2018 Hangtown National Motocross 450 Class Photo Finish

The top 10, in photos, from Hangtown

Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac dominated both motos to take the overall win at the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross opener at Hangtown.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac began his day at the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series by setting the fastest qualifying time by nearly two seconds over his closest competitor. Tomac rounded the first corner of moto one in seventh place and made his way into third by lap two. Within the next three laps, Tomac had worked his way to the lead and achieved the first moto win by a margin of 13 seconds over second place.

In moto two, Tomac started 17th, but cut his way inside the top 10 by the end of the first lap. At the halfway point of the race, Tomac would tip over in a turn after making the pass for third place. He quickly remounted and began setting the fastest laps of the race, moving from fourth to first in just two laps. After taking over the lead on lap nine, Tomac stretched his lead to more than six seconds and captured the moto two victory, finishing 1-1 for the overall win.

“I had a blast today,” Tomac said. “I felt loose and comfortable on the bike all day, which really made racing easy. I’ve always loved racing here and have had incredible success at this track. It was a really good day and I’m looking forward to Glen Helen.”

Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin achieved a pair of runner-up finishes to put him in second overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin qualified second and battled inside the top three early on in moto one, charged his way into the lead on lap four, and dictated the pace for the next three laps. From there, Musquin continued to skirmish for the lead position before ultimately finishing second.

In moto two, Musquin had a good jump off the line but got pinched off at the end of the start, which dropped him back to a top-10 position on the opening lap. Despite the early challenge, he quickly worked his way into the top three by lap five and continued to climb his way into the lead battle, taking over the top position on lap eight. Musquin led for one lap before dropping to second, where he ultimately finished six seconds back for second overall.

“The first round, to get a second place is a good start,” Musquin said. “The second moto I got squeezed off the start, Eli and I were a little in the back, and I thought it was going to be a tough one, but I was able to come back to the lead, which is awesome. I’m really happy about my riding today. It’s the first race with a new bike setup and we’re not too far off of being 100 percent, so I’m looking forward to next weekend and I’m glad I started the year off right, I would say. We’ll try to get better next weekend.”

Justin Barcia
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia went 3-3 for third overall at the opening round.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia qualified third overall and battled with the group of front-runners on the opening lap of moto one, where he held fifth until capitalizing on the opportunity to jump into a podium position on lap six. Barcia held strong in third to round out the podium. In moto two, Barcia took the lead on the opening lap as he overtook and maintained the top position until lap three when he dropped into second place. He continued to fight for a top position as he swapped spots back and forth with other riders before settling into third on lap 10. From there, he held strong to grab another third place and finish third overall on the day.

“It was a good weekend, a good place to start,” Barcia said. “We definitely have a few things to work on, not with the motorcycle too much, just a few things with myself fine-tuning. I rode a little tight at the beginning of both races and it kind of showed, but I’m pretty happy—I’m going to take all the positives out of this, for sure, going into Glen Helen. It’s always great when you can be on the podium at the first race and show guys that you’re going to be here throughout the season.”

Jason Anderson
2018 AMA Supercross champion Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson finished fourth in moto one and sixth in the second moto to finish fourth overall on the day.Brown Dog Wilson
Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett’s 7-4 moto scores earned him fifth overall at Hangtown.Brown Dog Wilson
Weston Peick
Autotrader/Yoshimura/JGR/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Weston Peick finished fifth in moto one and ran as high as fourth in moto two, but a lingering hand issue relegated him to seventh in the moto and sixth overall on the day.Brown Dog Wilson
Benny Bloss
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Benny Bloss crashed on the first lap then went from last place to finishing the first moto in 10th place. A solid start in moto two allowed Bloss to work his way inside the top five to finish fifth. His 10-5 score earned him seventh overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Christian Craig
Team Honda HRC’s Christian Craig pulled the holeshot in moto one, but went down while running fourth on lap three and finished eighth. Moto two saw the Californian buried in the field after a mid-pack start, but he still crossed the line eighth.Brown Dog Wilson
Phil Nicoletti
Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Phil Nicoletti had a few short weeks to acclimate to the all-new Suzuki RM-Z450 after spending the Supercross series on the RM-Z250, and went 9-9 to ninth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Bradley Taft
In a last-minute decision to race Hangtown, Bradley Taft bought a Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition on Tuesday, rode it Wednesday and Thursday, and raced it on Saturday, finishing in 10th overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Ken Roczen
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen ran as high as second in moto one before slipping to sixth at the checkers, but the second outing saw him struggle with race fitness because of his long recovery from injury, with a 16th-place result. His two moto scores put him in 11th place overall in his first race back since his injury at the San Diego Supercross earlier this year.Brown Dog Wilson

2018 450 Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 50
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 44
3 Justin Barcia Yamaha 40
4 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 33
5 Blake Baggett KTM 32
6 Weston Peick Suzuki 30
7 Benny Bloss KTM 27
8 Christian Craig Honda 26
9 Phil Nicoletti Suzuki 24
10 Bradley Taft Husqvarna 21