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Eli Tomac and Jeremy Martin Take The Honours At Hangtown

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Eli Tomac was dominant in the first moto of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, grabbing the early lead and leading every lap to take the victory.

He finished 22 seconds ahead of Ryan Dungey and one minute, 18 seconds ahead of third-place Jason Anderson, who put in an impressive ride on his Husqvarna in his 450 Class debut.

Weston Peick ran in third in the early part of the moto but dropped a few positions throughout the race, despite the fact that he was one of the few riders - along with Tomac and Dungey - hucking the 150-foot uphill triple pretty consistently.

He hit the FLY 150 once he started feeling the pressure from Anderson, but Peick eventually gave up the third-place position to him. Blake Baggett and Christophe Pourcel also engaged in their own mini-battles with Peick to earn spots inside the top five.

Ken Roczen's title defense got off to a rough start. The RCH Suzuki rider was unable to put himself near the front from the get-go and he faded back to 19th when the checkered flag came out. Roczen is currently dealing with ankle and back injuries.

Cole Seely would not finish the race after going down on the opening lap of his 450MX debut.

After running away with the victory in Moto 1, Eli Tomac repeated the feat in the final moto of the day - this time winning by a minute and a half over Ryan Dungey and the rest of the field.

Early in the race, Tomac, Dungey, Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen broke away from the rest of the field. In short order, Tomac was way out in front, Dungey was running his own race in second, and Barcia and Roczen were locked into a battle for third.

After struggling through practice and the opening moto because of a back injury, Roczen rode much better in this one, even attempting the FLY 150. The defending 450MX champion didn't have enough for Barcia though, and after the two stayed close for awhile, Barcia began to pull away with the position.

For Weston Peick, this race was basically the reverse of his Moto 1 performance. Earlier in the day, Peick got a great start and was holding down third but began dropping positions throughout the moto. In this one, Peick - who consistently launched the 150-foot triple again in this moto - came from outside the top five to work his way up to third. After overtaking Roczen for fourth, he ran down his JGR Yamaha teammate Barcia in the final two laps of the race to grab third. Peick (8-3) wound up fourth overall on the day.

Barcia and Roczen rounded out the top five in this moto, and behind them, a battle between rookies played out with Blake Baggett passing Jason Anderson late in the race. Anderson (3-7) was still able to get the final spot on the overall podium though thanks to his stellar ride in the first moto. Baggett (5-6) took fifth overall.

"It's not easy after ten days lying flat on the couch," Roczen said after his top five moto finish. "It turns out I have a stress fracture in my spine. I'm glad I was able to ride. I didn't think so yesterday - I could barely walk. I'm gonna do everything I can to rest up and be ready to come back next weekend."

Judging from the way Tomac rode today, Roczen will need to be at full strength to match him.

"Going back to the first moto, I made a change on my front end," Tomac said after his dominating win. "My bike was amazing. I'm kinda in shock by how the day went, but it was just perfect."

Australia's BRett Metcalfe finished the round in 7th overall with a seventh place opening moto results followed by 9th in moto 2, while Chad Reed went 12-15 for 15th overall.

Jeremy Martin got the edge over Marvin Musquin in the 250 class for the round with the duo splitting race wins to end the day tied on 47 points each, with Martin claiming the round win due to his better result in race two.

The MotoSport.com Holeshot went to Justin Bogle in the opening race with the Honda rider leading the race early, but it wasn't long before Adam Cianciarulo made a charge into the lead.

Bogle also gave up a spot to Cooper Webb, setting up a battle for the lead between Cianciarulo and Webb. Meanwhile, Bogle settled into a battle of his own with Marvin Musquin.

Once Musquin took away third from Bogle, he went on a charge to make his way back up to the lead pack. Up front, Cianciarulo was holding off Webb and at one point even attempted the FLY 150 massive uphilll triple - something that very few 450 riders have even been doing throughout the week.

A few laps into the race though, Cianciarulo went down. He remounted near the backend of the top ten, and Musquin made the pass on Webb shortly thereafter. Once he got into the lead, Musquin checked out and won the race by a comfortable margin

"I didn't have that intensity the first two laps, so I tried to stay calm," Musquin said after the race. "Then I saw Adam going down, and I realized I was capable of taking the lead."

Joey Savatgy spent much of the race holding off the defending 250MX champion Jeremy Martin for third place. Savatgy was unable to gain any separation, and Martin was eventually able to pass him with about five minutes left in the moto. Martin then used what little time was left to track down his teammate Webb to steal away second place .

After Jeremy Martin put in a hard-charging effort in the first moto to take second place, he indicated that he was ready to go another 30 minutes. He certainly wasn't kidding.

Martin came out hot in the second moto, immediately putting himself up front and then building a gap on second-place Jessy Nelson. Marvin Musquin - the winner of the first moto - was unable to get as good of a start, and although he picked his way through the field up to second place in short order, it was too late to catch Martin.

After his 26-second margin of victory, Martin also earned the overall win thanks to 2-1 moto finishes on the day. The defending 250MX champion will be able to keep the red plate on his #1 bike for at least one more week.

He will not have sole possession of the points lead though - because Musquin finished 1-2 on the day, the Red Bull KTM rider officially earned second overall, but he will be tied with Martin in points entering next week's race in Glen Helen.

"Marvin's an awesome competitor," Martin said after the race. "He pushes me and hopefully I do the same in return. It was a good race here."

A battle for third in the moto and third overall shaped up behind Martin and Musquin. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Chris Alldredge held off Jeremy's brother, Alex Martin, in the waning laps to earn his first career podium finish.

Meanwhile, two of Martin's biggest threats to a title repeat - Cooper Webb and Justin Bogle - were both unable to finish the race and looked to be in pain coming off the track.

Australian privateer Honda riders Jackson Richardson and Hayden Mellross both finished both moto's with Richardson carding a 23-17 pair of moto results for 23rd overall, while Mellross finished with a 26-24 score card for 27th overall.

Hangtown 450MX Overall Results
1. Eli Tomac (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey (2-2)
3. Jason Anderson (3-7)
4. Weston Peick (8-3)
5. Blake Baggett (4-6)
6. Broc Tickle (6-8)
7. Brett Metcalfe (7-9)
8. Christophe Pourcel (5-12)
9. Fredrik Noren (10-10)
10. Phil Nicoletti (9-14)

Hangtown 250MX Overall Results
1. Jeremy Martin (2-1)
2. Marvin Musquin (1-2)
3. Chris Alldredge (5-3)
4. Alex Martin (6-4)
5. Anthony Rodriguez (7-6)
6. Aaron Plessinger (10-8)
7. Joey Savatgy (4-15)
8. Adam Cianciarulo (9-11)
9. Matt Bisceglia (12-10)
10. Cooper Webb (3-37)

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