In the 250 Class, Martin's season-long see-saw battle for the championship with Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin took another turn at RedBud.
Martin was impressive in a resilient ride to victory while Musquin, the points leader entering the race, endured arguably his worst outing of the season, finishing sixth. Musquin revealed he was dealing with aggravation to an injured wrist stemming from a crash at the third round of the season, which caused him to lose pace late in the motos. The off week was timely for Musquin's ability to mend before the next round.
In reclaiming the points lead, Martin now holds a slim seven-point lead over Musquin. This duo has traded the top spot in the championship on numerous occasions, neither able to hold it for more than two rounds. Martin's advantage at Spring Creek is unlike any other, growing up on the track that sits in his backyard, and he hopes it can lead him to back-to-back wins at home.
Musquin, on the other hand, is in search of redemption and hopes to become just the third international rider, and first Frenchman, to win in the 250 Class at Spring Creek.
The third rider likely to sandwich himself in between the lead duo is Martin's Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha teammate Cooper Webb. At RedBud Webb looked to be en route to victory during both motos, only to have Martin steal the win away from him twice. The afternoon no doubt left a bitter taste in Webb's mouth and he'll have some unfinished business to take care of at Spring Creek, in search of his first win of the 2015 season.
Located in the scenic and beautiful Mississippi River Valley, Spring Creek MX Park has some of the richest soil on the circuit. The old farmland was turned into a motocross track in 1967, evolving into a destination for enthusiasts and it wasn't long before Spring Creek hosted a Trans USA event, Loretta Lynn's Regional Qualifiers, a National Hare Scramble and of course the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross National.
With John and Greta Martin at the helm since the mid-80's it has turned into one of the most state-of-the-art, modern establishments in all of motocross. With premium amenities, incredible sight lines and one of the most demanding tracks on the planet, Spring Creek MX Park is not only a destination, it's one of motocross' most prestigious venues.
Round 8 of the American Motocross Championship will air on Foxtel in Australia, check local guides for local listings.
Top Image: Minnesota natives Dungey (5) and Martin (1) enter their home race in possession of the red number plate, sitting atop their respective championships.
Credit: Simon Cudby