2015 RedBud Motocross Results
Yamaha will surely remember this year’s Fourth of July. During the Red Bull RedBud National – held on Saturday, Independence Day – Yamaha claimed the overall win in both Lucas Oil Pro Motocross classes – the first time since Southwick last century (1998).
In the 450 class, Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia claimed the RedBud National in Michigan with a 2-1 moto finish. In the 250 class, it was Yamalub/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin, who swept the round after late passes in each moto.
2015 RedBud Motocross Results, 450 Class Recap:
For the second-consecutive round since Budds Creek Motocross, Barcia took the overall win. He was joined the overall podium by the current class leader, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey (1-2), and RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki’s Ken Roczen (3-3).
In the opening moto, Barcia took the holeshot, followed by Bud Light Fastest Qualifier Dungey. The two were untouchable, and had a double-digit margin over the field within a few laps. On lap seven, Dungey took the lead from Barcia and wasn’t challenged again.
The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Champion crossed the finish line 3.232 seconds ahead of Barcia to take his fifth-moto victory of the season. The reigning Motocross champion Roczen finished third after a fifth-place start.
Barcia once again took the Motosport.com Holeshot Award – his sixth of the season. Dungey followed, and remained about two seconds behind Barcia for almost the entire race.
As the moto neared the end, Dungey gained much ground, but couldn’t catch him. After leading all laps, Barcia earned the victory 1.651 seconds ahead of Dungey. Roczen would once again take third after a fourth-place start.
“In the first moto I got the holeshot, but Ryan [Dungey] closed in and made the pass. I closed back in but then some lappers got in the way and separated us a bit, but I was feeling confident and happy with the result,” said Barcia.
“I won last week in the mud and I knew people would think that I won because of [the conditions], so I really wanted to win in dry [conditions] and show I’m able to fight for the win every weekend. Ryan kept me honest in that last moto. He was on me the whole time. It was unbelievable. For me, it was just hammer down the whole time. This is a bigger win for me [than last week] because RedBud is such a challenging track.”
Dungey also responded: “I think we had a great day. We got second in both starts, but if there was anything [to improve today] it’d be there and being able to take the lead on that opening lap.
“Overall the day was good and I’m happy with that. The track got rough and it made trying to push forward that much more challenging. I try to win every race [despite a large points lead], but you still have to be smart and make the right choices. Sometimes you just have to realize it’s not always worth pushing it too much [and causing a mistake].”
After seven of 12 rounds, Dungey now has 303 points as he chases his second Motocross title – 44 ahead of Roczen. Barcia is now third, 63 points behind Dungey.
2015 RedBud Motocross Results, 250 Class Recap.
Jeremy Martin not only took his second-consecutive win at RedBud, he also reclaimed the points lead.
Martin established himself as the rider to be in the 250 Class after earning the Bud Light Fastest Qualifier in the morning timed practice sessions. When Moto 1 got underway, Martin positioned himself up front but missed out on the Motosport.com Holeshot Award to Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy, who crashed out of the lead on the opening lap, MX Sports says.
That allowed Martin to assume control of the moto, with his teammate Cooper Webb and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin, the entering points leader and winner of the previous round, following in second and third. Martin’s lead lasted for five laps before Webb closed in and took over the top spot. One lap later Martin lost another position to Musquin and soon found himself fighting to stay on the podium. After briefly giving up third to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne, Martin retook the position and started his march back towards the front, MX Sports says.
Musquin came back under fire from Martin on Lap 9 and relinquished the spot to set the stage for a showdown between the Star Racing rivals and teammates. Musquin encountered misfortune on Lap 11 when a brief fall dropped him to fourth behind Osborne and would not recover. Out front Martin consistently closed his deficit to Webb and a battle began between the pair in the closing laps. After carrying too much speed into a corner Webb overshot a turn on the final lap, which allowed Martin to make an inside pass and steal the win by a margin of 2.991. Osborne rounded out the podium in third, with Musquin fourth, MX Sports says.
The second moto saw GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig claim the Motosport.com Holeshot Award and as the field shuffled into place on the opening lap, Musquin, Webb and Martin once again positioned themselves in the lead group by slotting into second, third and fourth behind Craig. A battle for second between Musquin and Webb allowed Craig to open a gap during the first couple laps before Webb was able to make the pass stick and take over second on Lap 2. Musquin continued to lose ground in the ensuing laps and soon gave up third to his championship rival Martin on Lap 6. He would eventually drop out of the top five, MX Sports says,
A couple laps later the focus of the race returned to the front as Webb closed in on Craig and made an aggressive pass for the lead on Lap 8. He was able to pull away quickly and appeared to be in full control of the moto. However, with the overall win in his sights Webb made a costly mistake on Lap 13 and fell. At that same moment Martin was making a pass on Craig for second, but it turned into the lead as both riders rode by Webb as he picked up his bike. Martin was able to pull away from Craig easily, while Webb reentered the action in fourth behind Osborne. The reigning champion went on to secure the overall win by 4.947 over Osborne, who passed Craig for second with two laps remaining. Craig held on to finish third for the first podium result of his career. CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha’s Alex Martin was fourth, with Webb fifth and Musquin sixth, MX Sports says.
Martin’s fourth overall win of the season (1-1) is the most in all of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Osborne finished in the runner-up spot (3-2) to tie a career-best result, while Webb managed to stay on the podium despite his adversity in third (2-5). Musquin finished sixth overall (4-6), his second worst result of the season, MX Sports says.
“I got off to two really good starts. I was leading the first moto and then my arms got tired. I really struggled for a while but I found a way to turn it around and get back up there. Marvin and I battled a lot today (for the first time this season). We’ve been dodging each other all season, but today was the day we battled. He’s a phenomenal racer and he keeps me on my toes. I saw a yellow flag and thought it was cooper and it ended up being him, so I just tried to pick a line and make a move and it worked. I got lucky there.”
Musquin entered RedBud with a 10-point lead over Martin in the 250 Class championship standings, but a 17-point swing in Martin’s favor now puts the defending titleholder back top the points for the third time this season. He carries a seven-point lead over Musquin into the next round of the season, while Osborne currently sits third, 91 points out of the lead, MX Sports says.
“Today could have been worse. When I crashed [at Thunder Valley] I bruised the bone in my wrist and stretched the ligaments, so it’s been tough and I’ve been dealing with this [since Round 3],” said Musquin. “I’ve actually been doing really good at the races but this week I tweaked it again. I heard a pop in my wrist and it hurt again. I knew [today] would be tough, but not that tough. This was one of my worst races. It felt good at the beginning of the motos, and my speed was good, but it just got worse and worse later in the race.”
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will take its second break in action of the 2015 season next weekend before returning to competition on July 18 with the La Crescent Wine and Spirits Spring Creek National from Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota. It will serve as the eighth stop of the 12-round championship.
2015 RedBud Motocross Results, 450 Class:
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (2-1)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-2)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (3-3)
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (4-7)
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha (5-6)
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (10-4)
- Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (7-8)
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki (6-9)
- Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, KTM (9-10)
- Thomas Hahn, Great Bend, Texas, Honda (8-12)
2015 Motocross 450 Class Championship Standings:
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 303
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki, 259
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha, 240
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 212
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 197
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 190
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna, 186
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha, 171
- Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha, 151
- Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda, 132
2015 RedBud Motocross Results, 250 Class:
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-1)
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (3-2)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (2-5)
- Christian Craig, Plymouth, Minn., Honda (6-3)
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (5-4)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (4-6)
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (9-9)
- Chris Alldredge, Powell Butte, Ore., Kawasaki (8-10)
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM (7-11)
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (14-8)
2015 Motocross 250 Class Championship Standings:
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 298
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 291
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna, 207
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 191
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 188
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 188
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 178
- Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda, 142
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 142
- Chris Alldredge, Powell Butte, Ore., Kawasaki, 137