Blake Baggett ends Jeremy Martin’s streak, Ken Roczen gets 450 Class Motocross win at Thunder Valley (VIDEO)

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It took six motos, but Jeremy Martin finally showed a hint of imperfection.

Martin has absolutely dominated the 250 Class this year, winning the first four motos of the season in convincing fashion. His sudden ascent to the top of the division caught the rest of the field by surprise, but now that the secret’s out, everyone has him in their crosshairs.

One of the riders who has been vocal about wanting to put an end to that success is Blake Baggett. The 2012 champion of the 250 Class entered the season as a title contender but has become more of an afterthought with Martin stealing the headlines at each of the first two rounds.

After he pulled out of the second moto a week ago at Hangtown with bike problems, Baggett told the TV crew that he was determined to “come back next weekend and try to stop the Yamaha streak.” Saturday at Thunder Valley, Baggett followed through on that wish.

In Moto 1, Martin found himself in an unfamiliar position – having to chase down the leader for the first 20 minutes of the race after Jessy Nelson got off to a great start and opened up a lead. A couple mistakes from Nelson allowed Martin to close the gap and make the pass for the lead, which he would not relinquish. Although it was his smallest margin of victory this season, Martin extended his winning streak to five motos.

Martin would face an even tougher challenge in Moto 2. Finding himself in seventh after the first lap, he was left with a lot of work to do in order to get up front. Baggett took advantage with a vintage performance, moving from fifth to first over the opening six laps and then checking out with the lead en route to a win.

Having battled his way up to fourth, Martin still would have been able to secure the overall win had he picked up one more position, but an uncharacteristic crash cost him several spots and gave the overall victory to Baggett. Martin would settle for sixth in the moto and third overall for the day but still holds a significant edge in the point standings.

250 Class Overall Results
1. Blake Baggett (4-1)
2. Justin Bogle (3-2)
3. Jeremy Martin (1-6)
4. Jessy Nelson (2-9)
5. Marvin Musquin (7-4)
6. Jason Anderson (5-5)
7. Christophe Pourcel (11-3)
8. Cooper Webb (9-7)
9. Cole Seely (8-8)
10. Justin Hill (10-10)
*Moto 1 and Moto 2 results in parenthesis

In the 450 Class, James Stewart stepped up to the task of ending the streak of wins from Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey. Leading the race nearly wire-to-wire, Stewart fended off a challenge from Roczen in the final laps of Moto 1 to take the win – becoming the fourth rider to win a moto in the premier class this season.

Roczen stormed back in the second moto though, passing Josh Grant and Ryan Dungey on the opening lap to move into second, then overtaking Trey Canard for the lead two laps later and holding on for the win. With 2-1 moto finishes, Roczen locked up the overall win for the second consecutive week and more than doubled his points lead in the process. After a third-place finish in Moto 2, Stewart secured second overall for the day and continues to look better each week.

450 Class Overall Results
1. Ken Roczen (2-1)
2. James Stewart (1-3)
3. Ryan Dungey (4-2)
4. Trey Canard (3-4)
5. Josh Grant (5-6)
6. Brett Metcalfe (9-5)
7. Malcolm Stewart (7-8)
8. Andrew Short (6-9)
9. Weston Peick (10-7)
10. Jake Weimer (8-12)
*Moto 1 and Moto 2 results in parenthesis

Here’s what drivers said after Sunday’s INDYCAR race was postponed until Monday

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Here’s what several drenched drivers had to say after Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was postponed until Monday morning (11:30 a.m. ET, LIVE on NBCSN):

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama winner, 2018 pole winner): “It’s tough because we have so many people that come out here to watch us. We want to put on a good race. We want to put on a show. So calling the race, running around behind the pace car not running, it’s tough, it’s tough to do that. But I think it was the right thing in the end. When we started the race, the conditions were OK. You could run at that level of rain. Then, it intensified right before that first caution. I think when the caution came out, it got to a point where it was just too much. There was too much puddling and pooling of water on every straightaway. Then the rivers started flowing, high-speed compressions in Turns 1 and 2, fast corner, 12 and 13, fast corner where the river starts to form. Just tough. I mean, look, we love racing in the rain. It’s got nothing to do with not wanting to run in the rain, not being able to do that. It’s that this type of track with this water level was too much to race today. We’ve run here in the rain before, but it intensified to the point where you’re starting to get in a situation where it’s going to take it out of the drivers’ hands. What happened with Will (Power), I don’t think is a driver error. I don’t know how anyone is going to drive hydroplaning on the front straightaway. I think you would have had that for the rest of the track, too. A tough situation. Thanks for the fans that came out and supported us. Hopefully we’ll get some people back tomorrow and we’ll get the show in and put on a great event.”

MATHEUS “MATT” LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet):
“Tough day so far. We had some problems with our radio and fuel alarm, but otherwise the car was alright. It was just too dangerous out there, we couldn’t see anything, so I think they made the right call. Hopefully we’ll have a good race tomorrow.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s just a real shame for everyone on the Verizon Chevy team. The car was good and we were doing our best out there, but it was really hard to see anything in front of me. The conditions were just so bad. As soon as I got to the frontstraight, the car just came around, and I tried to keep it off the wall, but it was hydroplaning and there was nothing I could do. I feel bad for the team and for the fans in this weather. Just too bad. Hopefully our luck can turn around when we get to Indianapolis.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Very difficult day for us. In the race we were 13th at the time and we had some electrical issues, so that caused us to pit and we lost a lap. Not the ideal situation, but we don’t give up. There’s still a race tomorrow and we’re going to go for the most points. Anything can happen.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Mi-Jack Honda): “It was a tough beginning, but when we kind of got going it was OK and kind of fun to challenge for a while, but visibility was a major issue today, no doubt. I’m glad that the series postponed it. I would have like to get it in today, but that’s life. We will go racing tomorrow.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 27 Kerauno / MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda, Verizon IndyCar Series points leader): “I think definitely the right decision was made to red flag the race. It’s a very difficult position for everyone to be in. It’s never the result that you want, but safety is obviously a priority. I think everyone did a good job considering the conditions of looking out for each other. Not being able to see is not doing anybody any good. It is hard for everyone, but glad that we’re all in one piece and try again later.

TAKUMA SATO (No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Honda): “As you could see on TV, if you couldn’t see the car, it was probably three times worse in the cockpit on the main straight or any straight. You had to completely trust the guys that they were accelerating. Never the less, I made good progress on the short stint and I made up a few positions.  The car was working well, but also was aquaplaning a lot, too, so I have to respect INDYCAR’s decision for everyone’s safety. Now we really need to concentrate on having a good car for tomorrow. I’m sorry for the fans that sat in rain all day, but thank them for their support.”

RENE BINDER (No. 32 Binderholz tiptop timber Chevrolet): “It was a short day. In the beginning the conditions were not that good, but afterwards the conditions started to improve. The race was stopped, then restarted, and I think the conditions were not too bad at that point. Unfortunately, it was red flagged again and then cancelled for the day. It would have been nice to get halfway, but we will come back and try again tomorrow.”