View From The Infield: Trading Plates

Roczen and Tomac have been swapping the red plate back and forth this season, and after High Point they're now tied atop the standings.

View From The Infield: Trading Plates

The 450 class ran first this week, and Blake Baggett nailed the start. Better yet, he stayed there all moto long.

Cooper Webb had a couple big crashes on the day, but is looking speedier than we've seen him so far this season. He led nearly half of the second 450 moto.

Jason Anderson ended up on the podium with a 2-5 day. For a time in the second 450 moto it looked like he might end up with the overall.

Marvin Musquin was fourth in moto one, and had an amazing ride in moto two to get back to seventh after a crash.

Tyler Bowers had his best rides of the season with a pair of 12th-place finishes.

Eli Tomac was tripling this section, where most riders were doubling. He had a little trouble in the first moto on the way to a third-place moto finish.

Ken Roczen tried a different setup for the first moto, but wrestled with it on the way to a sixth. He went back to his base setting for moto two and scored another win.

When Blake's on, he's on. It was good to see him finish up from in moto one.

This is how Justin Barcia (up ahead in the distance), and Dean Ferris spent the day. Justin scored a pair of tenths, and Dean was 11th in both motos.

Like much of the rest of the season, Justin Cooper was already streaking away. Unlike the rest of the season, he only stayed there for the first six laps.

Here's your top two in the first 250 moto. Hunter Lawrence started third, and worked past Colt Nichols and Justin Cooper to take over the lead. Adam started a couple positions further back before ending up in second.

Justin Cooper slipped back to seventh by the end of the first moto.

Colt Nichols was working it, but couldn't hold off Chase Sexton before the checkers.

John Tomac finding a good vantage point before the second 450 moto.

Ah yes...a little dirt starting gate artistry from Carlos Rivera and Oscar Wirdeman.

Joey Savatgy had the inside advantage here, but it was Cooper Webb jumping out front early in the second 450 moto.

Marvin Musquin went down heading into the second turn. Eli Tomac did well to avoid both Marvin and his bike.

What was amazing was how fast Marvin bounced back up and remounted. He was dead last rounding the second turn, and 21th at the end of lap one. Passing 19 guys on the first lap? Wow. He made it back to seventh by the end of the moto.

If you'd told Zach Osborne that he'd start the season with this string of moto finishes, 5-3-5-4-2-4-5-4 he would have been satisfied. But after finishing on the podium in Colorado, he's starting to set his goals a little higher.

Jason Anderson working through the roller section. After his third overall, he and Zach Osborne are now tied for third in the series.

Eli was sixth early in the moto, and worked his way to second by the checkers.

Ken Roczen took over the lead on lap nine, and held on for the moto win.

Last year, the second motos were Ken's downfall. That wasn't the case here, but Eli still nabbed the overall.

You know it was a good day when you're getting pointed toward the podium, and your boss (Bruce Stjernstrom) is giving you a thumbs-up.

Zach is one rider actually looking forward to the heat in Florida next week.

Eli and Ken are now tied in points, and will share the red plate next week at WW Ranch.

Sometimes the riders help out the spectators...

...and other times the spectators help out the riders. While we get the whole vibe of Team Fried, this might not be the best plan...especially on a day when they were doing drug testing.

Colt Nichols nailed the start to grab the early lead in moto two. He stayed there for the first four laps before Adam Cianciarulo came calling.

Oh, those ruts. Hunter Lawrence couldn't match the magic of moto one, and had to settle for a third in moto two, along with second overall.

That's always some good advice, though with all the ruts, it'd be really easy to focus on your front wheel. Adam ran away with moto two.

A 4-2 day was good for third overall for Chase Sexton.

Colt Nichols ended his day in Mount Morris with a pair of fifths.

Brandon Hartranft was 14th in both motos at High Point.

Cameron McAdoo's first outing with the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM squad resulted in an 8-7 score and seventh overall. He'd been at all the rounds so far, patiently waiting for something to open up, and it paid off.

That makes four overall wins in a row for AC. If you're in your last 250 season, you might as well make it a good one.

The 250 class sure is a blast to watch right now. Hunter Lawrence was pumped on his first podium (and moto win) in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Adam Cianciarulo scored his fourth straight, and we don't think it'll be long before Chase Sexton picks off a win.


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