THE AFTERMATH: MT. MORRIS 250/450 NATIONAL

Photos by Scott Mallonee

The 250 podium from left to right: Aaron Plessinger, Jeremy Martin, Zach Osborne. 
  Jeremy Martin after scoring zero points at the first moto in Hangtown, is now chasing down the points leader Zach Osborne for the red plate. Jeremy sits 18 points behind.  
 Dylan Ferrandis cools himself off after a moto. 
    Privateer Cody Williams finished 25th overall. 
   Bradly Taft went 40-19 for 21st overall. 

Joey Savatgy was on top of the pole in qualifying, but couldn’t put it up front in the motos. He went 8-7 for 7th overall.
 Michael Mosiman had his worst finish of the year with a 20th. 
 It was R.J. Hampshire’s first race back since his injury in Supercross. R.J. finished 8th on the day. 
  Alex Martin was up and down on the day. He finished the day in 5th and still sits 3rd in points behind his brother Jeremy and Zach Osborne. 

The start of a 250 moto. Austin Forkner (24), Jeremy Martin (6) and Aaron Plessinger (23).
 The 450 podium from left to right: Broc Tickle, Blake Baggett, Jason Anderson. 
 Blake Baggett backs up his first win at Thunder Valley with another at Mt. Morris. He is now the points leader over Marvin Musquin by 8 points. 
 Cole Seely went 5-10 for 6th overall. 
  What a surprise from Australia’s Dean Ferris. He holeshot the first 450 moto, even led a lap and finished second. The Aussie was here for a one-race.  He was hoping to impress some team managers so that he could get a deal in America for 2018. His seocnd opened some eyes, but he fell in the second moto and finished 14th. His 2-14 was good enough for 7th overall. 

Dakota Alix finished 14th.

Japan’s Toshiki Tomita finished 25th overall. 

Broc Tickle had consistant 4-4 finishes to get on the podium. 
 Jason Anderson was the fastest in qualifying and got the 2nd moto holeshot, but could not keep Baggett at bay.


  Cooper Webb had his best overall finish of the year with a 6-5 day for fifth. 
 Eli Tomac finished 4th and sits 3rd in points.  His 12-1 score came as a result of a crash in the first moto.
  Josh Grant got the holeshot in the first moto and finished 3rd. He got 11th the second moto and finished 6th overall. 
 450 start with Tickle (20), Bagget (4), Grant (33) and Davalos (30). 
 Fredrik Noren fans.  

Cooper Webb.

Aaron Plessinger was happy to get on the podium and a practice crash left him with a groin injury. 
 Zach Osborne took the win in the first 250 moto. 
 Austin Forkner. 
 Zach Osborne. 

Aaron Plessinger. 
 Bar to bar to the first corner. 
  Before the action — Martin and Cianciarulo. 
 A happy Dean Ferris after a second place in the first moto. Fans may remember Dean from when he had a KTM factory ride under Roger DeCoster, but got hurt right away. This was Dean’s first-ever AMA National.
 Blake takes the checkers.

Mt. Morris fans. 

Jason Anderson in the line of fire. 
 Pre-race rain storms made for a unique mixture of terra firma. 
 Dean Ferris with the number used by lots of foreign riders when they come to America—even Roger DeCoster raced with this number in the Trans-AMA series.

The two Factory Kawasaki riders get off to a good start.
 The hardware. 

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