Welcome to the Race Day Feed, coming to you from RedBud. We’ll be posting updates right here on Racer X Online all day, so be sure to check back often. Posts are in chronological order, so scroll to the bottom for the latest info.
With more rain hitting an already muddy RedBud overnight and early this morning, the track has not held up as well as it did yesterday.
The first moto of the day took off under challenging conditions and it was Jeffrey Herlings leading the field off the start. Team USA got off to decent starts, as Aaron Plessinger was sitting around eighth and Eli Tomac was just outside the top ten.
Shortly after taking the holeshot, Herlings went down while leading and MX2 rider Jorge Prado took over the top spot with Gautier Paulin in second. Herlings dropped back to around fourth but it didn’t take long for him to regain momentum. Around the 12-minute mark, Herlings moved back into the lead and opened a huge gap. When he took the checkers, he was up 25.4 seconds on second place Paulin. Prado took third on a 250.
After starting outside the top ten, Tomac eventually worked up to fifth but had trouble getting around Tommy Searle for fourth. It wasn’t until late in the race when Searle suffered a mechanical that Tomac was able to move into fourth. Team USA is going to have to dig out of an early hole, as Plessinger went down twice in the moto and finished 18th.
The Netherlands will also have to throw away their first moto score, as Calvin Vlaanderen had bike troubles and finished 36th.
After one moto, France is leading with 9 points over Italy (16), Belgium (18), Spain (20), and USA (22).