Eli Tomac rebounds to win Round 3 of motocross season in 45th victory

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Three-time defending series champion Eli Tomac rebounded from a mediocre start to the 450 season Saturday, winning Round 3 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Tomac, who won his first Supercross title two months ago, claimed the overall Saturday in motocross’ premier division by winning the second moto after finishing second in the opener to Marvin Musquin.

Tomac climbed three spots in the points standings to fourth with his 45th career victory (ranking fourth all time) a week after a career-worst 16th in Round 2 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

“I just had a better feel,” Tomac said. “The track came to us all day. We had good starts in both motos and that pace was insane there in Moto 2.

“I had pressure from (Moto 2 runner-up Justin) Barcia for a while there, and we were really pushing it at the end. He kept me honest, but I was able to keep it going and get us a win. We’ve got some good tracks for us coming up and hopefully we can keep putting work in to make up some ground in the championship.”

Adam Cianciarulo finished third overall, and Zach Osborne, who won the opening two rounds, maintained his championship lead by 13 points over Musquin with a fourth overall Saturday.

In the 250 class, Jeremy Martin won his second consecutive overall event by winning the second moto and finishing second in the first. Martin trails by four points to Dylan Ferrandis, who finished second Saturday with a 1-3 finish.

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series will hold its first doubleheader over Labor Day weekend at the historic RedBud National with events on Sept. 4 and Sept. 7.


RESULTS

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450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-1)
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (1-6)
  3. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (3-4)
  4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (6-2)
  5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (7-3)
  6. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (4-5)
  7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (5-7)
  8. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna (8-8)
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha (9-10)
  10. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (11-12)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 122
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 109
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 96
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 95
  5. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 89
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 81
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 78
  8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 71
  9. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 59
  10. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna; Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna (tie) – 58

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (2-1)
  2. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-3)
  3. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM (3-4)
  4. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (8-2)
  5. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (4-5)
  6. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (7-6)
  7. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha (6-10)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-7)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-8)
  10. Carson Mumford, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda (13-9)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 135
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 131
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 100
  4. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 95
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 90
  6. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 79
  7. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 75
  8. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 63
  9. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 61
  10. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 61

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.