Musquin had opened a comfortable lead over the field a quarter into the race, and on Lap 7 Webb slowed quickly after suffering a flat rear tire in his chase of the lead. He lost several positions before ultimately getting attention in the mechanics areas and falling out of contention. Webb's misfortune allowed Seely to move into second, and a hard-charging Tomac into third. However, shortly after moving into podium position Tomac crashed on Lap 8 and dropped out of contention following damage suffered on his Kawasaki. The hard luck of his fellow competitors worked to the advantage of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason Anderson who jumped into third, just ahead of his teammate Dean Wilson and Dungey, who valiantly fought his way into the top five after starting 13th. In just his second race for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Wilson fended off the attacks from Dungey for several laps, but the reigning two-time champion's persistence paid off with a pass for fourth on Lap 20.