Excitement and hype was built around the 11th round of the 2014 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship for many reasons. For one, Ironman Raceway has long been used as the facility for many GNCC races, and other than a Loretta Lynn’s qualifier, a motocross event had not been held at this facility. After seeing the track, as well as photos, it’s quite the surprise. Only a few miles off of the main highway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, Ironman Raceway is nestled in between towering trees and rolling, lush green hills. It is a perfect venue for holding a National caliber track. Marc Peters has designed, or helped design, many tracks that have been featured across the National circuit, and this time he gathered his army of track builders to put together what was seen over the weekend. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see the true beauty of the facility (aside from press day) due to the extreme weather conditions that struck the westernmost part of the state.
Another reason why there was such excitement headed into this race was that it was the second to last event for the series, and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey had closed the points gap on his teammate Ken Roczen to only seven points. He was easily in striking distance to close the gap even further, or take over as the new points leader. Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin was also on the verge of securing the 2014 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 250 Championship. Such accomplishment was not only huge for Martin’s team, but it was an even greater deal for Yamaha. The last time Yamaha saw a championship come out of the 250 class was all the way back in 1992 when Jeff Emig won in the 125 class.
So, there was a lot to see at Ironman Raceway given the conditions that struck Crawfordsville, Indiana, which it turn shook up the series quite a bit. Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Jessy Nelson took the first moto win in the 250 class (first time for TLD) and finished third overall, while Rockstar Energy KTM’s Joey Savatgy finished second overall on the day. It was also a big day for Rockstar Energy KTM as Ryan Sipes grabbed a third place finish in the second moto, and finished fourth overall. Oh, and with Roczen going 1-2 on the day while Dungey went 2-9, the young German now has a 20 point lead on his teammate headed to Salt Lake City, Utah.