2019 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL MX RECAP

Round two of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship was held at Fox Raceway (formerly Pala Raceway) in Pala, Ca for the first time in eight years, and it provided for some of the most exciting battles we’ve seen in years. After the riders had to deal with the sloppy second motos last weekend in Sacramento, many of them were looking forward to the dry conditions waiting for them in southern California. On Friday, we got a first look at some of the riders on the returning facility’s course and how that track was going to shape up over the course of the weekend. By the end of the press session, the wind had picked up enough to dry out the track, leaving it pretty dusty and hard packed in places. Nonetheless, the track crew had it taken care of, completely flipping the conditions of the track around for Saturday, leaving practice in the morning to actually be kind of muddy and the rest of the day to be perfect. With one round in the books, perfect conditions ahead and the racers having a better idea of how to prepare for the rest of the season, here’s what we saw at the 2019 Fox Raceway National: (For extended coverage of the 2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross, click here.)

250 Class

All eyes were on Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo after taking the overall win last weekend and taking control of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Championship early on. Brand new red backgrounds graced Cianciarulo’s bike for the first time in his career for the outdoor series and fans wanted to see how he would back up his finish at the opener at Hangtown. Adam went tactical when choosing his gate for the start of the first moto, electing to go to the farthest outside gate pick in order to avoid the softer dirt that lay farther inside on the gates. Even with all of the pre-meditation into his spot and a flinch of the gate that had many of the riders jump, coming around the first turn the rest of the pack swooped underneath him and a bad start in moto one had Adam fighting through the pack, but making incredible charges toward the frontrunners and eventually making his way into third. In the second moto, he again started the race mid-pack, but made a much quicker run to the lead and later took the moto win and the overall with his 3-1 moto scores. Adam now carries the red plate and his 92 points into Thunder Valley next weekend.

Adam Cianciarulo took his second overall victory of the year, extending his points lead and his time with the red plate.

Adam’s victory did not come uncontested, however, as MXGP transplant Hunter Lawrence gave one heck of a fight for the lead, swapping positions a couple of times. The Geico Honda rider, who had yet to show his speed that so many had heard about coming into the season, finally had his time to shine in the second moto. Lawrence would lead a couple laps of his own during the second moto, only to make a bit of a mistake allowing Cianciarulo back by. Another late moto charge made it look like he might be able to reel Adam back in, but to no avail. He ended up going 37-2 for the day, a DNF in moto one leaving him out of contention for the day’s overall.

We finally got to see what all of the hype was about surrounding Hunter Lawrence, which will make for an exciting remainder of the season.

Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper had another outstanding ride in the first moto, taking his third career moto win only to back it up with a fourth in the second race, which was just two points shy of the overall victory. Another second overall keeps him second in the points, just six behind Cianciarulo. This also makes for the third time Cooper has been able to win the first moto and not also win the overall, but with two moto wins already this year out of the four (just like Cianciarulo), we expect to see Justin take his first overall here soon.

Justin Cooper has yet to snag his first overall victory of his career, but with the speed he has show this year, it’s bound to come soon.

The rest of the day’s results came in a bit odd, as Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis finished a sub-par seventh in moto one after getting tangled up and going down in one of the first few turns, but came around for third in the second moto which was good enough for third overall on the day. With his turn around ride from Pala, Ferrandis still sits third in the championship and 22 points out of the lead.

Dylan Ferrandis did not have the best of rides in the first moto, but he turned his day around by getting third in the second moto and third for the day.

Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire put in a great ride and ran at the front of the pack for the first time this outdoor season in the first moto. The second moto just didn’t go his way, as he and Alex Martin came together causing RJ to go down pretty hard, but a broken water pump is what gave him his second moto DNF, leaving him 10th overall for the day.

Bad luck derailed RJ Hampshire’s podium hopes, but a second in moto one promises for some stellar rides to come out of he Geico Honda rider.

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM had a new rider, Wilson Todd, under their tent this weekend. The Australian had a great first round up at Hangtown, going 15-9 in the motos to put him 12th in the overall. With Mitchell Falk unfortunately breaking his collarbone at round one and Wilson Todd already having connections with the TLD group, he got the call to fill in starting in Pala. A nasty first turn pileup and a twisted up bike left him back in 29th during the first moto, but he rebounded to a 14th in moto two for a 19th in the day’s overall.

The newcomer Wilson Todd landed a spot on the TLD/KTM team’s roster after a few solid motos so far this year.

250 Standings

1 Adam Cianciarulo 92
2 Justin Cooper 86
3 Dylan Ferrandis 70
4 Colt Nichols 68
5 Chase Sexton 65
6 RJ Hampshire 51
7 Alex Martin 48
8 Michael Mosiman 47
9 Garrett Marchbanks 42
10 Hunter Lawrence 41
11 Christian Craig 40
12 Shane McElrath 37
13 Ty Masterpool 29
14 Derek Drake 28
15 Martin Davalos 27
16 Wilson Todd 25
17 Jordon Smith 15
18 Jacob Hayes 15
19 Jordan Bailey 13
20 Kyle Peters 11
21 Thomas Covington 10
22 Brandon Hartranft 8
23 Killian Auberson 6
24 Martin Castelo 4
25 Jerry Robin 3
26 Challen Tennant 2
27 Benjamin Nelko 1

450 Class

Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac has seemed pretty disappointed with how he started out his first moto of the season last weekend in Sacramento, finding himself outside the top three going into moto two. He did turn it around to grab the second moto win, but it was only good enough for second overall. He came into the Fox Raceway National with a bit of a chip on his shoulder from that, and throughout the day proved again why he has that number one plate on his bike. Not getting the best of starts in moto one set him back, but inside the top ten. It wasn’t until late in the moto, though, that he was able to get around HRC/Honda’s Ken Roczen and take the first moto win. He got out to a much better start in the second moto, sitting behind Marvin Musquin and Justin Bogle, but made quick work of Bogle to come around the first lap in second. It wasn’t until about the midway point of the race that Tomac was able to get by Musquin for the lead, but once he did he amassed an eleven second lead to finish out the moto, making for perfect 1-1 moto scores. With the day’s overall, he also grabbed the red plate back from Roczen and takes a four point lead going into his hometown race next weekend in Colorado.

Round two of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship was all about Eli Tomac, dominating the day and taking 1-1 moto scores.

Red Bull/KTM’s Marvin Musquin rebounded after finishing back in sixth overall last weekend at Hangtown, taking a third in moto one, leading much of the second moto and eventually finishing second for 3-2 moto scores. The Fox Raceway National was a much better ride for the Frenchman and a better look at what we’ve come to expect of him from past results, as he now sits third in the championship and 19 points out of the lead.

After a slow start to the 2019 season, Marvin Musquin picked himself up and turned it around for a second overall at round two.

Ken Roczen had all of the attention on him coming into round two of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, taking the overall victory at the first round in Sacramento just a week ago and carrying the weight of that red plate with him to Fox Raceway. He got his day off to a solid start, once again being the fastest qualifier in the morning, a feat he had accomplished at the first race as well. He kept that momentum rolling into the motos, where he led the first thirteen laps until Tomac eventually took the spot away. The second moto he had to fight his way through the pack after a starting outside the top five. He would end up third in the second moto, tying Marvin for second, but being edged out with Musquin having the better of the second moto scores. Kenny heads out of California just four points behind Tomac in the championship.

Ken Roczen’s time with the red plate was short lived, but sitting only four points behind Tomac means that he’s still right there in the hunt for it come next weekend.

After a third place overall finish at the first round last weekend in Sacramento, Rockstar Energy/Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson came into round two with a solid start to the season after not being on the bike until just over a month ago. He would go 4-5 in the motos to tie with his teammate Zach Osborne, but Zach edged him out having the better of their two moto scores.

Jason Anderson heads into Thunder Valley next weekend fourth in the championship and 21 points from the lead.

450 Standings

1 Eli Tomac 93
2 Ken Roczen 89
3 Marvin Musquin 74
4 Jason Anderson 72
5 Zach Osborne 70
6 Cooper Webb 65
7 Justin Barcia 52
8 Dean Ferris 42
9 Justin Bogle 41
10 Cole Seely 38
11 Blake Baggett 33
14 Todd Waters 32
13 Justin Hill 32
12 Fredrik Noren 32
15 Jake Masterpool 26
16 Ben LaMay 21
17 Dylan Merriam 18
19 Toshiki Tomita 10
18 Taiki Koga 10
20 Tyler Bowers 8
21 Lorenzo Locurcio 7
22 Cody Cooper 6
23 Erki Kahro 5
24 Mathias Jorgensen 3
25 Dare DeMartile 2
26 Henry Miller 2
27 Brandan Leith 1

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