2014 Indiana Motocross Results
Spoiler Alert: 2014 Motocross results from the Thor Indiana National at Ironman Raceway listed below.
The penultimate round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship got underway Saturday at the new Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, for the debut Thor Indiana National.
The usual battles continued in the 450 class, but a new champion was crowned in the 250cc class – Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin. He entered the round needing only nine points to clinch the title a round early, and this is just what he did with a 2-15 finish in Indiana. But first, the 450 report.
In the 450 class, the battle of the Red Bull KTM boys continued. Though Ryan Dungey’s won the last three rounds, his teammate Ken Roczen fought back to earn the Indian MX victory with 1-2 moto wins.
Early rain fell on the rolling layout of the Ironman Raceway, and when the racing began, conditions were muddy. Roczen immediately began to assert himself as leader, taking the Motosport.com Holeshot Award. Following closely was Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard.
As for Dungey, he had some issues at the start, falling back to fifth on the opening lap. As Roczen pulled away, Dungey began charging through the field. When Canard crashed during the middle of the moto, Dungey was able to capture second.
Dungey remained in second, not able to catch his SX-F450 teammate. Finishing third was Carnard. Rounding out the top five were GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac and BT Sports/KTM’s Matt Goerke.
When the second moto got underway, Canard grabbed the holeshot. He immediately pulled away from the grid, earning his second win in the last three mottos.
Roczen didn’t get such a great start, and was into second on the opening lap. But he could not catch Canard. Roczen remained in second for the entire race, eventually finishing in the runner-up position.
Rockstar Energy Racing KTM’s Ryan Sipes got off the line quickly, and despite a crash, he was able maintain a consistent pace.
Following a battle with BTO Sports KTM’s Andrew Short, Sipes was able to capture the final podium position. Short finished fourth, followed by Toyota/JGRMX/Yamaha’s Josh Grant.
As for Dungey, he again had a bad start. But unlike the first moto, the 2010 MX Champion was not able to garner any grounds. He eventually finished ninth overall for a 2-9 finish. This gave him second overall, and he lost some points to Roczen.
As the series heads to the finale in Utah, Dungey trails Roczen by 13 points.
“The second moto, that’s where the downfall was,” Dungey said. “It was tough in those conditions to come from behind, but no excuses though. I just got caught up in a little bit of mud, which isn’t ideal at this point in the championship. I lost some points but I’m taking it race by race and all I can do is the best I can every time the gate drops.”
As for Roczen, he enjoyed Saturday’s muddy conditions.
“I really enjoy when it rains, it takes the edge off because most of the races it’s sunny and everyone is going for it,” Roczen said. “I think the track was overall super cool, like the layout and the entire venue. I think if it would have been dry this could be my new favorite track.”
Canard took third overall, and is now 76 points behind Roczen. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe remains fourth (-190) and Tomac jumped up all the way to fifth (-213) despite missing the first four rounds of the season with injury.
Not many surprises arrived in the 250cc race as Martin put in a powerful performance to earn his first-career 250 title. The Minnesota native got off to a good start in the first moto and carried his momentum to a second place finish, which is good enough to clinch the title one round early.
“To be able to have the number one plate, I’ve been thinking of how good it would feel to hear Kevin [Crowther] from the AMA to be passing on the number one plate to me and this is the greatest moment of my life,” Martin said after receiving the AMA #1 Plate and his first 250 Class title.
TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Jessy Nelson had a break out ride in the first moto of the 250 Class, beginning with a commanding MotoSport.com Holeshot. With Martin close in tow, Nelson set a blistering pace out front early on. The KTM trio of Joey Savatgy (Rockstar Energy Racing/KTM), Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) and Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy KTM) filled out the top five early on.
Nelson eventually stretched his lead to over seven seconds by the end of the moto en route to his first career moto win. Martin captured second to claim his first career title, with Musquin, Savatgy and Anderson rounding out the top five, MX Sports reports.
Nelson grabbed the MotoSport.com Holeshot once again in moto two but unlike the first moto, the young gun wasn’t able to maintain the lead for too long. Rockstar Energy Racing KTM duo Joey Savatgy and Jason Anderson got off to a good start, but the Frenchmen Marvin Musquin and Christophe Pourcel came quickly charging, MX Sports reports.
It wasn’t long before Musquin made his way past Savatgy and into the lead, with Valli Motorsports Yamaha’s Pourcel close behind. Pourcel kept the pressure on Musquin for the lead but the Red Bull KTM rider held on to secure the win, with Pourcel in second and Savatgy rounded out the podium, MX Sports reports.
Nelson continued to fall back, eventually finishing eighth in the second moto, giving the California native third overall for the day with 1-8 moto scores. Savatgy put forth a consistent ride with 4-3 moto scores and second overall for the day, MX Sports reports.
Jeremy Martin left the inaugural Indiana National with his first ever 250 Class Championship in hand, while also scoring Yamaha its first 250 Class Championship since Jeff Emig’s title in 1992. However, it was Musquin who secured the overall win with moto scores of 3-1, despite a muddy day of racing in Indiana, MX Sports reports.
“I think my technique worked pretty good today,” Musquin said. “I’ve been in the U.S. for a couple years now and I’ve never really raced in the mud here. I was just trying to be smooth and smart but when you’re on the track it’s so easy to make a mistake, it’s tough but that’s part of the racing.”
The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship hosts the final round of the championship next Saturday, August 23, with the 12th and final round of the season with the second annual Utah National. Action for the Utah National begins at 3 p.m. ET.
2014 Indiana Motocross Results:
450 Class (Moto Finish)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM (1-2)
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (3-1)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-9)
- Ryan Sipes, Flaherty, Ky., KTM (10-3)
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (8-4)
- Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki (7-6)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (4-10)
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha (12-5)
- Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (9-8)
- Matt Goerke, Sun City, Calif., KTM (6-11)
450 Class Championship Standings
- Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 494
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 474
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 418
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki, 304
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 281
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 278
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 268
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 243
- James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 226
- Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 185
250 Class (Moto Finish)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-1)
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM (4-3)
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, (1-8)
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha (9-2)
- Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, (6-5)
- Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (8-6)
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (7-7)
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-15)
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., KTM, (5-10)
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (14-4)
250 Class Championship Standings
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 450
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 381
- Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 379
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 374
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha, 355
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 331
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., KTM, 270
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 244
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 238
- Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 204