15 June 2015
Roczen and Musquin take High Point
Reigning champion Ken Roczen finally hits form at Mount Morris and Marvin Musquin takes the red plate
In an welcome return to form, Suzuki's Ken Roczen took the top step of the podium at the Mount Morris circuit, his 2-1 scores matching series leader Ryan Dungey's 1-2, but taking the overall thanks to the stronger second moto.
In the first race, it was Christophe Pourcel and Justin Barcia that were out in front to start off with, the Yamaha ride just getting the holeshot. Pourcel lead for the first lap but Barcia soon got past. Dungey was back in sixth but was unexpectedly aggressive as he knifed through the pack in the early laps, taking the lead from Barcia from lap four and from that moment he was gone.
Once Barcia fell, the fight for the third spot was on between Pourcel and Ken Roczen, but it was the reigning champ that got the spot with Pourcel getting a season's best third.
In the second 450 race it was the same two riders out front from the gate, this time Pourcel getting the holeshot. Roczen and Dungey were on their tails and soon both overhauled Barcia, with Roczen also getting past Pourcel to take the lead. The French rider bobbled momentarily as he got cross-rutted and that was enough to allow Dungey into second and he would stay there for the rest of the race.
Pourcel's team mate Jason Andeson had kept pace in the first race to take third, and having got past both Barcia and Pourcel in the second race, had done enough to get another podium spot and secure third place in the championship.
In the 250 class, things were far more clear-cut as Marvin Musquin took his KTM to to straight and relatively unchallenged victories to take the red plate. His title rival Jeremy Martin had a tough day, having to fight from a poor tenth in the first lap of the first race to salvage any decent points. In the closing stages of the races, Martin was faced with trying to get by his brother Alex for third, but couldn't get it done, having to settle for fourth. Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo finally got a good moto with no disasters under his belt for second behind Musquin, his best to date.
Second time out it was Husqvarna's Zach Osborne that got the holeshot, but Musquin did not take long to get by him and take the lead
Meanwhile Jeremy Martin was having an even worse time, starting way back in 19th and giving himself a heap of work to do yet again. He managed it, eventually coming up behind his brother again. This time Alex came out worse from the fight, and the pass and fourth place gifted Jeremy the third spot on the box, taking it away from his sibling.
Joey Savatgy took third place behind Osborne, but it was all about Musquin as the former two-time world champion took the red plate and earned himself an eight point lead.
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