Seven rounds into the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, the championship favorites have begun to take control of both the 450 and 250 classes. After a week to reset and prepare for the second half of the year, the top riders in both classes will have two more weeks of racing before their next break, kicking off with today’s Spring Creek National in Millville, Minnesota.
With the 2018 championship winding down, it’s now or never for some of the challengers to step up and start whittling down the leaders’ advantages. As the latest round of motos starts this afternoon, be sure to watch out for these three storylines to shape the event:
How quickly can Eli Tomac bounce back?
If losing the tiebreaker for the overall win at Southwick was a hiccup, RedBud was a nightmare for Tomac. Results of 36th and ninth were bad enough, but the massive point swing that came with Marvin Musquin’s strong results actually enabled the Red Bull KTM rider to poach the points lead. If Tomac is going to reclaim the red plate, a return to the top of the podium in Millville would be a big help. The good news: he’s won here before, in 2014. The bad: Musquin has, too—last year.
Can Aaron Plessinger run away with the 250 points lead?
No rider has been remotely perfect in Pro Motocross since Tomac’s 450 win streak was snapped, and Plessinger’s first 250 moto at RedBud was no exception after contact with Austin Forkner took the latter out. Still, he’s got the points lead with only five rounds left, taking a 283-248 advantage over Alex Martin into Minnesota. But if Plessinger can throw down to extend the advantage at Spring Creek, a track where Martin grew up (his family owns the facility), he just might be untouchable for the title.
Which rider will benefit the most from having an off week?
Let’s face it—we all need a little time off from our jobs, and given the physically taxing nature of motocross, the pros of the 450 and 250 classes are no exception. After four weekends in a row of hitting tracks across America, Pro Motocross finally gave its biggest names their second breather of the year last weekend. Expect the sport’s top names to come back sharp and refreshed in today’s racing, and don’t be surprised if the points leaders extend their gaps, both on the track and in the points.