2015 Utah 250MX Results
The battling was non-stop in both motos of the 250MX class at the Zions Bank Utah National at Miller Motorcycles Park. Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin – the defending 250 Motocross champion and current points leader – battled intensely with Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin throughout both motos of 2015 Utah 250MX.
Martin and Musquin shared wins, but Martin won the tie breaker due to winning the second moto. This was his fifth win of 2015 250 Motocross, and allows him to maintain a two-point lead over Musquin.
2015 Utah 250MX Results – Recap
The 2015 Utah 250MX round began with the same point advantage for Martin – two over Musquin. But Martin set the tone in the 250 Class by posting the quickest lap of timed practice to earn the Bud Light Fastest Qualifier. When the gate dropped on the opening moto however, Martin found himself pushed off the inside of the track and was forced to drop to the tail end of the field. To make matters worse for Martin, he was then one of several riders affected by a first-turn crash started by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, last week’s winner. The incident also hindered the start for Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb.
While this unfolded, GEICO Honda’s Jordon Smith raced to the Motosport.com Holeshot Award ahead of Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM’s Jessy Nelson. It wasn’t long before Nelson made the move to take control of the lead and open a gap on the field. Behind him, Musquin was working his way forward from eighth, while the Star Yamaha teammates Webb and Martin worked their way forward from the tail end of the field to cross the line on the first lap in 16th and 24th, respectively.
Nelson paced the field for a few laps but then engaged in battle with GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire, with Hampshire eventually taking over the position. As this pair fought for the top spot Musquin was making a run to the front, bringing Webb along with him. Musquin completed his march to the lead on Lap 8 with a pass on Hampshire, while Webb followed him into second. Webb then placed the pressure squarely on Musquin for several laps, but a tip over on Lap 12 ended his hopes of victory and dropped him to third.
Musquin cruised to the moto win by 10.039 seconds over Webb, who rebounded to reclaim second. A crash in the final turn by Hampshire ultimately gave third to a hard-charging Martin, who valiantly fought his way back from a start outside the top 20.
The stage was set for a thrilling final moto and the field was able to complete just one lap before the red flag was waved for a downed rider, signifying a restart. When the gate dropped for the second time Musquin emerged with the Motosport.com Holeshot Award, with GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig and Webb close behind. Martin slotted into eighth.
After missing out a shot at the win in the first moto, Webb put forth a determined charge to pass Musquin on Lap 1 and quickly extend his lead. Musquin kept Webb honest but the attention soon shifted to Martin, who was surging through the field. The championship leader broke into podium position by Lap 2 and was able get close to Musquin just a few laps later. With Martin closing in, Musquin was able to get back to the rear fender of Webb, but couldn’t mount a serious challenge for the lead and was soon engaged in a bar-to-bar battle with Martin.
Martin took advantage of a slight bobble by Musquin to move into second on Lap 8, and shortly after crossing the line to start Lap 9 he made an impressive pass on Webb for the lead. Once out front, he pulled away and took the moto win by 8.338 seconds over Webb in second, with Musquin third.
The equal moto results from Martin (3-1) and Musquin (1-3) left them tied atop the overall standings, but Martin’s second moto win proved to be the tiebreaker. He became the first repeat winner at Miller Motorsports Park.
“My bike was on point today, but things didn’t go how I planned in the first moto off the gate,” said Martin. “But I knew I had to make it up [to the front] and I was able to. [RJ] Hampshire crashing on the last lap definitely helped [me finish third]. In the second moto I got to the front initially, but then we had the red flag. My restart didn’t go as planned but I just knew I had to catch that KTM [of Marvin Musquin], and we were able to get all the way up there and grab the win. It’s definitely coming down to the wire [for the championship].”
Webb rounded out the podium in third overall (2-2). In the championship standings, the two points that separated Martin and Musquin coming into Saturday remain heading into the final round next weekend.
“This isn’t a track I do very well on, but it’s special to me to come out here and run well,” said Musquin. “I was battling hard with Cooper [Webb] in the first moto but he fell and that made it easy on me. I got a much better start on the restart for the second moto, but Cooper and Jeremy [Martin] were just a little better than me. I’m happy to leave here still with a good shot at the championship and I’m excited for next weekend. No matter what, it will be a special day.”
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship comes to an exciting conclusion next weekend with its 12th and final round of the 2015 season. Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, will be the host site of the Bud Light Ironman National next Saturday, August 22.
2015 Utah 250MX Class Results (Moto Finish)
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (3-1)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (1-3)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (2-2)
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (4-4)
- Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda (6-6)
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (9-5)
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (7-7)
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (8-8)
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (5-11)
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM (11-9)
2015 250 Class Championship Standings:
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 461
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 459
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 310
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna, 305
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 288
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 287
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 264
- Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 228
- Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda, 225
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 221