While Washougal could have been uneventful, there was a memorable fight in the second moto. Cooper Webb and Joey Savatgy got into a skirmish that produced very different results for their two closest competitors. It started when Joey Savatgy made an aggressive, but no contact, pass on Cooper Webb on the first lap. Tempting Cooper is like playing with a grenade and he was irritated! Webb put a solid brake check on Savatgy a few corners later. However Webb’s temerity landed him in trouble as he jumped the corner rut and shot his bike out of the corner without being on it. Mayhem ensued. Jeremy Martin crashed hard, Adam Cianciarulo was forced off the track and Austin Forkner capitalized on the pileup by opening up a large gap on the now log-jammed field.
Jeremy Martin, who was knocked down in the melee was run into by other riders and lay on the track holding his back, where it looked like he had been tagged by a footpeg. While Jeremy finished the moto, a 17th is not characteristic of the defending 250 National Champion, even coming from that far behind. While the team didn’t say much after the incident, sources have confirmed that he did injure a few ribs in the crash. The team has yet to release an official statement, but they are assessing the situation.
With a two-week break and three races left, it is unknown if Martin can complete the last few races. While he has only scored one win this season, Martin is second in points and had been gaining on Cooper Webb. The crash Saturday wouldn’t be the first time Jeremy was a victim of a pileup.During the East/West Supercross Shootout in Las Vegas in May, a pileup forced him on the ground and he was unable to get his bike from under a barrier for the first few minutes of the race.
Let’s hope that the 21-day summer break is enough time for Jeremy to get healthy enough to return to action.