Round 8 wrapped up in Atlanta, Georgia last night in what was an action pack night in the last Supercross in the Georgia Dome.
The track provided close racing and the Georgia red clay stayed relatively intact compared to what we have seen in the last few weeks. There were some technical rhythms that you would have to make sure you timed correctly every lap otherwise it could ruin your momentum. However the highlight of the track was the big whoops that riders could either blitz or jump through. There was also a tough wall jump that led into the sand. This caused the riders to get blasted by the wet sand if any rider was in front of them.
In the 450 class Dungey got off to the lead early on and it was all done after that. Or was it? Championship hopefuls Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin got horrible starts and were buried deep. Then Tomac just started to pick off riders one by one. He was 9 seconds behind Dungey when he got into 3rd place behind Baggett who was riding great. The race would go right down to the wire as Tomac slowly started to pick up the pace and reel in Dungey. The last few laps he was catching over a second a lap, but in the end Dungey held on and won his second race of the year and put an even bigger gap between him and the rest of the field.
Baggett rode amazing and finished on the podium for the first time since 2015. anderson also was riding great but a bad start limited him to a 4th place finish. Musquin would work his way up to 5th after starting in 13th place. He lost 9 points to dungey in Atlanta. Chad Reed finished in 7th place after crashing when he was charging into the top 5.
In the 250 east class, it was Jordon Smith who once again got the holeshot and ride up front for 5 laps before a speedy Zach Osborne went by Smith and just gapped the rest of the field. Osborne cruised into his first ever Supercross win and with it he takes the points lead. Alex Martin had a huge rebound race and finished 2nd place, while Colt Nichols had an impressive ride to get back on to the podium with a 3rd. A bad start by Savatgy limited his result to 4th, while Smith got some help from his teammate Martin and had to pick up his bike and ride to a 5th. Adam Cianciarulo was looking fast and racy all day, but some mistakes and bad luck held him back to a 7th place. Title hopeful Christian Craig did not make it to the main event as he went out with a Concussion.
Here are the official results:
250 East:250 East
My Opinion: The track was definitely better than last weekends mess in Minneapolis, but it also wasn’t one of the better tracks either in my opinion. The whoops were mainly the only separator on the track as lap times were all very close.
Dungey definitely looked better than what he has in the last few weeks. I don’t think he was the fastest on the night as obviously Tomac was flying and would have won that race if he had a decent top 5 start. I also think riders like Reed, Anderson and Musquin would have gave Dungey a run for his money if they had better starts. However, I also think Dungey had more gas in the tank. I think he knew the lead he had and was just trying to keep it on two wheels as the track could easily cause you to slide out at any moment.
In the 250s, some might say that Osborne got some help from the bad luck that fell to Pro Circuit boys Savatgy and Cianciarulo. However even if all three of those guys were up front I think Osborne still would have won. It was a long time coming for Zach and he definitely deserves it. Now the question will be, can he handle the extra weight that comes with the red plate? I would really like to point out the great ride by Colt Nichols! A podium in his second race coming back from that femur injury? What a great ride.