by Chris Leone
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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross returns to action this Saturday after its second of three off weekends this year, as Spring Creek MX Park plays host to the Frescados Tortillas Spring Creek National. The eighth of 12 rounds in this year’s championship has been an uninterrupted staple of the calendar since 1983, and many of the sport’s biggest names have found themselves on the top step of the podium in Millville.
The series’ annual visit to RedBud two weekends ago only made this year’s points chase more exciting, and the final five rounds will only serve to kick up the intensity. Here’s a look at what to watch in the 450 and 250 classes:
Eli Tomac has been the class of the 450 field for years now, and RedBud was no exception. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider broke a three-way tie with Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin atop the wins column by scoring his third overall victory two weekends ago. Tomac’s 1-2 weekend at the iconic track extended his championship lead to 34 points.
If that wasn’t enough, Tomac also enters the weekend as the defending Spring Creek 450 winner. It made him just one of six riders to score multiple victories in Minnesota, and the only active rider to do so. (Ryan Dungey, who won overall four times at Spring Creek, will be this weekend’s grand marshal.)
If anyone can take Tomac down, though, Musquin and Roczen are the riders to do it. Musquin won here in 2017, and Roczen did so in 2016; Musquin is second in points, and Roczen is third. Roczen and Musquin were also second and third overall in last year’s 450 action.
Multiple 450 racers have also won here on 250s. Aaron Plessinger was the most recent to do so, having accomplished the feat on the way to his title in 2018. Joey Savatgy (2017) and Cooper Webb (2015) have also taken victory at Spring Creek before moving up to the larger bikes.
The name “Martin” is synonymous with two things: Millville, and the 250 class. Jeremy Martin won’t be able to pursue his third 250 victory at his home track this year after suffering injuries that have kept him out of the entire 2019 season, but his brother Alex will look to build on a third place in the second motto at RedBud with a strong hometown showing.
Instead, it’s Adam Cianciarulo who continues to dominate the 250 class, even despite a 5-2 showing at RedBud. The Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider holds a 25-point advantage over rival Dylan Ferrandis, who scored his first overall victory of 2019 by sweeping both RedBud motos.
Cianciarulo may need to watch his back, though. Ferrandis and Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha teammate Justin Cooper have won two of the last three events, and Cooper is just one point back of Ferrandis in third. Any slip-up from Cianciarulo could turn the 250 class into a bona-fide three-way battle.