Tomac Scores First Career 450-Class Victory at Spring Creek National

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series made its eighth stop this past Saturday in Millville, MN for the annual Spring Creek National, and Muscle Milk-supported GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac stole the show with a dominant 1-1 performance en route to his first career win in the premier 450 class. For the fourth consecutive week, Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard put together two solid rides, landing just shy of the podium in fourth with 4-3 marks.

450 Race
During the day's opening race, Canard launched his CRF450R off the line to a fourth-place start. The front-runners quickly separated themselves from the field, but Canard struggled in the tricky sand whoops and was unable to close the gap, taking the checkered in fourth. In the second moto, he got off the line in fifth place but dropped back in the pack. Luckily, the race was red flagged due to a start-gate malfunction, giving him another chance to get back up front.

When the gate dropped for the second time, he nabbed another great start inside the top five. While running fourth, he really found his rhythm and began methodically closing the gap on third. He made a pass stick on lap 12, which is where he finished. His 4-3 performance was not enough to secure him a spot on the podium, but he was happy overall with his progress. "We had a good day overall today," stated Canard. "I think we made progress again and it is a bummer to not be on the podium. It's definitely a bummer for the entire team not to be winning, but we are striving and trying. So hopefully we will get one before the year's up."   

Team Honda Muscle Milk's Fredrik Noren posted his best result of the season with a ninth overall. In moto one, Noren nailed down a strong start and crossed the line in ninth on the opening lap. He relinquished two positions by the end of the 17-lap race, ultimately finishing 11th. He grabbed another solid start in moto two and ran a consistent race to finish 10th.

"I struggled getting in my groove a little bit in practice, but I am not the best qualifier so that is just kind of how it is," explained Noren. "First moto I had a good start and just worked my way into 11th. In the second moto I got another good start and was running in ninth most of the moto but (Christian) Craig got by me towards the end so I finished 10th. I'm pretty excited about my ninth overall; it is my best finish of the season. I am getting a lot more comfortable on the bike and looking forward to better results each weekend."

It was a stellar day for 450-class rookie Eli Tomac as he swept both motos, becoming the fourth different overall winner in the division this year. Tomac started moto one in third and quickly moved to second. From there he closed the gap on the leader, which started a heated head-to-head battle that raged on lap after lap, until he made a pass stick on lap 12. Tomac quickly checked out, taking the win with a 16-second advantage. He carried his momentum into the second moto, securing the holeshot and riding nearly unchallenged the entire 30-minute plus two-lap race to score his first career 450 victory. His 1-1 effort boosted him to ninth overall in the points standings, despite competing in only four rounds.

 "Today was my first 450 overall, and it's so cool," said Tomac. "Not many guys get to say they've won a 450 outdoor national, so it's cool to be there. And I did it in 1-1 fashion during only my fourth race, so that was awesome. I got good starts today. I just get along with this track because it's a lot like my track at home, with a lot of sand and big rollers. It's just a track that suits me, so I was comfortable all day."

250 Race
It was a challenging day for the GEICO Honda 250 squad of Justin Bogle, Zach Bell and Matt Bisceglia. After finishing sixth in the day's opening race, Bogle got off the line to a solid start in moto two and took over the lead halfway through the 30-minute plus two-lap event. Unfortunately, he went down hard late in the race and was unable to return to competition, leaving him 15th for the day with 6-32 scores. Bell put together two respectable rides aboard his CRF250R, scoring 11th overall with 10-12 marks, while teammate Bisceglia was unable to get comfortable on the tricky track, ultimately finishing 14th with 16-11 finishes.  

The Focus: Honda Hosts Military Guest
On Saturday, Trey Canard hosted former Marine Corps Corporal Brad Staten as his special guest in the Honda pits. Staten was part of the Combat Logistics Battalion 6, Alpha Company, 1st Platoon stationed out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He deployed to the southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan from January 2010 until August 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Staten and 14 other men from his unit were presented Purple Heart awards during their service. He is also a huge race fan and reached out to Canard's mother about presenting Trey with a piece of his uniform as a thank you. "I have come to a lot of races and always see fans asking the riders for jerseys, goggles and anything else they can get their hands on. Instead, I wanted to give Trey a piece of my Marine Corps uniform as a thank you for being such an inspiration and helping me through my deployment. To be able to spend the day in the Honda pits and hang out with Trey is way more than I expected and ever could have dreamed. I want to thank Trey, his family and Honda for such great hospitality."

450 Class Overall Results

1. Eli Tomac (Honda) 1-1
2. Ryan Dungey 3-2
3. Ken Roczen 2-4
4. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-3
5. Josh Grant 5-5
6. Brett Metcalfe 6-6
7. Andrew Short 9-7
8. Weston Peick 8-8
9. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 11-10
10. Matthew Goerke 12-11

450 Class Championship Points (after 8 of 12 rounds)
1. Ken Roczen 367
2. Ryan Dungey 343
3. Trey Canard 302
4. James Stewart 226
5. Brett Metcalfe 222
6. Josh Grant 218
7. Weston Peick 188
8. Andrew Short 187
9. Eli Tomac 168
10. Chad Reed 146

250 Class Overall Results
1. Jeremy Martin 1-2
2. Marvin Musquin 2-4
3. Cooper Webb 9-1
4. Christopher Pourcel 3-6
5. Dean Wilson 5-5
6. Jason Anderson 11-3
7. Joey Savatgy 8-9
8. Alex Martin 12-7
9. Cole Seely (Honda) 7-13
10. Jessy Nelson (Honda) 14-8

250 Class Championship Points (after 8 of 12 rounds)
1. Jeremy Martin 341
2. Cooper Webb 298
3. Blake Baggett 285
4. Christopher Pourcel 246
5. Marvin Musquin 241
6. Justin Bogle 240
7. Jason Anderson 236
8. Cole Seely 188
9. Jessy Nelson 164
10. Justin Hill 150

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