Despite there being now 3 races in less than one week in the same exact location, the environment and track conditions could not have been more different from race to race; particularly with SLC 3 becoming a mud race as heavy rains delayed the overall timeline of the day and picked up again just before the main events.
The elements played a huge role in the 250 class as there were riders going down left and right. Chase Sexton got off to a rough start in the opening laps after going down and leaving his title rival Shane McElrath alone leading the field. Sexton caught a break with a red flag coming out halting the race due to a downed rider. During the brief red flag, the rain started again and created an even more treacherous track for the riders to navigate. After the full restart, Sexton got a great start and trailed only McElrath for the first several minutes, eventually pressuring him into a mistake and taking the lead. Chase never looked back and rode on to take the win in the mud! Kyle Peters also had a tremendous ride earning a top 5 finish for his Phoenix Honda Race team while Hunter Sayles, Wilson Fleming and Josh Osby all not only survived, but rode well in the mud and finishing in 12th, 15th and 16th place.
The rain kept coming as the 450 main event got underway…it was shocking to see some of the best riders in the world looking like ‘pee wee’ riders for large portions of the track. Kyle Chisholm did what he always does, which his ride a solid race throughout, a tall order given the conditions. Chiz rode well and for the most part mistake free finishing in 18th place overall while Logan Karnow, riding for the PRMX squad, struggled with the conditions near the end of the race finishing in 22nd. Freddie Noren and Alex Ray did not make the main event as A-Ray was involved in a crash during the LCQ injuring his knee. Freddie Noren was involved with a last lap and even last turn battle during the LCQ for the final transfer spot into the main event and came out on the wrong end of a block pass.
Racing resumes in SLC with ‘SLC 4’ taking place Wednesday night! Photo credits to Supercross Live, Answer Racing and VitalMX/GuyB.