Thunder Valley: 2017
Lakewood, CO (June 3, 2017) – In one of the most closely-contested Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship battles in quite some time, no less than seven riders were in position to potentially win in the 250MX class. GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin was up front all afternoon during the True Value Thunder Valley National just outside of Denver, Colorado, but ultimately ended up third overall with 3-2 scores in the motos.
Martin finished the second moto just .497 seconds behind race winner Joey Savatgy, and shadowed him the whole way, looking for an opening that never came.
“It’s frustrating,” said Martin. “You’re just getting pelted. My face kind of hurts right now. He was fast. He had some good lines. And then he would stick it in a corner because it was so deep, and then I would come up on him, or he’d hit a lapper and then I’d catch him. And then he’d get through the lapper and the lapper would screw me. So it was like we were playing this cat and mouse game. I had a section where I was a little better and he was a little better on the one side. I knew I needed to get him for the overall and I was trying. I was trying hard. I think I got up alongside of him one time over here but the ruts were so deep. Joey was taking good lines. He was taking the main good line. Then you had to like dive bomb it into this deep rut and then when I got alongside of him it was so deep that I went into false neutral.”
Martin made up 13 points on series’ leader Zach Osborne, and now sits third in the standings, down 18.
Jimmy Decotis rounded out the efforts for the team, going 16-14 in the motos for 16th overall. Cameron McAdoo was a late scratch for the event due to a shoulder injury suffered in a crash last week at Pala while practicing. He will likely return for round four, which comes after a weekend off, on June 17th at High Point in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.