2018 Spring Creek National Motocross 450 Class Photo Finish

The top 10, in photos, from Spring Creek

Eli Tomac
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac regained the series point lead going 1-1 at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac dominated round 8 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Spring Creek National in Millville, Minnesota. Tomac swept the podium with a 1-1 finish and reclaimed the red plate with a seven-point lead in the championship standings with four rounds remaining in the series.

“I had so much motivation from how the last race went and I carried it into this week,” Tomac said. “The team and I were focused on coming back with a good race and to get back on track. I always have fun here, but I was really ready to go this week and happy to get the red plate back. We’re going to keep working hard and looking forward to some good racing at Washougal next week.”

Ken Roczen
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen’s 2-3 moto finishes awarded him second overall in Minnesota.Brown Dog Wilson

Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen finished second overall at Millville and maintains fourth-place overall with 288 points, eight behind third with four rounds remaining.

“I’m pretty happy with today,” Roczen said. “I think this is one of the best weekends we’ve had overall. I felt comfortable all day and had a lot of fun. I did pretty good in qualifying, got good starts, and felt like I was flying in the first moto, so I’m happy with second. Obviously in the second moto there wasn’t enough left in the tank, but we have to just keep building from here. We made another small adjustment on the bike, but nothing major. The team and I are still working to refine the bike because this is my first season riding it outdoors and I came into it without much testing, so I’m searching for what works best. We’ve definitely made the bike better and I think it showed today. Normally I’m four to five seconds behind in qualifying practice and I was pretty close today, so it was good. I’m doing what I can and am enjoying the process of returning. I feel like once we win again, it’ll just be that much sweeter.”

Marvin Musquin
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin was third overall on the day (4-2) and now trails Tomac by seven points in the standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin went 4-2 for third overall on the day and lost the point lead to Tomac in the process.

“Millville was definitely a tough weekend but I’m even more motivated now for Washougal,” Musquin said. “I expected a little more of a smooth day, to be honest. The starts were good but I was a little bit riding tight in the first moto. I started to get better, but unfortunately, I cross-rutted down the hill and I couldn’t avoid going down. It was a scary crash down the hill. My clutch lever was all the way down when I picked it up, but luckily, I was able to get back on it and salvage some points. In the second moto, I definitely wanted to do better and pick up more points. I was riding well and leading, but unfortunately, it was not enough. It was a better feeling at the end of the second moto for sure, compared to the first one. We made some progress and now onto Washougal.”

Blake Baggett
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Blake Baggett’s 3-4 moto finishes put him in fourth overall in Minnesota and he sits fifth in the championship standings.Brown Dog Wilson

2018 450 Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 351
2 Marvin Musquin KTM 344
3 Justin Barcia Yamaha 296
4 Ken Roczen Honda 288
5 Blake Baggett KTM 270
6 Weston Peick Suzuki 223
7 Benny Bloss KTM 199
8 Phil Nicoletti Husqvarna 196
9 Justin Hill Suzuki 114
10 Kyle Cunningham Suzuki 107
Justin Barcia
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia finished fifth overall with 5-5 moto finishes.Brown Dog Wilson
Weston Peick
Autotrader/Yoshimura/JGR/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Weston Peick’s 6-6 moto scores earned him sixth-place overall. He is also sixth overall in the point standings.Brown Dog Wilson
Cooper Webb
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb finished seventh overall at Spring Creek.Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Hill
Autotrader/Yoshimura/JGR/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Hill’s 10-7 moto scores put him in eighth overall for the day, and he moved up to ninth place in the overall point standings in the process.Brown Dog Wilson
Phil Nicoletti
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Phil Nicoletti went 8-10 for ninth overall on the day.Brown Dog Wilson
Benny Bloss
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS’s Benny Bloss rounded out the top 10 on his 450 SX-F.Brown Dog Wilson