450 OVERALL RESULTS | 2020 MILLVILLE PRO MOTOCROSS NATIONAL
We’re in Millville, Minnesota for the 6th round of the 2020 AMA Nationals after a two-week break from racing. Thankfully the riders are given beautiful weather and racing conditions for the cool Fall day in Minnesota. With the points getting closer and closer for the 450 class, nothing short but exciting was to be expected at this race. 450 rookie Adam Cianciarulo put down an absolute heater in timed qualifying ranking him the fastest in the first round of qualifying but the other 450 rookie Chase Sexton wasn’t here to mess around. Chase managed to a tenth of a second faster than Adam scoring him the top position in timed qualifying. Our current points leader Zach Osborne just broke the top ten getting an eighth in timed qualifying. Last year’s champ Eli Tomac followed closely to the rookies getting third in qualifying.
With the most exciting most of us haven’t seen in a while, we sat at the edge of our seats witnessing an awesome spectacle of motocross. How will the rookies fair compared to the season veterans that fill the 450 class? Will our current points leader be able to hold onto the red plate? Find out all down below as we report the races.
450 OVERALL RESULTS | SPRING CREEK NATIONAL
The second 450 moto went underway with first moto winner Adam Cianairulo taking the holeshot almost getting a tie with Blake Baggett over the line. Every rider in the top 10 has beat each other previously so the racing was extremely close. Chase Sexton ran in third with points leader Zach Osborne running right behind him. Marvin Musquin, Justin Barcia, and Christian Craig were fifth through seventh and Eli Tomac in eighth. Just like how we saw the first moto, the 450 rookies Adam and Chase rode surprisingly well compared to the veteran 450 riders. Sandwiched in between the two younger riders was Blake Baggett who felt the pressure to charge on Adam Cianciarulo but also felt the pressure of Chase Sexton running him down. With a few laps in Chase Sexton raced Baggett up Mt. Martin and made a clean pass in the inside. Now it was the two rookie riders leading the race. Both Chase and Adam both train together at James Stewart’s compound so it was a battle between these two close friends. Broc Tickle went down hard and it was really unfortunate because of his recent comeback in the sport.
Adam Cianciarulo, Chase Sexton, and Blake Baggett started getting closer to each other and soon it was a battle for the lead. Adam was not going to just give up his position as he continued to ride extremely smooth, but Chase started to push the envelope in order to take lead. While these two were worrying about each other, the Chupacabra closed the gap on the young riders. With ten minutes and two laps left Marvin Musquin sat in fourth place with red plate holder Zach Osborne following. It appeared something went wrong with the bike as he pointed at it going past the mechanics. Zach then lost a couple of positions to Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia. The mechanics appeared to diagnose that it was a front flat and got a wheel on standby for him but that didn’t matter to Zach as he rode past the mechanics to keep racing. The front wheel problem escalated as the front flat got worse and Zach’s speed decreased significantly. Zach only about 4 laps to go to maintain the points lead and could not drop to 20th. With each lap around the track, Zach got more and more comfortable with riding with the flat front tire and actually started to gain speed from his previous laps.
At this time Adam Cianciarulo still held the lead with Blake Baggett one second behind. It appeared that there was another mechanical problem but this time involving Marvin Musquin who had an issue with his clutch. Two laps to go, Adam showed incredible speed knowing that Baggett would hard charge at the very end. Adam saved up some energy for the last laps and put a small gap in between him and the number 4. Zach Osborne dropped to 14th place and only had one lap left to redeem some points in the race. Within the last lap, Adam Cianciarulo eventually caught up to the points leader and lapped him. Adam Cianciarulo took the win and went 1-1 for the day.
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450 MOTO 1 RESULTS | SPRING CREEK NATIONAL
The 450 rookie Adam Cianciarulo took the holeshot with 450 veteran Marvin Musquin and fellow 450 rookie Chase Sexton in second and third place. The Chupacabra Blake Baggett followed closely in fourth place and points leader Zach Osborne in fifth place. Eli Tomac got a poor start and started hunting down riders one by one. Suzuki riders Joey Savatgy sat in seventh and eighth place with Justin Barcia on their tail. Marvin’s performance has been incredible with his current riding condition of having a damaged knee and currently sat in second in both the championship and the race. Eli Tomac made his way past the Brit Max Anstie and Christian Craig followed Eli’s lead. It was only a matter of time before Blake Baggett’s creative line choices paid off in his favor and started closing the gap between him and Sexton. Baggett charged down one of the major downhills remarkably fast and made the past on the Honda rider. 10 minutes in, Adam Cianciarulo felt the pressure of the two KTM riders breathing down his neck. Marvin and Baggett put speed towards the rookie Monster Energy Kawi rider.
The 450s made ease of some parts of the track that the 250s struggled in. Osborne started to quietly get some speed in the race and gained on Chase Sexton. Blake Baggett and Marvin Musquin began to dance with each other as the two flew up and down the Millville countryside crisscrossing in between each other for the second position in the race. With less than 10 minutes left in the race, Zach Osborne made an aggressive pass on Chase Sexton as the two collided for the fourth position. Marvin Musquin and Baggett remained within a hundredth of a second of each other until Baggett made a mistake separating the two KTM riders. Baggett made the pass on the french rider as Marvin’s bike stalled and failed to start it right away. Fortunately for Marvin, the points leader was more than four seconds behind after resuming movement on his bike. Justin Barcia barely scraped by Joey Savatgy for sixth place and unfortunately, Savatgy went down in after getting his front wheel taken out. With such a good position in the race, Chase Sexton sadly went down and lost position to several riders. Blake Baggett closed on the Kawi rider in first place but it was too late as Adam Cianciarulo took his second-ever 450 moto win.
|1||9||Adam Cianciarulo||17 Laps|
|36||141||Richard Taylor||14 Laps|
|38||881||Jerry LorenzIII||9 Laps|
|39||647||Matthew Hubert||4 Laps|