Crawfordsville, IN (August 26, 2017) – The final round of the regular domestic schedule of AMA professional motocross and supercross ended on Saturday at the Ironman National in Indiana, and the GEICO Honda crew left the race thinking coulda, shoulda, woulda as far as making the podium. Ultimately Jeremy Martin finished fourth with 8-3 scores, Chase Sexton was sixth with 10-6 results, and RJ Hampshire was seventh with 12-5 finishes.
In the first moto, Martin was in contention for the race win until Adam Cianciarulo tangled with him while battling for the lead. The incident left Martin on the ground, dropping him from leading the moto to an eventual eighth-place finish. He rallied back for third in moto two.
“I felt pretty solid on my GEICO Honda at Ironman Raceway,” said Martin. “Went 8-3 for fourth overall. Probably would have ended up on the box overall if it wasn’t for AC and I getting together.”
Martin, the two-time 250MX National Champion, ends the season ranked second in the standings, with four moto wins and two overall wins. He also pulled yet another holeshot, giving him eight for the season. The next-best total collected by any other rider was three.
Rookie Chase Sexton had been wishing and hoping to finally get a good start, and he actually pulled them in both motos. He was in pursuit of his first-career podium in moto one and ran third late in the moto. Then a lapped rider slowed suddenly, and Sexton crashed into him. Two more crashes during the day spoiled his podium hopes, but he was still happy to have run up front.
“Ironman was a really fun track!” said Sexton. “Started off the day with P3 in qualifying which was good! First moto got off to a great start and felt really good on the bike and I was third until a lap and a half to go. Then a lapper slowed down right in the main line which ultimately put me in the ground. Second moto got another good start and was running fifth most of the moto until my teammate and I got together which moved me back to sixth. Ended up sixth overall on the day, but I finally got to show what I had being out front. Had a blast running with the top guys!”
The teammate that got into Sexton in moto two was Hampshire. He showed speed early in the day but things didn’t work out the way he wanted.
“First practice I was P1 which I’ve never done before so that was cool,” said Hampshire. “Second practice wasn’t so hot and went back to sixth. We made changes after that practice on the bike and went the wrong way for that first moto. I got caught up in that second turn crash and then it took me about six laps to get going. I just felt all over the place. Ended up working all the way to seventh with sixth right there and then I went down with two to go. Threw away some spots there. That was something we haven’t done since I’ve been back racing so I was kind of bummed on that. Second moto had another bad start but worked up to fifth. Felt way better on the bike after we went back to where we started the day. I’m happy with the progress we made this outdoor season and really looking forward to the GP this weekend then a productive off season.”
Hoping to keep the momentum going after a promising summer, Hampshire and Sexton will race this weekend’s FIM World Motocross Grand Prix event in the MX2 (250) class at the WW Ranch near Jacksonville, Florida.
GEICO Honda Results
4. Jeremy Martin
6. Chase Sexton
7. RJ Hampshire
Final 2017 250MX Standings
2. Jeremy Martin
11. RJ Hampshire
12. Chase Sexton