Martin continued his division dominance on Saturday, winning the overall 250 class at Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Md. Martin placed third in race one and won race two. It was enough to edge Australia’s Jett Lawrence – who finished second in both races – for the overall victory in the ninth round of the 12-round national championship series.
There are three rounds – six bikes – left in the season, but Martin is likely out of the national championship race despite being the series’ best rider in the second half of the season.
Martin finished second overall in the first round of the series on May 29 at Fox Raceway in Pala, Calif., Then won the first race the following week at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado. In the second race that day, however, Martin fell. his bike after landing in a soft spot on the track. He suffered two broken fingers and aggravated wrist and shoulder injuries which he had suffered for more than three months. He missed the rest of this bike, as well as the two bikes at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa. On June 19.
Martin chose to postpone the surgery and run through the discomfort and pain. He returned July 3 to RedBud in Buchanan, Michigan, and then two weeks later claimed his first overall win of the season at his home track, Spring Creek MX Park in Millville.
He’s won two more times since, but Martin’s absence from those three early-season races did indeed allow Justin Cooper and Lawrence to walk away in the national championship race. After the races last weekend, Cooper holds a slim three-point lead over Lawrence (367-364). Martin is 57 points behind Lawrence for second place and 60 points behind Cooper.
“I don’t know how much I like being the man in the middle,” Martin said of getting into a battle with Cooper and Lawrence. “It’s racing, it’s part of sport, and I missed three full races this year. Upon entering (Saturday), I had no idea how it would be. I don’t know if I’ve ever won a motorbike (at Budds Creek).
“I had a great start in the second run and I started from there. Was able to win this race and get the third (overall) of the season.
The AMA Pro Motocross Series will travel to Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana this Saturday and then end the season with races at Fox Raceway on September 4 and Prairie City SVRA in Rancho Cordova, Calif. On September 11.
Rochester’s Dustin Sorensen did not run for points at Deer Creek Speedway this summer. If he had, the young USRA Modified rider could very well be at the top of the standings.
Sorensen only raced six of 13 nights at Deer Creek this summer.
He won the feature film on five of those six evenings.
Sorensen did it again on Saturday, starting eighth and making his way through the top four rows of cars to win his fifth race of the year. Zack Vanderbeek of New Sharon, Iowa, was second, followed by Alex Williamson of Rushford in third.
Teenager Jim Chisholm of Osage, Iowa, won his fourth straight USRA B-Modifieds Track Championship in style, winning for the ninth time in 13 starts this summer at Deer Creek. Brandon Hare of Elma, Iowa, was second and Alex Schubbe of North Mankato was third.
Winona’s Brandon Duellman won the Wissota Super Stocks feature, Braden Brauer of Eyota won the Wissota Street Stocks feature, and Ellendale’s Kadden Kath won the Wissota Midwest Modifieds feature.
The track champions will be officially announced after the star races this Saturday, August 28.