AMA SX 2018 RD13: TOMAC ACES SEATTLE SLOW RACE

Seattle suffered, everyone suffered, when big rains washed-out the supercross. Yes, still, the cream always rises to the top...

Wednesday 11th April 2018

2018 AMA SUPERCROSS, ROUND 13 REPORT.
SEATTLE, WA. APRIL 8th. 

The only thing that looked right about the Seattle Supercross was the result: Tomac 1, Anderson 2, Musquin 3 (then Plessinger 1 in the 250s). Unfortunately the actually racing was a total washout – quite literally. After days of rain the track was reduced to a mudfest which meant even these pro riders struggled to even roll over a single whoop. Not the sport’s finest hour.

 

450 Main

Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac had won the heats and together with Jason Anderson they romped (okay, paddled) away from the start never to be headed. Anderson took an early lead, but came unstuck midrace, losing his balance when trying to drive up a 4ft whoop, letting Tomac blaze past at a colossal 3mph to take what would become an unassailable lead. You’d think we’re pulling your leg there, but really the conditions were that bad, it was embarrassing. Biggest drama of the night came when Chad Reed, having lost two places on the last lap, came to halt in the last corner and tried to push over the line (which was of course uphill from there, being a tabletop) with his Husky expiring under him in a massive smoke ball. It’s debatable Reed ever crossed the line, there was that much smoke you couldn’t tell, but the Australian veteran was charitably credited 7th all the same – not quite the way he’d want to claim his best result of the season. The race had been shortened to 12 minutes plus two laps – creating about 15 minutes of footage you’ll likely never ever see again!  

250 Main

The 250s arguably saw the track in better condition – at least for their first lap. But the 250 race was as tragic as the 450s. Championship leader and heat winner (along with Phillip Nicolleti) Aaron Plessinger was unfazed, and won this (8 minutes plus 2 laps) slow race easily. You couldn’t say he displayed mastery, but he kept his momentum and used his feet well to take his fourth win of the season, clearly the class act in the 250 west coast ranks.

 

Analysis

With four races to go the 450SX championship is looking fairly well wrapped (although you can never speak too soon). Eli Tomac is statistically the fastest rider in the championship, having won six races and led for a sterling 101 laps. But his crashes and non-finishes look almost certain to leave him third from here to end. Jason Anderson has no reason to race, though, for ever since Tomac’s early misadventures Ando’s job has been to bring the championship home in the cleanest safest way possible – kind of a Ryan Dungey impersonation. He’s still mega-classy and we look forward to the 2019 season to see him and Tomac start again, all-square – then we’ll see a real match. Marvin Musquin is The Mercurial, up one week, down the next. Spectacular when he’s up, no doubt frustrating the orange camp hugely when he’s down. He is, though, the only other man in the whole paddock who can live with these two for a whole race, let alone the whole season. For the rest of the field these are lean times, which must be depressing their earning potential. Time for some guys to step-it-up.

In the 250s, Aaron Plessinger’s smile say it all – what pressure? With four wins from six races and just two to go he’s smoking the West Coast. It’s only Adam Cianciarulo’s consistency (third in the mud of Seattle) that’s keeping Plessinger concentrating. But really this one’s Plessinger’s to lose.

2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship

 

450SX championship standings

1 Jason Anderson Husqvarna 288

2 Marvin Musquin KTM 251

3 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 220

4 Justin Brayton Honda 213

5 Blake Bagget KTM 209

6 Weston Peick Suzuki 185

7 Broc Tickle KTM 184

8 Cooper Webb Yamaha 180

9 Dean Wilson Kawasaki 152

10 Malcolm Stewart Suzuki 125

 

250SX West Coast championship standings

1 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha 177

2 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 160

3 Joey Savatgy Kawasaki 153

4 Shane McElrath KTM 146

5 Chase Sexton Honda 132

6 Justin Hill Suzuki 119

7 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha 110

8 Christian Craig KTM 106

9 Mitchell Harrison Husqvarna 100

10 Hayden Mellross Yamaha 81

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