The 2018 Muddy Creek Motocross, the fifth round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, might go down as one of the most unusual and eventful MX races of recent memory. It’s not just one thing like a mid-moto storm or red flag crash caused the day to seem strange, but it was just a mix of get-offs by racers, wild results in both classes, and the new winners that made it a race that we won’t forget. Here’s what we saw during our time in Tennessee.
JEREMY MARTIN UPDATE
Things started well for GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin in Tennessee, as he claimed the 250 Moto One win over his brother and knocked a massive chunk off of Aaron Plessinger’s championship lead, but his entire year went off the rails early in 250 Moto Two after a high-speed collision with Justin Cooper left him on the side of the track and in the care of the Alpinestars medics. When we walked by Martin’s crash site, the mood was tense and the medics were doing all they could to get Martin ready for transport to a local hospital, where scans revealed a burst fracture to his L1 vertebra. Luckily for Martin, there was no damage to the spinal cord and he was able to undergo surgery on Monday to stabilize the broken bone. Unfortunately, the two month recovery time and additional time to get back up to speed means that his outdoor season is over. Heal up, JMart.
SHANE MCELRATH WIN
Remember what we said about wild results? Shane McElrath nabbed the top spot in the 250 class thanks to the inconsistency of others in the field and his solid 3-2 scores. This was a monumental win for everyone involved, as it was McElrath’s first outdoor overall, came at what can be the South Carolina native’s home track, and is the first ever outdoor overall victory for the Troy Lee Designs race team. After the race we asked McElrath if he’ll stay on the 250 for another year or bump up to the big bike, and he explained that he has a contract to stay with TLD on the 250 but there is a clause that will allow him to go to the 450 if the opportunity arises.
Expect both Justin Bogle and Cooper Webb to be back on the track this weekend in Southwick as both are healed and back up to speed following their Supercross season injuries.