Muddy Creek: 2017
Blountville, TN (June 24, 2017) – Jeremy Martin’s recent surge for the GEICO Honda team suffered a setback at round five of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Muddy Creek Raceway, but the squad can at least be happy to see recent returnees Chase Sexton and RJ Hampshire making gains. Martin’s day was undone by a first-turn crash in moto one, leading to 13-6 moto finishes and ninth overall, one week after winning the High Point National. But rookie Chase Sexton made great gains in his second pro race, overcoming his own first-turn mishap to turn in 15-9 scores for 11th overall. RJ Hampshire ran up front for most of the first moto before an electrical problem did him in. He was 12th in moto two.
“Rough day of racing at Muddy Creek for the number six machine,” said Martin. “I needed to be better on a day that I wasn’t feeling very good. Starts were everything on that track so the first turn crash in the first moto set the tone for the day. Had the bad gate pick for the second moto. Not making excuses though—I straight up got beat and I gotta get better. Looking forward to Red Bud and getting back up front.”
Martin slips from second to third in the series standings, leapfrogged by his own brother, Alex Martin.
As for Sexton, he improved on his pro debut from a week ago and was happy with his performance.
“Tennessee went pretty well!” said Sexton. “Track was fun and the fans were awesome! First moto I fell in the first corner and had to come from way back to 15th. Second moto was top 15 on the start and made some passes early and felt really good on the bike. Ended up ninth in the second moto and 11th overall on the day. Now I just need to work on starts and come out swinging at RedBud!”
RJ Hampshire had the stuff to go top ten or even top five at Muddy Creek, but bike problems ended his run while running with the lead pack in moto one.
“Day started off good. I always rode well at Muddy Creek so I was pretty excited to go racing,” said Hampshire. “First moto I had a good start, came around the first turn in second but slid out exiting the turn and fell back to fourth. Struggled to find a flow the first couple laps and got shuffled back a little bit. Started putting laps together and pulled up to Zach Osborne and the pack in front of me. I think lap eight we ran into some electrical problems so that ended my moto. Second moto we had 38th gate pick and just tried to make the best out of it on a track that was pretty tough to pass on. I’m happy with my riding and the starts. We will be ready for RedBud!”
RedBud is the annual motocross July 4th weekend celebration in Buchanan, Michigan, and it comes this Saturday.
GEICO Honda Results
9. Jeremy Martin
11. Chase Sexton
16. RJ Hampshire