Lucas Oil Pro Motocross riders enjoyed their first off weekend of the season last weekend, after closing out the first three-race stretch of the season with the True Value Thunder Valley National. At defending 450 champion Eli Tomac’s home track on the circuit, it was Honda’s Ken Roczen who took the overall win and the points lead, while Adam Cianciarulo’s third consecutive 250 victory in a row established him as the leading force on the smaller bikes.
It’s going to be a thrilling weekend of action as always at the Pennsylvania-based track—here’s a look at the biggest incoming storylines:
The 450 class has a bona fide championship battle going on right now, as Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac have traded victories thus far to start the 2019 season. Roczen holds the slight championship edge and will carry the red plate coming into this weekend—but as was the case in Pala, Tomac could easily steal the color right back on Saturday.
After all, Tomac is the defending winner at High Point, having beaten Marvin Musquin and Justin Barcia in the event. He’s one of the 23 riders in 42 events that has gone on to win the championship after taking a High Point victory, and while it’s a little early to read too far into the season standings, both Roczen and Tomac might be a little intrigued to know the venue’s frequency of predicting a champion. On the other hand, Roczen is also the only active two-time winner in the field.
Behind Roczen and Tomac, Zach Osborne leads a hard-fought battle for third in the standings. He’s got 110 points, while Musquin sits fourth with 107 and Jason Anderson completes the top five with 106. Also within range of the group is 2019 Supercross champion Cooper Webb, whose 98 points have him sixth.
There’s only one other past 450 winner in this year’s field: Blake Baggett, who came out on top in 2017, in addition to 250 victories in 2011 and 2014. Musquin was twice a 250 winner, in 2013 and 2015, who is still chasing his first overall win here. Joey Savatgy was also a 250 event winner in 2016, while Tomac’s 450 victory last year completed his career sweep of both classes at High Point (he was the 250 winner in 2012).
With three overall wins in a row, Adam Cianciarulo may seem like far and away the top rider in the 250 class. But if you look at the point standings, he hasn’t been quite as dominant as he seems; Cianciarulo’s championship lead is merely six points over Justin Cooper. Cooper has to be feeling the heat, though: he protested an off-track incident by Cianciarulo at Thunder Valley unsuccessfully, and his appeal was denied a second time this week.
Still, it’s a long way from Cooper’s 133 points in second to 250SX West champion Dylan Ferrandis in third. The French rider has just 106 points, meaning it’ll take quite a bit of luck on any given weekend or a sustained charge to move him up the ranks.
Behind Ferrandis, Chase Sexton—this year’s 250SX East champion—and Colt Nichols are tied for fourth with 94 points. But Michael Mosiman, who comes off of third place overall, is only nine points behind them at sixth in the championship. It’s altogether possible that another overall podium will allow Mosiman to crack the top five in the standings on Saturday.