The 2018 motocross season is rapidly approaching its conclusion with the final two rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship. After this weekend’s event at Budds Creek Motocross Park in Maryland and next weekend’s season finale at Ironman Raceway in Indiana, all we’ve got left are two events in October: the annual Motocross of Nations, coming to RedBud this year, and the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
With that in mind, it’s time for motocross fans to savor every last lap of action for the next two weeks before things slow down dramatically over the next four months. As you’re watching today’s Budds Creek National, be sure to watch for three storylines to shape the 450 and 250 racing action:
What can we expect from the points battles in the last two races of the season?
The 250 title is basically in the books with Aaron Plessinger’s 78-point advantage coming into the event; he only needs to be 75 ahead of Alex Martin after the first moto or 50 ahead after the second to wrap it up. But with just how unpredictable Eli Tomac’s slip-ups have been, his 15-point lead over Marvin Musquin seems slightly more unstable. Either Tomac runs away with the championship by adding another couple of victories in the next couple of weeks, or it all implodes—there’s just no in between.
Will we finally see Jason Anderson back on track?
This year’s Monster Energy Supercross champion has missed most of the Pro Motocross calendar with a broken foot, but could be back in action today. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team plans to make the final call after timed qualifying, but for the good of the sport, let’s hope Anderson is a go for Budds Creek. In the past two weeks, the series has lost both Justin Bogle and GNCC convert Kailub Russell for the season, while Josh Grant and Justin Hill will both miss this weekend in hopes of racing at Ironman.
Can Austin Forkner catch a break?
After four consecutive events in which Forkner paired either a first or second place finish in a moto with a finish of 18th or worse, Unadilla was an abject disappointment for the 250 rider. Results of 23rd and ninth were the output, as Forkner once again came off his bike on a race weekend. You have to think that someday, surely, his luck is going to turn around, but could it be at Budds Creek? With a 5-2 result here two years ago, there’s certainly a decent chance this is the weekend things turn around.