Round 8 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro-Motocross Series rolled into Spring Creek Motocross Park in the Southern MN, burg of Millville.
In the 250-cc Class, last years national champ #1 Jeremy Martin and #31 Alex Martin would have the home track advantage, as the Spring Creek race course is quite literally in their back yard. The Martin brothers parents own the facility and J-Mart and A-Mart rode the track every day, growing up. To best them in their house would be a tall order indeed.
By the time the first moto for the 250 class rolled to the line, the track was in perfect racing condition from the 2 inches of rain that fell overnight.
On the opening lap, near the front, Alex Martin would tangle with his brothers teammate #17 Cooper Webb and crash, handing the lead to Webb, with #25 Red Bull Racin
g’s KTM’s Marvin Musquin in second. A-Mart would remount at about mid-pack. While challenging for the lead, Musquin would drive it deep into the corner right before the finish line and bury the front wheel deep into one of the few remaining muddy spots on the track and get stuck so that more than a dozen riders would get passed before he could free his bike and remount. That would leave Webb alone at the front with Kawasaki’s Joey Savetgy in second and hometown hero Jeremy Martin in third after a mediocre start. The racers would settle into a rhythm from there and finish with Yamaha’s Cooper Webb in first, Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy in second and Jeremy Martin in third , with brother Alex fighting back from mid-pack to finish just off the podium in fourth.
In the second 250 race, J-Mart would take the lead right from the start and hold on to the checkered flag.
With a combined moto finish of 1-2, Yamaha’s Cooper Webb would win the overall for the day with Jeremy Martins 3-1 finish good for second on the day while Kawasaki mounted Joey Savatgy would round out the podium in third. .
Spring Creek MX is the home track for the current 450-cc points leader Ryan Dungey.
He would have to dig deep to stifle the charge put on by #51 Justin Barcia of Joe Gibbs Racing, winner of the last 2 rounds.
Dungey, the pride of Belle Plain MN, would dominate the day’s racing with 1-1 finishes in his two races while Yamaha mounted Justin Barcia, winner of the last two races in the series, placed second in both of the day’s 450 races to finish second overall and 450 class rookie Blake Baggett finishing in third.
On Friday, the day before the race, In the 450 class, Elk River’s Jesse Wentland was awarded the Rookie of the Year trophy for his performance so far in the series.
All in all, a great day for Minnesota in the motocross world.
Photos and story by Keith McKenna