2021 Spring Creek Motocross | Race Report
The 2021 Spring Creek Motocross, round six of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, reminded us just how quickly things can change over the course of the summer. The sixth round of the summer series brought two new riders to the top of the results sheet while title contenders in both classes experienced their share of issues and added more intrigue to the championship chase.
250 Moto One
The first 250 moto of the day was off and Justin Cooper was off to the early lead with Nate Thrasher and Maximus Vohland just behind. Vohland got a great run through the first set of rollers and blitzed across Thrasher’s front wheel, sending Nate into the dirt and back to the pits with a banged up shoulder. Maximus then took over second place and Jeremy Martin slid into third. Jeremy Martin railed the outside, scrubbed past Maximus and into second place at the end of the first lap. Maximus Vohland then passed Jeremy back half a lap later to pick back up second. Meanwhile, Alex Martin was out of moto one early. Back to the battle for second, Jeremy Martin again scrubbed past Vohland and into second after a great drive out of the corner before. Justin Cooper remained out front with a five-second lead on Jeremy Martin. Michael Mosiman began to reel in Vohland and made the pass after getting on the brakes late down the hill and diving to the inside. Mosiman then caught the rear wheel of Jeremy Martin, just as Hunter Lawrence passed into fifth place. Jett Lawrence was late to the brakes coming down the hill and took RJ Hampshire wide to take over 8th place. Jett continued to charge ahead, as he picked up Frye and then worked on Nichols. Brother Hunter Lawrence began to pressure Maximus Vohland for fourth place, and while they battled for position, Jett closed in and made it a three rider battle. Hunter and Vohland swapped lines and battled it out, Jett then took advantage of a slight mistake from his brother and took the fifth place spot away just before charging down the inside and making the pass on Maximus. As Jett rode away with fourth place, Hunter remained behind Maximus and continued to look for a place to make the pass. Finally, Hunter Lawrence made the pass on Maximus after trailing the rookie for a handful of laps. Up front, Jeremy Martin continued to give chase to Justin Cooper as he closed in the gap ever so slightly. With 5-minutes on the clock, Jeremy Martin had closed the gap his teammate once had and was challenging for the lead. Jeremy hit the brakes late and blitzed down the hill to then cross from the far outside to the inside of Cooper to take over the lead in moto one. As the checkered flag waved, Jeremy Martin took the first moto win at his home track.
250 Moto Two
The final 250 moto of the day was off and Jeremy Martin was off to the early lead with Justin Cooper and Austin Forkner just behind. As Jeremy Martin began to run away with the lead, brother Alex Martin was seen in dead last and cruising. Austin Forkner tried to keep Mosiman behind, but Michael took an inside line to pass Forkner for third. Pierce Brown was now pressuring Forkner for position, as RJ Hampshire was giving chase to Brown. Hampshire then connected with Peirce Brown over a roller, sending both of them down. Pierce then got up and got hit by Jett Lawrence, who got sent flying over the bars. Robertson and more then got collected by the down bikes and went down. RJ Hampshire was stuck on the side of the track with a banner in his rear wheel, while Brown was hurt after getting ran over twice. Meanwhile, Jeremy Martin continued to lead Justin Cooper by four-seconds. Points leader Jett Lawrence fell back to twelfth place after the incident with Brown. Michael Mosiman had reeled in Justin Cooper and was challenging for second place. Jett Lawrence made the pass on Swartz for 8th despite his right-side muffler hanging near his swingarm. Back to the battle for second, Mosiman continued to search for a spot to make the pass on Justin Cooper. Mosiman dove inside and went for the pass on Cooper but then slid out going up the hill and lost the advantage. After trailing for several laps, Michael Mosiman was finally able to make the pass on Justin Cooper for second after jumping inside of him down a hill. Late in the race, Hunter Lawrence caught and passed Colt Nichols after ripping around the outside and took over fifth place. Just a lap later, Jett Lawrence had caught Colt and the other Lawrence brother was after Nichols. Jett beat Nichols to the corner at the top of the hill and took sixth place. As the checkered flag waved for the final time at Millville, Jeremy Martin collected the second moto win and took the overall with a 1-1 performance.
450 Moto One
As the first race of the day left the gate, Justin Barcia was off to the early lead with Coty Schock and Adam Cianciarulo just behind. As Barcia lead the field into the first section, Ken Roczen, Chase Sexton, and more were down hard in the first turn. Ken Roczen was tended to by the medical crew before slowly climbing aboard the medical mule, ending his moto. Up front, Adam Cianciarulo wasted no time and quickly passed Schock for the second place position. Adam then began to pressure Barcia for the lead, but Justin held him off for the time-being. Cooper Webb then made the pass on Coty Schock for third place before the end of the first lap. On the opening lap, Ferrandis made a few mistakes that dropped him from third place to sixth, just behind his teammate Christian Craig. Both Craig and Ferrandis got around Coty on the second lap, dropping the privateer to sixth. After going down with Roczen in the first turn, both Joey Savatgy and Chase Sexton passed into the top-20 in the first two laps. Back up front, Cianciarulo continued to challenge Barcia for the lead, as he matched his speed while taking every line Justin did not. Despite the pressure from behind, Justin Barcia continued to sprint and hold onto the lead. Christian Craig made a quick pass on Cooper Webb for third place just before teammate Dylan Ferrandis went after the RedBull KTM rider and made the pass around the outside before the sand rollers. Before the end of the sand section, Aaron Plessinger was able to also make the pass on Webb and shuffle Cooper back to sixth. Craig made a mistake that allowed Ferrandis to rip by and pick-up third place. Meanwhile, Coty Schock was out of moto one with a broken chain. As we neared the halfway point of the moto, Eli Tomac was the fastest rider on track, as he set lap-times 2 seconds quicker than anyone else. A rider was down, causing the Red Cross flag to come out, and Christian Craig jumped the table where it was waved. Just after that, Plessinger made a mistake right behind Craig, allowing Tomac to make the pass on Aaron and then go after Craig. Up front, Cianciarulo was going after Barcia and the lead again when he washed out and went down. Ferrandis was then Justin Barcia’s challenger, as he was going for the lead. After cruising around for a few laps following his crash, Cianciarulo was in the mechanics area before pulling out of moto one. Ferrandis continued to pressure Barcia for the lead, and while the duo battled it out, Eli Tomac reeled them in. With both Ferrandis and Tomac now on his rear wheel, Barcia continued to sprint, as he scrubbed down the hill and used every fast-line on the track. Ferrandis dove inside in the sand rollers, but Barcia sensed the move and kept it pinned to keep Dylan at bay. With one lap to go, Barcia lost traction up the face of a roller and drifted into Ferrandis, nearly taking them both out. Barcia threw an apologetic wave at Ferrandis over the next jump. As the checkered flag waved, the top three remained in the same order despite all the battling, as Justin Barcia took the moto win just ahead of Ferrandis and then Tomac.
450 Moto Two
The second 450 moto of the day was off and Justin Barcia was off to the early lead, again, with Justin Bogle just behind. Ken Roczen shuffled into third place after the second corner and then passed Bogle moments later to take over second. Roczen pinned it down the hill and then railed around the outside of Barcia to make an incredible pass for the lead before the end of the first lap. At the end of the first lap, Ken Roczen had over a 2-second lead on Barcia. Meanwhile, Dylan Ferrandis crossed the finish line on the first lap outside of the top-20 after both him and Aaron Plessinger went down. Chase Sexton began making moves, as he made the pass on Savatgy to enter the top-5. Sexton then went after Webb for fourth place when he pulled alongside over the finish jump; the two scrubbed opposite directions and touched mid-air, sending Webb off-balance and down hard off the side of the track. Sexton managed to stay on-board and ride away with fourth place. Up front, Justin Barcia closed in on Ken Roczen, just as Dylan Ferrandis tipped over in a corner and went down again. Chase Sexton made the pass on Savatgy for third place and Eli Tomac followed after Joey made a slight mistake. After two crashes, Dylan Ferrandis made the pass on Musquin for 8th place and began his attack on Bogle for seventh. Later in the moto, Ferrandis entered the sixth place spot after passing Craig and then went after Savatgy for fifth. Dylan made the pass on Joey momentarily, but Savatgy quickly passed the points leader back. However, a few sections later, Ferrandis again passed Joey and secured the fifth place spot. With just five laps left, Coty Schock was out of the second moto with another broken chain. Ken Roczen crossed the checkered flag first and took an impressive win in the second moto at Spring Creek. Justin Barcia finished up second and took the overall win with his 1-2 scores.