Valli Yamaha’s Christophe Pourcel earned his first moto win and overall victory of the year with a 1-2 finish at Undilla. Yamalube Yamaha Star Racing’s Jeremy Martin scored second with a 3-1 finish followed by Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin in third, going 2-5.
Pourcel notched his first moto win in four years at Unadilla, beating Musquin by less than one second at the finish. Points-leader Martin protected his championship advantage with a third-place finish.
The French Yamaha rider was in the groove from the start, earning the Oakley Bomb Award for fastest qualifier and then ripping off the line in the Main Event for the holeshot. Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb got pushed out wide and off track for a moment in the opening turns, but rejoned the action in the battle for podium position with Musuqin and Martin.
Pourcel and Webb held steady in the top two positions while Martin and Musquin battled hard for third-place, passing and repassing one another during the initial stages. Musuqin eventually prevailed, but Pourcel was already pulling away. Webb and Martin ran in close quarters for a period after the KTM ace made his pass for second stick, but then Webb gave up his position with a crash that set him back outside the top-five.
Musquin continued to chase down Pourcel during the latter stages, and during the final laps was within sight of the Yamaha rider. Though he pushed to within one second of Pourcel, Musquin couldn’t get within striking distance before the checkered flag. Martin dashed Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson’s hopes for a podium finish, though the Scottish rider does leave with his best result of the season to-date in fourth. GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle took fifth while Wilson’s teammate, Blake Baggett, finished sixth.
Moto 1 proved to be troublesome for a number of riders besides Webb, including Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson, who was forced to return to the pit area after a crash bent his handguard into the brake lever. GEICO Honda suffered a serious blow early on when Zach Osborne tweaked his front end in an off. Osborne’s teammate, Matt Bisceglia, took a hard fall during the initial stages as well and was unable to continue. Troy Lee Designs’ Jessy Nelson lost a number of places mid race after an off put him on the side of the track. He tried to rejoin the action and got tangled in a GoPro barrier banner, costing him even more time.
Pourcel ran to the front again in Moto 2, followed by Martin and Bogle. The three riders remained planted in those positions for the first half of the moto, but then Martin found a way past Pourcel to secure the front. Martin would hold there to the checkers, with Pourcel in second and Bogle in third.
Baggett got a much better start during the second contest of the day, slotting into sixth through the opening laps. He eventually wove his way up to fourth by the finish. Musquin trailed in fifth followed by Wilson in sixth and Osborne in seventh.
Kawasaki’s Christopher Alldredge, one of a number of riders fresh from the amateur ranks and last week’s contest at Loretta’s, crossed the line in eighth. He finished eighth overall with a 13-8 result. GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire, another fresh face among the pro ranks, took 13th with an 11-16 finish. Hampshire was running in the top-six early during Moto 2, but a crash set him back in the pack. Cycle Trader Yamaha’s Luke Renzland also made his debut, finishing 18-15 for 17th overall.
Martin’s major points rival coming into the round, Webb, had a disappointing day, finishing seventh in Moto 1 and taking a DNF in Moto 2. Webb’s misfortune gives Martin a 66-point lead over new second-placed rider, Baggett. Webb falls to third followed by Musquin in fourth and Pourcel in fifth.
Unadilla 250 Motocross Results 2014
1. Christophe Pourcel (Yamaha) 1-2
2. Jeremy Martin (Yamaha) 3-1
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 2-5
4. Justin Bogle (Honda) 5-3
5. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki) 6-4
6. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 4-6
7. Joey Savatgy (KTM) 9-9
8. Christopher Alldredge (Kawasaki) 13-8
9. Alex Martin (Yamaha) 12-10
10. Shane McElrath (Honda) 10-13
11. Jessy Nelson (Honda) 16-11
12. Matthew Lemoine (Kawasaki) 15-12
13. RJ Hampshire (Honda) 11-16
14. Zach Osborne (Honda) 38-7
15. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) 7-36
250 Motocross Championship Points 2014
1. Jeremy Martin, 422
2. Blake Baggett, 356
3. Cooper Webb, 348
4. Marvin Musquin, 329
5. Christophe Pourcel, 321
6. Justin Bogle, 310
7. Jason Anderson, 243
8. Cole Seely, 225
9. Jessy Nelson, 200
10. Dean Wilson, 176