Roczen Chases Continued Dominance as Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Returns West to Wahougal

Reigning 250 Class Champion Martin Chases Back-to-Back Wins and Teammate Webb

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, is nearing its stretch run for 2016 and this Saturday, July 23, the series will make its return to the west coast for the ninth stop of the 12-round season. The Peterson CAT Washougal National from scenic Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Washington, will cap off a six-round run through the heart of the championship schedule with the sport's lone visit to the picturesque Pacific Northwest. In the 450 Class, RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki Factory Racing's Ken Roczen is back in dominant form, chasing a seventh victory as he inches even closer to a second premier class title. In the 250 Class, the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha duo of Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin sit atop the standings, with defending back-to-back titleholder Martin hoping to track down his championship-leading teammate Webb following his first triumphant effort of the season.

Broadcast Coverage of the Peterson CAT Washougal National:
First Motos (250 & 450 Class) - LIVE on MAVTV at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET
Second Motos (250 & 450 Class) - LIVE on NBC Sports Network at 3:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. ET
LIVE Coverage can also be streamed via ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Live Extra App.
Washougal Highlight Show - July 29 at 11 p.m. PT / 2 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

One week after he missed out on winning a moto for the first time all season, Roczen rebounded in resounding fashion at the previous stop from Minnesota's Spring Creek MX Park. In the first moto the German rider outdueled championship rival and Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac, who beat Roczen with a 1-1 sweep of his own the week prior, to take his 12th moto win of the season. In Moto 2, Roczen managed to overcome a bent shifter on the opening lap to soon take the lead from Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin and eventually run away to a near 30-second advantage. It was the dominant form that fans have come to expect from Roczen this season and added to his incredible win totals this season, winning 13 out of 16 motos and securing six overall victories in eight rounds, setting a new personal single season record. All six of Roczen's wins this season have come via 1-1 sweeps and it's given him a very comfortable 55-point lead with four rounds remaining.

Ken Roczen, Washougal, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Round 7
Roczen's dominance resumed last weekend and he'll chase his seventh win of the season at Washougal.Photography by Simon Cudby

Tomac has done all he can to keep pace with Roczen, posting nine consecutive moto finishes inside the top three, but his two moto wins compared to Roczen's 13 has proven to be the biggest disparity of the entire season. Roczen has been able to outscore Tomac at all but one race this season, consistently inching away with each passing round. While Tomac is still very much in the title fight, his ability to overcome a deficit of more than two motos will likely need to be complemented with some hard luck for Roczen. Nevertheless, Tomac won't go down in his chase of a first career 450 Class title without giving it his all in all eight of the remaining motos. He and Roczen have put on a show for the fans on several occasions this season and there's no reason to think their battles won't continue Saturday at Washougal.

Neither Roczen nor Tomac has ever won at Washougal and with defending series champion Ryan Dungey, winner the last two seasons, sidelined by injury, the opportunity is there for a new rider to emerge victorious. While the lead tandem in the title fight will enter as favorites, Musquin is confident in his ability to challenge them after posting the best result of his rookie season last weekend with a runner-up effort.

Eli Tomac, Wahougal, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Round 8
Tomac has kept chase with Roczen, but is running out of time in his hopes of overcoming a 55-point deficit.Photography by Simon Cudby

Heading into Minnesota there wasn't a rider in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship hotter than Webb. The 250 Class points leader claimed his first overall win of the season at Tennessee and carried the momentum to a three-round winning streak that saw him take over the top spot in the standings and open up a 37-point lead in the championship battle. Although he missed out on making it four in a row last weekend, Webb still left Minnesota losing no points to his competitors after tying Jeremy Martin for first place in event points. While it was a bittersweet end to his midseason surge, Webb remained in full control of his own destiny and his hopes of clinching the first national championship of his career.

For Martin, the victory as Spring Creek was long overdue. It was fitting for the back-to-back champion to end an eight-race winless streak at the track owned by his parents, it was highly unusual for it to take Martin until the eighth round of the season to earn his first overall victory. Martin has been battling his bike and his own health throughout the summer, and while he's been a consistent presence at the front of the field at virtually every round, uncharacteristic mistakes have cost him valuable points and the trademark late-race charges that almost defined his title-winning seasons have been missing. With that elusive win under his belt, and possession of second in the championship standings, perhaps now is time Martin begins making his move.

Cody Webb, Wahougal, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Round 8
Webb has won or tied for the overall victory for four consecutive rounds and enters Washougal as the defending race winner.Photography by Simon Cudby

While Webb and Martin are on the upswing, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy continues to lose ground. The once dominant force of the early part of this season has endured a rough midseason stretch in which he's found himself on the ground all too often. As a result, the Georgia native has gradually fell from first to third in the 250 Class standings and while he enjoyed a much-needed solid outing at Spring Creek, finishing just off the podium in fourth, he's now facing a 50-point deficit to Webb with four rounds remaining. A return to the west coast could provide the change of scenery Savatgy needs to get the momentum rolling again, potentially setting the stage for a three-rider battle for the championship.

Webb enters Washougal as the defending race winner, and his six moto wins this season is the most in the division. He's won five of the last seven motos, finishing no worse than second, and looks to be completely healed from a wrist injury that hindered him coming into the season. While controlling the championship has been unfamiliar territory for Webb, he's handled the pressure of the red plate like a veteran and looks ready to take on everything his teammate, Savatgy, and the rest of the field have to throw at him.

Jeremy Martin, 250 Class, Wahougal, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Round 8
Martin's long overdue first win of 2016 could help swing the momentum into his favor as he chases Webb.Photography by Simon Cudby

Event Schedule

Peterson CAT Washougal National
Round 9: Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
July 23, 2016 - Washougal, Washington

Race Day Schedule:

8:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. ET Practice & Qualifying
12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET Opening Ceremonies
1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET First Motos (250 Class & 450 Class)
3:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. ET Second Motos (250 Class & 450 Class)

Broadcast Schedule:

July 23 - 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) - MAVTV - First Motos (250 & 450 Class) - Live
July 23 - 3:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. ET (LIVE) - NBCSN - Second Motos (250 & 450 Class) - Live
July 29 - 11:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 a.m. ET - NBC Sports Network - Highlight Show

***All times subject to change.

Previous Round Results

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National
Spring Creek Raceway - Millville, Minnesota
July 16, 2016
Round 8 of 12

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (1-1)
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (2-3)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO, Kawasaki (3-2)
  4. Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (5-4)
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, NY, Yamaha (4-5)
  6. Trey Canard, Edmond, OK, Honda (6-6)
  7. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, CO, KTM (8-8)
  8. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, MO, KTM (7-10)
  9. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, IA, KTM (9-9)
  10. Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, NY, Yamaha (14-7)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki - 387
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO, Kawasaki - 332
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM - 243
  4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, NY, Yamaha - 215
  5. Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna - 202
  6. Broc Tickle, Holly, MI, Suzuki - 171
  7. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, CA, Honda - 151
  8. Justin Brayton Fort Dodge, IA, KTM - 144
  9. Justin Bogle, Cushing, OK, Honda - 136
  10. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN, KTM - 131

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, MN, Yamaha (2-1)
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport, NC, Yamaha (1-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, MN, Yamaha (3-4)
  4. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, GA, Kawasaki (4-5)
  5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, OH, Yamaha (5-6)
  6. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, FL, Kawasaki (7-8)
  7. Arnaud Tonus, Switzerland, Kawasaki (8-9)
  8. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, MI, Yamaha (11-10)
  9. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, FL, Honda (10-11)
  10. Luke Renzland, Hewitt, NJ, Yamaha (9-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Cooper Webb, Newport, NC, Yamaha - 337
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, MN, Yamaha - 299
  3. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, GA, Kawasaki - 287
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, MN, Yamaha - 270
  5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, VA, Husqvarna - 237
  6. Austin Forkner, Richards, MO, Kawasaki - 221
  7. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, OH, Yamaha - 217
  8. Arnaud Tonus, Switzerland, Kawasaki - 163
  9. RJ Hampshire, Hudson FL, Honda - 153
  10. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, FL, Kawasaki - 150