2015 Muddy Creek 250 Motocross Results
The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship headed to the South this past weekend four round five. And in the 250 class, one man earned his third overall win of the season – defending 250 MX Champion and current points leader Jeremy Martin.
The Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha YZ250F pilot earned the win with 2-1 moto finish. Joining him on the overall podium were Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin (1-4) and Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull KTM’s Jessy Nelson (3-2), respectively.
Competition in the 250 Class began with Martin posting the fastest lap of practice to earn the Bud Light Fastest Qualifier. When Moto 1 got underway the division’s other title contender, Marvin Musquin, put his Red Bull KTM out front with the Motosport.com Holeshot Award ahead of Nelson and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo. Martin followed in fourth.
Musquin faced a brief challenge from Cianciarulo, who passed Nelson for second, but soon opened up a comfortable margin that allowed him to settle into a consistent rhythm. Cianciarulo and Nelson stayed within a few bike lengths of one another for the bulk of the moto, with Martin lurking on this podium battle throughout.
Just after the halfway point Martin picked up the pace and after a brief battle with Nelson, he took advantage of a slight bobble to take over third on Lap 10. Just a couple laps later, Martin was in a position to take advantage of another one of his competitor’s mistakes as Cianciarulo lost control of his bike coming out of a turn and went down. Martin made the pass for second while Nelson followed through to take over third. Cianciarulo remounted in fourth, but would drop another spot before the completion of the moto.
Musquin led every lap to capture his fourth moto win of the season by 18.401 seconds over Martin. Nelson rounded out the podium in third.
Nelson put himself in a good position again in Moto 2 with his second Motosport.com Holeshot Award of the year, edging out Martin and his Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha teammate Aaron Plessinger. As the field came into the second corner, Plessinger used an outside line to his advantage to take the lead for the first time in his career. As that unfolded Musquin, who was fourth, was hit from behind and went down, allowing the entire field to go by.
Out front, the rookie Plessinger opened a three-plus second lead over Nelson and Martin as they battled for second and paced the field for nearly half the moto. After a fierce battle with Nelson, Martin took over second on Lap 3 and methodically closed in on Plessinger. On Lap 7 Martin got by his teammate and never looked back. Plessinger lost more positions in the ensuing laps to Nelson and Cianciarulo and eventually finished seventh.
Martin took his fourth moto win of the season by 5.990 seconds over Nelson in second and Cianciarulo in third. Musquin made an incredible recovery from his early crash to fight his way back to the front, narrowly missing out on a podium finish in fourth.
Martin’s 2-1 effort gave him his second straight overall win and his third victory in four races this season. He also became the third different 250 Class winner in three years at Muddy Creek Raceway.
“I got a better start [in Moto 2] and was able to be more aggressive in the beginning, and that really helped,” said Martin. “It was a good day. Last year I think I went 10-6 for sixth overall, but this year I went 2-1 for first overall so I couldn’t be happier. I’m enjoying racing right now and things are going great.”
Musquin’s resiliency in the final moto allowed him to secure second overall (1-4), while Nelson landed on the overall podium in third (3-2) for the second time this season.
“I maybe put myself in a bad position in the second moto because I didn’t expect to crash like I did,” said Musquin. “I know I impressed some people with my comeback, but I’d rather not impress anybody and get second or first [in the moto]. I’m still happy with the finish. I gave it 100 percent in the moto and we still were on the podium even though we had the crash on the first lap. When you look at all that, fourth in the moto wasn’t too bad.”
Martin’s win allowed him to maintain control of the 250 Class standings, where he currently holds a six-point lead over Musquin. Nelson continues to hold on to third, 53 points back.
The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next Saturday, June 13, with the UPMC Sports Medicine High Point National from High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.
2015 Muddy Creek Motocross 250 Results (Moto Finish):
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-1)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (1-4)
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM (3-2)
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (5-3)
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (4-11)
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (8-7)
- Chris Alldredge, Powell Butte, Ore., Kawasaki (7-8)
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (11-5)
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (9-9)
- Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda (6-13)
2015 Motocross 250 Class Championship Standings:
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 175
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 169
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 122
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 112
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 100
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna, 91
- Chris Alldredge, Powell Butte, Ore., Kawasaki, 89
- Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 87
- Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda, 87
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda, 85