2014 Spring Creek National Motocross Results
Spoiler Alert: 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross results from the Spring Creek National in Milville, Minn., listed below
The eight round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing – headed north Saturday to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” in Milville, Minn.
And for the fourth time this season, a different rider was victorious. This was after GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac dominated the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National at Spring Creek MX Park in Minnesota’s Mississippi River Valley.
The rookie Tomac, who missed the opening four rounds of the MX Championship due to injury, swept both motos for the win. He was joined on the overall podium by the Red Bull KTM duo of Ryan Dungey (3-2) and Ken Roczen (2-4).
When the opening moto began, hometown-favorite Dungey took the Motorsport.com Holeshot Award. He was followed closely by Roczen, who took the the lead on the opening lap. These two began opening a gap, but Tomac was on the hunt for his first-ever 450-Motocross win. Dungey would crash on the third lap, giving Tomac second.
Tomac then hunted down Roczen, and both went bar-to-bar for many laps, just as the rookies did while competing in the 250cc Championship. But on lap 12, Tomac made the pass stick, and took control of the moto.
The GEICO Honda CRF450R pilot would eventually finish 16 seconds ahead of Roczen, with Dungey in third. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard finished fourth, followed by Toyota/Yamaha/N-FAB/JGRMX’s Josh Grant.
With his first moto won, Tomac continued his momentum in the second moto, winning the Motorsport.com Holeshot Award.
Tomac was followed Dungey, but Roczen was stuffed in the middle of the pack. But the race was restarted due to a starting-gate malfunction, which put many riders at a disadvantage.
On the restart, Tomac once again took the holeshot. He was lose it for a bit to Toyota/Yamaha/N-FAB/JGRMX’s Justin Brayton, but the Yamaha rider’s time out front was short lived. Next to pass Brayton was Dungey, then Canard and Roczen.
Tomac and Dungey pulled away from the field, and battled until the need. Behind, Roczen was passed by Canard for third. Dungey eventually crashed after contacting lap traffic, giving Tomac the easy win.
Dungey was able to finish second, which was his 50th podium in 56 starts, moving him to fourth in all-time podium finishes. Canard took third in the moto, followed by Roczen; this was the first time the German SX-F450 pilot finished off the podium all season.
Overall, Dungey took second and Roczen third. Canard was fourth overall with his 4-3 finishes, and Grant fifth (5-5).
“Today was a tough one the way the track was,” said Tomac, who has finished on the overall podium in each of his four career starts. “Going into the second moto I knew I had to get out there and get a good start. We ended up getting the holeshot then the red flag came out and I thought to myself ‘is this really happening?’ Luckily enough I got another one. Brayton was right there, but after that I was just hitting my marks and I felt really comfortable.”
Roczen continues to hold the points lead, and now has a 24-point advantage over Dungey with three rounds remaining. Canard is 65 points back.
“I put in a solid run in the first half [of the second moto], but then bogged down a bit,” said Roczen. “We’ll go back, figure it out and come back better for the next race.”
Team Yoshimura’s James Stewart, who won earlier this season at High Point, did not start the final moto with team officials citing an apparent illness.
In the 250 Class, Millville native Jeremy Martin put his Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha atop the podium for the fourth time this season, extending his points lead with a triumphant effort at the track owned and operated by his parents.
Valli Motorsports Yamaha’s Christophe Pourcel took advantage of posting the fastest lap of practice by translating his first starting selection into the Motosport.com Holeshot Award over GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle and Martin. It didn’t take long for Martin to begin his pursuit of the lead, passing Bogle on the opening lap and instantly putting pressure on Pourcel for the lead. Martin took advantage of a slight bobble to slip past Pourcel and consistently opened up his advantage from there on out, MX Sports says.
With the moto well within Martin’s control, the focus turned to the battles behind him as Pourcel was forced to deal with his hard-charging fellow Frenchman Marvin Musquin aboard his Red Bull KTM, MX Sports says.
Musquin had already engaged in a lengthy battle with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson for third, but saved enough energy to make the late pass on Pourcel for second. Martin took his first moto win at his hometown track over 10 seconds ahead of Musquin, while Pourcel held on for third. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett overcame an 18th-place start to finish fourth, with his teammate Wilson following in fifth, MX Sports says.
Pourcel put his Yamaha at the front of the field to start the final moto, once again securing the Motosport.com Holeshot Award, with Cycle Trader/Rock River Yamaha’s Alex Martin looking for hometown success of his own in second and Baggett in third, just ahead of Bogle.
Pourcel controlled the early stages of the moto while Baggett passed Martin for second and began his pursuit of the Frenchman out front. On Lap 3, Baggett made an easy pass on Pourcel for first. He quickly pulled away and appeared to have the moto in hand. However, on Lap 4 Baggett crashed out of the lead a fell outside the top 10, handing the battle for the lead to Bogle and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb. This pair went fender-to-fender for multiple laps before Webb was able to make the pass stick and seize control of the moto, MX Sports says.
Behind the leaders, Jeremy Martin overcame a sixth-place start to move into third and was able to make the pass on Bogle for second just a few laps later. Despite his best efforts, Martin couldn’t close the gap on his teammate out front and Webb went on to earn his third career moto win by over three seconds. Martin’s runner-up result was enough to secure his class-leading fourth overall victory of the season and a breakthrough win at his home track. Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson rounded out the moto podium in third.
“I just made a few mistakes there off the start [in the second moto],” explained Martin. “Cooper [Webb] was behind me [initially] but I got stuck behind a rider and kept hearing him behind me. He got around me and rode really well. I tried to put on a charge for the hometown crowd and make things exciting, but I just came up short [of the moto sweep]. I’m having fun and I’m looking forward to next weekend.”
Following eventual DNF’s by both Baggett and Bogle in the final moto, Musquin moved into second overall on the afternoon (2-4) while Webb’s second moto win vaulted him into third overall (9-1). Pourcel finished fourth (3-6) with Wilson in fifth (5-5), while Baggett and Bogle’s misfortunes dropped them to 13th (4-33) and 15th (6-32) overall, respectively.
Martin jumped to a 43-point lead in the 250 Class standings over Webb, who moved into second. Baggett fell to third, 56 points behind Martin.
The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next weekend with the ninth round of the 2014 season and the Motosport.com Washougal National. Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Washington, will host the world’s best riders on Saturday, July 26. Action begins at 4 p.m. ET.
2014 Spring Creek National Motocross Results:
450 Class (Moto Finish)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (1-1)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (3-2)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM (2-4)
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (4-3)
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha (5-5)
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki (6-6)
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (9-7)
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (8-8)
- Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (11-10)
- Matt Goerke, Sun City, Calif., KTM (12-11)
450 Class Championship Standings
- Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 367
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 343
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 302
- James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 226
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki, 222
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 218
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 188
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 187
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 168
- Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 146
250 Class (Moto Finish)
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-2)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (2-4)
- Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha (9-1)
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha (3-6)
- Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (5-5)
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., KTM (11-3)
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM (8-9)
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (12-7)
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (7-13)
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda (14-8)
250 Class Championship Standings
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 341
- Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 298
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 285
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha, 246
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 241
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 240
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., KTM, 236
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 188
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 164
- Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 150