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Roczen, Savatgy Stay Hot At High Point

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (June 20, 2016) – One week after making its east coast debut for the 2016 season, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will travel to the motocross hotbed of the southeast for its annual visit to Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee, this Saturday, June 25. RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy both look to continue their stellar starts to the season, carrying double-digit points leads into the Red Bull Tennessee National, the fifth round of the championship. This weekend will cap off back-to-back live network television broadcasts on NBC, with a showcase of the final 450 Class moto at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET. As always, MAVTV will kick off the afternoon with coverage of the first motos of both the 450 Class and 250 Class at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, while NBC Sports Network will wrap up the day with coverage of the final 250 Class moto at 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET. 

Broadcast Coverage of the Red Bull Tennessee National:

First Motos (450 & 250 Class) – LIVE on MAVTV at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET

Second 450 Class Moto – LIVE on NBC at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET

Second 250 Class Moto – LIVE on NBC Sports Network at 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET

LIVE Coverage can also be streamed via ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Live Extra App.

Tennessee Highlight Show – July 1 at 2 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network 

Race highlights from Round 4, the Red Bull High Point National. 

At the championship’s previous round from High Point Raceway in Pennsylvania, Roczen continued his dominant ways in the absence of his primary challenger, defending champion and Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey, who will miss 6-8 weeks with a cracked vertebrae. Roczen posted his third 1-1 outing of the season en route to his third overall victory and has now won seven of eight motos in 2016. As a result of his near-perfect afternoon, the German rider extended his lead in the championship to nearly two full motos, currently sitting 41 points ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, who moved past the idle Dungey into the second in the 450 Class standings. 

With 193 points through four rounds, Roczen has amassed the best start since the 2013 season when Ryan Villopoto also won seven of eight motos. Villopoto went on to win the title that season and Roczen hopes to keep the momentum rolling to a potential second title in three years of 450 Class competition. He’s the only former Muddy Creek winner in the field, taking the win back in 2014, and will look to join Dungey as the only riders with multiple wins at the track. 

With seven moto wins in eight attempts, Roczen is off to the best start since Ryan Villopoto in 2013.

With seven moto wins in eight attempts, Roczen is off to the best start since Ryan Villopoto in 2013. Photo: Simon Cudby

While it’s been a slow start to the season by Tomac’s standards, the Colorado native has been consistent. He opened the championship with three consecutive overall podium finishes and although he missed out on a fourth straight podium at High Point, he showed improvement, namely out of the gate where he has posted his worst statistical figures. Tomac started second and fifth in each respective moto at High Point, his best collective effort of the season, and if not for a tip over in the opening moto he very well could have enjoyed his best performance thus far. While the 41-point deficit he faces to Roczen will be tough to overcome, there isn’t a rider in the 450 Class field with more experience going head-to-head with Roczen than Tomac. These two appear destined to rekindle their rivalry that defined the 2013 season in the 250 Class, in which Tomac emerged triumphant. 

While Roczen and Tomac lead the way in the premier class heading into Tennessee, several other riders come into Muddy Creek off their best efforts of the season. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson has been knocking on the door of an overall podium finish throughout the season, and he finally accomplished that feat at High Point in what ended up being a career-best runner-up effort. In his first race carrying the flag for Red Bull KTM as its only rider, rookie Marvin Musquin stepped up to the plate to ensure his team was represented at the front of the field, earning the first overall podium finish of his 450 Class career in third. Season-best outings were also recorded by Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia (fifth overall), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Christophe Pourcel (sixth overall), GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle (seventh overall), RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle (ninth overall), and Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha’s Weston Peick (10th overall).

Tomac faces a 41-point deficit to Roczen in the 450 Class standings but continues to improve. Photo: Simon Cudby 

Tomac faces a 41-point deficit to Roczen in the 450 Class standings but continues to improve. Photo: Simon Cudby

Entering High Point the 250 Class was shaping up to be a hotly contested four-rider battle for the title between Savatgy and the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha trio of Jeremy Martin, the reigning back-to-back champion, Alex Martin, and Cooper Webb. When the action got underway that trend continued, but heartbreak soon befell both Martin brothers in separate motos. While running inside the top three both Alex and Jeremy eventually lost power in their motorcycles and were forced to record DNFs, scoring no points in one moto. As a result, they lost considerable ground in the championship standings to Savatgy, who seized the opportunity to take the win in the second moto and secure his third overall victory of the season. Alex Martin ultimately soldiered home to an eighth-place finish, followed by Jeremy in ninth. 

With the win and the misfortune of his closest challengers Savatgy vaulted out to a double-digit 20-point lead in the championship, his largest of the year, and will become the first rider this season to carry the red number plate over consecutive weekends. Following a return to the overall podium, Webb surpassed both of his teammates in the standings and now sits second behind Savatgy heading into his home race in Tennessee, where he earned his first career win back in 2014. Jeremy Martin is third in points, 24 out of the lead, with Alex Martin fourth, 30 points back. 

Savatgy has moved out to his biggest points lead of the season thanks to his third win of the season. Photo: Simon Cudby

Savatgy has moved out to his biggest points lead of the season thanks to his third win of the season. Photo: Simon Cudby

Another hometown rider looking for big things at Muddy Creek will be Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne. The Virginia native is coming off the best race of his career at High Point in which he ended up in a tie with Savatgy for the overall win, just missing out by virtue of a second-moto tiebreaker. Nevertheless, the veteran rider enjoyed a memorable afternoon, breaking through for his first career moto win as well as his first-ever top qualifying effort. Arguably no rider has logged more laps at Muddy Creek Raceway than Osborne, who is surely feeling more confident than ever in his chances at taking a maiden victory at his home track this weekend. 

Osborne has aspirations of victory heading to his hometown race in Tennessee. Photo: Simon Cudby 

Osborne has aspirations of victory heading to his hometown race in Tennessee. Photo: Simon Cudby

Event Schedule 

Red Bull Tennessee National
Round 5: Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
June 25, 2016 – Blountville, Tennessee 

Race Day Schedule: 

5:30 a.m. PT / 8:30 a.m. ET – Practice & Qualifying

9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. ET – Opening Ceremonies

10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET – First Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET – Second Motos (450 Class & 250 Class) 

Broadcast Schedule: 

June 25 – 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) – MAVTV – First Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)
June 25 – 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET (LIVE) – NBC – Second 450 Class Moto
June 25 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET (LIVE) – NBCSN – Second 250 Class Moto
July 1 – 11:00 p.m. PT (July 30) / 2:00 a.m. ET – NBCSN – Highlight Show 

**BOLD indicates live broadcast.
***All times subject to change.

Previous Round Results

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Red Bull High Point National

High Point Raceway – Mount Morris, Pennsylvania

June 18, 2016

Round 4 of 12 

450 Class (Moto Finish) 

  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (1-1)
  2. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (3-3)
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (2-4)
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (5-2)
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (7-5)
  6. Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (4-9)
  7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (6-7)
  8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (9-6)
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (8-10)
  10. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha (13-8) 

450 Class Championship Standings 

  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki – 193
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 152
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 131
  4. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 116
  5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 113
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 104
  7. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 97
  8. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 92
  9. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki – 88
  10. Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna – 76
  11. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda – 76 

250 Class (Moto Finish) 

  1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (4-1)
  2. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (1-4)
  3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (3-5)
  4. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (6-3)
  5. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (5-8)
  6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM (7-7)
  7. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (13-6)
  8. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (30-2)
  9. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-33)
  10. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (10-11)

250 Class Championship Standings 

  1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 166
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 146
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 142
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 136
  5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 121
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 116
  7. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 109
  8. RJ Hampshire, Hudson Fla., Honda – 79
  9. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 72
  10. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM – 70

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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana’s Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra.  Series partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, GoPro, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, Kawasaki, Motorcycle Superstore, FRAM, KTM, Oakley, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, ProGrip, EBC Brakes, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.