2018 SEATTLE SUPERCROSS | THE AFTERMATH

Photos by Krystyn SlackSeattle, Washington is the rainiest American city West of the Rocky Mountains. On average, rain drops 150 days per year. If you ask us, those aren’t very good odds of having a fair weather day of racing. So why does Feld hold a Supercross race in an open Stadium in Seattle? Beats us. The stadium seats were bare last Saturday night. That can’t be good for Feld’s bank account, but it sure made for some interesting racing.

At least the pits were covered for the teams and fans to enjoy some dry weather. 

Kawasaki wrench Travis Perry getting Tyler Bowers factory KX450F ready for the mud feast. 

Justin Hill is Washington’s hometown hero. 

The Dirt Wurx’s crew did their best to get the water off the track. 

It looked like there was a lake in the middle of the Seattle SX track. 

Track walk for riders in the muddy conditions was assuming for them. 

Justin Brayton and Josh Hill check out the track. 

Due to the rain and wet conditions of the track they decided to go to a rainy day schedule. This pushed track walk and practice much later in the day so the track could stay covered for as long was possible. Riders only got one practice session which also counted as their qualifying session as well. 

Branan LeithFirst practice out was the 250 B session. This was the best the track was all day. It gave these riders a smooth track to lay down fast times. The top three riders in overall qualifying were all the from the B session. Brandan Leith capitalized on the conditions and qualified first overall. 

Jason Anderson had an interesting crash in practice as he slid the rear end off a lip. He posted the crash on his Instagram account

Chad Reed and his mechanic Mike Gooselaar working out settings.
     “Filthy” Phil finally seen in his natural habitat.
    The track broke down fast in practice.
   Yellow flags were flying all night long.
 Which line would you pick?

After practice/qualifying the show must go on no matter had hard the rain comes down. Opening ceremonies got the show started. 

There was no riding in Opening Ceremonies. Only waves, high five and thumbs up.
 Eli Tomac gets introduced to the Seattle crowd.

After opening ceremonies it was time for the first heat races. 

In the first 250 heat race it was JGR rider Phil Nicoletti getting his first heat race win of the year. 

Proud JGR team manager Jeremy Albrecht after Phil’s heat race win. 
 Chase Sexton finished three second behind Phil with Chase Marquier rounding out third. 

250 HEAT 1 RESULTS (TOP 9 QUALIFY)

  1. Phillip Nicoletti (Suz)
  2. Chase Sexton (Hon)
  3. Chase Marquier (Hus)
  4. Shane McElrath (KTM)
  5. Mitchell Oldenberg (Yam)
  6. Dakota Alix (KTM)
  7. Josh Mosiman (Yam)
  8. Noah Mcconahy (Yam)
  9. Tallon Lafountaine (Suz)

In 250 heat two, is was Aaron Plessinger that took the win with style with a 57 second lead. 

Justin Starling Supercross - Seattle SX 2018 -82Justin Starling had his best heat race of the year with a second. 

Mitchell Harrison Supercross - Seattle SX 2018 -122Mitchell Harrison finished third. 

250 HEAT 2 RESULTS (TOP 9 QUALIFY)

  1. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)
  2. Joey Savatgy (Kaw)
  3. Mitchell Harrison (Hus)
  4. Justin Starling (Hus)
  5. Justin Hill (Suz)
  6. Dylan Summerlin (Hus)
  7. Chance Blackburn (KTM)
  8. Hayden Mellross (Yam)
  9. Brandan Leith (Kaw)

In the first 450 heat it was Marvin Musquin who lead the pack. Check out the riding style. Skis out. 

Marvin’s teammate Broc Tickle finished 13 second behind for second. Tyler Bowers finished third. 

450 HEAT 1 RESULTS (TOP 9 QUALIFY)

  1. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  2. Broc Tickle (KTM)
  3. Tyler Bowers (Kaw)
  4. Malcolm Stewart (Kaw)
  5. Cooper Webb (Yam)
  6. Joshua Hill (Yam)
  7. Cedric Soubeyras (Suz)
  8. Justin Brayton (Hon)
  9. Henry Miller (Suz)

Eli Tomac overtook Jason Anderson on the second lap and pulled a 40 second gap over him in heat two. 

Jason, you’re heading the wrong way. 

Chad Reed rode the best we have seen all year and finished third. 

450 HEAT 2 RESULTS (TOP 9 QUALIFY)

  1. Eli Tomac (Kaw)
  2. Jason Anderson (Hus)
  3. Chad Reed (Hus)
  4. Dean Wilson (Hus)
  5. Blake Baggett (KTM)
  6. Weston Pieck (Suz)
  7. Austin Polliteli (Hon)
  8. Vince Friese (Hon)
  9. Ben Lamay (Hon)

Adam Cianciarulo fried his clutch in the heat and had to qualify through the LCQ, which he won. 

250 LCQ RESULTS (TOP 4 QUALIFY)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)
  2. Jess Pettis (Yam)
  3. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
  4. Keele Russell (Hus)

After bad luck in their heat races, Benny Bloss and Christian Craig had to race in the LCQ. They finished first and second. 

Alex Ray had a tough night and did not qualify for the main. 

450 LCQ RESULTS (TOP 4 QUALIFY)

  1.  Benny Bloss (KTM)
  2. Christian Craig (Hon)
  3. Nick Schmidt (Suz)
  4. Collin Jurin (Kaw)

Tyler Bowers mechanic Travis Perry pushes his factory KX450F to staging for the 450 main event. 

The races were cut short due to the track conditions. The 250 main event was only 10 minutes long. Aaron Plessinger lead from start to finish winning by over 30 seconds.

Aaron Plessinger Supercross - Seattle SX 2018 -133 Aaron extends his points lead to 17 points over Adam Cianciarulo. Aaron celebrates with his Star Racing Yamaha team.

Chase Sexton celebrating his second place finish. 

Adam Cinaciarulo talking the race over with his mechanic. Adam needs to step up the last two races if his wants a chance at the championship. 

After Phil’s heat race win we were expecting bigs things from him in the main. Unfortunately, Phil got stuck in the mud a few times. He still managed to finish 11th. 

Shane McElrath finished forth.

Joey Savatgy is letting the championship slip away. 

It was Justin Hill’s hometown race in Seattle. Justin finished 9th. 

Your 250 main event podium from left to right: Chase Sexton (2nd), Aaron Plessinger (1st), Adam Cianciarulo (3rd). 

250 MAIN EVENT RESULTS

  1. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)
  2. Chase Sexton (Hon)
  3. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)
  4. Shane McElrath (KTM)
  5. Mitchell Harrison (Hus)
  6. Justin Starling (Hus)
  7. Mitchell Oldenberg (Yam)
  8. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
  9. Justin Hill (Suz)
  10. Hayden Mellross (Yam)
  11. Phillip Nicoletti (Suz)
  12. Joey Savatgy (Kaw)
  13. Dylan Summerlin (Hus)
  14. Brandan Leith (Kaw)
  15. Chase Marquier (Hus)
  16. Dakota Alix (KTM)
  17. Jess Pettis (Yam)
  18. Chance Blackburn (KTM)
  19. Keele Russell (Hus)
  20. Tallon Lafountaine (Suz)
  21. Josh Mosiman (Hus)
  22. Noah Mcconahy (Yam)

250 WEST POINTS (ROUND 8 OF 10)

  1. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)–177
  2. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)–160
  3. Joey Savatgy (Kaw)–153
  4. Shane McElrath (KTM)–146
  5. Chase Sexton (Hon)–132
  6. Justin Hill (Suz)–119
  7. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)–110
  8. Christin Craig (Hon)–106
  9. Mitchell Harrison (Hus)–100
  10. Hayden Mellross (Yam)–81

Mud flys through the air at the start of the 450 main event. 

The first lap was mayhem. Everyone was dragging their feet to keep upright. 

 

 

Blake Baggett managed to finish forth. Notice the steam coming out of his radiator overflow. Not a good sign.
  Josh Hill didn’t have the best night but he sure had fun. He had this to say after the race–“I can’t tell you how amazing it felt to line up yesterday. Qualified 6th in my heat. And was running 4th the first 1/3 of the Main. It seemed like I was dreaming. Can’t thank @yamahamotorusa enough for this opportunity. Haven’t had that much fun in years. And I’ve always hated mud.”

What an emotional night for Chad Reed. He worked up to fifth place and on the last lap on the last corner his engine gave out. He pushed his bike to the finish line, but not over the finish line. AMA clocked him in 7th even though he didn’t cross the finish. Wonder if anyone protested? Chad had this to say after the race–“In reality we should of thrown a new engine in for the main she wasn’t happy after the heat. Had a blast out there!”
              Jason Anderson did what he needed to do. It may not have been a flawless race for Jason, but he got on the podium once again. He has a 37 points lead.  

ELi Tomac Supercross - Seattle SX 2018 -146Eli Tomac gets his sixth win of the season. He sits third in points. 

2018 Seattle Supercross 450 main event podium from left to right: Jason Anderson (2nd), Eli Tomac (1st), Marvin Musquin (3rd).

450 MAIN EVENT RESULTS

  1. Eli Tomac (Kaw)
  2. Jason Anderson (Hus)
  3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  4. Broc Tickle (KTM)
  5. Cooper Webb (Yam)
  6. Tyler Bowers (Kaw)
  7. Chad Reed (Hus)
  8. Blake Baggett (KTM)
  9. Dean Wilson (Hus)
  10. Weston Peick (Suz)
  11. Christian Craig (Hon)
  12. Vince Friese (Hon)
  13. Cedric Soubeyras (Suz)
  14. Benny Bloss (KTM)
  15. Ben Lamay (Hon)
  16. Austin Politelli (Hon)
  17. Malcolm Stewart (Suz)
  18. Henry Miller (Suz)
  19. Collin Jurin (Kaw)
  20. Justin Brayton (Hon)
  21. Joshua Hill (Yam)
  22. Nick Schmidt (Suz)                   

450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS

  1. Jason Anderson–288
  2. Marvin Musquin–251
  3. Eli Tomac–220
  4. Justin Brayton–213
  5. Blake Baggett–209
  6. Weston Peick–185
  7. Broc Tickle–184
  8. Cooper Webb-180
  9. Dean Wilson–152
  10. Malcolm Stewart–125

2018 SEATTLE SUPERCROSS | FULL COVERAGE

 

 

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