Over half of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is in the books and this weekend the series observes its second of three breaks in competition during the 12-round season. Only two races have commenced since the last break, but they've been eventful with the rain-drenched round at Budds Creek MX Park and the unpredictable, highly competitive racing in both classes at RedBud MX last weekend.
The championship will resume for the eighth round of competition next Saturday, July 18, with the annual visit to Minnesota's Spring Creek MX Park and the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National in Millville.
After waiting one week short of six years between overall victories, Joe Gibbs Racing's Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha effort now has back-to-back wins with Justin Barcia. All three of its riders - Barcia, Weston Peick and Phil Nicoletti - all continue to hold spots inside the top 10 in points as well, each boasting at least one moto podium finish.
The 450 Class has four different winners through its first seven rounds - Eli Tomac, Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia. Of this group only Roczen, the defending series champion, has yet to earn multiple wins.
Tomac, Dungey and Barcia each sit tied for the class lead in wins with two apiece.
Dungey is still the only rider in the 450 Class to earn every championship point for his brand in the manufacturer standings.
Dungey has finished on the podium in 12 of 14 motos this season and has just one finish outside the top 10.
Despite having twice as many Motosport.com Holeshot Awards as anyone else in the class with six, Barcia still has a higher starting average (5.2) than leader Dungey (4.3). At RedBud Barcia became the first rider this season to sweep the holeshots in both motos.
Injuries have forced all three Factory Honda riders - Cole Seely, Trey Canard and Eli Tomac - to the sidelines. Fill-in rider Freddie Noren has performed well in their absence, earning his career-best finish at RedBud in seventh overall, one day before his wedding. He is now the highest standing Honda rider in the 450 Class championship in 10th.
Despite having five overall wins between them, Red Bull KTM teammates Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin have yet to win on the same day in 2015. They swept victories during the winter FIM/AMA Supercross season on six different occasions.
Five of the six competing manufacturers are represented inside the top 10 in the 450 Class standings. Kawasaki's highest standing rider, Wil Hahn, currently sits 14th.