Chad Reed rung in the 450 main event with an incredible start, obviously trying to go out with a bang before his upcoming knee surgery. Reed looked strong, although both Millsaps and Villopoto were able to sneak by. Still riding consistently, Reed ran third with Dungey hot on his heals before the two swapped positions on lap five. Out front, Millsaps opened up a two second lead on Villopoto, who steadily reeled in the Rockstar Suzuki rider with incredible corner speed and great lines. At the halfway mark, Villopoto began making some risky, inside-line pass attempts, showing a wheel or two to Millsaps but not making anything significant stick. Finally, Villopoto set up a pass and made it stick on lap 11 cutting in on Millsaps, with Dungey catching up right to Millsaps before stalling in a turn, missing a triple jump and falling back to fourth behind Reed.