Alex Martin's Day At Spring Creek Motocross | MX 2016

Alex Martin went 3-4 for 3rd overall at round 8

Alex Martin, Spring Creek MX 2016
Alex goes through the sand whoops in the first practice session down by the creek. Alex said the track was way too wet and muddy and the lines weren’t great in the first session. Alex joked that he might have a talk with the track owner about the prep. Alex was able to turn 2:22.824 on the fourth lap for the fourth fastest time of the session.Photo by Rob Koy
Alex Martin, Spring Creek MX 2016
Alex takes the middle line though the turn before the updated Chadapult in the second practice session. The track started to dry a little and form some lines during the session. Alex turned a much faster time at 2:17.343 on his 5th lap of the session. This gave Alex the 8th overall gate pick in the first moto, Alex commented that he wasn’t worried because he knew there were a lot of good gates that you could pull a holeshot from.Photo by Rob Koy
Alex Martin, Spring Creek MX 2016
Alex lined up next to Joey Savatgy next to the dog house. Alex said that he had a perfect start and has been looking for a start like these all session. Alex took the holeshot with his brother right behind him in second place. Alex threw a huge whip on the first lap as we crossed the finish line on the first lap.Photo by Rob Koy
Alex Martin, Spring Creek MX 2016
Alex chose a middle rut over the step up before the sand whoops in the middle of the first moto. Alex said that it was great to lead a bunch of laps at his parents track.Photo by Rob Koy
Alex Martin, Spring Creek MX 2016
Alex took this outside line on the first downhill every lap in the first moto. Alex is followed by his brother Jeremy, who was taking the inside line into the inside rut before going up Martin Mountain. Alex said that when he and his brother were in the top two positions he could hear and see the hometown fans go nuts for them.Photo by Rob Koy
Alex Martin, Spring Creek MX 2016
Alex started to get some pressure from Cooper Webb in the second half of the moto. Alex said that he was not too worried because there were not any good lines for Cooper to make a pass. Alex said that he just started to relax and hit his lines until he lost the front end on the turn before Martin Mountain. He said that Cooper’s inside line might have been faster, and Alex did not adapt his lines to combat against Cooper. Alex said that he might have come in a too fast and believes that the front wheel caught a mud patch which made him lose the front end.Photo by Rob Koy
Alex Martin, Spring Creek MX 2016
Alex was able to pick the bike up and recover with a 3rd place finish in moto one. Alex was taking the outside berm and the outside rut going up Martin Mountain. By the end of the moto, most of the riders were taking this line as the inside got chopped up.Photo by Rob Koy
Alex Martin, Spring Creek MX 2016
Alex got off to his second holeshot of the day in moto two. Once again he said that he got another perfect start and was able to pull out a good lead exiting the first turn. Alex came into the right turn after the sand whoops when a dirt clod hit his shifter and put his bike into neutral, which made him fall over in the inside rut and stall the bike. Alex lost a bunch of positions the first lap and was recorded in 9th place after the first lap. One thing I noticed that both Martin brothers were jumping far off the crest of the first turn every lap and not slowing down as they went around this turn.Photo by Rob Koy
Alex Martin, Spring Creek MX 2016
Alex was able to move up through the field and was in 6th place at the middle point of the moto. Alex was taking some wide lines on the track which had gotten rougher in the second moto, trying to keep his momentum up and find the smoother ruts.Photo by Rob Koy
Alex Martin, Spring Creek MX 2016
Alex knew that he needed to get into 4th place to secure a position on the podium. He was able to get by his teammate Aaron Plessinger and the fading Joey Savatgy. This would give Alex the the 3rd overall finish at his home track.Photo by Rob Koy
Alex Martin, Spring Creek MX 2016
Alex Martin went 3-4 for 3rd overall at his home track, Spring Creek MX. Alex said that he believes that he might have been two mistakes away from a perfect day in his backyard. This was the first time Alex has made it on the podium at his home track, and was happy that his brother was able to get the top step on the podium if he wasn’t able to do it. It was a great day for the Martin brothers and his parents, with a successful podium finish and a successful Spring Creek National. Alex Martin’s only complaint was with his father for watering the track too much the night before the race, making the track a little one lined and muddy on the way outside lines. He will have a talk with him tonight as they hangout and catch up with many friends after the races. Alex hopes to take this weekend results and improve on them as the season continues.Photo by Rob Koy