View From The Infield: Plessinger Clinches The Crown

Oh yeah, we always love coming back to Budds Creek. While the question of whether or not it'll be around on each year's schedule seems to come up on an annual basis, there's no doubt that it's a great track, and provides for some equally great racing.   Marvin Musquin grabbed the holeshot to start the 450 action, tailed by Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia.

Ken Roczen quickly took over the top spot and sprinted away...despite reportedly not feeling particularly spicy.

It was great to see Jason Anderson back in the mix after nearly having a toe cut off in a freak practice accident earlier this summer. He looked fast and smooth, finishing fourth in moto one, but opted to sit out moto two.

Something clicked for Blake Baggett this weekend, and he looked like the Chupacabra of old. He was fifth in the first frame.

Marvin Musquin kept things interesting for Ken Roczen, but Kenny hung on to grab the moto one win.

Eli Tomac started out at the tail end of the top ten, and only made it back to third in moto one. A small change to the bike before moto two made for a lot more corner confidence in moto two.

Dare DeMartile scored himself a career highlight by leading the pack into the first turn at the start of the second moto.

Marvin Musquin quickly took over the top spot, and Justin Barcia took a crack at a pass, but Marvin squared back under and held him offl

Marvin reportedly had an elbow injury from earlier in the week, and he held the top spot for a handful of laps before Roczen took over the lead. Marvin eventually finished fourth, which combined with the second in moto one, was good for third overall.

Eli Tomac was seventh at the end of lap one, but made one of those impressive marches through the pack to take over the lead with a handful of laps left.

Ken Roczen had moved to the lead after passing Marvin Musquin, and for a while it looked like he might be able to pull off the overall.

Weston Peick was ninth in moto two, and will have surgery this week on his pesky right wrist.

Blake Baggett was on fire in moto two. When he got by Ken Roczen, it cost the Honda-mounted rider the overall. Blake even reeled in Eli Tomac a bit on his way to a strong second in moto two.

Chalk up another overall for Eli Tomac. With one round remaining, he's got a 20-point lead.

Oddly, Mitchell Harrison's 4-5 score was beat out by Aaron Plessinger's 1-11, and he just missed out on a second straight podium.

Pencil RJ Hampshire in for a second in moto one.

Dylan Ferrandis was fifth in moto one, but his amazing ride of the day was in moto two, where he charged back from a first turn crash to finish tenth.

Aaron Plessinger got this pit board with a lap to go in the first moto.

Chase Sexton was seventh in moto one, but with better results ahead.

Boom. Championship clinched. They don't hand out the plate after the first moto, just in case there's some kind of protest or DQ in moto two that would affect the overall result.

With the 250 title already in hand, Aaron Plessinger jumped out front of moto two. After a bit, the combination of heat and mental fatigue from the championship chase had him ease up, and he settled for an 11th place finish.

A handful of laps into the moto, RJ Hampshire took over the top spot.

Chase Sexton and Austin Forkner were battling early in moto two over third and fourth. Chase eventually made it to second spot, while Forkner slid back to seventh.

The highlight of Alex Martin's day was a fourth in moto two.

Some weekends are hot, some are cold. This one was a chilly one for Joey Savatgy, with 11-16 moto scores.

Chase Sexton's 7-2 score was good for second overall.

That win has been a long time coming for RJ Hampshire. He's shown speed all season, but seemed to end up in a lot of first turn (or first straight) crashes. He put it all together at Budds Creek.

It was a great day for the GEICO Honda boys, with a first and second overall for RJ Hampshire and Chase Sexton.

Aaron Plessinger took home the big prize of the day, claiming the 250 crown.


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