Jeremy Martin scores 250 Class Motocross win on home soil of Spring Creek

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Not only did Jeremy Martin leave his home track with the overall victory at the Spring Creek National, he also capitalized on mistakes from the other title contenders to significantly extend his points lead.

The most impressive 250 Class rider all year long in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Martin entered today’s race as the heavy favorite and backed that up with a dominant victory in the first moto of the day. After passing Christophe Pourcel for the lead on Lap 2, Martin was able to comfortably cruise to victory. Cooper Webb – who entered the day third overall in points – was on the move until he ran into the back of Justin Bogle’s bike trying to make a pass and crashed. Webb lost numerous spots and was left salvaging as many points as he could as he worked his way back up through the field for a ninth-place finish.

Webb would come back with a vengeance in the second moto. For a while it looked like Blake Baggett’s race to lose, but he crashed while leading and was shuffled back through the pack, landing outside the top-15. Baggett encountered bike problems later in the race and was unable to finish, leaving him with no points to show for the moto. After Baggett’s crash, Bogle inherited the lead but was soon passed by both Webb and Martin. Webb held Martin off to score the moto victory – his third of the season – but Martin’s 1-2 moto scores were more than enough to give him the overall win.

“I tried to put in a hard charge [in the second moto] for the home crowd to make it exciting but just came up a little short,” Martin said. “Cooper [Webb] rode good.”

Watch the recap of 250 Moto 2 below:

If it seemed like Martin was an expert with the track, it’s because he grew up riding the facility. His parents have owned Spring Creek MX Park since the late 1980s.

Marvin Musquin (2-4) and Webb (9-1) rounded out the overall podium alongside Martin.

Thanks to mistakes from both Webb and Baggett, Martin now has a lot more breathing room in the championship race. Webb managed to pass Baggett for second place in 250MX points, but he now faces a 43-point deficit behind his teammate Martin that will not be easy to overcome in the final four rounds.

Spring Creek 250 Class Overall Results
1. Jeremy Martin (1-2)
2. Marvin Musquin (2-4)
3. Cooper Webb (9-1)
4. Chrisophe Pourcel (3-6)
5. Dean Wilson (5-5)
6. Jason Anderson (11-3)
7. Joey Savatgy (8-9)
8. Alex Martin (12-7)
9. Cole Seely (7-13)
10. Jessy Nelson (14-8)
*Moto 1 and Moto 2 results in parenthesis

Fernando Alonso completes first test with United Autosports

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Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso enjoyed his first outing with United Autosports, with whom he will contest the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, in their Ligier JS P217 LMP2 chassis.

The McLaren Formula 1 driver completed the test at Motorland Aragon in Spain alongside co-driver Phil Hanson, who will be a teammate with Alonso at next year’s 24-hour Daytona enduro. Filipe Albuquerque, a former GT class winner at the Rolex 24, was also on hand to help Alonso and the team ahead of Alonso’s first run in an LMP2 car, which comes only a couple days after he made his LMP1 testing debut with Toyota. Albuquerque races with Mustang Sampling Racing in IMSA, but will return to United’s European Le Mans Series program for all but one race in 2018.

“I had a great first test with United Autosports. Obviously, we are on a really tight schedule between now and Daytona, but it was nice to jump in the car for the first time,” said Alonso, who will rejoin the team at the official Roar Before the 24 test on January 5-7.

Alonso added, “There’s quite a few switches and things to study so it was important to do this initial shakedown before Daytona, so I could fully learn about the car. I’m happy with everything – the car felt great and the team were fantastic. The atmosphere here is wonderful, like a big family, so today has been amazing. I cannot wait for Daytona.”

Team owner Zak Brown, who also serves as executive director of McLaren Technology Group and helps lead the McLaren Formula 1 effort, shared Alonso’s enthusiasm and was not surprised he was able to acclimate himself relatively quickly.

“Fernando’s first test with United Autosports went awesome as expected. He is a world champion and it is a pleasure to have him in our car,” he said of Alonso’s debut with the team.

Alonso is currently schedule to contest the Rolex 24 with the aforementioned Hanson and McLaren test driver Lando Norris.