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Musquin triumphant in Southwick for back-to-back Pro Motocross Championship victories

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Musquin triumphant in Southwick for back-to-back Pro Motocross Championship victories
Thousands of fans were on hand to welcome Pro Motocross back to Southwick. Photo: Jeff Kardas
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship reached the halfway point of the 2019 season on Saturday with its annual visit to New England‰Ûªs infamous The Wick 338.

The most storied sand track in American motocross was the setting for an exceptional day of racing at the MB Tractor & Equipment Southwick National, where Frenchman Marvin Musquin took his second straight 450 Class victory. In the 250 Class, Adam Cianciarulo added to his dominant start to the season with his fifth victory in six rounds.

Musquin picked up where he left off to start the opening 450 Class moto by grabbing the MotoSport.com Holeshot over b. The Frenchman dropped the hammer on the opening lap to establish a lead over the field, while Tomac, the reigning series champion, began to drop positions, first to Team Honda HRC‰Ûªs Ken Roczen and then to Zach Osborne. This shuffled Tomac off the podium and into the clutches of Cooper Webb.


Musquin was able to distance himself from everyone else and soon enjoyed a multi-second lead. As the moto wore on, Roczen started to lose pace and lost his hold of second to Osborne. Tomac was able to regroup from his sluggish start and march his way back to the front. He got around Roczen to get back into podium contention in third, and continued to push his way up to Osborne. The rookie held the champ at bay for a few laps, but Tomac made an impressive pass to return to third. However, by this point Musquin was simply too far out front.

Musquin was flawless en route to his second moto win of the season, with a wire-to-wire effort that saw him take the checkered flag 9.1 seconds ahead of Tomac. Osborne followed solidly in third, with Webb fourth and JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing‰Ûªs Fredrik Noren earning a season-best moto result in fifth. Roczen, who led the points multiple times this season and has two overall wins to his credit, continued to lose ground, eventually dropping outside the top 10 for a season-worst 12th-place finish.
Musquin triumphant in Southwick for back-to-back Pro Motocross Championship victories
Marvin Musquin raced to his second straight 450 Class victory. Photo: Rich Shepherd
The final moto of the afternoon saw Webb capture the holeshot, with Osborne and Musquin in tow. Tomac found himself just outside the top 10. Webb had a solid hold on the top spot, but a bobble on the opening lap opened the door for Osborne to storm into the lead, dropping Webb into second just ahead of his hard-charging teammate. Musquin gave chase, but just after the completion of the opening lap Roczen, who was looking to rebound from his tough first moto, passed him for third. Roczen didn‰Ûªt stop there. He kept his charge going and after a persistent chase of Webb, he successfully made the pass for second. Not long after that, Musquin took advantage of an opportunity to pass Webb for third.

The intense battle between Roczen, Musquin and Webb allowed Osborne to open a gap of more than three seconds. Roczen briefly settled into second, but Musquin was able to attack and take away the position. As all this action unfolded, Tomac quietly moved his way up into the top five and had the lead group in his sights. Roczen started to lose pace again a little more than 10 minutes into the moto, and quickly fell from third to fifth as both Webb and Tomac got around. The German continued to drop back deep into the top 10.
Musquin triumphant in Southwick for back-to-back Pro Motocross Championship victories
Zach Osborne enjoyed a career-best outing, highlighted by his first moto win. Photo: Jeff Kardas
Tomac proceeded to stalk Webb for third as they approached the halfway point of the moto. The KTM rider was able to hold off the champ for several laps, but Tomac eventually made the pass and move into podium position. At this point, Tomac went to work to try and chip away at his deficit to the lead duo. He sat about three seconds behind Musquin for second, and after several laps he closed to within a few bike lengths of his longtime rival. Musquin responded by picking up his pace, which allowed him to stop the threat.

Out front, Osborne managed the moto with the poise of the veteran racer he is, despite being a rookie in the 450 Class. The 29-year-old rider took his first moto win in the premier division by 11.1 seconds over Musquin, who capped off his winning afternoon with a second. Tomac soldiered home in third.
Musquin triumphant in Southwick for back-to-back Pro Motocross Championship victories
Eli Tomac's podium finish moved into firm control of the championship. Photo: Rich Shepherd
Musquin‰Ûªs 1-2 effort asserted himself as the hottest rider in the championship, where he became the first rider to claim back-to-back victories this season. He also successfully defended his Southwick win from a year ago.

‰ÛÏWinning Southwick means a lot. Last year I kind of got lucky because Eli Tomac crashed out, but this weekend Zach Osborne and I were on it,‰Û
Musquin triumphant in Southwick for back-to-back Pro Motocross Championship victories
Adam Cianciarulo raced to his fifth 250 Class win in six races. Photo: Jeff Kardas
The first 250 Class moto of the afternoon saw championship rivals Cianciarulo and Justin Cooper cross the holeshot side-by-side, with Cianciarulo just barely getting the edge aboard his Kawasaki. Cooper ultimately emerged with the early lead on his Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha, but Cianciarulo went on the attack and forced his way into the lead. From there, the point leader sprinted out to an advantage of just over two seconds by the time the field completed the opening lap. Rookie Derek Drake and Shane McElrath followed right behind in third and fourth, respectively.

Cianciarulo continued to build on his lead over Cooper, who soon settled into second. Behind them, the battle for third intensified between the KTM teammates, which ultimately allowed Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Dylan Ferrandis to close in from fifth. With pressure from behind, McElrath forced the issue on Drake and took over third. It wasn‰Ûªt long before Ferrandis made his way around the rookie to move up to fourth. The focus then shifted to a head-to-head battle between McElrath and Ferrandis. Their pace allowed them to close in on Cooper in second, and as McElrath looked to potentially make a challenge for the runner-up spot, Ferrandis utilized some alternate lines to surge into third.

The Frenchman was mere bike lengths behind his teammate for second, and appeared to be the faster rider. However, as he began to apply pressure he carried too much speed into a corner and went off track. While he was able to resume without losing a position, Ferrandis lost valuable time to Cooper that he‰Ûªd be unable to recover.

Out front, Cianciarulo was dominant en route to his fifth moto win of the season. He crossed the line 11.1 seconds ahead of Cooper, who rode solidly in second the entire moto. Ferrandis held off a late charge from GEICO Honda‰Ûªs RJ Hampshire to finish third, while Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha‰Ûªs Colt Nichols rounded out the top five.
Musquin triumphant in Southwick for back-to-back Pro Motocross Championship victories
Yamaha's Dylan Ferrandis earned his second straight runner-up finish. Photo: Rich Shephard
Cianciarulo made it a clean sweep of the holeshots when he emerged from the first turn with the lead to start Moto 2. Cycle Trader/Rock River Yamaha‰Ûªs Brandon Hartranft followed in second, with Cameron McAdoo in third, just ahead of both Ferrandis and Cooper. Cianciarulo tried to duplicate the early pace he showed in the first moto, but the field kept him within reach. Ferrandis proved to be the first rider to make a move, fighting his way around both McAdoo and Hartranft to surge from fourth to second. Just about a second separated the lead pair as they came to complete Lap 1.

Cianciarulo and Ferrandis started to inch away from the rest of the field, setting up a two-rider showdown for the win. This forced Cooper to dig deep from fifth, and he successfully got around McAdoo for fourth. A lap later he worked his way by Hartranft to take over third, but faced more than an eight-second deficit to the top two. Up front, the gap between Cianciarulo and Ferrandis hovered around a second for half of the moto, with the duo trading fast laps.

As the moto surpassed the halfway point, Ferrandis began to lose patience and started to force the issue. He was able to learn in his pursuit of the Kawasaki and found a couple spots on the track where he could make a move. With about 13 minutes left in the moto, the Frenchman pulled the trigger and sped by Cianciarulo, who put up little fight knowing he still had the overall in hand. Once out front, Ferrandis was able to quickly build an insurmountable advantage. He carried on to take his second win in the last three motos, 10.6 seconds over Cianciarulo, while Cooper followed in a distant third.

Cianciarulo‰Ûªs 1-2 effort gave him the sixth overall victory of his career, five of which have come this summer alone. He also became the 27th different winner in 34 seasons of 250 Class racing in Southwick.

‰ÛÏI try to make good decisions when I‰Ûªm out there. The more I mature as a racer, the more you just learn how to handle situations,‰Û
Musquin triumphant in Southwick for back-to-back Pro Motocross Championship victories
Justin Cooper followed up last week's win with a third-place finish. Photo: Rich Shepherd
MB Tractor & Equipment Southwick National
The Wick 338 ‰ÛÒ Southwick, Mass. - June 29, 2019

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1 Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (1-2)
2 Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (3-1)
3 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-3)
4 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (4-4)
5 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (7-5)
6 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (6-6)
7 Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (5-7)
8 Dean Ferris, Australia, Yamaha (8-12)
9 Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (12-10)
10 John Short, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda (15-9)

450 Class Championship Standings
1 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 257 points
2 Marvin Musquin, France, KTM ‰ÛÒ 231 points
3 Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda ‰ÛÒ 229 points
4 Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna ‰ÛÒ 227 points
5 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna ‰ÛÒ 212 points
6 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM ‰ÛÒ 202 points
7 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 159 points
8 Dean Ferris, Australia, Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 136 points
9 Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM ‰ÛÒ 131 points
10 Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM ‰ÛÒ 117 points

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1 Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-2)
2 Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (3-1)
3 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (2-3)
4 RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (4-4)
5 Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (6-7)
6 Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (10-5)
7 Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha (7-8)
8 Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (5-11)
9 Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, KTM (11-6)
10 Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Yamaha (12-9)

250 Class Championship Standings
1 Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 269 points
2 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 246 points
3 Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 232 points
4 Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 178 points
5 Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda ‰ÛÒ 167 points
6 RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda ‰ÛÒ 165 points
7 Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda ‰ÛÒ 162 points
8 Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna ‰ÛÒ 148 points
9 Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki ‰ÛÒ 143 points
10 Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM ‰ÛÒ 108 points

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