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Anderson Claims Hard Charger Award

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its return to Minnesota on Saturday for the eighth round of the 2014 season. The legendary Spring Creek MX Park in Millville hosted the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National in what ended up being an memorable afternoon for the eventual winners, with GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac capturing his first career 450 Class win and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Jeremy Martin claiming victory for the first time at the facility owned and operated by his parents. 

Through partnerships with series sponsors, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will recognize the riders who achieve the series' specialty awards all summer long. Each week, MX Sports Pro Racing will recognize the riders who are able to lay claim to the Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Program, the MotoSport.com Holeshot Award in each moto, and the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award throughout the 2014 season.

The Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Program is designed to present a unique challenge for the 2014 season, providing a different twist by recognizing the rider who sets the fastest lap of practice in both the 250 and 450 Classes. Each rider will receive special Oakley Bomb trophy, specially designed by the brand.As the season wears on, the total number of Oakley Bomb awards a rider receives will be tallied into a final season total. The competitor with the most awards at season's end will be presented with an Elite Oakley Time Bomb II Swiss Automatic Watch.

For the fourth time in 2014, Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen posted the fastest lap of practice in the 450 Class, earning the Oakley Bomb Award and cementing his advantage in the quest to earn the Elite Oakley watch. Roczen narrowly edged out his hometown teammate Ryan Dungey for the top time, with his 2:04.326 surpassing Dungey's 2:04.479 by just a tenth of a second. Roczen was able to carry that momentum into the opening moto, leading the bulk of the laps, but in the end was not a factor for the overall win.

Ken Roczen laid down the fastest lap of the 450 Class to claim his fourth Oakley Bomb Award of the season. Photo: Matt Rice / Alli Sports
Ken Roczen laid down the fastest lap of the 450 Class to claim his fourth Oakley Bomb Award of the season. 
Photo: Matt Rice / Alli Sports

In the 250 Class the story stayed the same, as Valli Motorsports Yamaha's Christophe Pourcel not only secured his seventh Oakley Bomb Award in eight attempts, but also claimed the Elite Oakley Time Bomb II Swiss Automatic Watch. His time of 2:05.784 was almost a full second ahead of the second place time set by Martin. With four rounds remaining, the most awards another rider could achieve is five, guaranteeing Pourcel's status as not only the best qualifier in the 250 Class, but arguably the entire series. The Frenchman has a keen sense for laying down a fast lap and he's set the standard in the division for speed throughout the summer. However, Pourcel's accolades in Millville didn't end there.

The Motosport.com Holeshot Award is brand new to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this season and it awards $500 to the rider who gets the holeshot of each moto - in both the 450 Class and 250 Class - at every round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. A total of $2,000 will be up for grabs at each event between the two classes, thanks to Motosport.com

At Spring Creek, Pourcel's uncanny ability to position himself at the front of the field translated into a pair of Motorsport.com Holeshot Awards, giving him a class-leading five holeshots this season. He generated the most speed out of the long Spring Creek start straight and was able to maintain the momentum into the sweeping right first turn to cross the holeshot line first in each moto and control the early tempo in each race. As a result of his pair of strong starts, Pourcel remained at the forefront of the 250 Class to finish fourth overall following 3-6 moto scores.

Christophe Pourcel earned his seventh Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Award in eight races, wrapping up the ultimate reward - the Elite Oakley Time Bomb II Swiss Automatic Watch.Photo: Matt Rice / Alli Sports
Christophe Pourcel earned his seventh Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Award in eight races, wrapping up the ultimate reward - the Elite Oakley Time Bomb II Swiss Automatic Watch.Photo: Matt Rice / Alli Sports

In the 450 Class, Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey raced to his fifth Motosport.com Holeshot Award of the season in the opening moto. As the Minnesota native looked to make an early statement, he engaged in battle with his teammate Roczen out front and eventually settled for third following a crash. Dungey rebounded from his slight misfortune in Moto 2 to challenge Tomac for the win and ultimately finish second, securing the runner-up spot overall.

The start of the second moto was the key to Tomac's success in securing his first career 450 Class win. The rookie was tested after the initial start in which he earned the holeshot was red flagged, but he lined up again and proved it wasn't a fluke, edging out Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX's Justin Brayton at the line. With nothing but clear track ahead of him, Tomac seized control of the moto to complete what ended up being a dominant breakthrough afternoon for the Colorado native, sweeping each of the day's motos.   

The RC Hard Charger Award is entering its sixth season in 2014. Named after Ricky Carmichael, the most winning motocross rider of all time, the award recognizes the one competitor at each of the 12 rounds of the championship who overtakes the highest number of his fellow racers in any of the four championship motos between the 250 and 450 Classes.The award is a testament to "The Greatest of All Time" or "The GOAT" and his never-give-up attitude over the span of a career that warranted 10 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross titles and 102 wins - two feats that will likely never be duplicated. All recipients of the RC Hard Charger Award are given a custom-designed trophy.

The Frenchmen Pourcel swept both MotoSports.com Holeshot awards to carry much momentum into the motos early on. Photo: Christian Munoz
The Frenchmen Pourcel swept both MotoSports.com Holeshot awards to carry much momentum into the motos early on. 
Photo: Christian Munoz

One week after he claimed the first moto win of his career, Rockstar Energy Racing's Jason Anderson had his resiliency tested in the opening 250 Class moto at Spring Creek. As the field roared through the first turn, Anderson found himself on the ground with several other riders following a wild incident. The New Mexico native was able to get back on the bike and return to action, eventually crossing the line in 36th on the opening lap. No doubt motivated by the adversity he already faced, Anderson put on an impressive charge through the field on one of the series' most demanding tracks, ultimately overcoming 25 riders en route to an 11th-place effort and earning him his first RC Hard Charger Award of the season. Anderson's fortunes were much better in Moto 2, where he started 10th and fought his way onto the podium in third, landing him sixth overall. Honorable mention goes out to GEICO Honda's Christian Craig who managed to overcome a dead-last start of 40th in the opening 450 Class moto to pass 21 riders and finish inside the top 20 in 19th.

 

2014 Specialty Award Winners

Oakley Fastest Lap Program

450 Class

Glen Helen        - Ryan Dungey

Hangtown          - Ken Roczen

Thunder Valley      -    Trey Canard

High Point         -  Ken Roczen

Muddy Creek     -  Eli Tomac

Red Bud            -  Ken Roczen

Budds Creek      -  James Stewart

Spring Creek      -  Ken Roczen

 

250 Class

Glen Helen        - Christophe Pourcel

Hangtown          - Christophe Pourcel

Thunder Valley      -    Christophe Pourcel

High Point         -       Jeremy Martin

Muddy Creek     -  Christophe Pourcel           

Red Bud            -  Christophe Pourcel

Budds Creek      -  Christophe Pourcel

Spring Creek      -  Christophe Pourcel

 

Motosport.com Holeshot Award

450 Class

Glen Helen

Moto 1 - Josh Grant

Moto 2 - Ken Roczen

Hangtown

Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey

Moto 2 - Jake Weimer 

Thunder Valley

Moto 1 - Josh Grant

Moto 2 - Trey Canard

High Point

Moto 1 - Chad Reed

Moto 2 - Chad Reed

Muddy Creek

Moto 1 - Eli Tomac

Moto 2 - Ryan Dungey 

Red Bud

Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey

Moto 2 - Ken Roczen

Budds Creek

Moto 1 - Justin Brayton

Moto 2 - Ryan Dungey

Spring Creek

Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey

Moto 2 - Eli Tomac

 

250 Class 

Glen Helen

Moto 1 - Jeremy Martin

Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin 

Hangtown

Moto 1 - Zach Bell

Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin

Thunder Valley

Moto 1 - Jessy Nelson

Moto 2 - Zach Bell 

High Point

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel 

Muddy Creek

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Justin Bogle

Red Bud

Moto 1 - Matt Biscegila

Moto 2 - Joey Savatgy 

Budds Creek

Moto 1 - Justin Bogle

Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin

Spring Creek

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel

 

RC Hard Charger Award 

Glen Helen        - Josh Grant (+22)

Hangtown          - Andrew Short (+24)

Thunder Valley      -    Fredrik Noren (+21)

High Point         - Shane Sewell & Zack Williams (+14)

Muddy Creek     -  Josh Grant (+29)

Red Bud            -  Fredrick Noren & Joey Savatgy (+21)

Budds Creek      -  Dean Wilson (+21)

Spring Creek      -  Jason Anderson (+25)

Round 9 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to Washougal, Washington, for the Motosport.com Washougal National on Saturday, July 26.

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