the same as the Anaheim standings. Therefore, Marvin Musquin leads the championship with 26 points and is followed by Jason Anderson, 23 points, and Justin Barcia, with 20.

The next round will take place next Saturday at Houston.

 

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Another year, another champion

For the American motorsport lovers, the new calendaristic year starts with the Supercross World Championship.

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2017?

As we remember, Kenny Roczen was starting the season with 2 categorical wins in Anaheim and San Diego, but the return to Angel Stadium brought him a heavy crash which ended his 2017 and threatened his career.

Ryan Dungey profited by this thing and won the third round after 2 2nd places. It seemed that his road to the title will be easy. It wasn’t like: Eli Tomac won 9 races, but the lack of consistency brought him the runner-up spot at the end.

Both Tomac and Marvin Musquin won their first races in Supercross, the last one being the fourth frenchmen to do so. 4 was also the number of winners last year: Jason Anderson gained his only victory in the Las Vegas finale, while Dungey claimed 4th place, enough to become a 4-time Supercross World Champion.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2018?

Speaking of Ryan, the “Minnesota Arrow” announced in May 2017 that he’ll end his racing career shortly after winning his 3rd crown in a row for KTM. Broc Tickle will be, at least for now, Musquin’s lieutenant.

Another rider to follow from the austrian manufacturer is Blake Baggett, the last year’s big surprise in AMA, who will stay with Rocky Mountain team, but with official support.

The main contender is however: Eli Tomac, the last year’s runner-up and 450 MX Champion. Eli has renewed his contract with Kawasaki and his teammate will be the same: Josh Grant.

Everybody’s asking: “How will Roczen do?”. The HRC rider will return to action on the track where he won at the first visit and ended his entire year 2 weeks later. He suffered 11 surgeries at the brutal-injured arm, but just as brutal he trained to get back to his well-known pace. Cole Seely will complete the Honda Factory duo.

Another man to follow from Honda is Jeremy Martin, who will ride only for the first few rounds at the 450 category, after it was initially announced that he’ll make a full season with GEICO Honda. In his only race from 2017, Jeremy gained a fantastic 2nd place in Daytona, Tomac been the only one who beat him.

The only former Supercross World Champion on the grid is Chad Reed. After ending his contract with Yamaha, he’ll start the new season as the only rider for his own team: CR22, riding a private Husqvarna. His seat at the japanese team will be taken by Justin Barcia and he’ll be Cooper Webb’s partner, another rider to watch.

Speaking of Husqvarna, Dean Wilson will make a full season with the factory team, after impressive results. He’ll make a duo to follow with Jason Anderson.

After RCH closed the gates last year, Autotrader Yoshimura will be the new Suzuki factory-backed team. Weston Pecik and Justin Bogle will be their riders. However, Justin will miss the first rounds due to an injury.

Beside the riders, there will also be some changes in the calendar: Detroit, Toronto and East Rutherford will take a break and they’ll be replaced by Houston, Tampa and Foxborough. The Atlanta round will be held in the Mercedes-Benz Arena, after the demolition of the Dome.

The full schedule is below:

January 6: Angel Stadium, Anaheim
January 13: NRG Stadium, Houston
January 20: Angel Stadium, Anaheim
January 27: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
February 3: Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
February 10: Petco Park, San Diego
February 17: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
February 24: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
March 3: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
March 10: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach
March 17: The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis
March 24: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
April 7: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
April 14: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
April 21: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
April 28: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City
May 5: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas.

Is it gonna be Tomac’s moment? Will Musquin come with a reply? What can we expect from Roczen or Reed? We might get some answers in less than 2 days.

 

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Jeffrey Herlings wins Race 2 and the USGP

After a dominating performance in Race 1, the local hero, Eli Tomac seemed to be the main favorite to win the GP. The start brought the two KTM star riders, Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings ahead of everyone else.

Lap after lap, the duo extended their gap. In third, Eli Tomac had no answer for the KTM domination. Back in front, Tony Cairoli made a mistake and lost the race lead. At this, if the race finished with Herlings as a winner, the championship fight would have gone to Assen.

The second part of the race was dominated by Jeffrey Herlings. The Bullet extended his gap lap after lap and took a very commanding lead and eventually the race win and the GP win.

Cairoli had to settle for the second place and he will probably become world champion for the ninth time next week at Assen. Eli Tomac had a quiet race and finished third.

Behind him, Gautier Paulin and Kevin Strijbos had an entertaining race. In the end, Paulin finished in fourth place, with Strijbos finishing in fifth.

Jeffrey Herlings won the overall with 47 points and keeps his championship dreams alive for at least one week. Eli Tomac finished second with 45 points, while Tony Cairoli completed the podium with 42 points.

In the championship, Tony Cairoli leads the championship. Jeffrey Herlings is the only guy who can stop Tony Cairoli from winning his ninth world championship. The Bullet is 96 points behind his team mate.

MXGP will be back next week, with the Dutch GP which will be held at Assen on September 10.

 

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Eli Tomac wins Race 1 at Jacksonville

The USGP started yesterday with the free practice session and the qualifying race. Jeffrey Herlings and Tony Cairoli dominated the first day at Jacksonville, while Eli Tomac, the recently crowned AMA champion finished far behind them.

Race 1 started with Tomac determined to win. From start to finish, Tomac had an easy job and managed to get the chequered flag. Nearly half a minute later, Jeffrey Herlings came in second place, while the championship leader, Tony Cairoli managed to finish third ahead of Tim Gajser and Max Nagl.

If Tony Cairoli wins or scores a better result than Jeffrey Herlings in Race 2, the italian will win his ninth world championship. Race 2 will start at 4 PM EST.

 

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AMA Motocross: Jeffrey Herlings to race at Ironman

Jeffrey Herlings will make his AMA debut this weekend at Ironman. The Dutch rider will ride for KTM as they are trying to help Marvin Musquin winning bid for the national championship in the 450cc.

Aged 22, Herlings, made his professional debut in 2010, in MX2. In 2011, he was involved in one of the greatest battles for the MX2 world championship with Ken Roczen. Afterwards, The Bullet won three world championships in MX2 (2012, 2013, 2016).

At the beginning of this season he moved to MXGP. He started his season badly, struggling with an injury, but managed to rose up to second in the championship. So far, he scored 530 points, 101 less than the championship leader, Tony Cairoli.

The Ironman round will be held on August 26 and will decide who will win the AMA Pro Motocross national championship in the 450cc. Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett have a mathematical chance to win the championship.

 

photo – Ray Archer/KTM Media Library

Marvin Musquin goes 1-1 at Spring Creek

Marvin Musquin won both races at Spring Creek.

RACE 1

After a perfect start, Marvin Musquin opened up a gap and he disappeared in front. Eli Tomac kept his cool and had to settle for a distant second. Dean Wilson and Cooper Webb fought for the last podium place, with Wilson finishing third and Webb fourth.

Justin Barcia showed great potential throughout the practice and he converted his excellent form into a fifth place, just one place above the championship sensation, Blake Baggett, who lost once again points on Tomac. Christian Craig, Cole Seely, Henry Miller and Matthew Bisceglia completed the top ten. For Bisceglia this was the first race for RCH Suzuki after he filled up for Broc Tickle who ended his season after a big shunt two weeks ago.

RACE 2

Once again, Marvin Musquin stepped up the game and went on to make the double. The only central point of the race was Eli Tomac who had to make a bit of a comeback after a miserable first part of the race. In the end, he managed to reduce the deficit as he finished fifth in Race 2 and third overall.

The battle for the podium wasn’t quite as impressive as it was in Race 1. Blake Baggett nearly made it to top three overall as he manage to finish second in Race 2, while Dean Wilson saved the day once again for Husqvarna, with a third in Race 2 and second overall.

The overall win was taken by Marvin Musquin. The frenchman was followed at Spring Creek by Dean Wilson and Eli Tomac. In the championship standings, Eli Tomac extended his gap in front of Blake Baggett and Marvin Musquin.

The next round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship will take place next Saturday on Washougal.

 

photo – Simon Cudby/ KTM Media Library

AMA Motocross: Marvin Musquin se impune în prima manșă de la Glen Helen

Marvin Musquin a câștigat prima manșă a etapei de la Glen Helen din cadrul campionatului național de motocross al Statelor Unite.

Etapa a doua a început tot sub zodia dominației lui Eli Tomac. Deținătorul plăcuței roșii dedicate liderului clasamentului general a dominat sesiunea de calificări de la Glen Helen și a obținut o victorie categorică.

Startul primei manșe a zilei a venit cu o surpriză uriașă. Eli Tomac a ratat complet startul, iar holeshot-ul a fost amanetat de Marvin Musquin. Francezul de la KTM și-a continuat dominația și după debutul cursei și a evadat nestingherit către prima sa victorie de manșă din USA.

Liderul clasamentului general, Eli Tomac, și-a croșetat drumul către poziția secundă și a redus considerabil din daunele provocate de startul dificil. În spatele său, Josh Grant a completat podiumul, Christian Craig a încheiat pe patru și a adus Hondei o clasare excelentă și puțin neașteptată. Jason Anderson a completat topul primilor cinci clasați cu a sa Husqvarna.

După trei manșe din totalul de 24, Eli Tomac continuă să conducă cu un total de 72 de puncte, cu trei mai multe decât Marvin Musquin și cu 12 mai multe decât coechipierul său de la Kawasaki, Josh Grant.

Etapa de la Glen Helen va continua ceva mai târziu cu manșa secundă a clasei 450 cmc.

 

credit foto: Simon Cudby/ KTM Media Library

Eli Tomac, noul copil minune din motocross

Eli Tomac a fost referința sezonului 2017 în motocrossul american.

La cei 24 de ani ai săi, Eli Tomac ar putea părea bătrân. E drept, la vârsta sa, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Villopoto sau Ryan Dungey aveau multiple titluri în motocrossul american.

Vremurile s-au schimbat, iar dominația celor doi Ryan a modificat substanțial mentalitatea în competițiile american de motocross. Eli Tomac se pare însă că s-a descătușat în 2017 de orice fel de probleme și va fi noua referință din USA.

Zece victorii în 18 competiții. Un palmares impresionant în 2017 pentru noul puști minune, Eli Tomac. Dacă ne amintim bine, el a fost campion la supercross și motocross la clasa mică, 250 cmc. Cu siguranță, nimeni nu se aștepta ca tânărul Eli să fie atât de competitiv cum a fost în ultimii doi ani.

Primul moment briliant al carierei a venit acum doi ani, atunci când, a câștigat de o manieră categorică primele cinci manșe ale sezonului de motocross din USA. Având în vedere faptul că pilota o Honda de client și că rivalii săi principali erau Ryan Dungey și Ken Roczen, performanța sa a fost extraordinară.

De la mutarea din 2016 la Kawasaki, cariera sa a primit boom-ul mult meritat. De altfel, la finele sezonului trecut, Eli a primit șansa de a concura în MXGP în ultimele două etape din USA.

Eli Tomac a spulberat concurența europeană și s-a impus fără emoții în toate cele patru manșe. Refuzul său de a participa la MXoN a venit întrucâtva firesc. Programul încărcat din Statele Unite a răpus multe legende la vârste timpurii. Ryan Villopoto, Ricky Carmichael sau mai recentul Ryan Dungey nu au apucat 30 de ani pe pistă și au agățat casca în cui foarte devreme.

Revenind la eroul scurtei noastre povestioare, Eli Tomac este reperul noii generații de piloți. Alături de el, Cooper Webb și Adam Cianciarulo par a fi următorii mari piloți ai motocross-ului de peste ocean și cu siguranță ne vor delecta cu multe dueluri frumoase în viitor.

Indiferent dacă Eli Tomac va deveni noua referință a motocross-ului, el este omul momentului și foarte probabil cel mai în formă pilot al lumii. Cu siguranță, dacă va continua în ritmul acesta, el va accede la un loc în Pantheonul marilor legende ale acestui sport minunat.

 

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AMA Motocross: Eli Tomac își demolează concurența la Hangtown

Eli Tomac s-a impus în ambele manșe ale rundei inaugurale a campionatului național de motocross a Statelor Unite ale Americii.

Cu Ryan Dungey scos din peisaj și cu Chad Reed și Ken Roczen absenți din varii motive, Eli Tomac pornea la debutul sezonului de outdoor ca principal favorit la titlul național din Statele Unite.

MANȘA 1

După ce și-a demolat competiția în cursa de calificare, Eli Tomac a repetat scenariul și în prima manșă de la Hangtown. În primă instanță, Christian Craig a furat holeshot-ul, dar Eli Tomac și Marvin Musquin au trecut repede la conducerea întrecerii.

După manevra reușită făcută asupra lui Musquin, Tomac a evadat nestingherit către victorie. Un singur moment dificil a mai existat, atunci când, cu trei minute rămase înainte de final, a avut o căzătură ușoară. Cu toate acestea, fotoliul său de lider a rămas intact, iar victoria i-a revenit fără prea mari emoții.

Marvin Musquin și Josh Grant au completat podiumul primei manșe, în timp ce Cole Seely și Cooper Webb au sosit pe patru și cinci. Singurul nume major care nu a încheiat prima manșă a fost Jason Anderson. Pilotul Husqvarna a suferit un accident cel puțin bizar, dar a revenit fără probleme în manșa secundă.

MANȘA 2

Spectacolul a fost total în manșa a doua de la Hangtown. După ce a ratat complet startul, Eli Tomac a trebuit să-și croșeteze drumul către poziția fruntașă. Americanul de la Kawasaki a avut un duel palpitan cu Dean Wilson, dar în cele din urmă a trecut de pilotul Husqvarna.

Apoi, rând pe rând, Webb, Musquin și Grant au fost victimele sale. În ultimele minute ale întrecerii secunde a zilei, Tomac a evadat nestingherit și și-a creat un avantaj confortabil, adăugându-și în cele din urmă victoria atât în cursa a doua, cât și în grand prix.

Marvin Musquin și Josh Grant au completat un podium la indigo cu cel din prima manșă, în timp ce Dean Wilson și Justin Barcia au sosit pe locurile patru, respectiv cinci. Jason Anderson a revenit cu brio după accidentul nefericit suferit în prima manșă și a încheiat pe locul al șaselea. Topul primilor zece a fost completat de Broc Tickle, Blake Baggett, Cooper Webb și Justin Bogle.

În clasamentul etapei, Eli Tomac s-a impus cu maximul de puncte, 50. El a fost urmat de Marvin Musquin și Josh Grant, cu 44 de puncte, respectiv 40. Clasamentul general al campionatului național de motocross al Statelor Unite este identic cu clasamentul etapei de la Hangtown.

Următoarea etapă din campionatul național de motocross al Statelor Unite ale Americii va avea loc sâmbătă, 27 mai, la Glen Helen.

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