2014 Glen Helen Motocross Results
On an unusually cool Saturday, KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin scored overall victories at the opening round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif.
The Red Bull Glen Helen National returned to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross circuit for the first time since 2009, when Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey captured the 250 Class win.
As more than 27,000 motocross fans looked on, 450 class winner Dungey followed up a 3rd place finish in the first moto with win, while Martin ran away from the 250 field in both of his races. Both riders hail from Minnesota.
Dungey battled in the second moto with Red Bull KTM teammate Ken Roczen before passing Roczen for the lead late in the final lap. Earlier, Roczen failed to pass first moto winner Toyota/JGRMX Yamaha’s Josh Grant for the win in the final corners. Roczen’s two runner-up finishes gave him 2nd overall in his Pro Motocross 450 Class debut.
Locally raised Josh Grant captured the $500 MotoSport.com Holeshot Award and led Moto 1 from start to finish, though he had to desperately fend off Roczen at the end.
In Moto 2, Roczen got off to a great start and Dungey immediately was chasing him. As the race wore on, the veteran Dungey closed the gap on the leader.
Dungey’s 3-1 moto scores were enough to secure his first overall win at Glen Helen in the 450 Class, where he now leads the series by a single point over Roczen, heading into the second round next weekend at Hangtown.
“It was really just a game of cat and mouse the whole time,” Dungey said. “I felt like the win was there early on, but I just needed to make that pass [on Roczen] happen. It was good to go 1-2 with a teammate, and it was a good day for KTM.”
“The track was really tough today,” according to Dungey. “The crew did a great job prepping it but it definitely got to be one-lined in the second moto. It was hard to make a pass and that is why it took so long for me to challenge for the lead. I’m really happy with my result today and hope to carry this momentum to Hangtown.”
While Roczen led 15 of the 16 laps in Moto 2, the former world champion finished second place in the moto and second overall for the day.
Despite narrowly missing winning both motos, Roczen was upbeat. “I had a lot of fun today,” he said. “I have raced the GP here before and ridden this track a lot so I knew what to expect. I was fortunate to get good starts and that kept me up front. I’m pumped to have a podium at the first round to get this season started right.”
“I’m happy about my riding today,” Roczen said. “I want to take it week by week and just keep making progress. We’re going to go to Sacramento 100-percent focused and to just ride as good as we can.”
Muscle Milk Honda’s Trey Canard took third overall in the 450 Class with a 7-3 ride. “One thing that’s for sure about this series is that it’s long,” Canard said. The biggest thing you can do is just focus on yourself and try to go out there and win the race. My goal is to get maximum points each week and where the cards fall, they will.”
Canard’s teammate, Justin Barcia, was running strong in the first moto. However, he lost his drive chain, taking him out of the race. Barcia returned for the Moto 2 and finished a solid 4th.
Australian Bret Metcalfe made his first appearance aboard the Monster Energy Kawasaki squad on Saturday, filling in for the injured 2013 450 Class Champion Ryan Villopoto. Metcalfe, who is the reigning Canadian Motocross Champion, proved his merit by claiming 4th overall for the day, with consistent 4-5 finishes. Grant ran into issues in Moto 2 that dropped him back to 15th. Grant’s 1-15 score was good enough to land 5th overall in front of his hometown crowd.
Brothers James (6-6) and Malcolm Stewart (8-8) finished 6th and 7th overall.
In the 250 Class, it was a big day for the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha team, taking two of the three podium finishes in the division. In his sophomore year of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross competition, Jeremy Martin secured his first career victory with a 1-1 sweep for the day. Martin had an exceptional day, as he captured the $500 MotoSport.com Holeshot Award in both 250 Class motos.
Running from the front, Martin accomplished an impressive feat as the 21-year-old led every lap of 250 Class racing across both motos at the opening round in dominating fashion. After the initial laps in both motos, he held leads of 20 seconds over runner-up and teammate Cooper Webb. It was Yamaha’s first overall in the 250 Pro Motocross class in 10 years.
Martin was joined on the podium by Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha teammate Cooper Webb, of Newport, North Carolina, who finished with a pair of second places to give him 2nd overall.
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole Seely didn’t get the best starts, yet the Southern California native quickly put himself into the top five in both motos. Seely battled Webb and Rockstar Energy KTM’s Jason Anderson in the first moto. Seely finished the day with third overall after scoring a consistent showing of 4-4.
Blake Baggett (8-3) and the out-of-retirement Christophe Pourcel (7-5) rounded out the top five.
Jason Anderson finished 3rd in Moto 1 and Dean Wilson in 6th, and both were running strong in Moto 2 until late-race disasters took them out of the running.
Marvin Musquin was in his first race since returning from an ACL injury, and the French rider went 10-8. “I had a rough time with my shoulder today,” stated Musquin. “Luckily, my knee felt really good and I think my shoulder will be fine at Hangtown. I am looking forward to making progress at each round until I am 100-percent.”
2014 Red Bull Glen Helen National 450 Class Overall Results
1. Ryan Dungey, KTM, 3-1
2.Ken Roczen, KTM, 2-2
3. Trey Canard, Honda, 7-3
4. Brett Metcalfe, Kawasaki 4-5
5. Josh Grant, Yamaha, 1-15
6. James Stewart, Suzuki, 6-6
7. Malcolm Stewart, Honda, 8-8
8. Jake Weimer, Kawasaki, 10-7
9. Weston Peick, Suzuki, 5-13
10. Chad Reed, Kawasaki 9-10
2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 Class Series Standings
1. Dungey, 45
2. Roczen, 44
3. Canard, 34
4. Metcalfe, 34
5. Grant, 31
6. Stewart, 30
7. Stewart, 26
8. Weimer, 25
9. Peick, 24
10. Reed, 23
2014 Red Bull Glen Helen National 250 Class Overall Results
1. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha 1-1
2. Cooper Webb, Yamaha 2-2
3. Cole Seely, Honda 4-4
4. Blake Baggett, Kawasaki 8-3
5. Christophe Pourcel Yamaha 7-5
6. Matt Bisceglia Honda 11-7
8. Marvin Musquin, KTM, 10-8
9. Jessy Nelson, Honda 15-6
10. Kyle Cunningham, 14-12
2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class Series Standings
1. Martin, 50
2. Webb, 44
3. Seely, 36
4. Baggett, 33
5. Pourcel, 30
6. Bogle, 28
7. Bisceglia, 24
8. Musquin, 24
9. Nelson, 21
10. Anderson, 20