2015 High Point Motocross Results
The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship headed to Mt. Morris, Pa., for the 39th running of the UPMC Sports Medicine High Point National.
This year the track layout was changed, which provided further challenges for the MX field. But one rider was able to take advantage of the changes – the reigning 450MX Champion Ken Roczen.
With a 2-1 moto win, the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 pilot earned his first overall victory of 2015 Motocross. Joining Roczen on the High Point Motocross front row were the current points leader, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, and Rocstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson.
“I am so stoked to finally get an overall,” said Roczen. “The fans were incredible. The track was a little tricky so you had to stay on it. I love racing and it’s good to go into an off weekend with a win and have the motivation to get even stronger. It’s a bummer we didn’t gain any points, but we’re taking it step by step right now. It’s a good step in the right direction.”
2015 High Point Motocross Race Recap
Taking the holeshot in the opening moto was Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia, who was followed by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Christophe Pourcel. When the opening lap was complete, Barcia and Pourcel were followed by Weston Peick, Broc Tickle, Roczen and Dungey.
On lap two, Dungey was able to get by Roczen, Tickle and Piec, and began charging towards the leaders. On lap four, Dungey passed both Pourcel and Barcia, and began chasing the win. Behind, Roczen made into second by the second moto. Roczen began challenging Dungey, but couldn’t catch him. Dungey took the High Point Motocross moto 1 win, followed by Roczen and Porucel, who earned his first podium of 2015 MX.
In the second moto, Pourcel earned the holeshot, followed by Barcia. But Roczen and Dungey were on a charge, and by the second lap the two slipped into the leading positions. The former teammates began an intense battle, but int he closing laps, Roczen began pulling away, leaving Dungey in a lonely second.
The battle for third was between Pourcel, Barcia and Anderson. During mid-race, Pourcel had a small wobble, which allowed Anderson to slip into third. He was able to maintain it until the moto was overall, finishing behind Dungey and race-winner Roczen.
The German MX pilot finished High Point Motocross by over 10 seconds, giving RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing its first overall win.
With Roczen and Dungey splitting the motos at High Point, Dungey maintained his 37-point lead heading into the first break of the season. Anderson made a big jump from sixth to third in the point’s standings.
2015 High Point Motocross 250MX Results
In the 250 Class, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin led all but one lap of the day to secure his second overall win of the season with a 1-1 moto sweep. Bad starts plagued entering point’s leader, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin, allowing a 14-point swing in Musquin’s favor to mark the third time this season that the points lead has changed hands, MX Sports says.
Musquin established himself early at High Point Raceway when he earned his first Bud Light Fastest Qualifier of the season. He didn’t miss a beat once the gate dropped on the first moto, grabbing the Motosport.com Holeshot Award over GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo. GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig followed close in fourth, MX Sports says.
Musquin utilized a clear track in front of him to quickly pull a gap over the rest of the field, while entering point’s leader Martin was caught mid-pack and came through the first lap in 10th. As Musquin extended his lead, behind him Hampshire tried his best to hold off pursuit from Cianciarulo, with the Kawasaki rider eventually taking over the runner-up spot on Lap 5, MX Sports says.
Hampshire held onto the podium position for half the race until a mistake allowed both CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha’s Alex Martin and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne to get by. Jeremy Martin took most of the moto to make it into the top five, pulling in behind his brother Alex with the white flag waving, but was ultimately unable to get by and settled for fourth. Cianciarulo held onto second, while Alex Martin finished third, MX Sport says.
Threatening skies stayed at bay as the second 250 Class moto gate dropped, with Osborne claiming the Motosport.com Holeshot Award ahead of Musquin and GEICO Honda’s Matt Bisceglia. Craig and Alex Martin rounded out the top five on the opening lap, MX Sports says.
Again, Jeremy Martin got a bad start coming around the first lap in 19th, while up front Musquin took advantage of a small mistake by Osborne on the opening of Lap 2 to take the lead. Osborne didn’t let Musquin pull away and kept the Frenchman close throughout most of the moto. Joey Savatgy, who came from sixth on the opening lap, managed to work his way into third early on and pull a sizeable gap on the rest of the field aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, MX Sports says.
Jeremy Martin made his way to the front much quicker this time around, and unlike the first moto was able to pass brother Alex after halfway as he continued to minimize the damage of a bad start. Once into fourth, he had more than a 10-second gap to third and nearly claimed the position. He finished just 1.6 seconds back from Savatgy in fourth, MX Sports says.
Musquin claimed his second 1-1 sweep of the season on his way to overall victory number two. Osborne finished just 6.6 seconds back of Musquin in second, which was good enough for second overall (5-2). Third overall went to the resilient Jeremy Martin with a 4-4 moto score, MX Sports says.
“I have to win races and have great starts to try and win this championship,” said Musquin. “I had to pass really quick in that second moto because the track was a little rougher that Moto 1. The first moto I was able to get out front right away and have a clear and smooth track. It did get hot in that second moto and I tried to be smooth. As soon as I got a gap, I just tried to maintain it. It was a perfect day.”
Musquin’s second sweep of the season, along with Jeremy Martin’s two fourth-place finishes, propelled the Frenchman to the top of the 250 Class points standings. He will take an eight-point lead into Round 6 in two weeks. Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM’s Jessy Nelson (10-8) held onto third in the standings, while Cianciarulo (2-12), who had a rough second moto, managed to close the gap on Nelson in fourth.
The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will enjoy a one-weekend break and will return Saturday, June 27, with the GEICO Budds Creek National from Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Maryland.
2015 High Point Raceway Motocross 450 Class (Moto Finish)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (2-1)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-2)
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (4-3)
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (3-5)
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (6-8)
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha (11-6)
- Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda (7-10)
- Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Kawasaki (10-9)
- Fredrick Noren, Sweden, Honda (8-12)
2015 Motocross 450 Class Championship Standings
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 222
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki, 185
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 150
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha, 148
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 145
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 131
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha, 129
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 125
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna, 115
- Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha, 106
2015 High Point Raceway Motocross 250 Class (Moto Finish)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (1-1)
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (5-2)
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (4-4)
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (3-5)
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (6-3)
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (2-12)
- Christian Craig, Plymouth, Minn., Honda (8-7)
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM (10-8)
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (9-10)
- Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (11-9)
2015 Motocross 250 Class Championship Standings
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 219
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 211
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 146
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 143
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 135
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna, 129
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 115
- Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 109
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 108
- Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda, 106