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Motorcycles 2020 Loretta Lynn’s 2 National Motocross 250 Class Race Report

19:45  10 october  2020
19:45  10 october  2020 Source:   dirtrider.com

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With the cancellation of the Washougal National due to COVID-19 concerns, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, hosted the second round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, where riders were greeted with rainstorms prior to the motos, which made for a muddy racetrack that claimed many riders and bikes throughout the course of the day.

a group of men posing for a picture: Two-time Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class champion Jeremy Martin (middle) captured his first overall victory since 2018 when he suffered a severe back injury at the Muddy Creek National. © Provided by Dirt Rider Two-time Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class champion Jeremy Martin (middle) captured his first overall victory since 2018 when he suffered a severe back injury at the Muddy Creek National. a group of men posing for a picture: Two-time Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class champion Jeremy Martin (middle) captured his first overall victory since 2018 when he suffered a severe back injury at the Muddy Creek National. © Brown Dog Wilson Two-time Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class champion Jeremy Martin (middle) captured his first overall victory since 2018 when he suffered a severe back injury at the Muddy Creek National.

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Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis claimed the runner-up spot in the overall results and holds a six-point lead over Jeremy Martin in the series standings. © Brown Dog Wilson Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis claimed the runner-up spot in the overall results and holds a six-point lead over Jeremy Martin in the series standings.

Emerging victorious in the less than desirable conditions was Jeremy Martin, who captured his first win since 2018 when he suffered a major back injury at the Muddy Creek National, which sidelined him for the entire 2019 racing season. Although the Geico Honda rider did not win either moto at Loretta’s, carding consistent 3-2 race finishes was just enough to give him the overall victory.

“Honestly, the track was gnarly,” Jeremy said of the muddy conditions. “It rained again on the start line and I thought, ‘Oh boy, here we go.’ Fortunately, it held off and I got a good start. The track was in good shape [considering the rain] and we were able to make passes around people, which helped. That was a nail biter [at the end]. My Geico Honda was smoking, but thankfully the engine is bulletproof. I did all I could to save it and I’m just so relieved it made it [to the finish]. I didn’t expect to get my first win [since coming back from injury] so soon, but we’re definitely going to celebrate.”

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a person standing on a baseball field: Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis claimed the runner-up spot in the overall results and holds a six-point lead over Jeremy Martin in the series standings. © Provided by Dirt Rider Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis claimed the runner-up spot in the overall results and holds a six-point lead over Jeremy Martin in the series standings.

Last week’s winner Dylan Ferrandis achieved a second place overall result with 2-4 moto finishes. The Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider retains the championship leader’s red plate by six points over Jeremy Martin heading into round 3 at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, this weekend.

“It was a difficult day in the mud, but I was still able to save some important points,” Ferrandis said. “The track was really difficult. I was hoping for another win, but I managed to keep the red plate, so I’m really happy about that. On to the next one!”

a person riding a bike down a dirt road: JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin won the second moto and put his RM-Z250 in third overall for the day. © Provided by Dirt Rider JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin won the second moto and put his RM-Z250 in third overall for the day.

Alex Martin rounded out the overall podium at the Loretta Lynn’s 2 National. The JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rider went down early on in moto 1 and fell back to 23rd place, but remounted his RM-Z250 and worked his way up to seventh by the race’s end. In moto 2, the elder Martin brother grabbed the holeshot and led all 15 laps of the race, taking the win by one minute and three seconds over his brother Jeremy, who finished second. Alex’s finishes moved him into third place in the series point standings as well.

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“We did some testing this week up in Charlotte with the team and I feel the results reflect the changes made,” Martin said. “To be honest, I was just kind of in my own little world out there. It seems like every moto at Loretta’s so far, these last two weekends, I’ve crashed every moto. Like last weekend, twice in the first moto, once in the second moto. And then that first moto [today] I crashed; I had the holeshot and then I crashed like three times [and] still finished seventh. I’ve been feeling really good coming in and the JGR Yoshimura bike has been on point; it’s just up to me to keep it on two wheels. I’m very excited to grab a moto win and come away with a third overall on the day. We’re looking forward to keeping the momentum going heading into Indiana.”

a person wearing a helmet: Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Cameron McAdoo earned the best overall finish of his career with a fourth at Loretta Lynn’s 2. © Provided by Dirt Rider Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Cameron McAdoo earned the best overall finish of his career with a fourth at Loretta Lynn’s 2.

Cameron McAdoo nearly grabbed the holeshot in moto 1 and then moved into the lead on the opening lap and held the first place position for two circulations around the course before making a mistake and dropping back a few positions. He charged forward to fourth place by the time the checkered flag flew to claim a career-best moto finish in the outdoors. McAdoo put in a fifth place performance in moto 2, which gave him fourth place on the day—a career-best overall result for the Iowa native.

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“Today went well for us,” McAdoo said. “It was a tough day all around for the entire team, especially the mechanics, but they all pulled together and did a great job keeping me going. We did exactly what we work to do, which is to improve on each performance. We improved this week with 4-5 moto scores for fourth overall and we’ll continue to build off of that. I’m happy to leave here healthy and finish the motos strong with these tough conditions. We’re already excited to get going at Ironman and keep this momentum flowing.”

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Shane McElrath rounded out the top five on his YZ250F. © Provided by Dirt Rider Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Shane McElrath rounded out the top five on his YZ250F.

Shane McElrath rounded out the top five overall with 8-3 moto finishes. The Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider is also ranked fifth in the championship point standings after the two Loretta Lynn’s Nationals.

a person riding a bike down a dirt road: JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin won the second moto and put his RM-Z250 in third overall for the day. © Brown Dog Wilson JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin won the second moto and put his RM-Z250 in third overall for the day.

“It was a difficult day just to get around the track,” McElrath said. “We had a few crashes in the motos and had to come in for some goggle changes, but I came away with both holeshots and a moto podium. We will keep working and keep moving forward.”

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Position Rider Brand Points
1 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 90
2 Jeremy Martin Honda 84
3 Alex Martin Suzuki 71
4 RJ Hampshire Husqvarna 70
5 Shane McElrath Yamaha 69
6 Cameron McAdoo Kawasaki 61
7 Justin Cooper Yamaha 40
8 Mitchell Harrison Kawasaki 38
9 Carson Mumford Honda 32
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