THE AFTERMATH: HANGTOWN NATIONAL
Eli Tomac had to leave Hangtown disappointed. He finished fourth in both motos for third overall. Last year he rocketed away from the field in both motos.
Joey Savatgy won both motos and heads to Glen Helen with a 15-point advantage in the 250 National Championship.
Ken Roczen emerged as the victor in both motos. While he is no “dark horse”, Roczen was overshadowed by Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac entering the day. However, he’ll head to Glen Helen with the red plate.
Blake Baggett was a revelation in the first moto. He was able to pass Eli Tomac after Tomac flew by him earlier in the race.
Joey Savatgy and Mitch Payton celebrate.
Ryan Dungey still has not won the overall at Hangtown. The best he could do was second.
Adam Cianciarulo finished 13th overall in his first race back in a long time. It’s nice to see him back in action.
Shane McElrath had a mechanical issue in the second moto and was forced to pull off.
RJ Hampshire had a good first moto, placing fifth, but suffered a nasty endo in the second moto and got trapped under his bike. It ended his day.
Teammates Luke Renzland and Colt Nichols.
Rookie Tristan Charboneau placed ninth overall.
Alexander Frye ended up 16th overall.
Jessy Nelson has the speed, but is still working on the endurance part of racing. He got the holeshot a second time after the race was red flagged. While he was able to hold the lead for many laps, his pace eventually dropped. Nelson finished 7-6 for sixth overall.
Jeremy Martin is 18 points down after the first race, but he still has a lot of time to defend his championship.
Josh Osby’s linkage snapped, forcing him to forfeit the race. You don’t see that very often.
Cooper Webb fiddles with his wrist brace on the podium.
Ken Roczen showers the masses with bubbly.
Trey Canard finished fifth overall.
The one moto that Christian Craig (38) and Jeremy Martin (1) got a good start in was red-flagged before the first lap was completed.
Kawasaki rookie Austin Forkner. Austin went 13-7 for eighth overall.
Justin Barcia finished in the top ten.
Fans want goggles.
While Justin Hill couldn’t complete the first moto, he was able to get 8th place in the second moto.
Jason Anderson finished third place in the second moto.
Weston Peick climbs the hill in the back.
Shane McElrath on the first straightaway downhill.
Christian Craig was plagued by bad starts in both motos.