Villopoto’s clean sweep marks his first career 450 Class overall at RedBud and now gives the points leader eleven moto victories-the most of the season-after seven rounds of racing.
“We started the season in a very good position [winning the first five motos], but we kind of faded away and now it feels like we’re back to where we need to be,” Villopoto said. “The tracks are getting rougher and the speeds are getting higher and we were definitely pushing the pace pretty hard today.”
In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda teammates Wil Hahn and Eli Tomac went head-to-head off the start in Moto 1, where Hahn edged out Tomac for the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot. Tomac reclaimed the early lead while Red Bull KTM teammates Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen diced it out for the second place position. Around the halfway point, Roczen made the pass on Musquin despite the rough track conditions, where he then set his sights on Tomac out front.
MYPLASH/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin put in a career best performance at RedBud, beginning with an impressive start in Moto 1. Martin followed close behind the intense battle for second between Roczen and Musquin throughout the first half of the race, keeping the pace of the KTM duo. By the hallway mark, Tomac was out of sight and Roczen had built a comfortable lead on his teammate Musquin for the second spot.
Just before the 2-Lap board, Martin closed the gap to less than one second on Musquin but in the end, the Frenchman was able to hold off the rookie to secure third place behind Roczen, while Tomac secured the Moto 1 win.
In Moto 2 of the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne and rookie Jeremy Martin commanded the early lead with heavy hitters Musquin, Roczen and Tomac all within striking distance. Roczen quickly made his move to the front by lap three and the points leader didn’t look back from there.
A small mistake early on caused Tomac to get off to a slow start but the GEICO Honda rider eventually fought his way back to the second place spot that was briefly inherited by the young Martin. Tomac continued to charge toward Roczen out front but wasn’t able to catch the leader in time to make a passing attempt.
Roczen’s Moto 2 victory gave him the overall win with a 2-1 moto score, topping Tomac’s score of 1-2 for the day. Jeremy Martin’s impressive 4-3 score landed the Minnesota native his first career podium finish in the 250 Class with two season best moto finishes.
After running in the lead pack, Musquin fell victim to a couple of late crashes that ultimately knocked the Frenchman back to fourth place in Moto 2, where he took fourth overall with a moto score of 3-4. Osborne remounted from a crash of his own, salvaging fifth place in the second moto to finish with fifth overall with (10-5) finishes for the day.