GoPro laps are limited this week, as every camera became covered with mud at the 2014 Indiana MX. But thanks to Jessy Nelson and his start to finish first moto win, we get one clean look at the all-new Ironman MX course….
Jessy Neslon | 2014 Indiana MX | 250 Moto One
There’s only one true way to avoid the biggest mess of a mud race, and that is to get to the front of the pack as quickly as possible. Nelson held the throttle of his Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda on longer than anyone else and just edged Rockstar Energy Racing KTM’s Joey Savatgy for the holeshot. After the first 450 moto, the track crew reworked over the destroyed racing surface and Nelson is the first rider to make lines on the smoothed lanes. This is both a gift and a curse, since some areas of the track are deep and stable while others are slick and unpredictable.
Despite the holeshot and lead, Nelson’s first lap had a sketchy moment. When bombing down the first big hill, he skates off the side of the track and just misses a large swap that had formed in the valley. He recovered quickly from the issue and charged back onto the track without much time lost.
Keeping momentum up is key to racing in the mud, and that is exactly what Nelson does through every section. The bike is revved through the corners, engaged in the right gear, and has weight shifted over the rear tire when the speed increases. Who knew that Nelson was such a good mud rider? He would go on to win the opening moto convincingly and finished third overall on the day.