The East Coast 250SX Championship went into overdrive this weekend in St Louis, with Jeremy Martin claiming the win and Aaron Plessinger following up in second place. Jason Anderson continues to charge hard in the 450 class, claiming another podium in St Louis.
The Star Racing Yamaha team continues to dominate the 250SX field and they were really cooking with fire this weekend. Jeremy Martin had a little bobble in heat race 1, but still managed an easy transfer into the main event. In the 250SX main event, Martin sprinted out of the gate for the holeshot and lead the entire race from start to finish. He was unchallenged the entire race and clocking the fastest times of the evening.
Aaron Plessinger rolled into St Louis carrying the momentum of his first career win from last weekend and rode with confidence all day. In heat race 1 Plessinger battled Shane McElrath for the lead, but a small tip over ended the battle early. Plessinger remounted quick enough to secure second place and a transfer to the main. In the main event Plessinger and McElrath battled once again, and this time after several heated laps Plessinger made the pass stick. Plessinger maintained second place for the rest of the race and considerably tightened of the championship point chase, now trailing Malcolm Stewart by a single point.
Jason Anderson continues to race with confidence and consistency in the 450 class. Anderson had an uneventful race in the heats making an easy transfer to the main. In the 450SX main event Anderson had a decent start claiming a top five spot off the gate. He continued charging through the pack, claiming third and eventually capitalizing on a mistake by Roczen to snag second place. As the laps wound down and the race was coming to a close, Roczen managed a fast pass on the last lap of the race to relegate Anderson to a third place podium finish.
Marvin Musquin was back on the gate after taking a round of racing off to allow an injury to heal. Still not quite in peak form, Musquin made good on his night back racing by transferring quickly from heat race 1 and running in the top ten during the main event. Unfortunately a slide out late in the race slowed down the Frenchman, and he had to settle for a 15th place finish for the evening.
Max Nagl continues his MXGP Championship hunt with fever as he claims yet another podium in Mexico.
Max Nagl was a rocket on the starting gate, claiming hole shots in both motos of the weekend. Holding on to fourth for the most part of the opening race, the German made a late charge that allowed him to pass Evgeny Bobryshev for an eventual third position at the checkered flag. Finding himself in third early on in moto two, Nagl went on to round out the GP of Mexico with another third place finish.
Teammate Christophe Charlier had a fall during Saturday’s qualifying race that almost meant the end of his Mexican GP. Managing to put the crash behind him the Frenchman came back strong on Sunday to collect 13th, enough for a 12th place overall.
Still on the road to recovery from pre-season injuries, Clement Desalle made big gains this weekend with a fifth place finish overall in Mexico.
Aaron Plessinger had a night to remember in front of his home crowd, winning his first ever heat race and 250 SX Main Event in Indianapolis.
Plessinger was in command all night, leading all 6 laps of his heat race and claiming his first ever SX heat race win. He carried this momentum into the 250SX main event, barreling out of the gate and quickly over taking first place from Audette within a few corners. Plessinger charged forward the entire race, putting down some of the fastest laps of the evening and distancing himself from the rest of the field, to a resounding career-first victory in Supercross. Aaron and second place finisher Malcolm Stewart put on quite the victory dance for the Indy SX fans, for one of the most unforgettable moments of the 2016 East Coast Championship Series.
Jeremy Martin was set for another top notch evening as he claimed his heat race win with ease. Fortune was not in Martin’s favor, where a rough crash in the 250SX main event mangled Martin’s bar mount. An extensive pit stop relegated Martin to a 21st place finish for the evening.
Jason Anderson started the night strong with a well-earned win in heat race 1, over taking Brayton for first and then holding back Ryan Dungey to the finish line. In the main event Anderson had a slow start and was in 9th place during the opening laps. Anderson put his head down and charged forward, reclaiming positions lap by lap. By the end of the race Anderson’s hard work paid off with a third place podium finish.
Thor rider Max Nagl made an impressive showing in the MXGP of Argentina, claiming third overall. In race 1 Nagl had a great jump out of the gate and was on Antonio Cairoli’s rear tire for the first few corners of the race. Nagl had great speed and pushed ahead to take the lead, where he didn’t waste any time distancing himself from his competitors. Nagl maintained the lead all the way to the checkered flag for the win in moto 1. Nagl got another great start in moto 2, but a small mistake in the first corner pushed him back to sixth place. After a great battle with Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeke, the German fought back to fifth, resulting in a third overall for the weekend.
Nagl’s teammate Christophe Charlier continued to show signs of progress at the GP of Argentina. Steadily getting back to full fitness after his pre-season injury the Frenchman rode two strong motos to finish 12th and 10th respectively.
Clement Desalle raced to a top ten finish in Argentina as he recovers from his early season injuries.
The Supercross season returned to the west this past weekend in Santa Clara. Cooper Webb wasted no time advancing toward his championship bid in the 250 class.
Cooper Webb had a steady night, starting his heat race about mid pack and confidently working his way to a third place and transfer position. In the main event Webb had another mid pack start, but put his head down and began to pick off his competitors one by one. Despite Zach Osborne’s holeshot advantage, Webb reeled him in with 3 laps to go and claimed first place uncontested. The 250SX West title will be decided at the Las Vegas finale, Saturday May 7th.
Mitchell Harrison was having a stand out evening in Santa Clara, but a racing incident spoiled an otherwise stellar night. Harrison scored the hole shot in his heat race and kept up with the front contenders for a quick transfer to the 250sx main event. Harrison had another blazing fast start and comfortably slotted in behind Osborne for second place in the first few opening laps. Unfortunately a few corners later Christian Craig made hard contact with Harrison, putting him on the ground and pinning him beneath his dirt bike, causing Harrison to fall deep into the pack and finishing 18th for the night.
Alex Martin had a bit of a struggle in Santa Clara, making an easy transfer from his heat race but finding difficulty in the 250sx main. Martin made a favorable start and was comfortably in third when slowly throughout the race several riders pushed by him and relegated Martin to a 9th place finish.
Jason Anderson came back from the break refreshed and focused on his race. In heat race 1 Anderson fought his way to the front on the first lap, and battled with Roczen to a second place finish. In the main event disaster nearly took Anderson out when Justin Brayton blind sided him in turn one. The contact was so forceful and jarring that Brayton hit the ground hard, but Anderson amazingly remained on his bike and forfeited a few positions as he rode through the aftermath. Anderson charged back through the pack, reclaiming lost positions and landing a podium finish for the evening in 3rd.
Marvin Musquin had an off-night, struggling to race ahead after a really rough crash during qualifying. Musquin finished 17th for the evening.