GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle led the way into the opening turns of Moto 1, with Musquin trailing close behind in second along with Martin’s teammate, Cooper Webb. Martin got pushed back outside the top-five during the initial stages, and was faced with a battle through the ranks during the opening minutes of competition.
Positions shifted a lot in the early going, with Webb getting ahead of Musquin and then Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo getting ahead of everybody to take the lead. Webb pushed hard up the ranks to second-place within the first 10 minutes of competition, literally bumping Bogle back in the ranks on his way up to second-place. Cianciarulo and Webb then waged a battle for the lead, with the Kawasaki rider holding strong against Webb’s repeated attempts at the front.
Meanwhile, Musquin was focusing in and regaining ground, moving up to third past Bogle as the race reached mid-point. Martin was still back in sixth at this stage with Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy and Bogle just ahead of him. The three riders fought hard, especially Bogle and Savatgy, the two swapping positions multiple times in the battle for fourth. Martin watched closely from sixth and when the opportunity arose, he made the pass on both riders in short order and started his second-half charge.
At the front, Cianciarulo maintained his lead until a mistake saw the Kawasaki rider on the ground. He was able to recover from the crash and reenter competition, but had lost any shot at the podium. Webb and Musquin slipped past easily and the KTM rider soon made a pass on Webb for the lead. After that, Musquin was able to stretch out a sizable advantage on the field. Webb dropped the intensity somewhat, which we learned afterward had to do with the fact that he was forced to ditch his goggles after a rock hit his lens. Roost packed the broken goggles before he threw them aside, but gave the Yamaha ace an added element of difficulty to contend with for the rest of the race.
When Martin got to Webb’s rear tire, Webb put up a good fight but Martin was ultimately able to push past into second-place. There were just a few laps remaining at that point and Musquin was well over five seconds ahead, leaving Martin without enough time to challenge for the win before the checkers.
Webb crossed the line in third followed by Savatgy in fourth and Alldredge in fifth. Cycletrader.com’s Alex Martin finished Moto 1 in sixth position trailed by Yamalube Star Racing’s Anthony Rodriguez in seventh and Bogle in eighth. Cianciarulo crossed in ninth followed by Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger in 10th.
GEICO Honda was quick off the line in Moto 2 as well, with Matt Bisceglia grabbing the holeshot. This time Martin didn’t get stuck back in the pack though, and was firing on all cylinders from second in the opening turns. He quickly pushed ahead of Bisceglia for the lead and from there, he was untouchable.
Martin was fortunate to pull away from the pack too, Moto 2 being marked by a number of wrecks and mistakes from riders fighting for position. Webb was one of the first riders to suffer an off, getting himself back to the pit area before dropping to the ground in pain. Reports from the scene indicate that Webb did something gnarly to his leg, but there’s no official word yet on what or how severe his injury is.
Troy Lee Design’s Jessy Nelson was running well in second-place for the opening minutes, but a crash left him picking up his bike mid-corner and dropping quickly down the ranks. Soon after, Nelson suffered an even gnarlier off when he got loopy in the rollers, hitting Bogle and taking both riders down. Nelson was able to jump up and get back on his bike, but Bogle’s foot got stuck under his bike. Bogle’s race was done after the incident.
All the while, Alldredge was enjoying a stint in second-position, but had Musquin rolling up fast from third. Midway through the race Musquin was able to get past the Kawasaki rider for the runner-up spot, but by that point Martin had already built a 16-plus second gap and wasn’t showing any signs of slowing.
Positions remained steady to the checkers, with Martin and Musquin taking first and second. Alldredge got a challenge during the later laps from Alex Martin for third-place, but was able to hold for podium position, leaving Alex to finish fourth in the moto. Rockstar Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne grabbed fifth-place followed by Rodriguez in sixth and Red Bull KTM’s Justin Hill in seventh. Plessinger took eighth with Troy Lee Designs’ Shane Mcelrath following in ninth and Bisceglia in 10th.
Martin and Musuqin are now mathematically tied for the 250 Motocross Championship points lead, with Alldredge sitting third overall. Alex Martin is fourth followed by Rodriguez in fifth.
Hangtown 250 Motocross Results 2015
1. Jeremy Martin (Yamaha) 2-1
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 1-2
3. Chris Alldredge (Kawasaki) 5-3
4. Alex Martin (Yamaha) 6-4
5. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha) 7-6
6. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha) 10-8
7. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki) 4-15
8. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki) 9-11
9. Matt Bisceglia (Honda) 12-10
10. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) 3-37
11. RJ Hampshire (Honda) 11-12
12. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna) 20-5
13. Justin Hill (KTM) 25-7
14. Justin Bogle (Honda) 8-35
15. Shane Mcelrath (KTM) 21-9
250 Motocross Championship Points 2015
1. Marvin Musquin, 47
2. Jeremy Martin, 47
3. Chris Alldredge, 36
4. Alex Martin, 33
5. Anthony Rodriguez, 29
6. Joey Savatgy, 24
7. Aaron Plessinger, 24
8. Adam Cianciarulo, 22
9. Cooper Webb, 20
10. Matt Bisceglia, 20
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