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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Spring Creek

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Spring Creek at Millville is one of the most popular tracks on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross circuit, as the track offers up a wide variety of terrain. Most of all, the riders think it's a fun layout, with plentiful sand and traction in spots. However, some riders felt it was more slippery than usual this year, probably due to the huge rain that came in leading up to race day.

Still, riders are able to push the envelope safely at this track, and the challenges are numerous. From the famous sand whoops in the back to the massive ups and downs of Mount Martin, Spring Creek has it all.

Eli Tomac and Aaron Plessinger also had it all on this day, each sweeping the motos in their respective classes. We can dive into the data here to see how the races were won and lost, first starting with the traditional fast lap times. 

450 MOTO 1

LAP RANK FINISH BEST LAP ON LAP AVG LAP TIME RIDER
1 1 2:12.690 3 2:17.672 Eli Tomac
2 4 2:15.149 5 2:21.232 Marvin Musquin
3 3 2:15.201 3 2:19.109 Blake Baggett
4 2 2:15.425 2 2:18.798 Ken Roczen
5 5 2:18.390 5 2:21.198 Justin Barcia
6 6 2:18.529 5 2:21.697 Weston Peick
7 8 2:18.798 5 2:22.409 Phil Nicoletti
8 7 2:19.329 6 2:21.539 Cooper Webb
9 11 2:19.789 12 2:24.715 Benny Bloss
10 10 2:20.338 12 2:22.040 Justin Hill
LAP RANK FINISH BEST LAP ON LAP AVG LAP TIME RIDER
1 1 2:14.447 6 2:18.001 Eli Tomac
2 2 2:15.993 5 2:18.810 Marvin Musquin
3 3 2:16.112 4 2:20.736 Ken Roczen
4 4 2:16.649 5 2:21.166 Blake Baggett
5 6 2:20.268 4 2:23.286 Weston Peick
6 7 2:20.873 7 2:22.964 Justin Hill
7 5 2:20.887 3 2:22.559 Justin Barcia
8 8 2:21.169 4 2:24.195 Benny Bloss
9 10 2:21.592 7 2:24.771 Phil Nicoletti
10 9 2:22.193 6 2:24.449 Cooper Webb
LAP RANK FINISH BEST LAP ON LAP AVG LAP TIME RIDER
1 1 2:15.594 6 2:17.696 Aaron Plessinger
2 2 2:16.370 10 2:18.243 Austin Forkner
3 3 2:16.420 6 2:18.863 Jordon Smith
4 10 2:16.976 14 2:19.386 Joey Savatgy
5 7 2:17.081 5 2:19.177 Alex Martin
6 5 2:17.157 4 2:19.165 Shane McElrath
7 8 2:17.497 4 2:19.505 Chase Sexton
8 4 2:17.479 3 2:19.233 Justin Cooper
9 6 2:17.810 7 2:19.189 RJ Hampshire
10 9 2:17.683 5 2:19.242 Colt Nichols
LAP RANK FINISH BEST LAP ON LAP AVG LAP TIME RIDER
1 1 2:16.913 6 2:20.178 Aaron Plessinger
2 2 2:17.774 4 2:20.528 Alex Martin
3 3 2:17.876 7 2:21.158 Justin Cooper
4 18 2:18.098 8 2:22.478 Austin Forkner
5 4 2:18.481 5 2:21.242 Joey Savatgy
6 7 2:18.580 4 2:22.358 Jordon Smith
7 6 2:18.778 6 2:21.793 Michael Mosiman
8 8 2:18.797 6 2:21.469 Dylan Ferrandis
9 33 2:18.870 4 2:20.677 Shane McElrath
10 5 2:18.986 4 2:21.434 Chase Sexton

Tomac's 1-1 didn't come without a fight from his competition, as Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin made the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider push hard. In moto one, Roczen led Tomac for ten laps. Once Eli finally made the pass (with some help from a lapped rider that slowed Roczen), he finally had the room to unleash his full fury. His lap times were crazy fast compared to everyone at that point. Check it out.

Moto 1

12 13 14 15 16
Eli Tomac 2:17.676 2:17.656 2:18.223 2:20.261 2:22.345
Ken Roczen 2:18.854 2:19.764 2:19.934 2:24.216 2:24.952
Blake Baggett 2:21.436 2:19.788 2:20.784 2:23.069 2:23.314
Marvin Musquin 2:22.114 2:24.757 2:23.137 2:23.787 2:27.076
Justin Barcia 2:23.339 2:22.620 2:24.060 2:23.938 2:25.437

Jason Thomas wrote about Eli's crazy laps in moto two yesterday. Lap 14 was all-time nuts. Check it out.

Moto 2

12 13 14 15 16
Eli Tomac 2:19.975 2:17.171 2:16.193 2:17.673 2:20.700
Marvin Musquin 2:19.751 2:19.952 2:20.117 2:19.771 2:23.677
Ken Roczen 2:24.215 2:23.958 2:23.960 2:26.760 2:27.079
Blake Baggett 2:22.269 2:21.408 2:22.377 2:23.260 2:27.296
Justin Barica 2:22.855 2:23.090 2:23.786 2:24.660 2:26.782

Plessinger vs. Martin

After struggling in 250 moto one, Alex Martin grabbed the holeshot in 250 moto two and tried to hold Aaron Plessinger at bay. He couldn't—and Alex says it all came down to the largest downhill on the track. 

“He was amazing—I was not up to that, at all," Alex said in our Best Post-Race Show Ever of Plessinger's downhill speed. "I actually was catching up to him in the sand rollers, which, I was blown away because his legs are so much longer than mine. I would catch him there and everything I would gain would be gone in that one section. I was trying different lines, but I almost died a couple times. I saw God a couple of times. I was like, 'It’s not worth it!' I tried my best, but AP was on it today.”

The segment times of the laps illustrate Alex's story. Segment 3 contains the sand rollers. Segment 4 contains the rest of the track—including the downhill. Note that Martin's average time and his fastest (ideal) time in Segment 3 was faster than Plessinger. Plessinger was better in Segment 4, though.

Aaron Plessinger Avg Time Plessinger Ideal Time Alex Martin Avg Time Martin Ideal Time
Segment 1 10.938 10.788 10.910 10.632
Segment 2 13.959 13.516 13.897 13.345
Segment 3 29.619 28.518 29.454 28.287
Segment 4 1:25.568 1:23.696 1:26.270 1:24.696