Foxborough begins the final stretch to the title


4/19/2018

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Last weekend's Minneapolis round of AMA Supercross tested the racers and their teams with a historic blizzard that crippled the city. It seemed nearly miraculous that the stands were nearly full and that the racing went down as planned - especially considering that this was the final round of the Monster Triple Crown events. The unique format allowed little time for recovery between races, which was logistically tough for the riders to recover from since they had to brave a significant journey through a blizzard to get to their team transporters to recover for the next main event. The result? Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson still rose to the top of the 450SX class. Winners in every condition - from rain to snow to sun, these three have proven to be the cream of the crop thus far in the 2018 AMA Supercross season.

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Minneapolis also marked the return of Justin Barcia, who along with the aforementioned top 3, was right on pace all night in his return to racing. Also very much on pace was the newest addition to the fast pack - and the other Justin B. out there - Justin Brayton. The #10 was in contention for the win in the final main event but wasn't quite able to hold off the charge of Musquin, and Anderson, but he held on for nearly the entire race and proved once again that he's almost there.

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Points leader Jason Anderson continues to impress with his speed, consistency and ability to protect his points lead. Clearly not content with simply resting on his 39 point lead over Musquin, Anderson rides hard, takes chances and generally is the same rider now that he was at Round 1 in Anaheim over four months ago. With a solid ride in Foxboro, Anderson will be able to wrap up the title next weekend in Salt Lake City, so look for him to be a bit more protective of his lead and with the cold weather and unpredictable racing surface. It should make for some interesting times for the hopeful champ.

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Eli Tomac may be out of contention for the 450SX title, but he did manage to win the Monster Triple Crown series within a series. Had it not been for a point being taken from Anderson due to a rule infraction, though, Tomac wouldn't even have had that to add to his laurels. With the overall win in Minneapolis, Tomac's now at seven wins for the season and is solidly 3rd in points.

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Marvin Musquin pounded out an impressive win in the second 450 main event, looking like the dominant rider the entire time he was on the track. Regardless, he's still at risk of losing the title as early as this weekend in Massachusetts - if he loses 14 points to Anderson (JA win and Musquin 11th or worse), the title will be Anderson's. Seems like an unlikely scenario for sure, but the questionable condition this weekend (cold/soft dirt/ruts) will certainly throw a wild card into the mix

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Jeremy Martin's recent results in the 250SX East region, however, are pushing him right to the front of the field in the points. Two wins in a row (minus 7 points for a penalty in Indy) have propelled him to within 16 points of Zach Osborne, with Jordon Smith in between them. Martin looks to be in full-on beast mode at this point and will no doubt push as hard as he can to win his first AMA Supercross title. 


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Meanwhile, points leader Zach Osborne can get away with being careful this weekend on a sketchy track and try not to make any mistakes. Doing so, he can still at least make it onto the podium or nearly so, especially since his primary rival Austin Forkner has taken himself out of the series with an injury. The threats now come from Jordon Smith (12 points down) and the aforementioned Jeremy Martin. Osborne will be solid and should be able to maintain this without too much issue, putting him into the Vegas finale with a fairly good chance of defending his title.

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With that, we say goodbye to another contender - Forkner, above - after a rough and tumble round in Minneapolis. Hitting the ground on several occasions following a win in the first 250SX main event, Forkner was the quintessential young gun - super fast but inconsistent - letting his impatience and excited attitude over-ride the bike and track. He left Minny with a broken collarbone which will put him out of commission until at least the opening round of the outdoor nationals.

With that, we have set the stage for what may be a defining moment for not only the 2018 season, but also for Jason Anderson. Can enough dominoes fall into place for him to take home the title two rounds early? The track and weather (cold and damp) will no doubt play into the final result, so be sure to check out our coverage here for Live Timing and Scoring, as well as on our Facebook page and Instagram feed (@amasupercross). to keep up with the happenings at Gillette Stadium.


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