Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac claimed his eighth overall victory of the season at round 11 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Tomac extended his point lead and now holds a 20-point advantage over his nearest competitor in the point standings with one round remaining.
“Winning the championship is the ultimate goal, and today we were able to add some more points to put us in the best possible position going into the final round next weekend,” Tomac said. “In moto 1, I struggled a little bit making my way through traffic, but in moto 2, I was just feeling it and after I got around a couple guys I knew I could catch the leader and win. I am pumped I was able to do that!”
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen secured his second moto victory of the season on his way to finishing second overall. His efforts also helped him surpass Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia for third in the point standings.
“The first moto was great,” Roczen said. “I had a good battle with Marvin [Musquin] going through most of the race, and once there were only five laps left, I just told myself that I better pull this off and get the win. I was trying to just keep it steady, but if Marvin was still close behind me, I was going to try and put on a charge the last couple laps; luckily I didn’t really have to. It was my shot at the overall today, but unfortunately I got sick halfway through the week and definitely wasn’t feeling it this morning and it caught up with me in the second moto. I just ran out of steam at the end and let those guys get by me. I gave it my all out there and unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the overall again, but I just want to get this season over with healthy and giving each race all that I have—today, that was it.
“We’re going to take what we’ve learned to regroup for this off-season, and come back to crush it next year,” he added. “I’m happy with where I’m at this season, but at the same time, I’m a winner and I want to win. I try to put it into perspective because I was here last year hurt and I would’ve taken a day of racing sick and in the heat over anything, so to be back a year later fighting for wins and getting second overall is pretty dang good.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin finished second in moto 1 and fourth in moto 2, which secured him the final podium spot for the day.
“I had great starts [today],” Musquin said. “The first moto I got into the lead on the first lap and I just couldn’t get it back. I was fighting for it all the way until the last two laps. It was close but I couldn’t get it. In the second moto, I was up there and it was good, but unfortunately toward the end, physically, it was really tough and I could only get fourth in that moto and third overall for the day. One more round to go, I am looking forward to fighting hard.”