Holeshot Championship continues to the final round at Lake Elsinore in the 450 class, with three riders within reach of the $25,000 prize. Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart currently leads with nine points, followed by Team Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Barcia in second with eight and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto in third with six. Rules state that riders earn one point for a Moto 1 holeshot, two points for a holeshot in Moto 2 and a bonus point if they sweep both motos.
Tim Clark, Director of Sports Marketing for Motorcycle Superstore, provided some possible scenarios that could play out during the season finale at Lake Elsinore.
“If Stewart holeshots Moto 2 – he wins no matter what Barcia & Villopoto do.
“If Barcia Holeshots both Motos – he wins with 12 points.
“If Villopoto holeshots both Motos – he wins with 10 points.
“Barcia needs at least the Moto 2 holeshot with Stewart getting no holeshots.
“If Barcia, Villopoto and Stewart get no Holeshots – Stewart wins.
“If Grant (currently 5 points) holeshots both Motos, he would tie Stewart in points but would lose on Tie-Breaker rules.”
Rules state that in the event of a tie the rider with the most holeshot sweeps would take home the end-of-year prize. If the two are still tied, then it would come down to the rider that’s taken the most second moto holeshots. If a tie still exists, the winner would be determined by the rider with the most holeshots throughout the season. Finally, if a tie continues to persist, the winner crowned will be the one that led the most laps during the motos they holeshot.
It may seem a long shot, but if Stewart gets the Moto 1 holeshot at Lake Elsinore and Barcia takes it in Moto 2, then each will have a single holeshot sweep to their credit, each will have three Moto 2 holeshots and each will have a total of six holeshots for the season. Following the round at Utah, Barca has 28 laps led and Stewart has 23.
Clark added, “The 450cc Holeshot Championship will come down to Lake Elsinore, the $25,000 is pretty much up for grabs between Stewart, Barcia and Villopoto. I think the Las Vegas odds-makers would call this one pretty close, especially the way Villopoto has dominated the last couple rounds. The only solid bet is that one of these three guys will win it."
In the 250 class, GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn secured the $15,000
prize at Unadilla, dominating the class with a nine point advantage over his closest competition, teammate Justin Bogle.