MXstore's Own Moto Insider #9
AMA 2014 Outdoor Nationals Round 8 - Spring Creek. Millville.
There were no surprises in moto 1 when the two Red Bull KTM riders were in front early on with series leader Roczen and Dungey being born and bred in Millville battling for the lead.
Roczen came out on top with Dungey suffering a small crash delegating him to 3rd overall but the big surprise was the number 3 on the Honda of Eli Tomac. Tomac has been showing some pace the last few weeks and not only ran down Kenny on the KTM, but battled and took the lead from him.
Tomac charged away from there and took his first ever moto win on a 450 in style with a sixteen second lead over Roczen who finished second.
In moto 2 Tomac holeshotted and was basically unchallenged the entire moto securing Eli's first ever overall 450 win of his career! James Stewart's day didn't go according to plan with a 7th in moto one and did not start the second moto due to feeling dizzy.
Aussie Brett Metcalfe rode consistently in 6th place all day long while Chad Reed for the second week in a row seemed of the pace taking 15th overall for the day.
450 Series Standings:
- 1. Ken Roczen 367pts KTM
- 2. Ryan Dungey 343pts KTM
- 3. Trey Canard 302pts Hon
- 4. James Stewart 226pts Suz
- 5. Brett Metcalfe 222pts Kaw
- 6. Josh Grant 218pts Yam
- 7. Weston Peick 188pts Suz
- 8. Andrew Short 187pts KTM
- 9. Eli Tomac 168pts Hon
- 10. Chad Reed 146pts Kaw
In the 250 class Jeremy Martin was the home track favourite as the track is literally his home as Martins parents actually owning the Spring Creek racing complex!
Cooper Webb showed some pace but got tangled with Baggett and went down dropping back to 9th in moto one.
With the sandy whooped out Millville surface the European riders Pourcel and Musquin were right at home and each finished well in both motos with Marvin taking second and Pourcel finishing 4th overall.
Pourcel and Baggett had an early battle in moto 2 before Baggett crashed out ending his day in 13th while Cooper Webb put it all together to take the win in moto 2 and 3rd for the day.
250 Series Standings:
- 1. Jeremy Martin 341pts Yam
- 2. Cooper Webb 298pts Yam
- 3. Blake Baggett 285pts Kaw
- 4. Christophe Pourcel 246pts Yam
- 5. Marvin Musquin 241pts KTM
- 6. Justin Bogle 240pts Hon
- 7. Jason Anderson 236pts KTM
- 8. Cole Seely 188pts Hon
- 9. Jessy Nelson 164pts Hon
- 10. Justin Hill 150pts Kaw
Rockstar Energy Drink Canadian Nationals Round 6 - Sand Del Lee
Colton Facciotti extends his championship taking the win on the weekend with Mike Alessi and Tyler Medaglia in 3rd.
Josh Hill had one of his best finishes thus far in 4th overall while Bobby Kiniry crashed out of moto 1 finishing 14th on the day.
450 Series Standings:
- 1. Colton Facciott 206pts
- 2. Mike Alessi 178pts
- 3. Tyler Medaglia 157pts
- 4. Teddy Maier 150pts
- 5. Kyle Chisholm 147pts
- >6. Josh Hill 146pts
- 7. Bobby Kiniry 140pts
- 8. Morgan Burger 96pts
- 9. Dylan Kaelin 94pts
- 10. David Gassin 68pts
Red Bull X-fighters Round 4, Munich. Germany.
With the world's first floating freestyle course it is only fitting the world's finest FMX riders would take the stage and battle it out at round 4 of this world championship.
Japans Taka Higashino made the first mistake in practice suffering a small but awkward crash on one of the water gap set up jumps cart wheeling him and his Yamaha 250 into the water!
Frenchman Tom Pages executed a flawless run in qualifying which included his new trick the 'Bike Flip' on top of his repertoire of dirt bike insanity to secure first place leading into the quarter finals.
On game day the unpredictable nature of freestyle motocross came to life with Pages crashing out of the quarter finals on a bike flip leaving the door wide open for the 17 year old Luc Ackerman to progress through to the next round.
After his bike went swimming the day before Taka came out swinging in the quarter finals with smooth, clean extensions and flawless composure proving too much for the German youngster and Taka would go through to the finals.
The next semi-final showdown was the battle between Aussie and Kiwi of Josh Sheehan and the rubber man Levi "Shogun" Sherwood.
Levi's signature over extension and unique trick selection put the pressure on Sheeny but with the double backflip and he 540 flair in his run sheeny would take the semi-final and repeat his performance to take the overall win for the day.
An ecstatic Sheeny celebrated by jumping into the water wearing all of his motocross gear and after moving to within 5 points of Levi with one round to go in the championship we can see why he is excited!
X-fighters Series Standings:
- Levi Sherwood NZL 265pts
- Josh Sheehan AUS 260pts
- Thomas Pages FRA 190pts
- Dany Torres ESP 185pts
- Taka Higashino JPN 150pts
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