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There were a handful of “takeouts” this weekend at Muddy Creek and I aint talkin’ bout a Chinese Buffet BRO.

Lead Photo By: James Lissimore

I know Muddy Creek has that rap of being a narrow track without a lot of passing lanes but I gotta tell ya, I didn’t see that this week at all. The Tennessee track appeared to me pretty typical in terms of width and there were honestly plenty of lines to choose from. Insides, outsides, converging and in the case of a line Ken Roczen happened to be pretty happy with, a line which completely interesected on it’s exit with an inside line that Tomac was fond of. The top two current 450MX riders came so damn close to contact that I couldn’t believe they kept sticking to them. I for sure thought Eli would sense the Russian Roulette that line appeared to be engaging him in.
 
Eli had his best race of the year and an honest shot at moto wins both times out. It looks like he just may be putting the...

I know, I know... it’s the same age old tale of talking all about Alex Martin.


Photos By: James Lissimore
 
It’s mere delightful coincidence that we so often hear claims of bandwagons in sport and the latest fever buzzing in motocross lends itself to just such a trope. Alex Martin’s name begins with “A” (I know this is high level cerebral activity) and another saying from America’s industrial age is “all aboard the A-Train”. Thus, here we are stupefied by the apparent wildfire-like surprise of Alex Martin’s start to the 2016 250 Nationals.
 
Sure, Joey Savatgy bounced back from his forgettable Glen Helen hiccups to claim what very well should have been 1-1 scores but nonetheless, the overall victory. I know, Jeremy Martin finally began looking more like the repeat-Champ he is, on his quest to three-peat, than he did in the first two rounds. Zach Osborne finally dumped the clutch when the gate...

Reality is a cruel animal at times. When you think you have it figured out, THAT’S when you need to be on high alert.

Ryan Dungey’s reality the last two years has been that of the alpha dog. Ever since joining Aldon Baker he has not only been more confident, he’s been faster and dominant. Conversely, Ken Roczen, since leaving Aldon Baker, has really reached his stride within the last month of competition.
 
Ryan Dungey is without question the king of consistency and ultra-fast speed. His downfall, if you can call it a downfall, has been that his consistency has always created a consideration in his thought process and racecraft of lessening risk and the likelihood of error. After joining Aldon, it was apparent early on that Aldon had pinpointed this “weakness” and decided to make it a focal point of reparation. It worked and we saw a new Ryan Dungey who struck quickly and aggressively in races. No longer was "The Diesel” following his prey...