GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac swept the 450 class at Spring Creek, marking his first professional 450 outdoor Nationals overall win. Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey scored second with a 3-2 finish followed by his teammate, Ken Roczen, who went 2-4 for third.
Tomac scored the first 450 moto win of his career in commanding fashion in Moto 1, crossing the line ahead of series points leader Roczen by more than 16 seconds.
Off the start Dungey claimed the early advantage, looking to put up a strong performance in front of his hometown crowd, but quickly lost the lead to Roczen. The German rider yanked the throttle and put some distance between himself and his teammate, but Dungey pushed on and tried to keep Roczen in his sights. The Minnesota native lost any hope of regaining the lead after the first 10 minutes though, suffering a brief off which allowed Tomac to blow past into the runner-up spot.
Roczen had built up a decent gap on the field but Tomac was flying, closing in on the KTM ace half-way through the contest. Tomac chased Roczen for a number of minutes after that, but with five to go the two were going down straights side-by-side and battling hard through every turn. The Honda rider got his first taste of the lead just before a long downhill section, but Roczen rocketed down the hill to regain the front soon after. Not long after that Tomac got another opportunity to pass for the top-spot, and he made the move stick. With an open track ahead, Tomac immediately put distance between himself and Roczen, building a sizable gap during the final laps.
Dungey ran a lonely race in third, keeping well ahead of fourth-place finisher Trey Canard of Team Honda Muscle Milk. JGRMX’s Josh Grant battled past Kawasaki Racing’s Brett Metcalfe to finish fifth while Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart crossed the line in seventh. Stewart got a strong start, battling for a top-three spot with Tomac early on, but then suffered an off which set him outside the top-15.
RCH Racing’s Weston Peick took eighth ahead of BTO Sports’ Andrew Short in ninth and JGRMX’s Justin Brayton in 10th.
Tomac was quick off the start in Moto 2, taking the holeshot ahead of Dungey in second and Brayton in third. Dungey made quick work of Brayton in an effort to keep his sights on Tomac, who was already stretching a gap on the field within the opening turns. Tomac’s early advantage would be wiped-away though as officials threw-up the red flag due to a malfunctioning start gate, forcing the entire field back to the line for a restart.
Tomac was unfazed, getting another great start for the lead once again. Brayton was close the second time out as well and got past the Honda ace in the opening turns, but Tomac kept charging and repassed for the lead a few turns later. Dungey made a quick move past Brayton soon after.
Further back, Canard and Roczen were fighting for fourth-place, with Canard putting up a commendable defense during the opening laps. Roczen was determined though and eventually got past the Oklahoma native. The German rider dispatched Brayton quickly after his move into fourth, settling into third-place.
Try as they might the Red Bull KTM riders couldn’t close the gap on Tomac, the Honda ace taking the checkers over 18 seconds ahead of Dungey. There was a brief moment of opportunity for Dungey to catch the Honda ace when Tomac made a slight mistake, but not long after that the #5 rider went down. Dungey was able to get back to the race quickly, saving his position in the race standings, but losing significant time on Tomac near the latter stages of the contest.
Roczen faced heavy pressure from Canard late in the moto, the Honda rider mounting a late-race surge to regain third-place before the finish. Roczen claimed fourth-place ahead of Grant in fifth and Metcalfe in sixth.
Stewart didn’t take part in Moto 2 at all, his team explaining that dizziness forced him to call the day early to attend to his physical situation.
Roczen retains his overall points lead, 24 points ahead of Dungey in second. Canard sits third followed by Stewart in fourth and Metcalfe in fifth.
Spring Creek 450 Motocross Results 2014
1. Eli Tomac (Honda) 1-1
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 3-2
3. Ken Roczen (KTM) 2-4
4. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-3
5. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 5-5
6. Brett Metcalfe (Kawasaki) 6-6
7. Andrew Short (KTM) 9-7
8. Weston Peick (Suzuki) 8-8
9. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 11-10
10. Matt Goerke (KTM) 12-11
11. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 10-15
12. Christian Craig (Honda) 19-9
13. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda) 16-12
14. Ben Lamay (Yamaha) 15-13
15. Chad Reed (Kawasaki) 14-14
450 Motocross Championship Points 2014
1. Ken Roczen, 367
2. Ryan Dungey, 343
3. Trey Canard, 302
4. James Stewart, 226
5. Brett Metcalfe, 222
6. Josh Grant, 218
7. Weston Peick, 188
8. Andrew Short, 187
9. Eli Tomac, 168
10. Chad Reed, 146