2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results

Steve Cox | June 23, 2018

2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results: The 250cc class has been crazy so far in the 2018 Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Championships, and round five at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee, was no exception. Coming into the event, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger led the title chase by 20 points over GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin, who had a mechanical DNF while leading the second moto a week earlier at High Point or else would be leading the points at Muddy Creek.

2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results

2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results
Shane McElrath took his first AMA National MX overall win with a 3-2 score after a crazy day of racing at Muddy Creek. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KOY

Plessinger got a perfect start at the beginning of moto one, grabbing the holeshot, but washed the front and crashed only four turns into the race, remounting outside the top 10. TLD/Red Bull KTM’s Alex Martin took over the lead with his brother Jeremy on his tail. It took Jeremy Martin a few laps to get by his brother for the lead, but he made it by just after Alex cased a big, uphill triple. From there, Jeremy Martin led the rest of the race, while Alex crashed out of second a handful of laps later.

Jeremy Martin took the win over Plessinger’s teammate Justin Cooper, Alex Martin’s teammate Shane McElrath, Jeremy Martin’s teammate RJ Hampshire, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner and his teammate Joey Savatgy, McElrath’s teammate Jordon Smith, Hampshire’s teammate Chase Sexton, and then Plessinger, who came home in ninth. Plessinger’s teammate Colt Nichols returned to action at Muddy Creek for 10th in moto one in front of his teammate Dylan Ferrandis and Alex Martin, who came home 12th after crashing out of second place.

2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results

2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results
Dylan Ferrandis took his first moto win of the year in moto two and his 11-1 score on the day gave him second overall. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KOY

Alex Martin got the holeshot in moto two over teammate Sean Cantrell, Ferrandis, CycleTrader/Rock River Yamaha’s Brandon Hartranft, Cooper, Smith, Plessinger and Jeremy Martin. McElrath started just outside the top 10. Only a few turns into the second moto, Jeremy Martin tangled in mid-air with Cooper on one of the fastest sections of the track and hit the ground hard. Jeremy Martin was taken away in the Alpinestars Medical Unit Mule after looking to be favoring his back, but word as of the writing of this article is that he has feeling and movement in all four limbs, so we will keep you abreast of any further updates. Cooper got up and finished 28th.

Alex Martin led the entire moto until he fell just after getting the two-to-go board and handed the moto win to Ferrandis. Martin got up second, but lost one more spot only a few turns from the finish to his teammate McElrath. Martin was third over Sexton, Plessinger, Smith, Savatgy, Sexton’s teammate Cameron McAdoo, Forkner and the rest of the field.

2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results

2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results
Chase Sexton scored third overall, remarkably, with an 8-4 score. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KOY

The overall went to McElrath with a 3-2 score over the 11-1 of Ferrandis, and Sexton was third overall with an 8-4. Then came the 12-3 of Alex Martin, his teammate Smith (7-6), Savatgy (6-7) and Plessinger in seventh overall with a 9-5, just two spots in front of Jeremy Martin in 9th overall with a 1-DNF.

Depending on Jeremy Martin’s condition, he’s still in the championship chase, having lost only three points to Plessinger in the title chase. Alex Martin is third in points six points behind brother Jeremy as the series heads to the sand of Southwick, Massachusetts, this coming Saturday, for the halfway point of the series.

2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results

2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results

2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results

2018 Muddy Creek 250cc National MX Results

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Steve Cox