Indianapolis Supercross went down last night inside Lucas Oil Stadium, wrapping up round 11 of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. There is just 6 races left now folks!
To absolutely nobody’s surprise, Eli Tomac once again dominated. He quickly passed Ryan Dungey and Blake Baggett for the lead, and then cruised on to take the win.
The battle for 2nd behind Tomac was a bit more interesting. Ryan Dungey eventually moved past Baggett as well, and then stayed in 2nd for the next 17 laps. Dungey’s teammate, a hard-charging Marvin Musquin, caught up to him with about 5 minutes left, made the pass, and then pulled away from Dungey. Dungey had to settle for 3rd place.
In the 250 class, drama started early in the day during qualifying practice when Zach Osborne punted Adam Cianciarulo off the track. This move hurt Adam’s leg, and resulted in him being taken off the track by the medic crew. Adam returned for the following practice to qualify, and he raced, but seemed a bit off of the pace all night as a result of the earlier incident. After his impressive win in Daytona a week prior, Cianciarulo finished 5th in Indianapolis.
Osborne, however, rode phenomenal all day. He battled with Savatgy for the first half of the race, but then made a pass stick, and immediately opened up a small, but comforable, gap for the lead. Savatgy kept Osborne consistent for the rest of race, but could never get close again to make a pass happen. Osborne won, opening up his points lead by 3 points over Savatgy.
The Troy Lee Design KTM duo of Alex Martin and Jordon Smith were actually right behind the lead battle for the first half of the race as well, but then Martin crashed, holding up Smith as well. This lost a bunch of time to the leaders, but Smith and Martin were still able to finish 3rd and 4th respectively.
Here are the official results:
My Opinion: Well, the race itself was a bit boring, but what is exciting is the battle for the points lead; Dungey only leads this thing by 12 points now! Tomac is on a roll… winning the last 3 races, and consistently being the fastest guy on the track. I don’t know, Dungey is still probably the favorite championship-wise, but no doubt Eli is the favorite every race to win; Eli has all the momentum right now!
Blake Baggett has really found himself in 2017. He always has top 5 speed, and gets pretty good starts for the most part. Even when he doesn’t get a good start (i.e. Daytona), he has the ability to come through the pack that is only seen in other riders like Dungey and Tomac. He has been super impressive lately.
For the most part, the 450 race was pretty normal. Another quiet top 10 for Reed and Tickle, another disappointing ride for Anderson, Dean Wilson in 11th, Malcolm Stewart almost last, and Nick Schmidt got lapped multiple times. That sentence pretty much sums up the 2017 races so far.
Things were a bit more exciting in the 250 class race-wise, but less exciting in terms of the championship. When the points leaders passes and pulls away from 2nd in points, like he has done all year for the most part, you basically know this championship is over. Savatgy just doesn’t have the speed to beat Osborne this year. This is really disappointing for Savatgy, and he looks absolutely pissed on the podium every race; he’s not enjoying racing right now!
Ugh, really scary moment for Cianciarulo. I’m glad he’s not seriously injured, but at the same time, he lost a lot of championship points. He has to be pissed with Osborne about that.
Off to Detroit now!
Cover photo from Supercross LIVE