2014 Spring Creek MX | Roczen & Pourcel Qualify Quickest

Jeremy Martin At 2014 Spring Creek MX

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues its run around the country, with round eight of the series taking place at the Martin Family’s Spring Creek MX outside Millville, Minnesota. Much has been made about this weekend, since title contenders Ryan Dungey and Jeremy Martin consider the sandy circuit their “home track.” This could not be more true for Martin, since his family owns the property and lives in a cabin that sits within sight of the iconic sand whoops. Timed qualifying has just come to a close, with Ken Roczen and Christophe Pourcel posting the fastest times of the morning in their respective classes.

Don't miss the live television or online coverage of the eighth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National.

Moto 1

Online: 2:00pm ET, ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Live Extra (LIVE)

TV: 2:00pm ET, MAVTV (LIVE)

New for 2014, MAVTV will air the first motos of every round live. Use the MAVTV channel finder to see if you currently get MAVTV. You can also use the link to request that your cable provider carry MAVTV if they currently do not.

The live stream of first motos can also be viewed online via the Live Extra page and Mobile App (iOS / Android).

2014 Spring Creek MX | 450 Timed Qualifying

Ken Roczen has controlled the 450 championship since the start of the season, and the Red Bull KTM rider asserted his speed again in the morning’s practice session with a 2:04.326 time, the fastest of the day. This put Roczen just ahead of his teammate Ryan Dungey, a rider many are calling for a win based on his past success at the track, who nabbed second on the charts with a 2:04.479. Spring Creek was the location of James Stewart’s only outdoor win in 2013, and the Yoshimura Suzuki rider claimed third on the morning with a 2:05.286. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard set the pace early in the morning, and his 2:05.447 was enough for third overall. Eli Tomac quietly completed the top five by posting a 2:05.892 aboard his GEICO Honda.

A few things in the 450 class worth noting at Spring Creek:

– Chad Reed has parted ways with tire sponsor Dunlop, and is reportedly running unmarked Pirelli rubbers on his Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki. Reed was ninth fastest during the morning.

– Spring Creek marks the final weekend of Christian Craig’s return to racing, and it comes at the GEICO Honda rider’s new “home track.” He was eleventh quickest in the 450 class.

– Jake Weimer has returned to the starting line after time off from a back injury, and the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was fourteenth in the standings.

2014 Spring Creek MX | 450 Timed Qualifying

1. Ken Roczen 2:04.326
2. Ryan Dungey 2:04.479
3. James Stewart 2:05.286
4. Trey Canard 2:05.447
5. Eli Tomac 2:05.892
6. Josh Grant 2:07.247
7. Andrew Short 2:08.036
8. Weston Peick 2:08.650
9. Chad Reed 2:08.66
10. Brett Metcalfe 2:08.877

2014 Spring Creek MX | 250 Timed Qualifying

Christophe Pourcel’s usual tactics of waiting until the last minute of timed qualifying to post his best lap paid off once again. The Valli Motorsports Yamaha rider followed Jeremy Martin in early laps of the final session, then upped the pace to clock a 2:05.784 with only moments left in the session. Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin was still plenty fast, with a 2:06.949 putting him second on the standings. Martin’s biggest rival for the 250 title, Blake Baggett, was uncommonly quick in practice and piloted his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki to a 2:07.406 lap for third place. After struggling with knee and shoulder issues early in the season, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin is finding his form and a 2:07.528 time ranked him fourth fastest in the class. Jason Anderson scored his first career outdoor podium during last year’s visit to Spring Creek, and the Rockstar Energy Racing KTM rider was fifth fastest on the morning with a 2:07.963 sprint.

A few things in the 250 class worth noting at Spring Creek:

– Shane McElrath spent much of the summer on the sidelines with a back injury, but the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda rider returns today at Spring Creek. He was nineteenth fastest in the 250 class.

– Dean Wilson is coming to the close of his 250 career, and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider is looking to improve in the final weeks of the season. He was sixth fastest during the morning sessions.

– Eldest Martin brother,  Alex, charged to tenth on the standings late aboard his CycleTrader.com/Rock River/Yamaha machine.

– East Coast ripper Jimmy Decotis returned to the circuit after some weeks away, and the privateer Honda rider was 20th fastest on the morning.

2014 Spring Creek MX | 250 Timed Qualifying

1. Christophe Pourcel 2:05.784
2. Jeremy Martin 2:06.949
3. Blake Baggett 2:07.406
4. Marvin Musquin 2:07.528
5. Jason Anderson 2:07.963
6. Dean Wilson 2:08.447
7. Joey Savatgy 2:08.465
8. Cooper Webb 2:08.588
9. Zach Bell 2:08.973
10. Alex Martin 2:09.454