Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford

Monday Morning with Bigwave

Good morning from…where am I now? Let me have a quick look outside. OK, I’m definitely not in the mountains anymore. We’ve been to Regina, so I must be just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, this morning.

I always complain about finding time to do something with all the content on my laptop when I’m on the road. Well, to combat this problem, I decided to drive west as soon as I was finished at Moto Valley in Regina yesterday evening.

My plan was to drive east until I hit the first Tim Hortons or something with some coffee, internet, and outlets to plug my laptop into. The first one I hit was, literally, 2 hours later in a small town called Moosomin, MB. They seemed friendly enough, but there were no outlets. Come on, seriously? Out the door I went.

They instructed me to the next 24-hour Timmy’s east 20-or-so minutes in a town called Verdin, so that’s where I headed. I got there and the didn’t have any outlets or even wifi! At this point, I was so tired that I’d already ordered my midnight dinner before I realized any of this. With a full belly, out the door I went.

Next thing I knew, I was all the way in Brandon, 4 1/2 hours east of Regina. I was desperate to get the days’ results and podcast interviews up onto DMX, so I cruised around looking for internet…glamorous, I know. As long as I get my rent by Friday! (Anyone pick up what I was putting down there?)

There’s an app for your iPhone that tells you where all the free wifi is, and it also gives you the passwords. It’s pretty useful when you’re on the road and desperate for connection. I used it to direct me to a hotel parking lot and some wifi.

The road of Canadian Motocross Journalism is paved in glamorous gold!

I was finally able to get the results from Round 4 onto the site somewhere around 1am. Then what?

I’m on my way to Winnipeg for the annual FXR Ride Day at Milt Reimer‘s place just west of the city. I think this is probably my 4th or even 5th time attending this event. I know I showed up at the first one outside Brandon when I was driving either the 1989 Buick Electra Estate Wagon or one of the GDR team rigs. It’s been a few years!

So, I got here extremely early. Too early to check into the hotel where we’ll all be staying tonight. Now I’m sitting in the Denny’s restaurant next door typing until they get our rooms ready. I’m still wearing my long black socks and shorts from Sunday at the track. There’s an old gentleman sitting across from me who keeps giving me this disgusted look. I know he doesn’t like my long black socks.

He’s that stereotypical older guy who hates anything that the generations after his do. He really hates my long black socks. However, he really hasn’t got a leg to stand on because he’s wearing dark blue track pants with white Velcrov shoes. Hell, he’s even wearing some sort of ‘man purse’ over his left shoulder! Ha, and now the server had to run after him because he forgot his ball cap behind! Like I said, no leg to stand on, but he still hates my long black socks.

Now, where was I? Oh ya, narrating my every move as I start my 2nd cup of coffee. I’m also going to have to give Denny’s a failing grade on their ‘All American Slam’ this morning. I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t have to stipulate that you’d like your bacon COOKED! And maybe they could butter the toast as soon as it pops instead of waiting until it’s cold and hard so the 1/2 pound of butter they apply doesn’t just sit there yellow and barely clinging to it! (Yes, Debbie and Ruben Springman, that’s another butter story to rattle around up there in your heads.)

Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing all the FXR riders (and there are a bunch!), Andy White, and Dawn McClintock here later today here at the hotel. But if anyone suggests here for some food later, I’m going to have to pass.

Rockstar Energy MX Nationals | Regina Round 4

We are now finished with the western swing of the 2017 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals. I’m not sure if there were many surprises. We knew former World Champion, Christophe Pourcel, was going to be fast. We knew 2-time Canadian champ, Matt Goerke, was going to win or die trying. We knew MX2 defending champion, Cole Thompson, was going to be the guy to beat (I liked it when we could call that the ‘Tiddler Class.’). We knew Shawn Maffenbeier was going to be fit and ready to take a swing at the title. What didn’t we know?

We didn’t know Dillan Epstein was going to be this fast. I remember him coming up through the amateur ranks with the boring #8 on his bike and little-to-no graphics. He was always right there, but did it without the usual flash we see with the young riders.

We didn’t know if 4-time champion, Colton Facciotti, was going to be more motivated with 2 kids or play it safe. I can tell you, he’s motivated and going fast. I heard he was sick this past weekend in Regina, so watch for him to come back strong at his home race at Gopher Dunes in two weeks.

We didn’t know how Kaven Benoit‘s ankle would be after he broke it over the winter in Germany. Kaven showed up in Kamloops with the pace to win this title! He was actually leading and pulling away in the first moto before he fell and angered his injured leg.

We didn’t know how fast and consistent young Josh Osby was going to be. He’s proved to be one of the guys to beat this season. He, like most of the riders we’ve talked to, is really looking forward to the eastern tracks and their softer dirt.

I guess there were a few things we were surprised by so far this season.

I’ll save the Regina race recap for the Highlight Video we’ll have up later this afternoon, and the Photo Report.

Regina MX2 Podium: Cole Thompson, Josh Osby, Dylan Wright.

MX1 Podium: Christophe Pourcel, Mike Alessi, Matt Goerke.

I didn’t mention the part where I had TWO camera straps fail on me at the races yesterday, but that’s another story. Fortunately, both cameras are still working and the lenses didn’t smash, so that’s good. Also good is the fact that gas is only 87.4 cents per litre here in Winnipeg.

Moto Valley Raceway – 6/25/2017
MX 2 – Overall Finish Positions
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
Heat 1
 – 1st 1st 60
 2nd  #787 KTM  JOSH OSBY
Heat 1
 – 2nd 3rd 52
 3rd  #14 Honda  DYLAN WRIGHT
Heat 1
 – 3rd 4th 48
 4th  #338 Kawasaki  RYAN SURRATT
Heat 1
 – 5th 5th 42
Heat 1
 – 6th 6th 40
 6th  #12 Yamaha  SHAWN MAFFENBEIER
Heat 1
 – 16th 2nd 37
 7th  #266 Yamaha  CHRISTOPER FORTIER
Heat 1
 – 8th 7th 37
 8th  #21 Husqvarna  DAVEY FRASER
Heat 1
 – 7th 8th 37
 9th  #119 Yamaha  JARED PETRUSKA
Heat 1
 – 12th 9th 31
 10th  #194 Yamaha  KEIN DENZLER
Heat 1
 – 9th 12th 31
Heat 1
 – 11th 11th 30
 12th  #19 Yamaha  HAYDEN HALSTEAD
Heat 1
 – 13th 10th 29
 13th  #33 Yamaha  CASEY KEAST
Heat 1
 – 10th 13th 29
 14th  #35 Kawasaki  JASON BENNY
Heat 1
 – 14th 15th 23
 15th  #16 Yamaha  JESSE PETTIS
Heat 1
 – 4th DNF 23
 16th  #126 KTM  TEREN GERBER
Heat 1
 – 17th 14th 21
 17th  #807 KTM  DREW ROBERTS
Heat 1
 – 18th 17th 17
 18th  #59 Yamaha  DJ BURMEY
Heat 1
 – 15th 22nd 15
 19th  #170 Yamaha  JOSHUA GEDAK
Heat 1
 – 20th 18th 14
 20th  #274 Husqvarna  QUINTIN ROBIN
Heat 1
 – 19th 19th 14
 21st  #24 Yamaha  RYAN LALONDE
Heat 1
 – 23rd 16th 13
Heat 1
 – 29th 20th 6
 23rd  #461 Yamaha  TYLER UNGER
Heat 1
 – 30th 21st 5
 24th  #175 Yamaha  ANTHONY SPADACCINI
Heat 1
 – 22nd 25th 5
 25th  #213 Yamaha  TOMMY DALLAIRE
Heat 1
 – 21st 34th 5
 26th  #67 Yamaha  CEDRIC MOORE
Heat 1
 – 27th 23rd 3
 27th  #737 Yamaha  TEE PERROTT
Heat 1
 – 25th 24th 3
 28th  #45 Yamaha  DYLAN DELAPLACE
Heat 1
 – 24th DNF 2
 29th  #114 Honda  JESSE ROYAN
Heat 1
 – 28th 26th 0
Heat 1
 – 26th 27th 0
 31st  #701 Honda  MICHAEL KING
Heat 1
 – 31st 28th 0
 32nd  #192 Kawasaki  ETHAN OUELLETTE
Heat 1
 – 36th 29th 0
 33rd  #301 Kawasaki  MARCUS GIESBRECHT
Heat 1
 – 32nd 30th 0
 34th  #351 Yamaha  BRYCE MEYER
Heat 1
 – 33rd 31st 0
 35th  #328 Kawasaki  TALON HANSEN
Heat 1
Semi 1
34th 32nd 0
 36th  #739 Yamaha  NICHOLAS HOHNE
Heat 1
Semi 1
35th 33rd 0
 37th  #100 Kawasaki  JACOB HAYES
Heat 1
 – DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #74 Kawasaki  GUILLAUME ST CYR
Heat 1
 – DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #488 Honda  JAKE LYON
Heat 1
 – DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #444 Kawasaki  BRADY LOVE
Heat 1
 – DNF DNF 0
   #280 Yamaha  BRENT DURUPT
Heat 1
Semi 1
40th   0
   #831 Yamaha  REISE NEMEZ
Heat 1
Semi 1
Place – Name
Number – Hometown
Total Points
2nd 1st 2nd 1st 224
3rd 5th 3rd 2nd 191 (-33)
1st 14th 1st 6th 182 (-42)
#338 – CORONA, CA
6th 4th 5th 4th 169 (-55)
4th 2nd 14th 15th 148 (-76)
#14 – OTTAWA, ON
10th 6th 12th 3rd 143 (-81)
5th 3rd 4th 37th 134 (-90)
11th 8th 9th 12th 125 (-99)
#266 – QUEBEC CITY, 
14th 12th 10th 7th 123 (-101)
12th 10th 11th 13th 122 (-102)
#25 – PERTH, ON
7th 7th 15th 11th 120 (-104)
13th 13th 13th 8th 115 (-109)
8th 9th 6th 106 (-118)
#119 – CALGARY, AB
18th 17th 7th 9th 96 (-128)
20th 8th 10th 75 (-149)
23rd 19th 19th 5th 74 (-150)
16th 15th 16th 21st 71 (-153)
9th 11th 38th 61 (-163)
19th – DJ BURMEY
19th 18th 17th 18th 59 (-165)
17th 16th 40th 16th 56 (-168)
15th 21st 22nd 20th 51 (-173)
20th 24th 17th 36 (-188)
25th 14th 29 (-195)
22nd 24th 21st DNF 26 (-198)
#170 – , 
36th 32nd 23rd 19th 22 (-202)
21st 22nd 39th 19 (-205)
24th   26th 25th 16 (-208)
28th – BEN EVANS
#350 – , 
18th 15 (-209)
#53 – LA PINE, OR
  28th 20th 14 (-210)
#67 – QUEBEC, PC
25th 25th 32nd 26th 13 (-211)
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #377 Husqvarna  CHRISTOPHE POURCEL
Heat 1
 – 2nd 1st 57
 2nd  #5 Kawasaki  MIKE ALESSI
Heat 1
 – 3rd 2nd 52
 3rd  #2 Yamaha  MATT GOERKE
Heat 1
 – 1st 6th 50
 4th  #6 Honda  TYLER MEDAGLIA
Heat 1
 – 4th 4th 46
 5th  #108 Kawasaki  DILLAN EPSTEIN
Heat 1
 – 11th 3rd 40
 6th  #111 Honda  KYLE CHISHOLM
Heat 1
 – 8th 5th 39
Heat 1
 – 6th 7th 39
 8th  #10 Honda  COLTON FACCIOTTI
Heat 1
 – 5th 8th 39
 9th  #38 Yamaha  TIM TREMBLAY
Heat 1
 – 9th 9th 34
 10th  #8 Yamaha  KEYLAN MESTON
Heat 1
 – 7th 11th 34
 11th  #77 Honda  NATHAN BLES
Heat 1
 – 10th 10th 32
 12th  #20 Kawasaki  KYLE SWANSON
Heat 1
 – 12th 13th 27
 13th  #56 Kawasaki  BROCK LEITNER
Heat 1
 – 13th 14th 25
 14th  #95 Yamaha  RYAN PETERS
Heat 1
 – 14th 15th 23
 15th  #501 Yamaha  RYAN MILLAR
Heat 1
 – 15th 16th 21
 16th  #41 Yamaha  MICHAEL FOWLER
Heat 1
 – 18th 17th 17
Heat 1
 – 17th 19th 16
 18th  #195 Kawasaki  SCOTT CHAMPION
Heat 1
 – DNF 12th 14
 19th  #631 Honda  COLE KELLY
Heat 1
 – 20th 20th 12
 20th  #719 Kawasaki  YANICK BOUCHER
Heat 1
 – 19th 22nd 11
Heat 1
 – 21st 21st 10
 22nd  #424 Honda  JONATHAN MAYZAK
Heat 1
 – 16th DNF 10
 23rd  #499 Honda  BRYANT HUMISTON
Heat 1
 – DNF 18th 8
 24th  #65 Kawasaki  MICHAEL DA SILVA
Heat 1
 – 23rd 23rd 6
 25th  #491 Yamaha  ADAM PFEIFFER
Heat 1
 – 22nd 28th 4
 26th  #526 Husqvarna  PARKER EALES
Heat 1
 – 24th 25th 3
 27th  #254 KTM  DORIAN DUECK
Heat 1
 – 27th 24th 2
 28th  #253 Honda  DARIUS DUECK
Heat 1
 – 25th 27th 1
 29th  #700 KTM  CODIE ROUSE
Heat 1
 – 28th 26th 0
 30th  #232 Kawasaki  JOSHUA KIJEWSKI
Heat 1
 – 32nd 29th 0
 31st  #451 KTM  BOWEN LEE
Heat 1
 – 30th 30th 0
 32nd  #202 Honda  BLAKE OSATCHUK
Heat 1
 – 29th 31st 0
 33rd  #123 Kawasaki  RYAN BATMAN
Heat 1
 – 31st 32nd 0
 34th  #818 Honda  BRADLEY LINK
Heat 1
 – 33rd 33rd 0
 35th  #769 Suzuki  BRADEN JEZOWSKI
Heat 1
 – 34th 34th 0
 36th  #463 Honda  ZACHERY R NOBREGA
, MA
Heat 1
 – 35th 35th 0
 37th  #240 Yamaha  BRAYDEN BRIERE
Heat 1
Semi 1
37th 36th 0
 38th  #436 Yamaha  JASON BUNCH
Heat 1
 – 26th DNF 0
Heat 1
 – 36th DNF 0


MX 1
Place – Name
Number – Hometown
Total Points
5th 2nd 1st 3rd 212
1st 1st 5th 1st 212
2nd 4th 2nd 5th 190 (-22)
#10 – AYLMER, ON
4th 3rd 3rd 8th 185 (-27)
#6 – TRURO, NS
3rd 6th 4th 4th 180 (-32)
8th 5th 6th 2nd 174 (-38)
7th 7th 7th 6th 153 (-59)
9th 10th 9th 7th 137 (-75)
18th 8th 8th 9th 121 (-91)
10th 12th 17th 10th 109 (-103)
11th 11th 19th 11th 104 (-108)
13th 9th 10th 18th 102 (-110)
14th 15th 14th 13th 87 (-125)
#501 – MIAMI, SK
16th 20th 13th 15th 76 (-136)
19th 11th 12th 70 (-142)
17th 17th 15th 17th 68 (-144)
15th 21st 18th 16th 58 (-154)
12th 14th 46 (-166)
19th 16th 20th 44 (-168)
6th 39 (-173)
22nd 18th 23rd 31 (-181)
24th 22nd 25th 19th 31 (-181)
20th 24th 27th 26th 26 (-186)
13th 25 (-187)
#9 – IDAHO, ID
12th 25 (-187)
16th 23rd 24 (-188)
#95 – MANDAN, ND
14th 23 (-189)
23rd 29th 21st 21 (-191)
21st 38th 24th 21 (-191)
#491 – CALGARY, AB
21st 25th 16 (-196)
28th 22nd 14 (-198)
23rd 32nd 13 (-199)
26th 24th 11 (-201)
#719 – HEARST, ON
  20th 11 (-201)
22nd 9 (-203)
25th 26th 38th 28th 7 (-205)
#178 – PRIDDIS, AB
26th 25th 36th 6 (-206)
27th   32nd 3 (-209)
37th 30th 33rd 27th 2 (-210)
#700 – WEYBURN, SK
30th 29th 1 (-211)
#232 – GUYINE, AB
28th 29th   30th 1 (-211)

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross | Tennessee National

Tomac Rebounds for Second Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Victory of the Season at Muddy Creek to Tighten Points Gap
Plessinger Captures First Victory of the Season in the 250 Class

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (June 24, 2017) – The fifth round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, hosted the fifth annual Tennessee National in the picturesque valleys of Muddy Creek Raceway, which marks the championship’s only stop in the Southeast. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac ended an unexpected hiatus from the overall podium to capture his second 450 Class victory of the season, his first since the season opener at Hangtown. In the 250 Class, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger emerged with his first victory of the season, and the second of his young career.

Tomac put his Kawasaki back atop the overall podium for the second time in 2017.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
Tomac put his Kawasaki back atop the overall podium for the second time in 2017.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

As the opening 450 Class moto roared into the first turn, it was AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Suzuki/JGRMX’s Justin Barcia who led the 40-rider field to capture the Motosport.comHoleshot, followed by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Jason Anderson and RCH/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Bogle. There was no shortage of action on the opening lap as Barcia and Anderson battled each other aggressively, passing each other several times for the lead. When the field stormed past the finish for the first time it was Anderson, Barcia, Bogle, AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Suzuki/JGRMX rider Weston Peick and Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Trey Canard, who made his first start of the 2017 season, completing the top five.

While Anderson set a fast pace at the front of the field the battle for second and third began to intensify as Bogle, Peick, and RCH/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle went bar-to-bar. Tomac circulated the opening lap just inside of the top-10, but was a man on a mission as he carved his way towards the front. Tomac quickly found himself sniffing a podium position, moving onto the rear fender of Bogle and eventually blasting his way past the Suzuki rider for third on Lap 5. Tomac continued to drop the hammer as he lowered his lap times and set his sights on Barcia for second.

Anderson was riding flawlessly in the lead and used his best ride of the season to build a large cushion on his nearest competitor. On Lap 7, Tomac closed in on Barcia and wasted no time as he motored by to overtake the early race leader for second. RMATV/MC/WPS/KTM’s Blake Baggett, who entered the day holding the red plate as the points leader for the first time in his career, got off to a slow start. However, in typical “El Cupacabra” fashion, he gained momentum with each lap of the moto. Baggett would set up Barcia and hold his KTM wide open to sweep around the outside for second on Lap 11. A small tip over cost Baggett time on Lap 15, but he remounted without losing any positions.

As the checkered flag waved it was Anderson who slowed late and cruised to his second moto win of the season, just 4.5 seconds ahead of Tomac in second. Baggett rode well to come from behind and round out the podium in third. Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin, who entered the race second in points, was buried mid-pack on the opening lap and charged to seventh at the finish.

Anderson just missed out on his first career 450 Class win.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
Anderson just missed out on his first career 450 Class win.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

Bogle powered his Suzuki down the start straight to take the Holeshot in Moto 2, followed by Canard, Tomac, Peick and Anderson, while Baggett found himself on the ground at the tail end of the field in 38th. A crash by Bogle on the opening lap cost the early race leader several positions and allowed Tomac to inherit the number one spot. By the completion of the opening lap, Tomac held a commanding lead over Canard and Anderson.

Just as Anderson looked to have full control of third, he made a bobble that allowed both Bogle and Peick to slip back around on Lap 2. Anderson was quick to regain his composure and mounted another charge, passing Bogle to move back into third on Lap 3. Just a few corners later, Anderson would muscle his way into second with an incredible pass on Canard. On Lap 5, Bogle hounded Canard and eventually made the pass stick towards the end of the lap for third.

Tomac refused to slow down at the front of the field, continuing to add to his already impressive lead and pull away from his competitors. While Bogle pushed hard in hopes of capturing his second podium finish of the season, fellow Suzuki rider Peick caught fire and was pushing for a way around. Peick made the pass stick for third on Lap 9. Meanwhile, Baggett was putting in an inspiring come-from-behind ride that saw him storm into the top 10, then the top five, and to the shock of the field, onto Peick’s rear fender for the final podium spot. Baggett bounced his way past Peick down one of the tracks rough straightaways to overtake him for third.

When the checkered flag waved, Tomac’s dominant performance allowed him to win by more than 30-seconds for his fourth moto win of the season, and let his competitors know that he’s back in top form. Anderson held on to the runner-up spot, while Baggett came from the back of the field to finish third and salvage invaluable points in the championship.

Baggett showed his trademark grit en route to third overall to retain the points lead.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
Baggett showed his trademark grit en route to third overall to retain the points lead.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

The 2-1 effort for Tomac was enough to clinch his second victory of the season and seventh of his 450 Class career. Anderson (1-2) ended the afternoon tied with Tomac atop the standings, but missed out on his first career 450 Class victory via the second-moto tiebreaker. Baggett (3-3) completed the overall podium in third.

“It’s been a long time coming, and it feels really good to get another win today,” said Tomac.” I had a few off weeks, some struggles, but some days are good and some days are not so good. I went home and tried to fix the bad things and come back better improved into this weekend. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season as I feel some of my best tracks are coming up.”

Baggett continues to lead the 450 Class standings, but is now just four points ahead of Tomac, who moved into in second.

“It was another tough weekend battling through the field to be up here on the podium,” said Baggett. “Ideally a holeshot or two would have made our day a lot easier today. The first moto went okay, but these guys [Eli Tomac and Jason Anderson] just out rode me and that’s the bottom line. I got hung up with Cooper [Webb] in the first turn of Moto 2 and just had to put my head down and charge through the pack the entire race in order to salvage some points and get on the podium.”

Anderson’s second place finish moved him to third in the standings, 19-points out of the championship lead. A DNF for Musquin in the final moto resulted in a 14th-place finish (7-34) and caused the Frenchman to drop from second to fourth in the standings, just one week removed from leading the championship.

Musquin endured through his worst outing of the 2017 season to finish 14th.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

The first 250 Class moto saw Plessinger lead the incredibly talented field around the opening corner to grab the Holeshot, with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki duo of Adam Cianciarulo and Austin Forkner in tow. As the trio sprinted at the head of the field, Forkner had a scary moment that saw him pull off a brilliant save as he got sideways off of a jump in an attempt to pass Cianciarulo. At the completion of the first lap, it was Plessinger, Cianciarulo, Forkner, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Alex Martin and GIECO Honda’s RJ Hampshire in the top five.

Plessinger and Cianciarulo set a blistering pace out front, matching each other’s lap times as they clicked off lap-after-lap, and began to distance themselves from the field. Forkner, who began to lose time on the race leaders, ran a strong, consistent pace as he maintained control of third. Martin and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne, the championship leader, clawed their way through the field and began to set their sights on Forkner for third.

As the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto began to wind down, Plessinger refused to give an inch as he navigated the tricky conditions and started to put distance between himself and Cianciarulo. Behind them, the battle for the final podium position started to heat up, with Martin hot on the heels of Forkner, while Osborne managed to close in on both riders form fourth.

Plessinger remained unchallenged during the final laps of the race to win his first moto of the season, 4.9 seconds ahead of Cianciarulo. The final podium spot went to Forkner, who fended off the hard-charging Martin and Osborne. GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin, who entered the race second in points after earning his first win of the season last weekend, suffered from a first-turn crash and was able to battle his way back to 13th at the finish.

Plessinger emerged with his second career win.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
Plessinger emerged with his second career win.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

In Moto 2, Plessinger used his razor-sharp reaction time to get the jump on his competition yet again and emerged with his second Holeshot of the day, narrowly edging out Forkner and Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Sean Cantrell. The first moto winner instantly attacked the rough and rutted race track, leading the opening lap as Forkner, Osborne, Alex Martin and Cantrell were in hot pursuit. Just after crossing the finish line for Lap 1, Cantrell suffered a crash over one of the jumps that would put an end to his day and force him to retire from the race.

As Plessinger was looking to repeat his first moto performance out front, Osborne was determined to challenge for the win at his home race that was littered with friends and family throughout the facility. Osborne blitzed his way around Forkner on Lap 1 to move into the runner-up position. Once into second, he immediately put his head down and started to chip away at the deficit to race leader Plessinger.

Plessinger and Osborne shadowed each other’s every move, with Osborne finding the quicker lines and searching for a way around. On Lap 6, Plessinger made a couple mistakes that dramatically slowed his momentum and altered his line, ultimately allowing Osborne to get around and take over as the new race leader. Just like in Moto 1, the final podium position was up for grabs and created an all out war as Forkner rode his heart out to hold off Alex Martin.  With the race nearing the 30-minute mark and fitness beginning to play a key factor, Forkner was under heavy pressure from the KTM rider.

Osborne held on to a 4.1 second lead and took the checkered flag for his fourth moto win of the season. Plessinger’s strong start helped him finish the moto in the runner-up position, while Forkner managed to maintain his hold of third despite the heavy pressure from Martin.

Osborne added to his points lead with a strong runner-up effort.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
Osborne added to his points lead with a strong runner-up effort.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

Plessinger’s (1-2) moto scores were good enough to give him the overall win on the day. Osborne (4-1) used a strong second moto performance to finish second overall, his best result at his home race, while Forkner (3-3) netted two consistent moto finishes for third overall.

The win was Plessinger’s first of the season and ended a 16-race gap since his last victory at the season finale as a rookie in 2015. It was also the first overall win of the season for the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha team, who has won four consecutive races at Muddy Creek.

“It was an awesome first moto and such a good feeling to finally grab another win,” said Plessinger. “I grabbed the holeshot and just opened a little gap and rode my own race for the win. The second moto went pretty good as well, but Zach [Osborne] was riding awesome and ended up getting around me. I just kind of brought it home for second and did what I needed to take the overall. I haven’t won a outdoor race besides Indiana and it feels good to get the monkey off my back with another win.”

Osborne retained possession of the red plate as championship leader for another week by extending his lead to 31-points over Alex Martin, who finished fifth (4-4), in the standings. Jeremy Martin’s ninth place finish (13-6) dropped him from second to third in the standings, and he now trails his brother Alex by just five points.

“I ran out of tear-offs in Moto 1 and it made it difficult trying to pass my way to the front,” said Osborne. “Fortunately, I was able to get a better start in the second moto and take the lead pretty early in the race. This four-race stretch that we’re in, I knew that the tracks suit me well, so my plan was to try and score as many points as possible for the championship.”

Forkner rounded out the 250 Class podium in third.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
Forkner rounded out the 250 Class podium in third.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will reach the halfway point of the season next Saturday, July 1, for the sixth round from RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan. First motos of the Rockford Fosgate RedBud National can be seen live on MAVTV at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, while the second motos will air Sunday, July 2, on NBCSN, at 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET.


Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Tennessee National
Muddy Creek Raceway – Blountville, Tennessee
June 24, 2017

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-1)
  2. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (1-2)
  3. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (3-3)
  4. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (4-4)
  5. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (9-7)
  6. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Suzuki (5-10)
  7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki (12-5)
  8. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna (11-6)
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (9-9)
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (6-12)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 195
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 191
  3. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 176
  4. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM – 161
  5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki – 139
  6. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki – 137
  7. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna – 137
  8. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki – 112
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 112
  10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki – 106

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (1-2)
  2. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-1)
  3. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (3-3)
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (2-5)
  5. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM (4-4)
  6. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (8-8)
  7. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (6-11)
  8. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (11-7)
  9. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (13-6)
  10. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha (10-10)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 207
  2. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM – 176
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 171
  4. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 165
  5. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 159
  6. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 147
  7. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 144
  8. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 124
  9. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha – 118
  10. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha – 111

For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.comand be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:

Red Bull Rocks and Logs | Wild Rose MX | Calgary

Pro final

1 #3 Kyle Redmond
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
8 13:26.825 2 01:38.154
2 #1 Colton Hakker
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
8 13:32.221 2 01:34.729 5.396 5.396
3 #4 Trystan Hart
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
8 13:53.232 3 01:39.799 26.407 21.011
4 #5 Wyatt Hart
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
8 15:11.040 2 01:41.634 1:44.215 1:17.808
5 #10 Kevin Dupuis
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
6 13:45.908 3 02:05.165 19.083
6 #13 Spenser Wilton
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
6 14:00.629 2 02:05.230 33.804 14.721
7 #2 Mike Aranda
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
6 14:54.467 2 02:21.447 1:27.642 53.838
8 #30 Luke Sydor
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
6 15:06.310 2 02:24.110 1:39.485 11.843
9 #8 Jeremy Boos
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
5 15:05.884 3 02:38.498 1:39.059
10 #15 Phillipe Chaine
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
2 05:50.720 2 02:43.428
11 #7 Clint Boos
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
1 02:40.473 0 00:00.000
12 #12 Sam King
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:00.000 0 00:00.000

Ladies Final

1 #48 Tarah Gieger
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
3 05:45.943 2 01:55.191
2 #46 Shelby Turner
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
3 06:10.776 3 02:01.169 24.833 24.833
3 #49 Melissa Harten
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
3 07:23.225 2 02:29.106 1:37.282 1:12.449
4 #42 Lexi Pechout
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
3 07:52.348 3 02:19.515 2:06.405 29.123
5 #39 Heather Wall
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
2 06:57.560 2 03:40.485 1:11.617
6 #44 Monique Johnson
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
2 10:13.659 2 05:52.735 4:27.716 3:16.099
7 #43 Melanie Baumann
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
1 05:30.716 0 00:00.000
8 #40 Jannie Devin Lamontagne
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
1 05:50.672 0 00:00.000 4.729 19.956
9 #38 Erin Prockiw
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
1 06:23.261 0 00:00.000 37.318 32.589
10 #47 Victoria Harcy
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
1 08:05.283 0 00:00.000 2:19.340 1:42.022
11 #41 Jenna Mercier
Laps Total Time Best Lap Best Time Diff Gap
00:00.000 0 00:00.000

Nitro World Games Results




Harry Bink Triumphs in FMX Best Trick, Landing World’s First Frontflip Rock Solid

Ryan Williams Wins Both BMX Best Tricks and Scooter Best Tricks



SALT LAKE CITY – June 25, 2017 – With the return of the Nitro World Games to Salt Lake City on Saturday, the revolutionary competition took action sports to never seen before levels of excitement and achievement. The NBC primetime television audience, global livestream viewers and the Rice-Eccles Stadium crowd all witnessed action sports history with scores of world’s first landed during the event. Over 40 athletes competed in six finals on a massive course. Harry Bink topped the podium in FMX Best Trick. Ryan Williams took home two first place trophies, both in BMX Best Tricks (defending his 2016 title) and Scooter Best Tricks. Other repeat winners include Colton Walker (BMX Triple Hit), Levi Sherwood (FMX) and Elliot Sloan (Skate Best Trick).


The world’s best FMX, BMX, Skate and Scooter athletes gathered in Salt Lake City Saturday to compete in the 2017 edition of the Nitro World Games. The winner’s list represented four continents. Co-creator Travis Pastrana said, “These incredibly skilled athletes put everything on the line today. They absolutely sent it, no-holds-barred, elevating the sport and setting a totally new standard.”


Harry Bink electrified the stadium during FMX Best Trick by completing a world’s first frontflip rock solid, a triumphant return after crashing during his first attempt. Taking first place, Bink beat out a world-class field of competitors including 2016 champion Gregg Duffy, Will Van Den Putte, Pat Bowden and more. Said Bink, “I got four hours of sleep last night waking up in cold sweats thinking about my run – it was a lot of pressure thinking about what I was going to do tonight. I’m just very grateful for these results.”


Ryan Williams continued his dominance at the Nitro World Games by being the first athlete ever to win in two different disciplines, taking first place in both BMX Best Tricks and Scooter Best Tricks. Sealing his win in Scooter, Williams completed his signature move – The Silly Willy – to the crowd’s roars. “I came here with the goal of winning both of my competitions and achieved that goal,” Williams explained. “Last year, everyone expected me to win Scooter and I didn’t achieve the result I wanted.  Now I feel like I got redemption by taking the win this year.”


The BMX Best Tricks trophy presentation was not aired during the NBC live broadcast because the judges reviewed a trick for accuracy after the competition ended. Replays of Dawid Godziek’s fourth run showed that he did one less rotation than first thought. The resulting change in score put Ryan Williams on top, and made him a two-time BMX Best Tricks champion.


The official, final results are as follows:


FMX: Presented by VALVOLINE


Place                      Name                                                                     Score

#1                           Levi Sherwood                     (NZ)                        71.63

#2                           Javier Villegas                      (CHI)                       67.65

#3                           Josh Sheehan                       (AUS)                      67.57




Place                      Name                                     (Country)               Score

#1                           Harry Bink                            (AUS)                      9.02

#2                           Will Van Den Putte             (BEL)                      8.99

#3                           Pat Bowden                         (AUS)                      8.88


BMX Best Tricks: Presented by BE THE MATCH


Place                      Name                                                                     Score

#1                           Ryan Williams                      (AUS)                      18.70

#2                           Brandon Loupos (AUS)                      18.22

#3                           Jaie Toohey                          (AUS)                      16.58


BMX Triple Hit


Place                      Name                                                                     Score

#1                           Colton Walker                      (USA)                      9.50

#2                           Nick Bruce                            (USA)                      9.42

#3                           Brian Fox                               (USA)                      9.36


Skate Best Trick: Presented by YOKOHAMA


Place                      Name                                                                     Score

#1                           Elliot Sloan                            (USA)                      7.52

#2                           Beaver Fleming   (USA)                      7.15

#3                           Andy MacDonald                (USA)                      7.09


Scooter Best Tricks


Place                      Name                                                                     Score

#1                           Ryan Williams      (AUS)                     17.12

#2                           Tyler Chaffin                         (USA)                     16.88

#3                           Cody Flom                             (USA)                     16.50


Other Nitro World Games sponsors include: Monster Energy DuPont Kevlar, Oberto, Polaris Slingshot, Hyper Bicycles, Wienerschnitzel, Anderson Hitches and Vivid Seats.


Created by Nitro Circus Executive Chairman and Global Head of Creative Mike Porra with action sports icon Travis Pastrana, Nitro World Games pushes the limits of action sports competition. Featuring new big air formats, breakthrough ramp technology and innovative judging criteria, Nitro World Games has shifted the landscape for both athletes and the industry alike.

For more about the #NitroWorldGames go to Fans can also follow Nitro Circus on Twitter: @nitrocircusand Facebook:

That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope you managed to get through another cup of coffee. I think I’ll tell the server that I’m going to stop at 4 cups today. *jitter jitter*

Have a great week and I’ll see you at Gopher Dunes in a couple weeks!

Frenchie says, “See you at the races…and, WOAH, CRAP!!!”