Torrential rains prior to the race left the track slick and dangerous, enough so that the race officials decided to delay the start by an hour to let the water drain. Once the rains let up, and the track had dried out some, the race got underway. Strang got off to a tough start, spending most of his first lap near the back of the pack, but he pushed on through the mud and charged ahead. Josh worked his way through the pack, moving into second by the second lap, and the lead on the third. Josh dropped back into second again on the fourth and final lap, but was never far behind the leader. "Once again, my RM-Z450 was solid in the mud!" said Strang.