MotoSport sponsored riders took three spots in the Top 10 overall for the first time this season in the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday at the Spring Creek National in Millville, MN.
Weston Peick continued his reign landing in the 450 class Top 10 finishing in eighth twice for an eighth overall and Rockstar Energy KTM teammates Jason Anderson and Joey Savatgy both took home Top 10 honors after well-raced battles in the 250 class.
Peick retained his hold on seventh-place but didn't add any distance over Andrew Short who beat Peick by one place in the overall but tied him in points. Both riders however lost ground to Josh Grant and Brett Metcalfe. Peick is now 30 points out from sixth-place and 34 points from the Top 5. Tucker Saye took 29th overall and placed 24th in Moto 2.
Jimmy Albertson punched out the gate well in both Motos but pulled a DNF twice and crashed in Moto 2.
"I think I'm really starting to figure out that I need to rest more. This week I did a lot, plus traveling. I'm just beat down," he said. "(Spring Creek) is a man's track, you have to be ready for it. I'm going to do a lot of resting this week and get ready for Washougal."
Rounding out the rest of the 450 field, Eli Tomac became the fourth overall winner this season and did so in dominating fashion. Tomac benefited from a Lap 3 crash by MotoSport.com Holeshot winner Ryan Dungey and then he raced down leader Ken Roczen, finally passing him for good on Lap 12. Tomac took Moto 1 by more than 16 seconds and didn't let up in Moto 2 where he took the MotoSport.com Holeshot Award, twice no less (Moto 2 was re-started thanks to a gate malfunction), battled off Dungey, who hit a lapped rider and fell late in the race giving Tomac the easy win.
Despite hitting the dirt twice, Dungey managed a 3-2 day for second overall and Roczen took third overall after a 2-4 day. Trey Canard once again took fourth overall after taking fourth and third. Tomac, who missed the first four rounds because of injury, broke the Top 10 in the Championship point standings. He's just 20 points behind Peick. James Stewart took seventh-place in Moto 1 but did not ride in Moto 2 because of illness. He's still in fourth-place but just by four points over Metcalfe.
For Savatgy, it was really just a matter of time. He grabbed his first Top 10 overall of the season taking eighth in Moto 1 and ninth in Moto 2 for seventh overall, just a spot back from Anderson who took 11th in Moto 1 but a solid third in Moto 2 giving him sixth overall.
Anderson dropped a place in the Championship point standings after Marvin Musquin's 2-4 day gave him second overall, his first trip to the podium this year. Christophe Pourcel, who was only five points ahead of Anderson in fifth-place prior to Round 8, grabbed fourth-overall and is now in fourth place in points. Anderson is four points behind Justin Bogle and five points behind Musquin who is in fifth-place in points.
Rounding out the rest of the 250s, Jeremy Martin, racing on his home track, took first overall after a Moto 1 win and a second place Moto 2. He added to his lead over Cooper Webb, who retook second place in the points standings after a third-place overall which included a Moto 2 win. Blake Baggett, who was on a tear in recent weeks, took fourth in Moto 1 but in Moto 2 lost his lead on Lap 4 after a crash and settled for 33rd and 13th overall. Baggett drops back to third-place in points, 13 behind Webb.
Round 9 is just outside of Portland, OR at the Washougal National in Washougal, WA with the iconic Brian Barnes on the mic. Moto 1 starts at 1 p.m. (PST) on Saturday. Buy tickets online or at the park, 40205 NE Borin Road in Washougal, WA.
2014 Spring Creek National Motocross Results
2014 Spring Creek National 450 Class Results
- Eli Tomac (1-1)
- Ryan Dungey (3-2)
- Ken Roczen (2-4)
- Trey Canard (4-3)
- Josh Grant (5-5)
- Brett Metcalfe (6-6)
- Andrew Short (9-7)
- Weston Peick (8-8)- MotoSport rider
- Fredrik Noren (11-10)
- Matt Goerke (12-11)
2014 Spring Creek 250 Class Results
- Jeremy Martin (1-2)
- Marvin Musquin (2-4)
- Cooper Webb (9-1)
- Christophe Pourcel (3-6)
- Dean Wilson (5-5)
- Jason Anderson (11-3)- MotoSport rider
- Joey Savatgy (8-9)- MotoSport rider
- Alex Martin (12-7)
- Cole Seely (7-13)
- Jessy Nelson (14-8)
2014 Motocross Season Standings
450 Class Season Standings
- Ken Roczen (367)
- Ryan Dungey (343)
- Trey Canard (302)
- James Stewart (226)
- Brett Metcalfe (222)
- Josh Grant (218)
- Weston Peick (188)- MotoSport rider
- Andrew Short (187)
- Eli Tomac (168)
- Chad Reed (146)
250 Class Season Standings
- Jeremy Martin (341)
- Cooper Webb (298)
- Blake Baggett (285)
- Christophe Pourcel (246)
- Marvin Musquin (241)
- Justin Bogle (240)
- Jason Anderson (236) - MotoSport rider
- Cole Seely (188)
- Jessy Nelson (164)
- Justin Hill (150)