2014 Washougal MX | 250 Race Report
Photos by Jeff Kardas
The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continued its run through the summer at one of the most scenic stops of the twelve-round tour, Washougal MX in southern Washington state. A very fast layout is carved through the trees and the shadows created by the massive evergreens add just another element riders must overcome. The series saw a new overall winner in the 250 ranks, along with a number of close battles between the biggest names in the division. Like the 450 class, the title is set to come down to the final round and three racers still have solid chances at adding a number one plate to their mantle at the end of the year in Utah.
Marvin Musquin | 1-1 | First Overall
Pundits in the pits stated that if there were one race Marvin Musquin could win in 2014, it would be Washougal. The skillset of the Red Bull KTM rider slash former world champion is considered perfect for the technical soil, and he dominated the 250 class throughout the day. A lap over a second and a half quicker than anyone in qualifying gave Musquin priority gate pick in the first moto, which he used to earn a position in the top-three off the start. After trailing Jeremy Martin and Christophe Pourcel in the opening laps, Musquin reeled in and passed both riders to claim the lead. With plenty of time left in moto and a multi-rider battle taking place behind him, Musquin managed to put eight seconds between he and the runner-up at the checkered flag.
After running fourth off the start, Musquin moved into second within laps and chased after leader Justin Bogle. A mistake by the GEICO Honda rider handed the lead to Musquin, and he stormed off to win by over three and a half seconds. This marked the first overall victory of Musquin's summer, reaffirmed his place as one of the best riders in the class this season, and slightly rattled the championship standings for all involved.
Blake Baggett | 5-2 | Second Overall
After losing valuable championship points at Millville, every position on the track counts for Blake Baggett and his title hopes. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider was seventh in the morning's qualifying sessions, and ran in the top-ten from the drop of the gate in the first moto. With the pack running close, Baggett blitzed by a number of riders and up to second place before a losing the front-end, crashing, and remounting in fifth place.
Blake Baggett was third off the drop in the second moto, but fell to fourth after an early pass from Musquin. He'd eventually follow the overall winner up the pack and run second place, but could not come within striking distance of the leader in the moto. The runner-up ride was vital to Baggett's overall score, as it allowed him to take second overall on the day and score two points against both Martin and Webb in the championship.
Jeremy Martin | 4-4 | Third Overall
Jeremy Martin has controlled the 250 championship since the start of the series in Southern California, and the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider continues to assert his dominance in the final rounds of the season. A quick lap time in the first practice session of the day put Martin fourth on the timed qualifying sheet, and he was alongside Christophe Pourcel at the start of the first moto. The two raced up Horsepower Hill, evenly matched on factory Yamaha equipment, with Martin cresting the peak in the lead. A pass from Musquin sent Martin back to second place, and he then fell slightly down the running order as the laps clicked off, finishing the race in fourth place.
Jeremy Martin's second moto was rather uneventful, as the title contender recovered from a poor start and then raced to fourth place, apart from the rest of the field at the final flag. Still, the pair of finishes against the field's scores put Martin third overall on the day and he controls the 250 championship by thirty-four points over teammate Cooper Webb.
Cooper Webb | 3-5 | Fourth Overall
Cooper Webb was slightly off the pace in timed qualifying, managing the eleventh fastest time of the class in the morning practice sessions, but the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider pulled together laps when they mattered most. He began the first moto deep in the top-ten, but like many, worked up the running order thanks to the dense pack of riders vying for position early in the race. Crashes and mistakes by competitors helped Webb's progress, and he ended the hectic sixteen-lap race in third.
A rough start kept Webb from finding the front of the field early, but he worked from twelfth place on lap one to sixth place within just seven laps. A late-race fade by Christophe Pourcel thrust Webb into the top-five for the moto and fourth overall. He and teammate Martin would score the same amount of points on the day, keeping either from gaining an advantage in the point standings.
Justin Bogle 7-3 | Fifth Overall
Justin Bogle is still feeling the effects of a major Supercross-preseason crash, and recent incidents have battered the GEICO Honda rider's body. He nabbed second on the qualifying sheets early in the morning, and started the first moto just inside the top-ten. Issues throughout the race kept Bogle from making too much forward progress, but he ended the race an isolated seventh place.
Bogle bombed around the outside of holeshot winner Christophe Pourcel in the second turn, and this daring move put the GEICO Honda rider into first. He led a number of laps in the moto, until a pass for the spot by Musquin and a mistake in the closing laps moved him to third place. The thirty-four points scored on the day help Bogle recover from the second moto DNF a week ago at Millville.
News and notes from the 250 class…
– Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill sat out the race with a lingering arm injury first sustained at Muddy Creek. Bummer for Hill, as he grew up in nearby Oregon.
– Jason Anderson crashed violently while running up one of the track’s hills, but the Rockstar Energy Racing KTM rider got up under his own power, went back to the pits, and sat out the second moto. Video of the crash is currently on his Instagram.
1. Marvin Musquin 1-1
2. Blake Baggett 5-2
3. Jeremy Martin 4-4
4. Cooper Webb 3-5
5. Justin Bogle 7-3
6. Joey Savatgy 6-7
7. Dean Wilson 8-6
8. Christophe Pourcel 2-15
9. Cole Seely 9-9
10. Jessy Neslon 11-10
11. Zach Bell 10-11
12. Alex Martin 14-8
13. Matt Bisceglia 13-12
14. Shane McElrath 15-13
15. Zack Williams 17-14
16. Cole Martinez 16-16
17. Kyle Peters 12-30
18. Brad Bauditt 18-17
19. Preston Mull 19-18
20. Chris Canning 21-19
|2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 250 Class (After 16 of 24 motos)
1. Jeremy Martin 377pts (7 moto wins)
2. Cooper Webb 334pts (3 moto wins)
3. Blake Baggett 323pts (5 moto wins)
4. Marvin Musquin 291pts (2 moto wins)
5. Justin Bogle 274pts
6. Christophe Pourcel 274pts
7. Jason Anderson 236pts (1 moto win)
8. Cole Seely 212pts
9. Jessy Nelson 185pts
10. Alex Martin 156pts