Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb earned his first professional moto win and overall victory at Muddy Creek, finishing 2-1. Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett ended the day in second, taking a 1-3 result followed by GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle, who went 4-2.
Valli Yamaha’s Christophe Pourcel proved fastest off the start in Moto 1, earning the early lead ahead of Baggett’s teammate, Justin Hill and Bogle. Webb and Baggett remained close to the lead pack as well through the opening laps and though Hill gave Pourcel a run for his money in the opening turns, Webb was soon on the Kawasaki rider’s rear tire, making the pass for second with 23 minutes remaining. Hill held on in fourth for a period but Baggett caught his teammate soon after and claimed the number four spot early on.
Out front, Pourcel was keeping a consistent pace leaving Bogle to battle with Webb for the runner-up position. The Yamaha ace was able to make the pass just before the half-way mark and proceeded to close the short gap to Pourcel for the lead. Baggett continued to chase Webb as well, passing Pourcel soon after Webb made his move and from there BB worked to hunt down the Yamaha ace.
Webb maintained his place at the head of the pack until the final laps, blocking Baggett’s every attempt to pass. In the final corner, however, Baggett dug-in to an outside line and ripped the throttle, coming around the corner like a whip and flying across the finish just eight-hundredths of a second ahead of Webb.
Pourcel grabbed a podium finish in third, over 18 seconds behind the front runners while Bogle claimed fourth. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin recovered from an early off to finish in fifth followed by Troy Lee Designs’ Cole Seely and Jessy Nelson in sixth and seventh, respectively. Smartop’s Kyle Cunningham finished in eighth while Rockstar Energy KTM’s Jason Anderson took ninth. Yamalube Yamaha Star Racing’s Jeremy Martin, a dominant force in the opening two rounds of the season and the current points leader, got tangled in a pile-up at the start which relegated him to the back of the pack. He was able to fight up the ranks to finish in 10th.
Webb was on a mission to take what was so close the previous moto. Bogle claimed the holeshot and Pourcel wove his way past for the early lead, but Webb was pinned and claimed the front before the end of the first lap. Baggett got a good start as well, slotting into fifth early on and making quick work of GEICO Honda’s Zach Bell in fourth. He then set his sights on Bogle in third, passing the Honda rider with 23 minutes to go.
Pourcel proved a little more tricky to get by, the French rider sealing off every possible line for a number of minutes. Baggett finally had enough though and when the door opened, he turned on the jets and slipped past for second. Webb held steady in the lead once again as Baggett closed in and during the final minutes the two were right on top of each other, with BB challenging hard to take over the front. Webb caught a break with a few minutes remaining as Baggett ran into an issue which forced him to drop his pace significantly. Webb ran off into the sunset for his first professional moto win while Bogle took advantage to pass Baggett for second just before the checkers.
BB kept his machine rolling long enough to claim third, followed by Pourcel in fourth and Musquin in fifth. Martin had another bad start and had to fight up the ranks throughout the moto, reaching sixth by the line. Baggett’s teammate, Dean Wilson, returned to action after recovering from injury, taking seventh ahead of Seely in eighth and Martin’s teammate, Anthony Rodriguez, in ninth.
Despite his frustrating experience in Tennessee, Martin remains the overall points leader, eight ahead of Webb in second. Baggett sits third, well within reach of the top-spot, followed by Bogle in fourth and Pourcel in fifth.
Muddy Creek 250 Motocross Results 2014
1. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) 2-1
2. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki) 1-3
3. Justin Bogle (Honda) 4-2
4. Christophe Pourcel (Yamaha) 3-4
5. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 5-5
6. Cole Seely (Honda) 6-8
7. Jeremy Martin (Yamaha) 10-6
8. Jessy Nelson (Honda) 7-10
9. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 14-7
10. Kyle Cunningham (Honda) 8-13
11. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha) 13-9
12. Joey Savatgy (KTM) 15-11
13. Alex Martin (Yamaha) 12-14
14. Jason Anderson (KTM) 9-35
15. Justin Hill (Kawasaki) 11-40
250 Motocross Championship Points 2014
1. Jeremy Martin, 203
2. Cooper Webb, 195
3. Blake Baggett, 186
4. Justin Bogle, 166
5. Christophe Pourcel, 166
6. Marvin Musquin, 143
7. Jason Anderson, 129
8. Jessy Nelson, 116
9. Cole Seely, 115
10. Justin Hill, 103