The rain returned for the final moto and as the field converged into the first corner it was Cianciarulo who came out with the advantage and his first Motosport.com Holeshot Award ahead of Musquin. With a clear track ahead of him, Cianciarulo was able to stabilize a multiple second lead over Musquin as the lead duo slowly pulled away from the field. Jeremy Martin got a solid start in fourth, while Alex Martin had his work cut out for him in order to capture his first career overall after starting 10th.
Musquin's quicker lap times allowed him to apply pressure on Cianciarulo for the lead, resulting a small tip over from the Kawasaki rider on Lap 4 that allowed to Frenchman to take control of the moto. Cianciarulo recovered quickly, but lost valuable ground and was soon challenged by Martin for the position. However, the early leader regained some consistency and was able to assert himself into the runner-up spot.
Misfortune struck Jeremy on Lap 11 when he crashed out of third and dropped to sixth, just ahead of his brother in seventh. Jeremy was able to fend off the late pressure from Alex, which ultimately proved to be the deciding factor in the overall classification. Musquin took the win by 11.135 over Cianciarulo, while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy landed on the podium in third.
When the overall results were tallied, both Musquin (7-1) and Alex Martin (1-7) sat tied atop the standings with identical moto scores. However, by virtue of his second moto win Musquin earned the overall, preventing Martin from capturing the first triumph of his career.
"I didn't get a good start in the first moto, but I tried to be patient and follow the guys ahead of me. Then I got together with Adam [Cianciarulo] and ended up seventh, so I was not happy," said Musquin. "I got a better start in Moto 2 behind Adam. He crashed again and I got the lead. From there I wanted to make sure I just focused on my lines and stayed out of trouble. It's not the way I want to win an overall, but I'll take it."
Even though he missed out the win, Martin still enjoyed the best finish of his career with his first ever overall podium result. Savatgy ended up with his first overall podium finish of the season in third (4-3).
"Two big milestones in one day for me. I'm ecstatic," said Martin. "Today was tough. It was one of those races that could probably decide the championship [because of the conditions]. I'm just stoked to get the first moto win and first overall podium of my career."
Musquin maintained control of the championship lead and now holds a 10-point advantage over Jeremy Martin, who finished fourth overall (2-6). Cianciarulo, who finished sixth overall (8-2), now sits third, 80 points out of the lead.
The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicks off the second half of the 2015 season next Saturday, July 4, with the Red Bull RedBud National from RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan.
Main Photo: Blake Baggett (4) and Christophe Pourcel (377) put themselves up front all afternoon and landed on the overall podium as a result.
Credit: Simon Cudby
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship - GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National
Budds Creek MX Park - Mechanicsville, Maryland - Round 6 of 12
450 Class (Moto Finish)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (3-1)
Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (2-3)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki (4-2)
Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (5-4)
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-12)
Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (7-7)
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (6-9)
Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha (11-5)
Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Honda (12-6)
Wil Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Kawasaki (8-14)
450 Class Championship Standings
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 256
Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki, 219
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha, 193
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 185
Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 178
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 158
Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna, 157
Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha, 140
Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha, 132
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 125
250 Class (Moto Finish)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (7-1)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-7)
Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (4-3)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-6)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (3-5)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (8-2)
Christian Craig, Plymouth, Minn., Honda (5-10)
Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (6-14)
Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda (21-4)
Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM (12-12)
250 Class Championship Standings
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 258
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 248
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki, 178
Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 173
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna, 165
Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM, 164
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 154
Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Honda, 124
Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM, 121
Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha, 118