2021 Budds Creek Motocross Recap
Budds Creek Motocross Park hosted Round 9 of the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series on Saturday in Mechanicsville, MD as the season crossed the three-quarters point and the contenders in their respective classes showed no let down towards the final finish line.
In the 450 class, Dylan Ferrandis (2-1) continues to hammer in the final nails for his first premier class Outdoor Championship taking the overall on the tie-breaker over Ken Roczen (1-2) for his fifth win of the season, three more than Roczen, his closest competitor in the points race.
Ferrandis started from way back, well at least for him, in Moto 1 working his way to fighting position from fifth and getting around the likes of Eli Tomac, Chase Sexton and Cooper Webb. By then, Roczen had already checked out leading the entire way but if not for some crafty racing and the clock winding down, he might have been the first loser. Instead, Roczen held on for the win by less than a second. Sexton crossed in third with Tomac in fourth.
In Moto 2, Roczen again looked ripe for the win grabbing the MotoSport.com holeshot and quickly extending his lead but Ferrandis only had to get around Webb to get into second and by Lap 11 worked his way around Roczen encountering little trouble from there. Roczen easily finished in second ahead of Tomac and settled on second overall losing no points to Ferrandis but also gaining none. He remains 39 points back of Ferrandis with three rounds remaining. Tomac (4-3) took third for the day on the tie-breaker over Sexton (3-4).
In the 250 class, Jeremy Martin (3-1) won for the third time, the most in the class, but made hardly a dent in his deficit to Justin Cooper (1-4) and Jett Lawrence (2-2), now just three points apart in the 250 Championship race.
In Moto 1, Cooper grabbed the MotoSport.com holeshot and checked out for his third straight opening race win putting him in position for the overall. Lawrence took second working his way up from seventh and Martin got into third after starting sixth.
But in Moto 2, Martin had the gas on from the gatedrop grabbing the MotoSport.com holeshot and completely checking out winning by nearly nine seconds over Lawrence who started second but had nothing in the tank to catch the leader. Cooper, meanwhile, finished fourth taking third overall and losing a point in his lead over Lawrence. Martin's Moto win was his sixth of the season also the most in his class. Martin, a two-time 250 class Motocross Champion, continues to try and negate the effects of an early season injury leaving resulting in 75 points left on the table. He sits 60 points back of Cooper in the Championship standings with three rounds left.
The Outdoor season heads to the Ironman National for Round 10 on Saturday in Crawfordsville, IN. Until then, live Round 9 all again: