Blake Baggett took the holeshot in the final moto with Savatgy, Wilson, Barcia and Webb close behind. The big news was Tomac back in tenth! Out front Bageett was busily fending off Barcia while Webb was setteld in third folowed by Wilson, Savatgy, Roczen and Reed. With situation as it ran Webb was inline for the round win and Tomac had a lot of work to do to get back on top.
Positions upfront remained the same by half race with a lot of close racing as all eyes were on Tomac. On lap ten Barcia made the move on Baggett for the lead as Tomac moved up to seventh and closer to the overall win. Webb made the move past Baggett for second to put even more pressure on Tomac as the overall round win was between those two. Webb needed to get by Barcia to earn maximum points and hope Tomac's charge through the field would stall. Tomac made the pass on Reed to move into sixth and take the overall lead with two laps to go. Webb did all he could by taking the lead from Barcia which tied the riders for the lead. Tomac was dropping fastest laps to charge forward. Luck was with Tomac as Dean Wilson crashed giving him another place for free and now into the points lead. In the end, Webb took the win, but Tomac was able to make his way back to sixth, giving him enough points him the overall win by a single point. Baggett finished second for the moto ahead of Barcia. Then it was Musquin, Roczen and then Tomac.
It almost slipped away for Tomac but at the end of the night he was happy with his performance and to get maiximum points.
"What really got me in that final moto was when I went off the track on lap to or three and I had to go around a tough block and missed a double which shuffled me way back, that really put me in a pressure cooker, I thought, am I really doing this right now," Tomac explained after the race. "I got my head back in it and made the charge back. I was watching the points gap, and my mechanic was doing a good job of giving me the positions. We are in such a better spot than we were, I just felt more like me tonight" Tomac concluded.
Cooper Webb's night started slow but improved race by race and his second overall sees him maitain his championship points lead
"I was struggleing earlier, trying to reinvent the wheel, change the bike, do this, do that, and wasn't riding like myself and wasn't focused like i should have been. Like the old saying if ain't broke don't fix it," Webb explained. "I went back to original setting for the last one and wouldn't you know it, thats the best settings!"
In one of his favourite hunting grounds, he has won here more than any other rider, Aussie Chad Reed found himself back on the box for the 132nd time with third overall.
Asked what he put his night down to Reed said, "Honestly, just starts and finally riding to your ability. It's been a long time. For the guy who's stood up here more than anyone else in the history of the sport, I take it on personally and feeling less about myself and not getting up here. It feels so rad to be up here. I am really, really, proud and honoured to racew this JGR Suzuki; it's been a lot of fun."
250SX East Coast Class