Just call Glen Helen the great equalizer. Last year, Ken Roczen fought through a suspension problem resulting in losing the overall and this year a host of riders experienced mechanical failures in Round 2 of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series ruining rides and hurting their place in the title hunt.
In the 450 class, Eli Tomac pulled off in Moto 2 to get a brake issue fixed resulting in 19th place, ninth overall (2-19) and the loss of the Red Plate. His domination last week that led to a sweep ended in Moto 1 however as Marvin Musquin pulled the Holeshot and led the rest of the way for his first career 450 class Moto win and his third-place in Moto 2 gave him his first career overall win. He also rides the Red Plate next week for the first time.
Jason Anderson took second-overall thanks to his first career Moto win going (5-1) on the day and Blake Baggett got his first podium taking third with an (8-2) day. Josh Grant, who took third in Moto 1, suffered a mechanical failure in Moto 2 ending his bid for a second straight overall podium.
In the 250 class, Zach Osborne didn't sweep as he did at Hangtown nor did he win a Moto but he did grab the overall with a (4-2) day, just enough to handle Jeremy Martin who rebounded from a mechanical failure last week with a dominating Moto 1 win. But a crash in Moto 2 prevented a sweep of his own as he settled for seventh and second overall. Dylan Ferrandis of France got his first Moto win and took third overall.
Title hopefuls Joey Savatgy, who finished second in Moto 1 called it a day in Moto 2 after his bike died, and Austin Forkner pulled off with a dead bike in Moto 1 but salvaged the day with a sixth-place in Moto 2. Justin Hill who won the 2017 Supercross East Championship continues to struggle and a bike failure in Moto 1 didn't help.
Check out the action below. All photos by Ryne Swanberg.