Villopoto & Tomac Claim Motocross Titles
“It is gnarly to be at this level of racing but you just take it year by year and race by race. There’s really no time to sit down and look at it as how many races do we need to win,” Villopoto commented regarding his career number of championships. “The thing that keeps us going as racers is definitely winning. Yeah, winning is fun but during the week it’s tough.”
In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos grabbed the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot in Moto 1 but the GEICO Honda teammates of Zach Osborne, Justin Bogle and Wil Hahn surrounded the leader right away. Osborne briefly took over the lead before 250 Class points leader Eli Tomac made his move to the front.
Rookie Adam Cianciarulo inserted his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki into the brigade of Hondas early on where he maintained the second place position for a majority of the race. Reigning 250 Class Champion Blake Baggett began Moto 1 outside the top ten but the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider caught and eventually passed his teammate for the second place position. Cianciarulo held on to capture a career best finish of third place in Moto 1, followed by Tomac’s closest title challenger, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen.
Heading into Moto 2, the 250 Class Championship was still up for grabs as Tomac and Roczen went head-to-head for valuable points. GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle grabbed the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot and the early lead until Roczen took it over on Lap 7. Tomac came from behind to apply pressure on Roczen before the points leader eventually took over the lead position.
Although Tomac had the upper hand on Roczen in Moto 2, the championship wasn’t completely determined until Baggett entered the second place battle with Roczen late in the race. Baggett’s last-lap pass on Roczen was enough to give Tomac the edge he needed to secure the 250 Class Championship with a 1-1 sweep at the penultimate round.
“I didn’t really know I had the championship wrapped up, I was just going with the flow,” Tomac said after Moto 2. “I didn’t really think it was going to happen today, I am sort of in shock right now. I think it will sink in more after I get some rest, right now I’m pretty tired and just out of energy.”
Baggett captured second overall with a consistent 2-2 moto score, while Roczen came in third with 4-3 finishes.