(May 30, 2017) It was a beautiful sunny Saturday as crowds gathered at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California for the second round of the Pro Motocross series. As riders and teams prepared for the race, thousands of fans wandered through the pits giving them a chance to meet and receive autographs from riders. Before too long, fans began migrating from the pits to the fence lines of the race track.
Morning qualifying gave riders the opportunity to ride the track and set their fastest lap time in an effort to qualify for the main program. Eli Tomac was fast in qualifying as he set the fastest lap time overall in his first session. This was somewhat expected after his dominating performance at round one of the Pro Motocross series. In the second qualifying session, Tomac’s Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Josh Grant, was flying and gave his best effort to set the fastest lap but would fall short by just fractions of a second. Red Bull KTM rider Marvin Musquin was not far behind the guys in green as he would qualify third fastest. The 250 class saw Adam Cianciarulo take the top spot in qualifying, followed by Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin in second and Pro Circuit’s Joey Savatgy in third.
In the 250-class moto #1 it was Jeremy Martin with the holeshot, and Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy following close behind in second place. The two quickly turned up the pace and split away from the pack, before Martin eventually gapped Savatgy for the moto win. Aaron Plessinger put in a strong performance rounding out the podium in third place for moto one.
You might be asking what happened to the 250-class points leader, well Zach Osborne faced challenges as he would start just inside the top fifteen and eventually make his way up to the fourth position at the end of moto #1.
Moto #2 in the 250-class started in similar fashion as Jeremy Martin grabbed the holeshot, but unfortunately, he would slide out on a slick part of the track ultimately taking him out of contention for the win. Zach Osborne would take over the lead, but a mistake early on cost him. French rider Dylan Ferrandis showed great speed in moto #2 as he put on an impressive performance winning over Osborne by almost 30 seconds. Overall result for the 250 class are Zach Osborne first, Jeremy martin second, Dylan Ferrandis third.
It was Marvin Musquin who took the moto #1 holeshot in the 450 class which set him up for the first 450 moto win of his career. Meanwhile, Eli Tomac was buried deep in the pack at the beginning of the moto but would make several passes and charged hard to a second place on the moto. His teammate Josh Grant, a local favorite, was running in second most of the race but would have to settle for third after being passed by Eli Tomac late in the race.
In moto #2 for the 450 class, it was Christian Craig who grabbed the holeshot before Blake Baggett and Jason Anderson were able to get by him. Anderson was able to secure the lead and would not look back as he went on to win the moto by about five seconds over Baggett. Christian Craig unfortunately had problems as he crashed and was out of the race, therefore Marvin Musquin moved into a hard earned 3rd where he would finish the moto. Overall results for the 450 class are Marvin Musquin first, Jason Anderson second, Blake Baggett third.