The Monster Energy Supercross made its first of back-to-back Saturday night visits to Atlanta's Georgia Dome this past weekend for the eighth stop of the 2015 season.
Serving as the halfway point in the series, round 8 was full of crashes and excitement and it was Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed winning the 450 main at the Georgia Dome in front of 51,023 fans. With Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen both having issues and finishing out of the top 15, it was a wire-to-wire win for Reed who became the fifth different winner in eight races this season. Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Jeremy Martin won the 250SX main after mounting an impressive charge that saw the #6 pass and drop class contenders; Justin Bogle, Martin Davlos, and Marvin Musquin.
It was an up and down night for our 250 guys. After a smooth qualifying effort, Justin Starling qualified straight to the main out of his heat! Kyle Peters had a big get off in qualifying, but the Crossland Racing rider put in his best effort in the night show taking the final transfer spot into the main out of the LCQ. Conner Elliott looked fast in the night show, but struggled with starts all night and couldn't make it happen in the LCQ!
While Peters grabbed the last transfer spot in the LCQ, it was Kyle Cunningham who unfortunately went down when the two came together while battling for the spot. Cunningham has been flying the past couple weekends but just has had some bad luck. With a start toward the front, the #35 easily has a top 5 finish in him!
Peters joined Starling in the main and unlike last week’s red flag restart; the 250 class was able to put in 15 straight laps. After grabbing a top 10 start and then running into problems, Peters regrouped, put his laps in, and grabbed a solid 13th. Starling rode to another top 20 finish crossing the line in 18th.
Like the 250s, it was tough night for some of our 450 guys...after a SOLID qualifying time, Kyle Partridge got tangled up in a first turn crash that included Heath Harrison. The LCQ crash would the end of the night for both riders. It was a tough break for Partridge, but the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC rider has been rider so good lately and with a start, Partridge could be a top 10 threat. And coming off his AX Tour title, it’s only a matter of time before Harrison finds himself in a 450 main.
On the bright side...Josh Grant put in a solid ride in his semi to qualify to the main and Nick Wey rode smart to a 2nd place finish in the 450 LCQ. Wey carried that momentum into the main grabbing a 17th just in front of Ken Roczen. As his team owner rode off to the main event win, Josh Grant put his Two Two Motorsports ride into the top 10 for the second week in a row! Racing continues next weekend at the Georgia Dome where the Duel in the Dome trophy will be presented to the rider that scores the most points at the two Atlanta races.
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