MENTOR, Ohio (April 17, 2018) – Wiseco's Jeremy Martin wowed the hometown crowd and collected his second consecutive Eastern Regional 250SX Class win in Saturday night's Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, in Minneapolis.
Despite the blizzard-like conditions outside, Martin, a native of Millville, Minn., was red hot inside U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.
The rider of the Wiseco-sponsored No. 6 GEICO/AMSOIL/Factory Connection Honda CRF250R was second-quickest in both qualifying sessions, serving notice to the competition that he'd be a formidable opponent when the gate dropped on the third and final triple crown race of the season.
The Triple Crown is new for the 2018 season, and features a three-race showdown where both the 250SX Class and premier 450SX Class competes in three main events. Each triple crown event features Olympic-style scoring where the rider with the lowest point tally at the end of the night collects the overall win.
Martin gave his detractors plenty to chew on by turning in a stellar 3-3-1 performance, while picking up back-to-back Eastern Regional 250 SX wins.
"I just kept grinding and kept working," explained Martin. "We got the bike a lot better. We're figuring some stuff out and it's really been showing. It gets a little frustrating when hear people being critical. A lot of people say I can't ride supercross, but all I got to say is 'you can put that in your pipe and smoke it.'"
The spirited effort propelled Martin to third in Eastern Regional points, where he trails point leader Zach Osborne by 16 markers with two races left to decide the title.
Beyond the series implications, Saturday night's win was even more special because it came in front of Martin's Minnesota faithful.
"I was pretty excited to win the home race," said Martin. "To win in front of the hometown crowd, I was going a little nuts after the race. It's an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to race here in Minneapolis and to get the win was unreal. I wear earplugs when I moto, but I could hear the crowd through the earplugs and over my dirt bike, so I was like, 'my God, it was loud.'"
Meanwhile, across the paddock in the 450SX Class pits, Team Honda HRC's Christian Craig wrestled with a less-than-easy night. Still, the rider if the No. 32 CRF450R stayed the course and improved in each of the three main events, forging a workman-like 14-10-7 effort, to be credited with a ninth-place finish at night's end.
"We had a tough night, honestly," commented Craig. "All day I struggled with my breathing and I'm not sure why because that hasn't happened to me before. I was able to put a fast time down for practice, but in the main events, I struggled and kept having to remind myself to breath, which was spiking my heart rate. I almost felt like my body was shutting down. The first race was the worst after my crash. I got better with it through the night, luckily, but still nowhere near happy. I was able to push through my own battles and finish ninth overall. It's been a hard couple weekends, but I'll get through it. I'm going to focus on a lot of things this week and come back fresh next weekend in Foxboro."
Monster Energy AMA Supercross returns to Foxboro, Mass., this weekend after a one-year absence as the series visits Gillette Stadium and the home of the New England Patriots. The 15th of 17 races on the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross calendar will be televised live on network TV Saturday, April 21 on FOX beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 1 p.m. Pacific.