An exceptional afternoon of racing provided the most captivating action of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship thus far at the Guaranteed Rate Ironman National. The third round of the season proved to be the first opportunity for the world’s fastest riders to push the threshold of speed on the high-flying, technically-challenging layout of Ironman Raceway. After a spirited battle across both classes of competition it was reigning three-time 450 Class titleholder Eli Tomac and his Monster Energy Kawasaki, along with former 250 Class champion Jeremy Martin and his GEICO Honda who prevailed with hard-fought victories.
In addition to celebrating the winners and podium finishers at each round of the 2020 season, each week the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship also brings attention to other riders who should be recognized for their efforts. Following every round a pair of specialty awards are handed out to riders who dig deep and overcome the odds to achieve success.
The Deltran Battery RC Hard Charger Award recognizes the 450 Class rider that embodies the relentless, never-give-up attitude that personified the career of the G.O.A.T. Ricky Carmichael, the most successful rider in the history of American motocross. The award is given to the rider that passes the most competitors in a single 450 Class moto at every round, earning the most significant improvement from his starting spot to his finishing result. Each recipient of the RC Hard Charger Award is awarded with a custom-designed trophy.
The FMF Privateer Power Award shines the spotlight on the underdog rider that overcomes the odds in pursuit of his racing dream, exceeding expectations by putting forth an incredible performance that often surpasses that of the factory-backed riders that surround him. The ability to do more with less is something that every privateer aspires to achieve, and each week this award applauds a rider who was successful in accomplishing that feat. Each recipient of the Privateer Power Award is awarded with a custom-designed trophy.
Deltran Battery Tender RC Hard Charger Award
Following an 11th-place finish in the opening 450 Class moto, Team Honda HRC’s Christian Craig entered Moto 2 in the thick of the hunt for a top-10 finish in an incredibly deep field of talent. Unfortunately, Craig’s second moto didn’t start the way he would have hoped as the Honda rider found himself on the ground in the first turn. Craig was able to quickly reenter the race and began a come-from-behind effort that saw him climb from a hole of 36th place at the conclusion of the opening lap all the way to 12th by the end of the moto, just one position shy of where he finished in Moto 1. That resilient effort was rewarded with a 10th-place finish in the overall standings and this week’s Deltran Battery Tender RC Hard Charger Award.
62 Christian Craig / El Cajon, California / Honda
+24 positions in 450 Moto 2 (36th to 12th)
FMF Privateer Power Award
Since the start of the 2020 season, Rock River Yamaha rookie Mason Gonzales has shown he has what it takes to compete alongside the established and up-and-coming talent of the 250 Class. Through six motos Gonzales has failed to score points just once, and at the Ironman National the Florida native hung tough amongst a stacked field of talent on the most competitive afternoon of the season thus far. In his first ever visit to Ironman Raceway, Gonzales posted 15-14 moto scores to earn a solid 15th-place finish in the overall classification, a performance deserving of this week’s FMF Privateer Power Award.
239 Mason Gonzales / Fort Walton Beach, Florida / Yamaha
250 Class: 15th Overall (15-14)
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