Results: Sexton wins Detroit as tearful Plessinger throws away the win

Poor Aaron Plessinger was just over a lap from winning his first ever 450 main event when his foot came off in rut and the Red Bull KTM rider went down handing the win to Chase Sexton, who was over three seconds behind. Plessinger was left in tears in the one of the most heart breaking losses a rider can have. Plessinger did everything right all main event until that one mistake after he lapped Justin Hill.

That left Chase Sexton taking the win, another rider who has suffered his fair share of late race heartache, but this time he was the beneficiary as Webb inherited second with Tomac promoted to third. And in a night that have 7 guys on the pace of the top three in the championship, they somehow, someway all end up on the podium as Plessinger took a distraught 13th.

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An emotional Plessinger said: “That one hurts a lot. Man, I was riding so good. I didn’t stand up in that rut the whole moto, the one time I stood up , it catches my foot and rips me right off the bike. i couldn’t believe it riding through the air like that, it was a hard hit. Man, that hurt. I’m so proud of my riding. It happens, we’ll be back with a vengence, I just got to stay on the bike next time.”

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Sexton said: “I’ve been in that position too many times, I was bummed to see Aaron fall. I rode solid, I needed this, it was a big win for me. This one means a lot. How I rode tonight was super good for my confidence.”

*Update* Chase Sexton has subsequently received a sevent point penalty in the championship for jumping on a Red Cross flag but keeps the win! It means Cooper has a three point lead over Tomac in the championship but Sexton, instead of gaining points on Cooper and Eli, is now 17 back of leader, Webb.

In the 250 class it was more domination from Hunter Lawrence as he took yet another race win over Nate Thrasher and Haiden Deeganthe latter stalking Jeremy Martin until he made the decisive move in an imprssive ride. Max Anstie had a disaster, tagging a wayward rider on lap one and going down hard resulting in bike damage that drops him from second to fifth in the series.

Report: Jonathan McCready

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