Welcome to the Race Day Feed, coming to you from Southwick. Round six of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross is set to play out today, and right here is where you can keep track of all the action. 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.
Welcome to Southwick, host of round six of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, and the one true sand track on the schedule. The Wick 338, as it’s known now, boasts one of the best crowds on the circuit, as the New England faithful show up in droves to cheer on their local NESC riders. The hard base creates a slippery feel and hard, sharpe bumps, which presents a challenge for riders. Another challenge today will be the heat and humidity. It’s expected to reach 92 degrees as the motos kick off. We’ll find who did and didn’t do their work this off-season today.
We’ve reached the halfway point in the championship and Eli Tomac continues to roll. The defending champion has won five straight overalls to begin the season, the first time that’s happened since James Stewart went a perfect 24-0 in 2008. While his moto streak has been broken, Tomac has still reeled off eight of ten moto wins this year and has already built a 32-point lead over second place Marvin Musquin. If the field was hoping to get some help today, don’t expect it to come from Tomac. He’s been fantastic at Southwick. In four previous appearances, he has lost just once, finishing second in that race. In two 450 Class races at The ‘Wick, Tomac is a perfect 2-0.
If Tomac is still to lose his grip on the class, Marvin Musquin and Justin Barcia will be there to capitalize. Musquin has taken two moto wins in the last four and has had success in the sand box. Bam Bam, meanwhile, has regained his confidence and is looking more and more like the rider we saw a couple years ago. He nearly had the overall last weekend at Muddy Creek and has been a podium regular this season.
The 450 Class will get some much-needed depth this weekend. Monster Energy Factory Yamaha’s Cooper Webb (leg) and Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki’s Justin Bogle (arm) will both make their 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debuts today. Webb said he’s not quite 100 percent but wants to race himself back into shape. Bogle, meanwhile, has been riding since late-April, early-May and should be ready to near 100 percent.
The 250 Class has been wild through five rounds. Title contenders Zach Osborne (shoulder) and Jeremy Martin (back) have both been lost for the season and although he’s struggled with consistency, Aaron Plessinger has built a 29-point lead over Alex Martin.
Qualifying begins here shortly, so check back for a full report. You can watch live all day on the NBC Sports Gold app starting with qualifying at 10:10 a.m. EDT. Motos begin at 1:00 p.m. and can been seen on the NBC Sports Gold app or MAV-TV. NBC Sports Network will have delayed coverage of the second moto at 8:00 p.m. EDT.