Shane McElrath reminded everyone of why he should be considered a title favourite at the opener on Saturday night, as he took the early lead in the main event and then maintained a comfortable advantage for the duration. Aaron Plessinger and Adam Cianciarulo duked it out for second, but were never close enough to apply too much pressure to the eventual winner.
It seemed that the 450SX main event was going to be fairly mundane, as Eli Tomac took the early lead and then sprinted away rather quickly. An impromptu crash cost him dearly, however, and he later withdrew with a bruised shoulder. Justin Barcia took the lead at the point, but then Marvin Musquin moved to the head of the field and did not look back.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Simon Cudby