Ken Roczen won his first motocross overall since way back in 2016 to start the outdoor season in style.
The German made some super quick moves in the first two turns in race one to get into second and then quickly passed Webb for the lad before checking out to take a fantastic moto won win in the dry.
In race two the rain had came it is was a tricky, muddy mess! Again Roczen made short work of the riders in front of him, passing Musquin then Tomac to take the lead but Tomac who could only mange fourth in moto one eventually found his flow and too the win with Roczen happy to settle for second and a well deserved overall win, his first indoors or out first since his horrific arm injury sustained in supercross.
The German was understandably delighted but said he still wanted to make improvements with his settings and wasn’t feeling 100% comfortable.
Jason Anderson rode superbly in both motos, fending off Tomac in race one before getting Webb for second late on and backing that up with a fourth in the mud for third overall and an excellent comeback from injury.
In the 250 class it was retribution to some depress for Adam Cianciarulo. A friend of Roczen’s he too had some demons to contend with after losing the supercross title in Vegas. Yet a strong second place in race one, chasing home impressive youngster Justin Cooper, and the all important holeshot in a muddy race two, set AC up perfectly to pull any and get the overall win,
Cianciarulo whooped and hollered with excitement and venting some of that supercross frustration, it was also his first outdoor race since 2017 after he missed the series last year with injury in what was the perfect start to his motocross season.
Justin Cooper took second overall with Colt Nichols pipping Dylan Ferrandis who might have been the fastest rider on track all day. He came from a bad start to nick third off Chase Sexton in the last turn in race one then got up to third in race two until a crash and then vision issues out him back to fifth.
Hunter Lawrence was running seventh in race one and very much on the pace until he fell and got clipped by his teammate RJ Hampshire, Lawrence eventually got up and worked his way back to 11th before a terrible start in the mud saw him reach 12th by the flag.
Thomas Covington is clearly having a confidence crisis after scoring no points in his first US National and doesn’t appear to be even half the rider he was last season in MX2 when he battled regularly and could even beat Lawrence. You wonder if he is regretting his decision to pass up the opportunity to race his final year in MX2 GPs!