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AMA Motocross August 16, 2014 | Crawfordsville, IN Results

Together bLU cRU’s Jeremy Martin, Yamalube/Star Racing and the new Yamaha YZ250F won their first AMA 250 Motocross title at the second to last round of the 2014 season at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Ind. on Saturday, Aug. 16. With a 66-point advantage over championship rival Blake Baggett going into the weekend, Martin basically just needed to finish both motos in reasonable position to claim the title. But the bLU cRU rider did much more than that, racing to second place in first moto while Baggett finished only 14th. At that point, Martin’s advantage grew to an untouchable 81 points, handing him the title. Teammate Cooper Webb also had a solid day, going 6-5 for fifth overall, and in the process moved within two points of Baggett with just one event remaining. In addition, Valli Motorsports/Yamaha’s Christophe Pourcel went 9-2 for fourth overall and Cycletrader.com/Rock River’s Alex Martin went 7-7 for seventh.

Although the event was held in difficult rainy, muddy conditions at a new venue for AMA Motocross, the first moto played out like a dream come true for Martin. He started strongly in second while title rival Baggett was caught up in a first-lap crash that dropped him back to 29th place. And Webb, still with an outside shot of catching Martin in the standings, was back inside the top 10. Martin rode a smart race, staying out of trouble in second place behind rival Jesse Nelson all the way to the checkers. He was happy to have podiumed but had no idea the title was his. “I couldn’t believe it when I pulled up to the podium after the first moto,” Martin said. “I thought, ‘Okay, a solid second-place finish – let’s get ready to go again in the second moto.’ Then I saw all these signs being held up congratulating me on the championship.”

With the championship already in hand, moto two started beautifully for Martin. He finished the first lap in sixth, with Pourcel in third and brother Alex in fifth. Jeremy soon passed his brother to advance into fifth, but an uncharacteristic fall on the sixth lap dropped him outside the top 20. After getting restarted he steadily worked his way forward, finishing 15th. But there were still YZ250Fs up front as Pourcel ultimately advanced into second and Webb reclaimed fifth at the flag. Yamaha motocross racing manager Jim Perry said, “What a great day for Yamaha, Jeremy Martin and the Yamalube/Star Racing team to win this hard-fought championship together.”

 Motocross Lites Results
 1 Marvin Musquin  3,1 
 2 Joey Savatgy  4,3 
 3 Jessy Nelson  1,8 
 4 Christophe Pourcel  - YAM  9,2 
 5 Cooper Webb - YAM  6,5 
 6 Dean Wilson  8,6 
 7 Alex Martin - YAM  7,7 
 8 Jeremy  Martin - YAM  2,15 
 9 Jason Anderson  5,10 
 10 Blake Baggett  14,4 
 Standings after Round 11 of 12
 1  Jeremy  Martin - YAM 450 
 2  Blake Baggett 381 
 3  Cooper Webb - YAM 379 
 4  Marvin Musquin 374 
 5  Christophe Pourcel  - YAM 355 
 6  Justin Bogle 331 
 7  Jason Anderson 270 
 8  Cole Seely 244 
 9  Jessy Nelson 238 
 10  Alex Martin - YAM 204 
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 Motocross Results
 1 Ken Roczen  1,2 
 2 Trey Canard  3,1 
 3 Ryan Dungey  2,9 
 4 Ryan Sipes  10,3 
 5 Andrew Short  8,4 
 6 Chad Reed  7,6 
 7 Eli Tomac  4,10 
 8 Josh Grant - YAM  12,5 
 9 Fredrik Noren  9,8 
 10 Matt Goerke  6,11 
 Standings after Round 11 of 12
 1  Ken Roczen 494 
 2  Ryan Dungey 474 
 3  Trey Canard 418 
 4  Brett Metcalfe 304 
 5  Eli Tomac 281 
 6  Andrew Short 278 
 7  Weston Peick 268 
 8  Josh Grant - YAM 243 
 9  James Stewart 226 
 10  Chad Reed 185 
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