BUCHANAN — Eli Tomac put aside some bad recent memories at RedBud MX on Saturday.
Tomac won the 450 class in the Circle K RedBud National, finishing first in the first moto and second in the second. That helped him extend his points lead in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship as it made its annual stop on the Buchanan track.
“It was a good RedBud for us,” Tomac said. “The last couple times here, it’s been a little funky. It was good to rebound that way.”
Dylan Ferrandis won both motos in the 250 class.
Tomac had mechanical problems in two recent visits to RedBud, both for last year’s pro event and the Motocross of Nations in October.
He had no incidents on Saturday, but plenty of others did. His top rival in the 450 class, Marvin Musquin, crashed on the first lap of the first moto.
Musquin raced extremely well the rest of the way, rallying for a seventh-place finish in the first moto and then cruising to victory in the second, but ended up only third overall. He retained second behind Tomac in the overall points standings.
“I kind of knew the best result I could’ve done was around seventh,” Musquin said. “I’ve done that too many times where I crash in the first lap. The group of six or seven guys are already ahead and it’s too late, too big of a gap. But it was awesome to come back and ride really well in the second moto.”
Jason Anderson took second and fourth in the two motos to place second overall.
The 250 class had two drivers lose apparent third-place finishes in the first moto. Alex Martin was set to finish third, but his engine failed on the last lap and he was unable to finish the race.
That allowed points leader Adam Cianciarulo to cross the finish line in third, but he was assessed a penalty for accelerating while off the track and dropped to fifth place. Justin Cooper ended up in third.
Cianciarulo wasn’t happy with the ruling.
“My argument there... so say I shift down to second gear right there, and I hop back on the track while everyone else is going 60 miles an hour,” Cianciarulo said. “To me, that’s not going to end too well. I just try to use common sense. With that being said, I understand that I need to stay on the track. I don’t think I can just go wherever I want.
“It’s frustrating to get the news that you got pushed back a couple spots. We work really hard for these points. I was happy I was able to kind of put that behind me and not let it frustrate me.”
Cianciarulo had a better race in the second moto, but still couldn’t catch Ferrandis.
“I just felt good today,” Ferrandis said. “My bike was really good.”
Ferrandis’ victory was his first of the season, and allowed him to pass Cooper for second place in the points standings. Cooper placed sixth in the second moto, but still came in third overall.
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