Mother Nature decided to make the final round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross interesting. Huge amounts of rain in the morning turned the Ironman MX track into a sloppy mess. Photographer Darrin Chapman gives us a look behind the scenes of this years very wet Ironman National.
Chad Reed raced what could possibly be his last outdoor nation aboard a JGR/Autotrader Suzuki at Ironman Raceway to a solid 8th overall.
As you can see the conditions were less than desirable at the final round of Pro Motocross. Heavy rains made it interesting. Eli Tomac finished off the podium at Ironman Raceway but still won the 2018 450cc class championship.
Yamaha rider Justin Barcia removed his Scott goggles early in moto 1 and still managed to win the race.
The muddy conditions made Aaron Plessinger a favorite to win. He did just that.
Eli Tomac doing some celebrating on the podium with his Kawasaki race team.
Justin Barcia was on a mission at Ironman Raceway. He put his Yamaha on the top step of the podium with impressive 1-1 motos finishes.
Ken Roczen was on the podium again at the final round with second overall.
2018 Ironman Raceway 450cc podium. 1)Justin Barcia 2)Ken Roczen 3)Marvin Musquin
2018 Ironman Raceway 250cc podium. 1)Aaron Plessinger 2)Chase Sexton 3)RJ Hampshire
Family and racing! Aaron Plessinger says hello to his new baby after winning the overall at Ironman Raceway. Plessinger is headed to the 450 class next year.
With all the rain race teams were in full mud prep mode. The KTM crew ran solid brake rotors.
Getting the machines cleaned up between motos was a team effort.
Keeping mud from packing in the radiators is a priority. This is what the Factory Connection Honda team did. They had two riders on the overall podium so it worked.
There was lots of foam on the line at the final round.
Yep some riders might have got a little carried away with the foam.
Hand guards are a staple during a mud race.
The Pro Circuit team had tire covers on their bikes headed to the start line.