Eli Tomac Sweeps Spring Creek
This past weekend the AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series headed to the home of the Martin brothers, at Springcreek Raceway in Millville, Minnesota. Fresh off the injured list, Eli Tomac, Tomac swept both motos to earn his first ever 450 victory. Jeremy Martin dominated in Moto one, to go 1-2 on the day. Martin claimed the overall to put his name up on the board of victors, in his very own backyard.
In the 450 class it was hometown boy, Ryan Dungey who took the Moto one $500 Motosport.com holeshot award. However, the race looked to get exciting real quick, with all the big guns; Roczen, Tomac, Stewart, Canard, up front.
The number ninety-four of Ken Roczen was able to get by teammate, Ryan Dungey, to put his Red Bull/KTM into the lead. Shortly after Eli Tomac was also able to get by Dungey, as Dungey went down for a few seconds.
Around the halfway point, Tomac was able to renew the old rivalry between himself and Roczen, as he closed in on the ninety-four. The two fought for the 250 championship just one year ago, with Tomac capturing the title in 2013.
With six minutes remaining on the clock, Tomac was able to pull next to Roczen through the whoops. Roczen managed to hold him off, but only for a short time before Tomac was able to make the pass stick. However, Roczen wasn’t done yet, as he willed himself back into the lead with three minutes remaining on the clock.
After swapping the lead back and forth, it was Tomac who took over the lead and was able to pull away from the series points leader. After returning from injury just a few weeks ago, Eli Tomac captured his first ever win in the 450 class. The series points leader, Ken Roczen held onto second to extend his points lead over Ryan Dungey. After pulling the holeshot and dropping back a few positions, Dungey managed to hold onto to third, in an effort to minimize the damage of Moto one.
In Moto two, Eli Tomac captured the Motosport.com holeshot award in both the red flagged start and the restart. Justice was served for Tomac, however, the gate malfunction did not work out as well for the KTM boys.
Justin Brayton was able to get out front for a quick second, before giving the lead back to Tomac. Dungey and Roczen were able to make their way through the pack quickly, claiming the number two and three positions early on.
The number forty-one of Trey Canard was able to latch on to the back of Ken Roczen. As Canard continued to push to match Roczen’s pace, Eli Tomac managed to pull a two-second gap on Dungey.
Heading into the second half of the Moto, Dungey managed to close the gap within half a second, on Tomac. As Tomac and Dungey continued to pull on Roczen, Canard looked to make a move on Roczen for third. As Canard managed to get through the whoops a little smoother than Roczen, he pushed Roczen out of the final podium position.
With three laps to go, both front runners; Tomac and Dungey made a small mistake each. Fortunately both riders were able to recover quickly and not lose any positions. However, Tomac managed to put some time between himself and Dungey, while Dungey was down.
Tomac swept both motos to claim the overall victory at the Springcreek national. Red Bull/KTM’s Ryan Dungey went 3-2 to take second overall and pick up a few points on Roczen. In front of his hometown crowd, Dungey also earned his 50th career podium, in the 450 class, in only fifty-six starts. Ken Roczen struggled in Moto two but went 2-4 on the day, to take third overall at Millville.
In the 250 class, it was the crafty Frenchman who stole the holeshot from GEICO/Honda rider, Justin Bogle and local boy, Jeremy Martin.
However, Jeremy Martin made quick work of of Justin Bogle to move into second position. Martin looked to protect the house, as he also made his way by Christophe Pourcel, to take over the lead on home turf.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Dean Wilson was finally able to get up front, with the help of a good start. Wilson went to work on the riders in front of him to put his Kawasaki up into the number three position. However, two-time world champion, Marvin Musquin looked to spoil Wilson’s day. The two swapped the final podium position back and forth, with both riders hungry and fighting hard for third position.
As Martin continued to extend his lead, Baggett looked to make his way to the front of the pack. With a twentieth place start, Baggett had a lot of work to do. He managed to make his way into the top five with five laps remaining.
Webb also had lots of work to do after getting tangled up with Bogle, early in the Moto.
Musquin was able to get by Wilson and chase down the three-seventy-seven of Christophe Pourcel. It became a battle of the Frenchman, with only three laps remaining. Musquin came out on top of the battle to take over second position and Pourcel looked to conserve energy in third.
Baggett also managed to get by Wilson, to put his Kawasaki into fourth position.
Jeremy Martin proved why he is the contender, with a smooth and dominating victory in Moto one. Marvin Musquin claimed second position on his KTM. Christophe Pourcel managed to hold on to third, claiming the final step of the podium in Moto one. Blake Baggett planned for a better start in Moto two to hang with series points leader, Jeremy Martin.
However, in Moto two, it was Christophe Pourcell who lead the pack into turn one. However, in second, it was the fifty-five of hometown boy, Alex Martin. But, Championship contender, Blake Baggett was quick to make the move on Alex Martin, putting his Kawasaki into second.
Just before the halfway point, Baggett was able to take over the lead from Christophe Pourcel. However, Baggett gave up the lead with a crash, putting himself back into thirteenth position and dropping.
As Bogle and Webb set to fight over the lead, Jeremy Martin was beginning to sneak up behind the leaders in third position. Martin managed to make his way by Bogle and looked to chase down the thirty-seven of Cooper Webb. On the final lap, Martin had five seconds to make up on Cooper Webb. Despite a final push from Martin, Webb was able to hold onto the lead to the checkers flew.
Jeremy claimed the overall, at home, with a 1-2 finish on the day. Marvin Musquin was able to get his KTM up on the podium for the first time this year with his 2-4 finishes, earning him second overall. After some tough luck in Moto one, Webb was able to take third overall with a 9-1. Webb’s success at Springcreek will put him back know second position in the championship points chase. And Blake Baggett’s crash in Moto two would cost him second position in the series standings.
Next weekend the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series will head to Washougal Raceway in Washougal, Washington.
450 CLASS RESULTS-SPRINGCREEK
1. Eli Tomac (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey (3-2)
3. Ken Roczen (2-4)
4. Trey Canard (4-3)
5. Josh Grant (5-5)
6. Brett Metcalfe (6-6)
7. Andrew Short (9-7)
8. Weston Peick (8-8)
9. Fredrick Noren (11-10)
10. Matt Goerke (12-11)
250 CLASS RESULTS-SPRINGCREEK
1. Jeremy Martin (1-2)
2. Marvin Musquin (2-4)
3. Cooper Webb (9-1)
4. Christophe Pourcel (3-6)
5. Dean Wilson (5-5)
6. Jason Anderson (11-3)
7. Joey Savatgy (8-9)
8. Alex Martin (12-7)
9. Cole Seely (7-13)
10. Jessy Nelson (14-8)
450 CLASS – CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Ken Roczen – 367
2. Ryan Dungey – 343
3. Trey Canard – 302
4. James Stewart – 226
5. Brett Metcalfe – 222
6. Josh Grant – 218
7. Weston Peick – 188
8. Andrew Short – 187
9. Eli Tomac – 168
10. Chad Reed – 146
250 CLASS – CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Jeremy Martin – 341
2. Cooper Webb – 298
3. Blake Baggett – 285
4. Christophe Pourcel – 246
5. Marvin Musquin – 241
6. Justin Bogle – 240
7. Jason Anderson – 236
8. Cole Seely – 188
9. Jessy Nelson – 164
10. Justin Hill – 150