The motor city of Detroit, Michigan, has witnessed many spectacular races in all forms of motorsports. Round 12 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross took place here in Ford Field, and the racing didn’t disappoint.
Another night of racing, another win for Eli Tomac. This is 4 wins in a row now for the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider, and he is now only 7 points behind Dungey in the championship; this points battle is getting exciting folks!
Marvin Musquin actually got off to the early lead, and led for the first few laps. His pace wasn’t quite as fast as Tomac’s though, so Tomac eventually got around him, and Marvin settled for 2nd. Since his recovery from an illness a few weeks, Marvin has gotten two 2nd place finishes in a row.
Behind Musquin was reigning champ and current points leader Ryan Dungey. Dungey got an awful start outside the top 10, but was lucky not to get caught up in a first turn pile up which claimed Seely and Reed. During the opening laps, Dungey was able to quickly find his way into the top 5. From there, it took him a while to get around Davi Millsaps (who eventually finished 5th) and up onto the podium. Dungey has been really struggling with his starts lately, and he will need to figure that out if he wants to stop Tomac’s dominance.
In the 250 class, drama once again occurred early in the day during qualifying practice when Christian Craig aggressively t-boned Alex Martin off the track. The result was a vicious crash for Martin, which caused him to sit out of the race. Craig was punished with last gate pick in the main event. Here is where things get interesting: both Smith (due to transferring from the LCQ), and Craig had outside gate picks, but both riders got an excellent jump off of the start and immediately cut down to the inside of the first turn. Smith came out with the hole shot, but cut-off Zach Osborne, causing a huge pile up which also claimed Craig. Osborne, who entered the night with the points lead, got the worst of it though, and pulled off for two laps to change his front wheel. Osborne re-entered the race, but only was able to work his way up to 18th.
Meanwhile, Smith, Cianciarulo, Ferrandis, and Savatgy had an amazing race up front. Cianciarulo got off to the early lead, was passed by Ferrandis and Savatgy, and then had a minor fall. Savatgy got out to the lead, but then fell as well! This resulted in a somewhat comfortable lead for Ferrandis over Smith and Savatgy, who quickly picked up in 3rd place after his crash. It looked as if Ferrandis had the win, but faded badly in the last bit of the race, and dropped all the way back to 4th. The race to the checkered flag happened between Savatgy and Smith, with the lead being swapped a few times by some aggressive passing. Smith held on for it, and took home his first career win in an excellent ride.
Here are the official results:
My Opinion: Wow. Wow. Wow. What an excellent night of racing! I’m most ecstatic on that 250 main event. That race had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I’m pumped on the outcome! Jordon Smith takes home his career first win!! He kept charging despite being behind the lead battle at first, and put himself in contention for the victory. Great ride.
I have to give it up to Savatgy as well. I know he’s always frustrated on the podium, but he has been riding well lately. Yes, he got VERY lucky with a mechanical from Osborne, but Savatgy has been there each and every weekend. He should have won last night, but a small tip over cost him. Truthfully, I’m happy that he crashed, because the racing that ensued was fun to watch!
UGH. The worst thing imaginable for Zach Osborne happened last night: a mechanical. He was somewhat fortunate that they were able to fix it and get him back on the track, but at that time it was too late. He lost A LOT of points, but still only sits 10 back. Oddly enough, I still think he wins this championship… we will see.
Ferrandis and Cianciarulo both rode great last night. Ferrandis came on a bit strong at the beginning, which is why he faded so badly at the end, but an excellent ride for the supercross rookie nonetheless. He’s quickly adapting and improving every weekend. For Cianciarulo, he definitely could have won if not for that crash. Regardless, he rode well afterwards, and was able to get back on the podium despite still struggling with a knee injury.
So much to say about that 250 race, but not much about the 450s. Tomac is flying, and Dungey HAS to stop him. The alarms are sounding for the Dungey squad right now. Most importantly, when Tomac does win, Dungey NEEDS to get 2nd; he can’t afford to lose even more points by finishing further back like he has the last few weekends.
The last thing I want to point out is that Blake Baggett once again rode very well last night. He nearly passed Dungey at the end, and came from way back! Excellent ride for him.
Off to St. Louis now!
Cover photo from Supercross LIVE