Washougal Motocross Race Report 2016

A look at what really happened at the Washougal Motocross

Eli Tomac, Washougal Motocross, 2016
Eli Tomac left Washougal with his second overall win of the season after going 2-1 to beat out series point leader Ken Roczen.Photo By Jeff Kardas

There was plenty of exciting action at this weekend’s round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series in Washougal, Washington, as Eli Tomac grabbed his second win of the season with an impressive second-moto victory. In the meantime, Cooper Webb maintained his lead in the 250 class standings despite a nearly disastrous second moto. Here’s a look back at the Washougal National Motocross.

There’s no doubt that Ken Roczen has been the big man on campus in the 450 class, and the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki Factory Racing team rider has complete control of the standings. However, from time to time, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac shows signs of giving the Suzuki rider all he can handle. Southwick, where Tomac went 1-1, was a big example of what he can do when everything goes right, and in the second moto at Washougal, the Colorado native put on an impressive display, taking the moto win by 16 seconds over Roczen.

“Today felt great to finally win on a real track,” Tomac said, inferring his win was not due to special track conditions, like the sandy Southwick track. “It took me a while to get going in the first moto and by the time I got my grove and was in second, the leader had checked out.”

Ken Roczen, Washougal Motocross, 2016
Ken Roczen is not a big fan of the Washougal course, but kept his lead intact with a 1-2 performance on the drier than usual course.Photos By Jeff Kardas

After finishing second in the first moto, Tomac made a clean pass on Roczen on lap four of moto two to take the lead, and immediately gapped the field.

“The second moto was all around better, I believe,” added Tomac. “I got off to a better start, charged to the front quicker and made the pass for the lead relatively early. It feels great to win on a normal track and continue to move forward with the team.”

As far as points are concerned, it was a wash between Tomac and Roczen, since the two riders traded moto wins, so Roczen maintains his 55-points lead over Tomac. Meanwhile, Musquin sits third, 151 points out of the lead.

Roczen didn’t seem phased about his second place finish to Tomac, although you know he couldn’t have been pleased with it. This year’s track was drier than usual, and some riders were thrown off by the unusual nature of the course.

“This is not my favorite place for some reason," said Roczen. "It was tough in the second moto. It was the driest I've ever seen this track and it was difficult with all the sun and shadows. I still got two good starts today and won a moto, so I'm leaving happy. It was one of those days where I'm finished second and I'm ok with it. I'm glad it's over.”

Marvin Musquin, Washougal Motocross, 2016
Marvin Musquin skates away with the second moto holeshot.Photos By Jeff Kardas

Marvin Musquin keeps knocking down podium finishes. In Washougal, the Red Bull KTM rider finished third. In the first moto, Musquin worked his way up from just inside the top 10 and eventually found himself on the rear wheel of Tomac, although he he landed on a breaking bump and launched off his bike while trying to make a pass on Tomac for third. In the end, Musquin took advantage of a crash by Christophe Pourcel late in the race to finish third for the moto.

Musquin grabbed the holeshot to start the second moto, and settled into third after both Tomac and Roczen went by on the first and second laps.

“I honestly expected better from myself in the second moto after a decent first moto and good lap times,” Musquin said. “The track was really tough – it was dry and kind of sketchy so I was trying to be safe and finish the moto but I should have had better lines. No excuses, though, 3rd overall is good but I know I can do better.”

Weston Peick didn’t get the best of starts in either moto, but the Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha rider made the best of it, moving up to seventh by the end of the first moto. In moto two, Peick battled most of the race with teammate Justin Barcia until he stalled his bike, allowing Barcia a free run at fourth. A 7-5 result put Peick in fourth overall, while Barcia’s 10-4 gave him fifth overall.

Andrew Short finished out his last national ride at Washougal in sixth, with a consistent 6-7 performance, edging out BTO Sports KTM upshot Benny Bloss’ 5-9.

In only his second race back this summer, Red Bull KTM’s Dean Wilson claimed ninth overall with 8-10 moto scores.

Though he’s still recuperating from injury, Cole Seely flew to Washington to join his team for a day at the races. On race day, Seely joined commentators Jason Weigandt and Grant Langston on the pre-race show, interviewed with Georgia Albertson for NBC Sports during the second moto, and signed autographs for fans.

Alex Martin, Washougal Motocross, 2016
Alex Martin grabbed his first moto win of the season in the first moto at Washougal.Photos By Jeff Kardas

250 Class

In the 250 class, Alex Martin's stellar 1-2 performance gave the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha rider the overall win for the second time this year and his first moto win of the season, while Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner snuck away to a big second moto victory, vaulting him to a career-best runner-up finish (10-1). Meanwhile, point leader Cooper Webb overcome an early race tip-over to secure third overall with a 3-6 moto tally.

Alex spent most of the first moto dueling with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy, as the duo pulled out to a double-digit lead over the rest of the pack. Savatgy mounted a challenge on lap nine, but came up just short, as Martin used late-race lappers to pad his lead to the finish.

Savatgy held on for second, while Webb charged through the field to third after getting off to a 12th-place start at the beginning of the race. Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne rounded out the top five.

Austin Forkner, Washougal Motocross 2016
Austin Forkner claimed his first career moto win in the second moto at Washougal.Photos By Jeff Kardas

Despite his problems in the second moto, Webb was able to extend his lead in the series standings, which now stands at 51 points over Jeremy Martin, thanks to Martin’s 11th overall finish. Savatgy, who finished fourth overall, is third, 53 points out of the lead.

Cooper Webb, Washougal Motocross, 2016
Cooper Webb maintained his point lead despite an incident in the second moto that left the Yamaha rider on the ground.Photos By Jeff Kardas

RESULTS

450 Class

1 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-1)

2 Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (1-2)

3 Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-3)

4 Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (7-5)

5 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (10-4)

6 Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (6-7)

7 Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM (5-9)

8 Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha (4-11)

9 Dean Wilson, Scotland, KTM (8-10)

10 Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (15-8)

250 Class

1 Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-2)

2 Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (10-1)

3 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (3-6)

4 Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (2-11)

5 Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM (8-4)

6 Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (6-7)

7 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (9-5)

8 Arnaud Tonus, Switzerland, Kawasaki (7-8)

9 Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM (16-3)

10 Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM (11-9)