MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – As the world’s fastest riders descend into the second half of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the time is now for the series’ title hopefuls to make their move as five rounds and 10 motos remain.
This Saturday, the championship makes its annual visit to Minnesota and the Spring Creek MX Park in Millville for the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National on July 19. The return to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and the Mississippi River Valley is a critical junction for two championship contenders as both Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey are Minnesota natives with a long history at Spring Creek, each of whom will look to take advantage of his hometown experience.
With three wins and a 250 Class-leading six moto wins to his credit this season, Jeremy Martin has put himself in position to earn a national title in just his second season of competition. The Millville-born rider currently enjoys a 27-point lead in the championship standings and now heads to the race he’s looked forward to the most during the entire 2014 season.
Jeremy and his 250 Class competing brother Alex are second-generation racers, following in the footsteps of their father, John, who was a champion off-road competitor.
For Jeremy, Spring Creek was the site of his breakout ride as a rookie one year ago, when he nearly took the win in the opening moto. Following his tremendous success this season, there may not be a more anticipated return to his home track than this one, which has, in turn, also put the spotlight squarely on the 250 Class this weekend.
Given his performance in Millville last season and his impressive management of the championship lead since the opening round, to say that Martin is a heavy favorite on Saturday afternoon would be an understatement.
“I’m excited. I get to sleep in my own bed and see my mom and dad, which hasn’t been since the end of supercross,” said Martin. “I get to go out there and get back on the track, and show it who’s boss again. It’s been a while since I’ve burnt some laps around there, but we’ll get that Star [Yamaha] bike wide open through the [sand] whoops and have some fun.”