2019 REDBUD NATIONAL | PRE-RACE REPORT (UPDATED)
PRE-RACE REPORT FOR THE 2019 REDBUD NATIONAL
After visiting two rough sand tracks in a row, the 2019 AMA Outdoor National series is headed to another sandy and rough track in the rolling hills of Buchanan, Michigan. The 2019 Redbud National is up next and it’s shaping up to be another exciting weekend of Motocross. After six rounds have been completed, we are now at the halfway point of the season and it’s Eli Tomac who leads the 450 class with a 26-point gap over Marvin Musquin. Although his season started out slow, Marvin has been gaining momentum steadily and he is on an all-time high coming off back-to-back wins at the Florida and Southwick Nationals.
2018 REDBUD NATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Coming into Redbud last year, Eli had a 12-point gap on Marvin. After the start of the first 450 Moto, it looked like Tomac would gain even more points that day as he found himself in the lead and Marvin Musquin was on the ground with Justin Barcia in the first turn. But the circumstances would completely flip as Eli Tomac’s bike quit on him and Musquin was able to come from second to last, all the way up to second place. In the second Moto Marvin started at the front and won the Moto while Eli Tomac had a crash and more bike issues that resulted in a 9th place finish.
ADAM CIANCIARULO BOUNCES BACK
After winning four rounds in a row, Adam wasn’t able to continue the streak in the sand at his hometown National in Florida. Justin Cooper grabbed his first win there and many expected Cooper to do it again at the sand in Southwick. But that wasn’t the case, Adam went to work during the week and he came back stronger at Southwick to remind everyone why he has the red plate. Dylan Ferrandis won the second Moto, but Adam earned the overall with Justin Cooper rounding out the podium in third. Coming into round seven at RedBud Adam has a healthy 23-point lead over Cooper in the 250 class.
DEAN FERRIS AND MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA PART WAYS
Dean posted on Instagram saying: “Due to a wide range of factors and careful consideration my time here in the USA has come to an end. I’d like to start by saying a huge Thank You to all of you for the amazing support I have received since declaring my intentions to race the AMA @promotocross championship. It has been a crazy few months trying to make it all happen! But upon mutual agreement with Monster Energy Factory Yamaha I finalised my contract after Southwick National and will not be lining up this weekend at Redbud, I will instead be returning home to Australia. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team for their support throughout the first half of the season and would like to wish both @aaronplessinger_7 & @justinbarcia a killer second half 👊🏼
I would also like to thank @foxmoto @foxracingaustralia @recover8_au and everyone else who helped make it all possible! I will give everyone another update regarding what’s next for me in the coming couple of weeks when I get home and confirm it all. Thank you again for all your ongoing support!”
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Team Manager Jim Perry said: “It was a pleasure to have Dean filling in for the opening rounds of the 2019 Lucas Oil Motocross Championship while Aaron was recovering from injury. Now that Aaron has returned to his #7 YZ450F, the Aussie national champ has decided to return home down under. The Monster Energy Factory Yamaha team appreciated his strong work ethic and commitment while in the states, we wish him all the best in the future.”
DEAN WILSON COMES BACK
Since injuring his shoulder and kidneys at the Denver Supercross, Dean Wilson has been missed at the races.
Dean Wilson announced via Instagram that he will make his return to racing this Saturday at the RedBud National. Originally, most people, including Dean thought that he would be ready in time for the Pro Motocross season opener at Hangtown, but that wasn’t the case. His shoulder took a longer time to heal than expected and now he is ready to get back out there. We’ve been watching Dean at the local Southern California practice tracks and he has been putting in long motos and looking fast while doing it. We are glad to have Dean back at the races and we know the fans are too.
MICHAEL MOSIMAN COMES BACK
The Rockstar Husqvarna team will also be gaining back Michael Mosiman this Saturday. Michael has been steadily improving in 2019 with a podium finish at Thunder Valley and a fourth overall at the Florida National.
Michael Mosiman’s 3-5 motos scores at the Florida National tied himself and Adam Cianciarulo for the the last spot on the podium. Adam’s 5-3 finishes won him the tiebreaker, but it was still a valiant effort by Mosiman who has only scored one podium so far. Unfortunately for the young Rockstar Husqvarna rider, a practice crash during the week leading up to Southwick would cause him to miss round six. Michael dropped from 6th to 8th in the Championship standings and he is now 19-points behind Chase Sexton for 5th in the Championship. After missing the Southwick National, Michael will be back racing again this Saturday in Buchanan, Michigan.