In Moto 2 of the 450 Class, it was an all-out battle to the first corner between Moto 1 winner Ryan Villopoto, Justin Barcia and Ryan Dungey. In his first full-season in the 450 Class, Barcia put in a dominant ride in the first half of the second moto, holding off the defending champion for the first 11 laps. However, Dungey eventually made the pass to take over the lead for the final five laps. Barcia didn’t let Dungey too far out of his sights, holding on to second place through the end of Moto 2.
Villopoto struggled to keep luck on his side, as the current points leader experienced a crash early on that forced him to come through the pack in Moto 2. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider made it just outside the top five before succumbing to the racetrack once again. However, Villopoto fought his way back to the fourth place position, where he finished in Moto 2.
Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard experienced a crash at the beginning of Moto 1 that ultimately lead to a 29th place finish. Canard was able to bounce back in Moto 2, working his way into podium contention early in the race. Canard held off Villopoto to secure third place in the second moto, while Alessi finished close behind in fifth.
Dungey went on to claim his first overall win of the season with his Moto 2 victory, putting an end to Villopoto’s five-race win streak. Barcia claimed second overall with a (2-2) finish, while Villopoto came in third with a (1-4) score. Villopoto maintains the 450 Class points lead after three rounds of racing.
“It’s good to get the first win so early in the season,” said 450 Class winner Ryan Dungey. “It was definitely a hard fought win today. The track was rough and there were a lot of tough guys out there but I think they key is just going to be consistency this season.”
In Moto 2 of the 250 Class, Tomac finally got the start he was looking for as he shot off the line to grab the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot. Musquin put his Red Bull KTM ride into second place right away, while Virginia native Zach Osborne charged his way to the front after battling with his teammate Bogle early on.
Roczen attempted to interject himself into the battle between Osborne and Bogle but he tipped over in the process, allowing Baggett to pass by. It didn’t take long for Roczen and Baggett to make their way past the GEICO Honda teammates and that’s when the head-to-head battle began. Roczen made a mistake late in the race, which allowed Baggett to take over the third place position.
Tomac claimed the Moto 2 win but it was Musquin whose consistency paid off as the French rider went (2-2) for the day to claim his first 250 Class victory of the season. Tomac’s (4-1) score was good enough to secure second overall, while points leader Roczen claimed third overall for the day. Baggett went (3-3) for fourth overall and Osborne rounded out the top five at his home track in Tennessee.