New Berlin, New York – GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin shot back to the front of the 250MX pack in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, taking 2-1 moto finishes to his second overall win of the season. The rough and tumble Unadilla Valley Sports Center always offers a challenges to the riders, but this year’s event was Unadilla at its best, which meant the worst-possible conditions: heavy, heavy rain that drowned the track and led to a big delay before the second moto. After a strong second in moto one, Martin got a key holeshot in the muddy second moto and led from start to the finish.
“I mean, yeah, it’s nice,” said Martin. “I don’t really dictate off the second moto. I dictate off the first moto. I locked bars with teammates RJ [Hampshire] and Chase [Sexton] and we all stayed in it. Then I was able to kind of get through and not go down and work my way forward and had a good battle with the guys. Joey [Savatgy] was out front doing his deal. I tried to reel him in, but he was just doing what he needed to do to get the win. Second moto I just got a holeshot. That was it guys!”
Martin had not been on the podium in a moto since winning the first race at RedBud four races ago, an uncharacteristic slump for the two-time 250MX champion. The return to form at Unadilla felt good.
“A little bit of both [rider and bike],” said Martin. “Working on some things just off the bike as well. Just trying to get a little bit more – obviously it’s the end of the season so you can’t get much more fit but just trying to do a couple different things differently. My parents had a local race. They had like 500 riders on the weekend off [at their track in Millville, Minnesota]. So, on Monday and then on Tuesday of this last week I tested. So, there was like three or four ruts in every corner and I was like, ‘We’re going to tune this GEICO machine in a little bit.’ We were able to make little percentage gains in the fork and shock and take the edge off. I felt like it helped today”
The mud wasn’t kind to any rider, but RJ Hampshire and Chase Sexton persevered to log top-ten finishes. Hampshire went 8-6 for eighth overall.
“Felt good in practice and first moto!” said Hampshire. “Somehow I saved a first turn crash first moto but was way back after that. I felt really good and had some good passes but kind of ran out of time. Starting that far back really hurt me. I don’t have that [Zach] Osborne type speed that can start 20th and be battling up front by the end. Made my way up to eighth but felt like I had a lot in the tank for that second moto! Then the rain came down. I had a good start and had a pretty good moto going. I was running third then a lapper fell into my line, I tried to get out of it but lost the front and slid headfirst through about four puddles. Got up and just tried to keep it on two wheels after that. 8-6. I’ll be ready for Budds Creek.”
Sexton went 7-12 for ninth overall.
“Tied my best finish, I got a seventh at RedBud,” said Sexton. “But it was a good moto, started about 14th and passed some good people, almost got [Dylan] Ferrandis at the end. It was a little tough to pass but the track was pretty fun. Second moto was just a disaster. I went down and just lost all vision. I got 12th and ninth overall, but I’m happy with the first moto and I think my starts are coming around so I think we can be up around the top five.”
Two races remain in the 2017 season for the team, starting with the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Maryland this weekend.
GEICO Honda Results
1. Jeremy Martin
8. RJ Hampshire
9. Chase Sexton