MOTOCROSS: THE STRAIGHT UP FACTS HEADING INTO SOUTHWICK
By Broc Bridges
1. Eli Tomac earned his eighth career 450MX class win with his 1-1 day at Red Bud. It was his 33rd career AMA victory and 22nd 450MX class podium.
2. Tomac became the first three time winner this season in the 450MX class and gave Kawasaki their first win at Red Bud since 2013 (Ryan Villopoto). Tomac had never won a moto at Red Bud before this year.
3. Jason Anderson rode to his fifth consecutive podium with a 4-2 finish. It was his third consecutive runner-up finish and Anderson has a six moto top five streak, the longest active in the 450MX class (Tomac has five).
4. Marvin Musquin jumped back onto the podium for the first time since round three with his 3-3 day. It was his first moto podium at Red Bud since 2014 when he was in the 250MX Class (third in moto two).
5. For the fifth consecutive round, two of the three top spots have been taken by Austrian brand bikes.
6. Blake Baggett went 2-10 for a fourth overall finish. He had to fight back from dead last in moto two to work his way into 10th on the last lap. Even though Baggett lost his points lead to Tomac, he knows it could have been much worse.
7. Justin Barcia had a season’s best fifth place overall finish with a 7-6 day in Red Bud.
8. Dean Wilson continues his consistent season with an 8-8 finish. With Baggett passing for 10th on the last lap of the second moto, these two riders remain the only ones who have a top-10 finish in each moto this season.
9. Moto winners update 450 class: Tomac (6) Anderson/Baggett (2) Musquin/Bogle (1).
10. Nick Wey returned to the 450MX class field in Red Bud and earned one point with a 22-20 finish. It was his first 450MX class action since Red Bud 2014 where he went 16-17.
11. Zach Osborne cruised to a 2-1 victory in the 250MX class in Red Bud. It was his third win this season and fourth career 250MX Class win. Just like Tomac in the 450MX class, Osborne is the first guy to win three overalls on the season.
12. Yamaha had previously won three straight 250MX class overalls at Red Bud until Osborne’s victory this season.
13. Alex Martin went 3-3 for a second overall finish at Red Bud. It marks the third time this season that the 250MX class had two Austrian bikes on the overall podium.
14. Alex Martin’s five moto top five streak is second to only Osborne’s seven moto top five streak. Osborne’s streak is also the longest combined top five moto streak between the two classes.
15. Moto winners update 250 class: Osborne (5) J. Martin (3) Savatgy/Plessinger/A. Martin/Ferrandis (1).
16. Since 1974 only 10 times have four different brands won an overall in the 250MX class in a single season. It has already happened in 2017 (Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Husqvarna). Can KTM and Suzuki join this list?