Motocross: Alex Martin Gets First Career Win At Glen Helen

Kit Palmer | May 28, 2016

Alex Martin, the brother of defending 250MX Champion Jeremy Martin, captured his first career overall victory after seven years on the circuit. He didn’t get a moto win on the day at Glen Helen but his 2-2 was enough to nab the overall victory in the 250MX class, beating out his brother, Jeremy, by one point. It was the first time in the sport’s history that siblings finished 1-2 in an AMA National MX. Jeremy went 4-1.

Alex Martin Glen Helen
Alex Martin took the overall win in the 250MX class at Glen Helen with a 2-2. Photography by Kit Palmer

It was an all Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha Team podium, with Cooper Webb taking third overall with a 1-4. Webb ran down Alex Martin to win the first moto.

Rookie Austin Forkner had a strong day, going 3-5 for fourth overall, while Aaron Plessinger went 5-6 for fifth overall, making it four Star Yamaha riders in the top five overall.

It was a brutal day for the GEICO Honda squad that was squashed by injuries. GEICO Honda riders Christian Craig and Jordon Smith got together in the first moto, and Craig was hauled off with a broken leg and Smith with a nasty gash to his back. And Tristan Charboneau, the team’s hot rookie who looked so good at Hangtown and finished seventh in the first moto at Glen Helen, crashed just a few laps from the end of the second moto and suffered a broken collarbone. Plus, RJ Hampshire had a big crash that sent his bike into the fence and into a flagman. Both were okay.

Last week’s winner Joey Savatgy had terrible starts in both motos and had to fight for every position. He ended up going 9-7 for seventh overall. He will surrender the red plate to the new points leader Alex Martin.

2016 Glen Helen 250 Class Results
2016 Glen Helen 250 Class Results


Kit Palmer | Editor Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes ever since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.