Photos by Brian ConverseThe 14th round of the Monster Energy Supercross series in Minneapolis is complete. While the city was blanketed in snow outside, things were heating up inside U.S Bank Stadium. It was the last of Three Triple Crown events. It sure does make shake things up a bit as there was a different winner in each of the six main event last Saturday night. It was an eventful night of ups and down for many riders. Jason Anderson in the 450 class seems to be holding it together with maturity. The 250 East got heated up with Austin Forkner and Zach Osborne. See how things went down.
Hometown hero Ryan Dungey came out to say hello to his home town fans. Ryan sported a Vikings jersey.
It was a rough night for Copper Webb who fractured his tibia when he got landed on in the first main event of the night.
Chad Reed still knows how to get the crowd going.
It was Justin Barcia’s first race back since getting landed on in Arlington breaking his hand.
Ryan Dungey got presented his 2017 Supercross championship ring.
In Triple Crown events there are no heat races. The top 18 riders in day qualifying from both classes transfer straight to the three main event format. There are then LCQ’s which the top four riders transfer making a total of 22 riders lining up for the night show. In the night show you have the top 22 riders from both classes lining up for three main events. Olympic scoring it used were the finishes are tallied together with the lowest overall score wins.
In first 250 main event it was Austin Forkner who ran the show. Austin knew that he needed to close the 7 point gap on Zach Osborne. He started the night off right with a win leading from start to finish.
Zach was the one in the pressure cooker as he started 6th and only worked his way up to 4th in the first main.
The first 450 main event was off soon after the 250 race was over. It was Eli Tomac and Jason Anderson 1 and 2. This was the race we were waiting to see. Although Jason could not run the pace. Or did he choose to just be conservative and take second.
Eli Tomac has nothing to loose. He has the most wins so far this season, but is still third in points due to an injury in the first round of the season.
Justin Barcia looked good in his first race back for being off for six rounds. Justin finished on the podium in the first 450 main event.
The man with the red plate, Jason Anderson is playing his cards right. He came into Minneapolis with a 37 point lead. He got a good start and finished three seconds off of Tomac.
Marvin Musquin found himself in 7th.
Here is how the second round of main events panned out.
Austin Forkner crashed on the first lap by landing on a hay bale. He remounted and charged to mid pack until he crashed once again pushing him back to 10th.
Jordan Smith rode well by placing second in the second moto putting him in a good place for an overall.
It was Zach Osborne who took the win in moto two.
Sean Cantrell rode well finishing 4th.
In the second 450 main event it was Justin Brayton who took the holeshot.
Marvin Musquin started in third. He battled it out with Jason Anderson until Anderson ran into Brayton. Musquin then worked he way to the front to win.
Justin Brayton lead 13 laps until Musquin got by.
Weston Peick got onto the podium in the second main event.
Tyler Bowers had a good night on his factory Kawasaki KX450F by finishing 7th overall.
In the end it was Jeremy Martin who took the third moto win and the overall. It was his first win of the season.
While running third behind Osborne on the seventh lap Austin Forkner endoed over the bars taking him out of the race.
Jordan Smith would finish third.
250 class podium from left to right: Zach Osborne (2nd), Jeremy Martin (1st), Jordan Smith (3rd).
The third and final 450 main event.
Jason Anderson got his time in the sun by winning the final main event.
Eli Tomac finished third, but captured the overall taking his 8th overall win on the season.
Justin Barcia finished 5th overall.
The 450 podium from left to right: Jason Anderson (2nd), Eli Tomac (1st), Marvin Musquin (3rd).