JDR J-Star KTM's Matt Moss makes his return to racing at High Point, while his teammate, Malcolm Stewart, had a run of bad luck.
Both riders had decent qualifying times during the morning practice sessions and earned gate picks inside the top twenty; Stewart 12th and Moss 20th.
Stewart was hungry for a podium after his 6th place and season-best finish the prior weekend at Thunder Valley MX Park. The gate dropped at the start of Moto 1 and Stewart had a top ten start; he was up to 8th by the end of the first lap. He turned on the gas and got around Ivan Tedesco and Eli Tomac to hold down 5th at the end of lap 3. Stewart was on the move and passed the 4th place rider of Alex Martin and began pressuring the 3rd place rider of Will Hahn. Unfortunately, a crash while passing Hahn for 3rd would keep Stewart from finishing the race.
Meanwhile, Moss was off to a mid-pack start and came through lap 1 in 15th. He was passed by two riders at the midpoint, but was able to get back around them on lap 9. With four laps to go, Moss made another mistake costing him three positions and putting him back to 18th. Moss stayed in position in the final laps and finished 18th in moto one.
At the start of moto two, Stewart grabbed a respectable 12th place start and started pushing his way to the front. On lap two he went down while trying to make an aggressive pass and again was unable to finish the moto.
The returning Moss found himself a little behind at the start of the second moto rounding out the first lap in 29th. He put his head down and swiftly moved through five riders by lap 2. He rode consistently and was able to pick up 2 positions every lap to sit 16th by the halfway mark. Although he was unable to hold off one rider behind him, Moss moved back to 17th on lap 10 and remained there for the duration of the race. His 18-17 moto finishes would give him 17th overall for the day in the 250 Motocross class. Moss earned 7 points to find himself 24th in the series points after only one race.
"Malcolm was riding really fast," commented JDR/J-Star/KTM Team Manager Nathan Ramsey. "He was passing into 3rd in the first moto when he crashed. Matt was riding pretty tight, but it's okay for the first race back. I know he will do better at the next one".