Moto 2 initially began with Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM's Jessy Nelson taking the holeshot, with Savatgy mired deep inside the top 10. However, a crash on the opening lap brought out a red flag, halting the moto and resulting in a restart. When the field roared out of the gate for the restart Nelson put his KTM out front again, but this time Savatgy was able to slot into second with Smith in third. Nelson and Savatgy established themselves as the lead duo but Smith started to come under fire from Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner, who was making his Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debut. Forkner pressured Smith for several laps and moved into podium position on Lap 5. Two laps later Smith went down while running fourth and dropped to 10th. As the top three continued their run to the finish, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Alex Martin was on a march to the front. After starting sixth, Martin was able to pass his younger brother Jeremy for fifth early in the moto and proceeded to take over fourth with Smith's misfortune. He closed in on Forker for third and moved into podium position on Lap 8. That placed Forker into the clutches of Jeremy Martin, who made contact with the rookie on Lap 9 as they battled for fourth, dropping Martin to ninth.