MUDDY CREEK 2015


PHOTOS BY BRIAN CONVERSE

WORDS BY TAYLOR DRESSLER

There was a change in scenery as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship made it’s way to the East coast for the Red Bull Tennessee National at Muddy Creek Raceway. Ryan Dungey was able to extend his points lead with his second consecutive win of the season in the 450 class. Jeremy Martin defended his title in the 250 class, taking home his third win of the season and securing his spot in the points chase.

In the 450 class, Ryan Dungey set the fastest qualifying time of the day, however once the gate dropped for moto one it was Justin Barcia who took the Motosport.com Holeshot award. A mistake by Barcia allowed his teammate Phil Nicoletti to take over the lead, continuing his streak of breakout rides. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson charged down the leader as Ryan Dungey made his way through the pack. It wasn’t long before Dungey fell into his rhythm and took over the lead. From there he would gap the pack by over 20 seconds to take the moto win. Anderson finished second, earning his best career finish. Roczen made his way past Nicoletti to finish third.

In moto two, it was Roczen who took the Motosport.com Holeshot award for the first time this season. Dungey was forced to work his way through the pack again, working his way into the top five within the first lap. Seely, Barcia and Baggett battled for podium positions from the start of the moto. It would be Seely who would settle into second, as Baggett won the battle for third after Barcia went off the track. Dungey made the pass on both Baggett and Seely and had his sights set on Roczen, who was still in the lead. Roczen had put a ten second gap between himself and second place, but Dungey was quickly closing in on his target. Light rain and lappers would make the remainder of the moto challenging for the front-runners. Dungey went down, but held onto his position as the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory rider Ken Roczen took his first moto win of the season. Dungey came through within ten second behind the leader to secure the overall win for the day with 1-2 moto finishes. Baggett finished third.

Dungey now sits 37 points in the lead for the Championship and carries a pair of overall wins into the next round of racing. Roczen finished the weekend in second overall and sits second in the points chase. Jason Anderson notched the second podium finish of his career after going 2-4. Three points separate Roczen and Baggett as they head to round five.

In the 250 class, it was points leader Jeremy Martin who would set the fastest qualifying time of the day. Marvin Musquin would take the Motosport.com Holeshot award in the first moto and lead every lap of the race to collect his fourth win of the season. Jessy Nelson and Adam Cianciarulo followed Musquin, with Martin making a charge for a podium position. Martin made the pass on Nelson for third and a wreck from Cianciarulo moved him into second. Nelson finished in third and AC was able to salvage fifth behind teammate Joey Savatgy.
In moto two, it would be Nelson who would take the Motosport.com Holeshot Award, followed by rookie Aaron Plessinger. Plessinger charged around Nelson from the outside to take over the lead, a career first for the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha rider. Once out front, he started to put a gap on Nelson and Martin who battled for second. Once Martin made his way past Nelson he began to real in his teammate and take over the lead to win his fourth moto of the season. Nelson finished second, followed by Cianciarulo. Musquin rallied back from a crash early in the race to finish fourth.

Martin now has a six-point lead over Musquin who still managed to finish second overall. Nelson’s consistency put him in third overall after going 3-2 and he now sits 53 points behind Musquin.

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