Photos: Jeff Kardas
The points standings shifted in Buchanan, Michigan, as Jeremy Martin rode away with 2-1 moto scores and the overall after a challenging track proved difficult for several riders to stay off the ground. Martin’s first moto victory was an absolute must for the title contender, who had seen a change in momentum after a completely dominating start to the season.
2014 RedBud MX | 250 Race Report
Jeremy Martin: First Overall (1-2)
Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider Jeremy Martin's third-place start in the first 250 moto placed him in the perfect position to pick back up where he began in the first few races of the season. Martin followed Christophe Pourcel around race leader Matt Bisceglia and slid into second place behind the Frenchman. As Justin Bogle and Blake Baggett moved into third and fourth close behind, a crash from Pourcel handed first place over to Martin. Martin was then able to pull a slight lead over second and third where Bogle and Baggett sat, but a mistake from Bogle allowed Baggett by, who could then focus on catching the leader. Late in the race, Martin's lead began to dwindle as Baggett chipped away with each passing lap, but Martin held on to win by just over a second over Baggett.
The beginning of moto two looked as if Martin was going to pull away again out front to sweep both motos. Martin started in fourth behind Savatgy, Bogle, and Wilson, and then immediately attacked the two positions in front of him to take over second, but Bogle fired back and moved back into second and then soon after into first. Martin followed, moving into second and then looked as if he was going to make his way past Bogle again to take over the lead, but Cooper Webb emerged to join the fight and managed to pass Martin for second. Webb and Martin advanced into first and second following a crash by Bogle, but despite every effort he made to pass Webb for the lead, Martin settled for second, taking home the overall and gaining a hefty amount of points.
Marvin Musquin: Second Overall (4-3)
Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin had a mediocre start in moto one, and after two laps he still sat as far back as ninth, but a few fast laps later and following a handful of crashes by other competitors, Musquin soon found himself running in fourth behind Martin, Bogle, and Baggett. Musquin put his head down and fought his way past Bogle to take over third, however, an incident with a lapper somehow left the French rider with his own leg pinned in his rear wheel, dropping him back by the time he was able to get himself free and he finished in fourth.
A better start in moto two saw the Frenchman holding down sixth on the opening lap. Musquin advanced into third behind Webb and Martin, and he would finish in third, but his 4-3 moto scores were good enough for second overall on the day.
Jason Anderson: Third Overall (3-4)
Rockstar Energy Racing KTM's Jason Anderson jumped off the gate and into the top ten in moto one, and after a series of crashes by riders in front of him, including Pourcel, Webb, and Musquin, Anderson eventually worked his way up into third and locked the spot in until the finish.
Anderson starts moto two behind Musquin and slowly makes his way up the leaderboard. Anderson soon finds himself in fourth, but while he begins to apply pressure to Musquin for third, he comes under fire from Baggett who wants to take over fourth. Baggett makes the pass, but soon after falls down, and Anderson holds down fourth and finishes 3-4 for third overall.
Blake Baggett: Fourth Overall (2-7)
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Blake Baggett has been the one to set the pace in recent motos, and following a good start that set up near the lead in the first moto, he began to go to work on those in front of him. Baggett worked his way up to the race leader, Jeremy Martin, but after lap after lap on his heals Baggett couldn't finish the job and secure the victory as Martin beat him out for first place by just over a second.
Baggett's start to moto two was far worse than moto one, and the number 4 machine was nowhere in sight inside the top ten. Baggett began to climb, posting the fastest lap and finding himself in fourth soon enough behind Anderson. Baggett made the pass for third on Anderson, but he fell and dropped several positions back to seventh.
Cooper Webb: Fifth Overall (14-1)
Following his first moto win of his young career, Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha's Cooper Webb picked up where he left off a week ago in Tennessee after another start placed him in the lead pack. While running in fifth, Webb crashed midway through the moto and struggled to fire his bike. The mistake dropped him far back outside the top 20th. Webb regrouped after getting his Yamaha started, and he fought his way back up to 14th by the end of the race.
Webb rebounded in moto two quickly placing himself in third behind Bogle and Martin. Webb made the pass on Martin for second, and after a crash by Bogle, he moved into the lead. Webb battled his persistent teammate throughout the moto as he stretched his lead out to just a few seconds, but a mistake late in the race allowed Martin to close back in during the final laps. Webb did everything he could do to hold off Martin's advances, and he held his teammate off to grab the win and fifth overall.
1. Jeremy Martin 2-1
2. Marvin Musquin 4-3
3. Jason Anderson 3-4
4. Blake Baggett 2-7
5. Cooper Webb 14-1
6. Dean Wilson 9-5
7. Cole Seely 8-6
8. Alex Martin 6-9
9. Justin Bogle 5-12
10. Justin Hill 10-8
11. Kyle Cunningham 7-15
12. Matt Bisceglia 13-14
13. Anthony Rodriguez 15-13
14. Zach Bell 11-17
15. Joey Savatgy 19-10
16. Christophe Pourcel 39-11
17. Jessy Nelson 12-41
18. Dakota Alix 16-19
19. Jace Owen 18-18
20. Kyle Peters 37-16
|2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 250 Class (After 10 of 24 motos)
1. Jeremy Martin 250pts (6 moto wins)
2. Cooper Webb 227pts (2 moto win)
3. Blake Baggett 222pts (4 moto wins)
4. Justin Bogle 191pts
5. Marvin Musquin 181pts
6. Christophe Pourcel 176pts
7. Jason Anderson 167pts
8. Cole Seely 143pts
9. Justin Hill 127pts
10. Jessy Nelson 125pts