The 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season reaches its halfway point on Saturday, when The Wick 338 plays host to the MB Tractor & Equipment Southwick National. The sixth of 12 rounds on the calendar, Southwick is the series’ lone New England stop, and the third straight race in a four-weekend stretch that marks the longest span of consecutive races on the calendar.
After last weekend’s new event at WW Ranch Motocross Park brought the heat, riders may be hoping for slightly cooler temperatures in Massachusetts this weekend. But that doesn’t mean the action won’t keep heating up—here’s a look at the championship landscape:
Talk about timing for Marvin Musquin. The Red Bull KTM rider scored his first victory of the season last weekend in Jacksonville, keeping Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac and Honda’s Ken Roczen from breaking their tie on overall wins with a 1-3 tie on Saturday. Tomac won the other moto to finish second overall, while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne completed the podium.
But what makes Musquin’s victory so perfectly situated is that he heads into Southwick as the defending event winner. Both he and Tomac scored first and second place finishes in the two motos here last year, but the French rider’s win in the all-important second moto proved to break the tie in his favor. It also brought to an end Tomac’s impressive streak of five overall victories in a row to start the season.
Still, Tomac and Roczen have made it a two-horse race at the front of the pack, with 215 and 209 points, respectively. Musquin’s victory still only elevated him to 184 points in a distant third, but Osborne and teammate Jason Anderson are only two points back of him tied for fourth. Cooper Webb’s 166 points in sixth are within striking distance, but the Supercross champion and Musquin’s teammate will need a little help to crack the top five this weekend.
Justin Barcia heads up the next pack of riders with 129 points in seventh. Last year’s third place finisher at Southwick, in both motos as well as the overall, is still searching for his first top five of the season after ending 2018 with a 1-1 sweep at Ironman. High Point first moto winner Blake Baggett, Dean Ferris, and Justin Bogle complete the top 10.
Justin Cooper’s 2-2 may not have seen him crack the top step of a race podium, but it was good enough for the overall 250 victory in Florida. The Monster Energy Star Yamaha rider ended Adam Cianciarulo’s four race overall win streak to start the season, and closed to within 18 points of Cianciarulo’s championship lead.
That said, Cianciarulo’s consistency has never been in doubt this season: he hasn’t finished outside of the top five in a single moto yet, and in fact his fifth place run in the first moto from WW Ranch is his only moto finish outside of the top three. Up until last weekend, Cianciarulo had won every second moto of the season, a huge part of his repeated early victories.
Meanwhile, Dylan Ferrandis, who currently sits third in points and won last week’s second moto from Jacksonville, is the defending 250 champion at Southwick. Last year’s victory represented his first on American soil, and a French sweep of the 2018 event. This year’s Supercross 250 West champion combined with East champion Chase Sexton to sweep last weekend’s motos.