Martin builds his 250MX lead at Lakewood

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Justin Cooper took the Moto 1 win in the 250MX category, but it would be Jeremy Martin’s weekend, after he took second place in the opener, and the win in Moto 2. Second overall was Alex Martin, with a 3-2 result, while Justin Cooper was third overall for the round with a 1-8.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - 250MX Start
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – 250MX Start

Jeremy Martin retains the 250MX lead from Aaron Plessinger, with Alex Martin third overall in the standings.


Qualifying

Joey Savatgy may have been outside the top five in 250MX points, but he also set the fastest lap time (2:06.926) in qualifying, and was round victor at the same location in the previous two years.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Joey Savatgy
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Joey Savatgy

Savatgy’s teammate Austin Forkner—11th in points and in need of some momentum of his own—qualified second (2:07.269), and ascendant rookie Justin Cooper was third (2:07.727).

Meanwhile the two riders who have dominated the opening rounds of the season both fell outside the top 10. Aaron Plessinger, coming off a sweep at Glen Helen, qualified 11th (2:09.864), but more concerning is Zach Osborne down in 20th (2:12.543).

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Zach Osborne
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Zach Osborne

250 Qualifying Times

  1. Joey Savatgy, 2:06.926
  2. Austin Forkner, 2:07.269
  3. Justin Cooper, 2:07.727
  4. Alex Martin, 2:08.446
  5. Jordon Smith, 2:08.829
  6. Chase Sexton, 2:09.109
  7. Jeremy Martin, 2:09.206
  8. RJ Hampshire, 2:09.334
  9. Shane McElrath, 2:09.704
  10. Garrett Marchbanks, 2:09.714

Moto 1

Justin Cooper conquered Thunder Valley’s uphill start to capture the holeshot in Moto 1, and Joey Savatgy soon settled into second place. Jordon Smith, Zach Osborne, Alex Martin and Jeremy Martin rode third through sixth, respectively, behind them. Meanwhile last week’s winner, Aaron Plessinger, was back in eighth place after the opening lap.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Justin Cooper
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Justin Cooper

Shortly before the midway point, Savatgy closed in on Cooper and finally found an opportunity to attempt a pass for the lead. But Cooper was able to shut the door and keep himself out front. Despite being under constant duress, Cooper was able to lead for a full 20 minutes before giving up the top spot. That’s when Savatgy was able to take an inside lane around one of the turns and take the lead away from the rookie.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Alex Martin
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Alex Martin

Savatgy appeared to be well on his way to a victory. But with three laps to go, his bike shockingly stalled. That enabled Cooper to reassume the lead, and from there, the rookie was able to cruise to his first-ever moto win. In total, he led 11 of the race’s 16 laps.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Joey Savatgy
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Joey Savatgy

Jeremy Martin finished in second place, with older brother Alex behind him in third. Smith, who had fallen all the way down to seventh at one point, made some late passes to put himself into fourth.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Jeremy Martin
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Jeremy Martin

Behind that group were the two riders with co-possession of the red plate. Osborne, who aggravated a thumb injury earlier in the day, finished about a half second ahead of Plessinger to claim a top-five finish.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Aaron Plessinger
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Aaron Plessinger

250 Moto 1 Results

  1. Justin Cooper
  2. Jeremy Martin
  3. Alex Martin
  4. Jordon Smith
  5. Zach Osborne
  6. Aaron Plessinger
  7. Austin Forkner
  8. Garrett Marchbanks
  9. Shane McElrath
  10. Chase Sexton

Moto 2

As the riders entered the first turn, a huge pileup ensued that collected Zach Osborne, Joey Savatgy and Justin Hill, among others. Enough riders were involved that several bikes, including Osborne’s, got tangled up.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Zach Osborne
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Zach Osborne

For a moment, it looked like Osborne might be unable to continue as he seemed to be in some pain walking away. But then he got the bike straightened out and hopped back on, albeit with a huge deficit in front of him.

Also facing a huge deficit was Savatgy, who found himself outside the top 20 on the heels of his heartbreaking Moto 1.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Joey Savatgy
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Joey Savatgy

Meanwhile it was Alex Martin grabbing the holeshot ahead of brother Jeremy, Moto 1 winner Justin Cooper, and Jordon Smith. About 10 minutes into the race, a Martin vs. Martin battle developed out front, with the two brothers battling for both the moto win and the overall win.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Justin Cooper
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Justin Cooper

Jeremy made several aggressive challenges but Alex continued to fend him off for several laps before finally ceding the lead shortly before the midway point.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Alex Martin
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Alex Martin

Jeremy Martin proceeded to take control of the race and ended up winning the race by eight seconds. His 2-1 scores also gave him his first overall victory of the season and moved him into the points lead. It marked the third straight round that a different rider has gained at least a share of the red plate.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Jeremy Martin
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Jeremy Martin

Alex Martin (3-2) finished second overall and improved his position in the point standings as well.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Alex Martin
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Alex Martin

The battle for third place in Moto 2 was a good back-and-forth affair between Jordon Smith and Austin Forkner, with Forkner ultimately securing the spot.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Jordon Smith
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Jordon Smith

Smith then ceded fourth place to Aaron Plessinger, who lost control of the red plate after posting relatively disappointing 6-4 moto finishes. He’ll enter Round 4 trailing Jeremy Martin by eight points.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Austin Forkner
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Austin Forkner

Also losing control of his share of the red plate was Osborne, who was able to salvage just a 20th-place finish (good enough for only one single point) after a disastrous start to Moto 2. He now sits 24 points out of the lead.

Zach Osborne

“Today was a learning experience for me, I got off to a good start in the first moto and was able to hold on for a fifth. Then, I was hit in the first turn at the start of the second moto and popped my shoulder out. It took me a second to get it back in before I could get going. I managed to score one point. There’s 18 motos left and a lot of points still on the table.”

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Zach Osborne
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Zach Osborne

After winning the first moto, Justin Cooper (1-8) couldn’t replicate that same success in Moto 2 but did fare well enough to finish on the podium in third place overall.

AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - Justin Cooper
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – Justin Cooper

250 Moto 2 Results

  1. Jeremy Martin
  2. Alex Martin
  3. Austin Forkner
  4. Aaron Plessinger
  5. Jordon Smith
  6. Chase Sexton
  7. RJ Hampshire
  8. Justin Cooper
  9. Shane McElrath
  10. Michael Mosiman

250 Overall Results

  1. Jeremy Martin (2-1)
  2. Alex Martin (3-2)
  3. Justin Cooper (1-8)
  4. Austin Forkner (7-3)
  5. Jordon Smith (4-5)
  6. Aaron Plessinger (6-4)
  7. Chase Sexton (10-6)
  8. Shane McElrath (9-9)
  9. Garrett Marchbanks (8-11)
  10. RJ Hampshire (13-7)
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood - 250MX Podium -
AMA Motocross Round 3 at Lakewood – 250MX Podium – Alex Martin, Jeremy Martin, Justin Cooper

250 Point Standings

  1. Jeremy Martin, 129
  2. Aaron Plessinger, 121
  3. Alex Martin, 116
  4. Zach Osborne, 105
  5. Justin Cooper, 98
  6. Jordon Smith, 77
  7. Chase Sexton, 76
  8. Austin Forkner, 75
  9. Garrett Marchbanks, 72
  10. RJ Hampshire, 72

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