2018 Thunder Valley National Motocross 250 Class Photo Finish

The top 10, in photos, from Thunder Valley

Jeremy Martin
Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin achieved his first overall win of the season at the third round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series at Thunder Valley.Brown Dog Wilson

At the third round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado, Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin achieved his first overall win of the season with 2-1 moto finishes and moved into the championship point lead. His CRF250R will wear the red plate at the next round at High Point in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

“[Alex and I] battled in the second moto at Glen Helen last weekend and made some contact,” Jeremy told us. “I called him midweek, like, ‘Dude, you gave me a bruise on my arm!’ Then we battled again today. He said I couldn’t pass very well, but I blew his doors off on the outside. I was really proud of him. He was riding really fast. It’s pretty cool that you have two brothers from the same family battling like that. It’s really cool. Out of everyone who I like to battle with, he’s probably my favorite. I got him to look over at me a couple times. It was a good day.”

Alex Martin
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Alex Martin finished second overall on the day with 3-2 moto scores.Brown Dog Wilson

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Alex Martin finished second overall on the day with 3-2 moto scores. The elder Martin brother got off to a fifth-place start in moto one where he battled his way to a third-place finish. In moto two, Alex grabbed the holeshot and led the first six laps before getting passed and finished second. Alex secured second overall for the day.

“Overall I’m pretty happy with the weekend,” the elder Martin said. “[I went] 3-2 [and got] second overall again, two weekends in a row. We’re closer to the point lead now and we’re going to head back to the East Coast now, so I’m excited.”

Justin Cooper
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper earned his first career 250 class moto victory in moto one and went on to finish eighth in moto two to capture third overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper earned his first career 250 class moto victory in moto one and went on to finish eighth in moto two to capture third overall at Thunder Valley.

“I felt good in the first moto, felt good in practice, but in the second moto, I really had nothing to fight for,” Cooper said. “I was struggling with a little bit of a sickness this week, so the day went as good as it could have gone for me I think.”

Austin Forkner
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner went 7-3 for fourth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Jordon Smith
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith rounded out the top five with 4-5 moto scores.Brown Dog Wilson
Aaron Plessinger
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Aaron Plessinger sixth overall and sits second in the championship standings.Brown Dog Wilson
Chase Sexton
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton secured seventh overall with 10-6 marks.Brown Dog Wilson

2018 250 Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Jeremy Martin Honda 129
2 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha 121
3 Alex Martin KTM 116
4 Zach Osborne Husqvarna 105
5 Justin Cooper Yamaha 98
6 Jordon Smith KTM 77
7 Chase Sexton Honda 76
8 Austin Forkner Kawasaki 75
9 Garrett Marchbanks Kawasaki 72
  RJ Hampshire Honda 72
Shane McElrath
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath went 9-9 for eighth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Garrett Marchbanks
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Garrett Marchbanks finished ninth overall with 8-11 moto scores.Brown Dog Wilson
RJ Hampshire
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire rounded out the top 10 with 13-7 finishes.Brown Dog Wilson