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Chad Reed throws a Nac-Nac during opening ceremonies. 

Christian Craig with the “WHY NOT” butt patch for racing Ken Roczen’s factory Honda CFR450 in Salt Lake.

Colter Ahrens riding Mitchell Oldenburg’s bike back to the pits after practice. 

Shane McElrath mixed in with the beauty of Salt Lake.

Unseeded  practice waiting their turn. 

Justin Brayton.

Jimmy Decotis.

Dan Reardon.

Cooper Webb placed 9th on the night. 

This start is of the 2nd 450 heat race where Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac had a heated battle to the checkered flag. Dungey was victor in the heat race.

Justin Bogle got the holeshot in the 450 main, but a hard crash sidelined him.

Salt Lake 250 winner Shane McElrath put on a great ride.

Aaron Plessinger was rocket fast through the whoops passing teammate Reardon (122) in the heat race.

 Cole Martinez finished 12th.

The start of the first 250 heat race. 

Martin Davalos wide-eyed.

This was the demise of Aaron Plessinger. Aaron was hauling the mail and leading the main event until the whoops caught him off guard. 

Jason Anderson wasn’t that far off the pace of Dungey even though suffering from “altitude sickness.”

MXA test rider Justin Hoeft was running 9th in the main until he had a crash in the rhythm section.

Mitchell Oldenburg gets his best finish of the year with a 2nd.

The start of the 250 main event. Austin Forkner stretches it out to capture the holeshot.  

Dean Wilson won his semi by a hair over Justin Brayton.

Cooper Webb. 

Ken Roczen’s mechanic Oscar Wirdeman wrenched for Christian Craig for the night. 

The start of 450 semi 1. 

The 250 LCQ.

Josh Grant was on top of his game, qualifying 2nd and finishing 5th on the night.

Chad Reed finished a solid 6th. 

Shane McElrath. 

Shane takes home the win. 

Brothers in arms. Hill takes the championship, McElrath takes the win.

Heath Harrison. 

Aaron Plessinger before the crash.

Kyle Chisholm finished 9th in the 250 West.

 Austin Forkner.

You could tell Justin Hill was riding tight due to the circumstances. If Martin Davalos would have passed him (which he almost did in the last corner), the championship would be going all the way to Vegas.

Pro Circuit’s “Bones” Bacon was a happy camper. 

This was the first attempt by Tomac to pass Ryan Dungey. It did not stick. 

Here is Tomac’s second run at Ryan. 

By the next lap Tomac had made the pass and Ryan Dungey (1) was eating roost. 

Once Tomac took the lead, he was on rails. 

The checkers fly for Eli. 

Your 450 podium in Salt Lake City (from left to right) Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson. 

Eli’s Bell lid.

Roger Decoster and Ian Harrison talk after the race.

Decoster and Dungey. 

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