Indianapolis, IN - In the beginning of the day at Lucas Oil Stadium, in a city known as the “Racing Capital of the World,” at the 13th round of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Aaron Plessinger had earned many accomplishments, thus far in his racing career. In 2013, he swept the 450 B and 250 B classes at Loretta Lynn’s and won a spot on the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha team. Plessinger was one of the first graduates of Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross by winning two Amsoil Arenacross main events and on Arenacross Lites main event. He won his final amateur race by sweeping the Monster Energy Cup Amateur All-Stars event. Last year, he was crowned the AMA Supercross Rookie of the Year and won his first Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Event during the last round at his hometown track, Ironman. However, despite winning Rookie of the Year in 2015, Plessinger was still looking to win his first Supercross main event.
The conditions and atmosphere could not have been more appropriate for a former local woods racer. Home race, challenging deeply rutted track, and retro night were perhaps the three ingredients a kid from Hamilton, OH with a rebellious throwback hairstyle needed to earn his first career main event victory. But first, another first had to be made.
Gannon Audette, in his first race with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki, claimed his first SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award in the 250SX Main Event. Plessinger in second took the lead going into the tight corner after the wall jump on the first lap. On the next lap, Malcolm Stewart passes Audette for second in the same section. Then Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Martin Davalos put Audette on their hit list and both passed him on lap four. However, Audette would find a way to strike back.
As Stewart was looking to hold onto the red plate and Plessinger going for his first career win, the two front-runners pulled away from the rest of the field. As it seemed, the top four settled into position just past the halfway point, Plessinger’s teammate, Martin crashed hard and broke the handlebar mount on his bike. That gave Davalos third until he crashed while attempting to get around lappers with four laps to go. As a result, Audette found himself back in a podium spot.
Stewart holds onto the red plate, and his lead in the Eastern Regional standings now sits at 10 points over Plessinger, who moved to second with the win. After finishing fifth, Davalos is third, 25 points out of the lead.