2020 RedBud 2 Motocross Recap
The 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season keeps delivering in the face of the coronavirus pandemic with a second RedBud round held Monday, three days after RedBud 1, as rookie Adam Cianciarulo got his first Moto win and then clinched his first overall victory in the 450 class for Round 5 of the series held in Buchanan, MI.
Cianciarulo (1-3) grabbed the MotoSport.com Holeshot in the first race and checked out leading all 17 laps ultimately holding off the three-time defending Champion Eli Tomac in the waning moments to secure the his first race win. In Moto 2, he again grabbed the MotoSport.com Holeshot and looked ripe for a sweep but a spillover dropped him to third where he settled with little trouble thereafter, and got the overall.
Series points leader Zach Osborne (4-2) finished third overall on the tie-breaker to Blake Baggett (6-1) and increased his lead in the Championship standings to 28 over Marvin Musquin (3-4), who finished fourth overall for the day. Tomac (2-7) finished second in Moto 1, appearing to rebound from a rough Friday outing, but crashed during a bunch-up of bikes on the first lap in Moto 2. He worked his way to seventh for a respectable fifth overall but falls a season high 47 points from the lead with only four rounds remaining. Suffice it to say, he needs lots of help to make it four straight Motocross titles.
In the 250 class, Jeremy Martin was just outside the Top 5 in Moto 1 when he tangled with Dylan Ferrandis and both went down. Martin, who grabbed the Red Plate from Ferrandis on Friday after sweeping, threw his arms up in frustration at Ferrandis, who got back on his bike quicker leaving Martin in his roost. Martin finished 11th but returned in Moto 2 with a strong win, leading all 11 laps and taking fourth overall.
Ferrandis took second overall on a (5-2) day, shaving three points off Martin's lead in the standings and sits nine points back. This all somewhat overshadowed RJ Hampshire's first overall win in two years and the second of his career. Hampshire (2-3) didn't win a Moto and was leading the first race until he went off the track with just two laps to go gifting the lead to Shane McElrath. But McElrath wasn't able to capitalize taking 10th in the second race for third overall.
Ty Masterpool who returned to racing at RedBud 1 after a broken leg in June sidelined him, grabbed the MotoSport.com Holeshot for both Motos faded to fourth in the first race and endured a crash in Moto 2 that left him limping back to his bike but he managed to finish 13th for eighth overall.
Riders get the weekend off after racing RedBud 1 and RedBud 2 three days apart and return to action September 19 at Spring Creek in Millville, MN. Until then, live RedBud 2 all again! Photos by Ryne Swanberg.