“I had so much fun out there. I kept it positive all day. We went through three engines today, and I’m so proud of how hard the entire teamed worked to make this happen,” said Barcia. “I got the start I needed, and I just rode the best I could without making any major mistakes. This has been a long time coming and I’m just so happy to get my first win and put this JGR team on top of the box.”Dungey eventually worked his way up to 12th in Moto 2, giving him a 5th overall (his worst finish of the year) and maintaining a strong cushion in the championship lead, as Roczen’s 5-4 finishes meant his didn’t gain a single point on Dungey. Barcia moves into 3rd in the standing with his win.
“I’m glad I’m ok [after the crash on the first lap]. I just hit a soft spot and it ejected me when I landed. I’m ok and that’s the main thing, to be safe and healthy,” said Dungey. “I tried to regroup and come back, and do the best I could, but I tucked the front end right before the end and it cost me another spot. But, we’ll come back stronger next weekend.
“It was a good day,” said Pourcel. “I had two decent starts. I feel good on the bike, and have good settings and suspension. Being in front is good. The goal is to try and be in the top five every moto. I had a good battle with Justin in the first moto, and a good battle with Blake in the second moto, so I think it was a great weekend overall for me to improve.”
“This place is always awesome to me,” Baggett said, “whether I win or I don’t. I love this place and I always love coming back; rain or shine, it doesn’t matter.” Baggett is 4th in the standings, eight points shy of Barcia.
Mud is especially hard on the 250s, and provided unexpected results. With Trader Racing Kawasaki’s Justin Starling taking the Moto 1 holeshot on his KX250F, it was obvious this wouldn’t be a normal race. GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire passed Starling quickly, with Alex Martin joining him. Hampshire went down, putting Martin in the lead, which he never relinquished. Alex’s brother Jeremy eventually moved into second, followed by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne. Series leader Musquin finished Moto 1 in a dismal 7th place, focusing on survival.
Moto 2 was quite different, though the rain kept the mud in no short supply. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo, who finished 8th after going down in Moto 1, managed the holeshot ahead of Musquin. Moto 1 winner Alex Martin was mired in 10th.Musquin’s fast pace pressured Cianciarulo into a tip-over, giving Musquin the lead that he took to the Moto 2 checkered flag. Jeremy Martin attempted to take 2nd from Cianciarulo, but never managed to best him. Eventually, Jeremy Martin also went down, dropping him to 6th place at the end of the race. Quietly, Savatgy landed on the overall podium with 4-3 finishes.
“I didn’t get a good start in the first moto,” Musquin acknowledge,”but I tried to be patient and follow the guys ahead of me. Then I got together with Adam and ended up seventh, so I was not happy. I got a better start in Moto 2 behind Adam. He crashed again and I got the lead. From there, I wanted to make sure I just focused on my lines and stayed out of trouble.It was definitely challenging and I am grateful to get the win. It’s not the way I want to win an overall, but I’ll take it.”Alex Martin, who normally rides in the shadow of his championship-winning brother Jeremy, was happy to be on the podium, having only lost the overall due to the Moto 2 tiebreaker.
“Two big milestones in one day for me. I’m ecstatic,” Alex Martin sadi. “Today was tough. It was one of those races that could probably decide the championship. I’m just stoked to get the first moto win and first overall podium of my career.”The second half of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship begins on Saturday, July 4, at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan, with the Red Bull RedBud National.Photography by Simon Cudby.Results: 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship: GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National.450 Class (Moto Finish)
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (3-1)
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (2-3)
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki (4-2)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (5-4)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-12)
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (7-7)
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (6-9)
- Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha (11-5)
- Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Honda (12-6)
- Wil Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Kawasaki (8-14)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 256 points
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki, 219
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha, 193
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 185
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 178
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 158
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna, 157
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha, 140
- Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha, 132
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 125
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (7-1)
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-7)
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (4-3)
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-6)
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (3-5)
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (8-2)
- Christian Craig, Plymouth, Minn., Honda (5-10)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (6-14)
- Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda (21-4)
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM (12-12)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 258 points
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 248
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 178
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 173
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna, 165
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 164
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 154
- Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda, 124
- Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 121
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 118