Photography by Larry Lawrence
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (Aug. 16, 2014) – Nine seconds. That’s how much faster Eli Tomac was over the rest of the 450 field in Timed Qualifying for today’s inaugural Ironman Motocross National in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Tomac sloshed his Geico Honda CRF450R around the muddy circuit in a time of 3:02.241. Next fastest was Austin Wagner with a 3:11.392 aboard his Championship Powersports Honda. Series leader Ken Roczen was third fastest with a 3:11.786. Roczen’s Red Bull KTM teammate and series rival Ryan Dungey clocked the 12th fastest time in qualifying practice.
A lot of unusual names topped the timing charts this morning.
When asked how he could turn a lap so much faster than his competition Tomac said it was all about mindset.
“I rode loose,” Tomac smiled. “You’ve got to have fun in the mid too. If you ride tight you’re always fighting the bike, so you’ve got be loose and just have fun.”
Tomac set his best time in the first session. “I didn’t even go out in the second session because I knew it would be a mess.”
Tomac said today’s race will be new ground for him. In addition to racing on a new circuit, he’s never experience a pure mudder at a Pro National.
“I haven’t raced in a Pro National in conditions like this ever, so it’s going to be new for me,” Tomac said. “We had plenty of mud races when I was in amateurs and we’ve had some muddy Supercrosses. I like these conditions I always seem to excel in it.”
Tomac talked about one big key for today’s motos.
“You want to get a good start and be able to keep your vision clean and clear,” he explained. “That’s important.”
In the 250cc ranks Jeremy Martin looks to be calm and ready, in spite of being on the verge of being crowned 250 Champ.
Martin, riding his Yamalube Yamaha Star Racing Yamaha YZ250F,
“I grew up racing in the mud so I enjoy it,” Martin said. “I’m smiling and ready to go. I think you do more things to prepare the bike than prepare as a rider. We all know what we’ve got to do. We’ve all raced in the mud at least once in our life before, so you just make it happen. You’ve got to go out there and stay on the gas.”
Martin said he doesn’t feel the burden of being so close to wrapping up the 250 championship. “No, no added pressure,” he said. “It’s just another race and we’re at a good track. Hopefully we can draw some Indiana fans here and make people aware in this state of motocross.”
450 Combined Times
1 3 Eli Tomac Honda CRF450R 3:02.241
2 993 Austin Wagner Honda CRF450R 3:11.392
3 94 Ken Roczen KTM 450 SX-F FE 3:11.786
4 193 Chris Proscelle Honda CRF450R 3:12.586
5 531 Todd Krieg KTM 450 SX-F 3:12.713
6 570 Cody VanBuskirk KTM 450 SX-F 3:13.600
7 285 Tony Archer Kawasaki KX 450F 3:13.810
8 526 Colton Aeck Suzuki RMZ 450 3:14.449
9 41 Trey Canard Honda CRF450R 3:14.634
10 62 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF450R 3:15.064
250 Combined Times
1 19 Jeremy Martin Yamaha YZ 250F 3:14.028
2 377 Christophe Pourcel Yamaha YZ 250F 3:15.966
3 37 Cooper Webb Yamaha YZ 250F 3:19.216
4 17 Jason Anderson KTM 250 SX-F 3:22.898
5 621 RJ Hampshire Honda CRF250R 3:24.584
6 32 Justin Bogle Honda CRF450R 3:24.991
7 50 Jessy Nelson Honda CRF250R 3:27.224
8 449 Dakota Kessler Honda CRF250R 3:28.668
9 16 Zach Osborne Honda CRF250R 3:28.762
10 142 Cole Martinez Kawasaki KX 250F 3:29.177
How to Watch
Online: 10:30 a.m. ET, ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Live Extra (LIVE)
Online: 12:15 p.m. ET, ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Live Extra
Online: 1:00 p.m. ET, ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Live Extra (LIVE)
TV: 1:00 p.m. ET, MAVTV (LIVE)
New for 2014, MAVTV will air the first motos of every round live. Use the MAVTV channel finder to see if you currently get MAVTV. You can also use the link to request that your cable provider carry MAVTV if they currently do not.
Online: 3:00 p.m. ET, ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Live Extra (LIVE)
TV – 450 Moto 2: 5:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN
TV – 250 Moto 2: 1:00 a.m. ET, NBCSN
NBCSN will have tape delayed coverage of second motos, with the 450 Class race airing at 5:00 p.m. ET and the 250 Class race airing at 1:00 a.m. ET. Use the NBCSN channel finder to see if you currently get NBCSN in your area.
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