Monster Energy/JGR/AutoTrader Suzuki’s Justin Barcia actually snatched the holeshot to start the first moto in front of Justin Bogle, Jason Anderson, Barcia’s teammate Weston Peick, Trey Canard, Monster Energy/Yamalube Yamaha’s local boy Cooper Webb, Ronnie Stewart, Broc Tickle. Anderson and Barcia fought it out for the lead for most of the first lap before Barcia finally gave way. Before long, Tomac joined in behind Canard and Tickle in seventh, and Baggett was hot on Tomac’s tail. Tomac made it through the group up front much quicker than Baggett, though, and fought his way past Barcia in a tight left eight laps into the race. For the rest of the moto, Tomac couldn’t seem to reel Anderson in, but after the moto, Tomac revealed he actually thought he was leading the whole time.
“That was a better moto for us,” Tomac said. “I got off to a decent start and had to make a few passes there, and then at one point, after I got through all those guys, I thought I was leading the race, so I felt like a major dork! I went across the finish line and did a fist-pump and I was just like, ‘Man! That was a good moto!’ Little did I know Jason [Anderson] was gone and smoked us all! So, I need some better race-awareness for next time. Thank you to Monster Energy Kawasaki, and hopefully we get out there at the beginning of moto two and fight for that win.”
Anderson took the win over Tomac, Baggett, and Peick, who has been recovering from a bad wrist injury. On the last lap, three turns from the finish, “BamBam” Barcia lived up to his name when he shoved former points leader Marvin Musquin wide to take fifth, and that also allowed Tickle by for sixth. Even Dean Wilson almost got Musquin at the finish, but had to settle for eighth in front of Webb, Canard, Anderson’s other teammate Martin Davalos, and then Bogle, who slowed dramatically late in the race to finish 12th.
Barcia was amazed with his top-five in the opening moto, considering he had received a concussion seven days earlier.
“I didn’t feel like [I was riding well] out there,” Barcia said. “I had a little concussion last week, and my doctors and everything, we did a lot of work to get me back out here this weekend. But I’m not feeling so good today. I don’t know how I rode that good, because I feel like death right now.”
In moto two, Bogle got the holeshot right alongside Canard with Tomac, Peick, Musquin and Anderson giving chase, while Tickle, Webb and points leader Baggett found themselves on the ground together in the first turn.
Tomac went by Canard early on the first lap, and then Bogle crashed out of the lead a few turns later in a tight left-hander. From there, Tomac was gone.
Bogle got up angry, though, only falling back to fifth, and was in a battle all the way to the finish with Peick and Davalos.
The points leader, Baggett, got to work from nearly dead-last. On lap one, he came across the line in 31st. On lap two, he was 20th. On lap three, he was 16th. On lap four, 14th. And so it went until he sat on Canard’s tail in eighth near the halfway point. With four laps to go, Baggett fought his way through the Peick/Bogle/Davalos battle and took over third. At the finish, it was Tomac with ease over Anderson and Baggett. Tomac took his second overall win of the series and now sits only four points behind Baggett in the championship chase.
“That was a lot better than the first one, and it started with that start,” Tomac said. “I got a really good jump out of the gate and pretty much had it to the first turn, and then Bogle stole it away there, but once I got out front, the bike felt awesome. It was comfortable the whole moto. I’m glad to rebound with the overall. We’ve had a tough couple weeks, so it’s a good week to step forward with the team. I’m excited for next weekend.”
Peick came in fourth again in the second moto, ending up with a 4-4 score for fourth overall despite still in recovery from his broken wrist.
“It hasn’t been an easy injury for me,” Peick said. “It’s been one of the longest injuries I’ve ever had, and it’s been a hard injury to come back from. To ride each week, week-in and week-out, and have the pain, and crashing on it and injuring it while trying to recover, it’s been a huge struggle, but I was able to get out to a good start and I’m stoked to be in fourth place in this one.”
After Peick came Bogle, Davalos, Wilson, Freddie Noren, Webb, Barcia, Canard and Tickle. The series now heads to one of the most legendary tracks on the entire circuit: RedBud Raceway in Buchanan, Michigan, next Saturday, July 1st.