View From The Floor: Asserting Dominance 2

Eli Tomac and Zach Osborne each scored maximum points at Hangtown and showed who's boss for the start of the outdoor title chase.

View From The Floor: Asserting Dominance

This was the 50th anniversary of the Hangtown MX event, so the usually-red/white shirts of the Dirt Diggers (who are lined up at the edge of the track), were trimmed in gold this year. These guys work their tails off to pull off a great event.

This year's Hangtown track didn't get the deep discing that we've seen in the past. That left it with some ruts (like here on the face of the finish line jump, nasty square-edged bumps, and a little more of its natural hardpack character. In the past it seemed like the deep tilling was used to try and slow the bikes some, but we liked how the track raced here...and it seemed that the riders did, too.

Check out the tape on Ken Roczen's right hand. With the injury and rehab, he's missing much of the base of calluses that he'd normally be sporting coming into a season.

Bradley Taft had a good day, hovering around the top ten in both motos, and grabbing a tenth overall. That's an extremely solid privateer effort.

Ah yeah, there's nothing quite like breaking in a new season.

Christian Craig led a lap early in moto one but had a whole bunch of fast guys nipping at his heels. He finished with a pair of eights on the day.

Benny Bloss looked really good all day. It's going to be interesting to see how he does all summer.

How was Ken Roczen's return to racing? He had a strong sixth in moto one. It was interesting to watch how light he was on the throttle in moto two, but still going pretty damn fast. Right now's the time for slow and steady...with an eye to pick up the pace after a few rounds.

Starts looked like Blake Baggett's Achilles heel in Hangtown, as he was around tenth at the end of lap one in both motos. He finished with a 7-4 day.

Ken Roczen reeled off a couple great starts, which had him near the front of the pack early in both motos. Jason Anderson has a little edge here, but Phil Nicoletti (54) was out front for a bit.

Justin Barcia had a good day, with a pair of thirds, and he also led a couple laps at the start of moto two.

Weston Peick finished sixth overall for the day. Benny Bloss and Blake Baggett worked their way up through the pack together in moto two, with fourth (Baggett) and fifth (Bloss) at the finish.

Marvin Musquin navigating the ruts late in moto two. A pair of second-place finishes were good, but it looks like there's still a little tuning to be done for the outdoor setup on the new KTM.

Newly crowned Supercross champ, Jason Anderson, led four laps in the middle part of moto two but looked like he was a bit gassed in the later stages.

The new section added to the Hangtown facility added some spice to the track layout. When the riders first hit it on Thursday's press day, it was virtually untouched, and coated in dry slippery grass on an off-camber corner. For race day it rutted up nicely, and added a cool challenge.

Eli capping off a solid day with a little finish line style. His day, and especially moto two, where he came from mid-pack, was very impressive.

Yep, it was a pretty solid show of dominance for Eli Tomac at Hangtown. The challenge this season will be to see who can step up to try and stop him.

Ah yeah, it was a bunch of the usual suspects at the front when the gate dropped in moto one for the 250 class, but Justin Cooper (hidden behind Zach Osborne) quickly took over the lead.

Justin Cooper had the lead for just under a handful of laps in moto two, but Zach Osborne came through the pack to take over the top spot. Justin eventually finished fifth in moto one, and ninth in moto two for fifth overall.

Austin Forkner was back in action and looking good in moto one, with a fourth-place finish. But a DNF (and injury?) in moto two won't help his championship cause.

Injuries may have killed his Supercross season, but Alex Martin made use of the time to prep for the outdoors. He led the way for the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM train (they finished seventh, eighth, and ninth) in moto one, and he jumped up to third in moto two.

Rookie check? Garrett Marchbanks had a solid sixth in moto one, and a top ten overall for the day.

Enzo Lopes scored a 15th overall in his pro debut, and gave his Brazilian posse something to cheer about.

Jeremy Martin's pair of second-place finishes were good for 44 points, and second overall.

Joey Savatgy's sixth in moto one was backed up with a tenth in moto two, giving him seventh overall.

Aaron Plessinger got his season started with a 3-4 day, and a visit to the podium.

Jeremy Martin and Aaron Plessinger battled early in the second 250 moto, like here, where they drag raced into the final corner at the end of lap one.

After three laps of surveying the landscape, Zach Osborne battled past Jeremy Martin to take the lead, and the overall.

Chase Sexton's best effort came in the second moto, with a fifth-place finish. The new Shift gear looks good on the GEICO Honda squad.

Ah, nothing like a refreshing shower after a long day at the office. Zach Osborne showed that he's going to be tough to beat this summer.

GuyB GuyB 5/20/2018 2:47 PM

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