Buchanan, MI (July 1, 2017) – For a moment, it appeared Jeremy Martin was set for a 1-1 day and an overall victory in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at RedBud for GEICO Honda. That moment washed away when he crashed in the second turn of the second moto, while leading. Sent from first place back to last place, Martin would recover to snag eighth, holding onto third overall with 1-8 finishes, and earning him a trip to visit the raucous RedBud fans on the podium.
In just his third pro race, Chase Sexton also had a good day with 12-7 scores at his home track, netting ninth overall. RJ Hampshire showed speed but ran into mechanical problems in both races, and Cameron McAdoo returned to action after a shoulder injury but failed to finish either moto after a small crash reaggrivated the injury.
Martin’s starts have been on point this season, and he nailed the holeshot in both motos, giving him five holeshots for the season.
“It was great,” said Martin of the first moto. “I got the holeshot. I was riding good. The guys were right there. Zach [Osborne] was there. We hit lappers and he’d catch me. I’d get away through the lappers. I saw Alex [Martin] right there. We were just yo-yoing the whole time. I think I got a little lucky with the lappers and Zach, I was able to kind of keep him at bay. It was a good first moto.
The second moto started off almost exactly the same.
“Yeah, it was great,” continued Martin. “I got the holeshot again. I’m really comfortable with the GEICO Honda out of the gate. It’s been really good this year. Just unfortunately lost the front end in the second turn. Yeah. I’m obviously bummed. I would have liked to have gotten up there further, or not even gone down at all. I made one mistake today and that was in the second turn in moto two. Otherwise it was a good day. I felt really good in the second moto. I felt like I was riding better in moto two.”
“Overall the day was good!” said Sexton, a local product from Illinois. “I was actually just having a lot of fun being back in the Midwest and riding RedBud! First moto got an awful start and fell in the third turn but came back from almost last to 12th. Second moto was fourth or fifth off the start and then when Jeremy fell I ran over his bike and got passed by a few people but was able to make some passes back and just put in some solid laps to get seventh. Overall happy with the weekend and looking forward to getting back to work!”
Hampshire’s DNF-DNF scores obviously do not show how well he has been riding since his return from injury. “We are in a way better place then I have been before,” he said. “DJ [practice mechanic] and I do our own thing back home and a lot of people may not agree with it, but I’m loving every minute of it. I believe in my team and know we will be battling for a podium here soon. Considering I was sick all week and could barely make a 20-minute moto on Thursday, I was happy to make it that far in the first moto. We will give it another go next weekend!”
McAdoo’s day was actually more heartbreaking than Hampshire’s, with his lingering shoulder injury still thwarting his races.
“I was really excited to get back to racing at RedBud,” he said. “I got off to a pretty good start in moto 1 and was running with the front group, which I was happy with, but unfortunately my day was ended early with a small crash that resulted in re-injuring my shoulder.”
McAdoo will be reevaluated going forward. The team heads next to the famous sand track in Southwick, Massachusetts for round seven.
GEICO Honda Results
3. Jeremy Martin
9. Chase Sexton
39. RJ Hampshire
40. Cameron McAdoo