There was a close finish as the 2018 Ironman Pro Motocross Season ends at Crawfordsville, Indiana. The final race of the season at the Ironman National saw Eli Tomac take the 450MX title for Kawasaki, ahead of KTM rider Marvin Musquin. The victory margin was just 16 points after Musquin put himself on the podium.
Both motos were won by Yamaha rider Justin Barcia, giving him overall victory. He was followed in the final standings by Ken Roczen on a Honda, with Musquin in third for KTM having taken fourth in the opening race, and third at his next attempt.
Musquin: “Today at Ironman, it was very tough conditions. We had a LOT of rain in the morning and I didn’t get a good start in the first moto, so it was really tough for me to get into the speed of the top guys. The second half of the moto was a lot better, I found my groove and better lines but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough and I got fourth. The second moto, I got a better start and I battled back to third place, so another podium, yeah, but definitely not what I wanted today. I expected a little bit more to be honest. I got second in the championship, so it’s a good year overall – I was more consistent and got more podiums but the competition was definitely really high this year.”
2018 Ironman Pro Motocross 450MX Standings
1. Eli Tomac, 527 points
2. Marvin Musquin, 511
3. Ken Roczen, 445
4. Justin Barcia, 444
5. Blake Baggett, 391
In the 250cc class, the overall title went to Aaron Plessinger for Yamaha, who finished the season with two wins to take the meeting. The rest of the podium at Crawfordville was RJ Hampshire for Honda and Chase Sexton on another Yamaha.
Plessinger finished the championship with a commanding lead over KTM rider Alex Martin and rookie Justin Cooper.
2018 Ironman Pro Motocross 250MX Standings
1. Aaron Plessinger, 500 points
2. Alex Martin, 390
3. Justin Cooper, 352
4. RJ Hampshire, 337
5. Shane McElrath, 332
The meeting was also notable for the return to motocross of Chad Reed, riding for the first time in three years, and ending up fifth and eighth in the two 450MX motos. At 36 years old, the Australian superstar is a multiple champion across Motocross and Supercross.