MOTOCROSS: THE STRAIGHT UP FACTS HEADING INTO MT. MORRIS
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By Broc Bridges
1. Blake Baggett earned his first career 450MX Class overall victory in Colorado by going 3-1. His second moto victory was the first of his 450MX Class career and he now has 15 career wins.
2. Baggett’s win was KTM’s second in a row and 32nd all time. He now joins Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen, and Marvin Musquin as riders to win a 450MX event on a KTM.
3. 2014 was the last season that two different KTM riders won a 450MX overall in the same season (Dungey and Roczen). It has already been done in three rounds in 2017 with Musquin and Baggett.
4. For two consecutive weeks, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Suzuki have been left off of the overall podium. Eli Tomac and Josh Grant’s opening race podiums are the only two podiums so far in the young season for the four Japanese brands.
5. Marvin Musquin earned a 4-3 overall finish which was good for second overall. He’s the only rider to have an overall podium finish for all three rounds and he leads the point standings by 17 points over Eli Tomac.
6. Musquin hasn’t finished outside of the top four in a moto since the second moto of round seven last season in Southwick where he finished seventh. Through Musquin’s first 30 career 450MX Class motos, he has only finished outside of the top-10 twice.
7. Jason Anderson overcame his altitude sickness in Colorado by earning a podium finish in the overall results thanks to a 2-6 finish. Anderson sits fourth in the points.
8. Justin Bogle earned his first career 450MX Class moto victory in the first moto of Thunder Valley. He followed it up with a ninth in moto two for a solid fourth place overall finish. He has improved his overall finish in all three rounds so far in 2017, going from 10th to 8th to 4th.
9. Eli Tomac went 7-2 for a fifth place overall finish and has missed the overall podium for the last two rounds. He is second in the points however, 17 point down to Musquin.
10. In the first three rounds of the 2017 season, there have been three different winners: Tomac, Musquin, and Baggett. This hasn’t happened since 2001 when Tim Ferry, Sebastian Tortelli, and David Vuillemin were able to hold off Ricky Carmichael in the first three races of the season. Carmichael won the fourth race, making it four different winners in the first four races. But the parity ended there as Carmichael won all but one of the remaining races (Kevin Windham won Washougal) and took the championship by just eight points over Windham.
11. Dean Wilson went 9-7 to continue his top-10 streak to start the season. He is one of just three riders with a top-10 finish in all six motos to start the season (Musquin and Baggett). The 9-7 finish was good for seventh overall.
12. The 250MX Class event was as tight as can be, with four riders within a point of each other at the top. Savatgy earned the overall victory, his fifth 250MX Class overall win, with a 4-1 finish. Alex Martin tied Savatgy in points with a 1-4 finish, but Savatgy’s second moto win broke the tie. It was KTM’s first moto victory of the season in the 250MX Class.
13. Joey Savatgy hadn’t even cracked the top five in the first two rounds, so this victory is huge for him in the points. He sits in fourth place just 26 points behind the leader Zach Osborne. Alex Martin has gone 2nd, 6th, 2nd and sits in second place just nine points behind Osborne.
14. Jeremy Martin went 3-2 for third place and Austin Forkner went 2-3 for fourth place as both riders finished just a point behind Savatgy and Alex Martin for the overall. Both Martin brothers were on the podium for the first time this season with Jerey Martin’s third. J. Martin sits third in the points 18 points behind Zach Osborne and Austin Forkner is fifth in the points 30 points behind Zach.
15. The current points leader, Zach Osborne, earned his two worst moto finishes of the season with an 8th and 5th. The 8-5 finish was good enough for fifth overall.