With the title on the line, the 250 Class took center stage at Ironman Raceway. The day began with Martin making the first statement, edging out Musquin in timed practice to earn the Bud Light Fastest Qualifier. When the gate dropped on the opening moto, GEICO Honda's Matt Bisceglia captured the Holeshot Award but it didn't take long for Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Cooper Webb to move into the lead. Behind the battle up front, Musquin and Martin battled right behind one another for a spot inside the top five. As the field race to the top of the track's trademark uphill obstacle named "Godzilla," Musquin's race came to an end after he was seen pushing his KTM, his body language suggesting a terminal problem. His team would later confirm that the bike was unresponsive when Musquin twisted the throttle. With his championship rival out of contention, Martin slotted into fifth with a chance to secure the title with a moto victory.