BUCHANAN, Mich. – A massive crowd filled the hillsides surrounding RedBud on Saturday, as the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship reached the halfway point at the Rockstar Energy RedBud National. With three overall victories to his credit coming into Round 6, TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Australia, relied on consistent moto scores to capture his fourth win of the season. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., swept the day’s 250 Class motos to secure his fourth overall victory of the year.
Both Reed and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., began the day with strong starts in the opening moto. The pair asserted themselves early behind Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR’s Davi Millsaps, of Murrieta, Calif., before Reed made the pass for the lead on Lap 7. Dungey soon followed and paced Reed throughout the moto, attempting to take over the lead on the final lap. However, Reed fended off the challenge to take his sixth moto win of the season.
In Moto 2, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., took the early lead, looking to rebound from a tough first moto in which he crashed and finished ninth. Dungey positioned himself in second, and set his sights on trying to claim his second straight overall. Meanwhile, Reed was forced to work his way through Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., for third.
Villopoto gradually pulled away, forcing Dungey to settle for second. Behind them, Reed made the pass on Alessi on Lap 9, and carried it through to the finish to secure the overall win.
“I got a good start (in Moto 2) and got into third,” said Reed. “Dungey made some mistakes and I tried to get by, but then I made mistakes and Alessi passed me. At that point I knew I had to just settle down and be smart. I actually learned a lot today. I got my butt kicked last week, and we worked on suspension. Each time I went out on the track today, it was different. I learned a lot about my bike, and a lot about myself as a person about the decisions I need to make on race days.”
Dungey (2-2) posted his second runner-up finish of the season, while despite his misfortune in the first moto, Villopoto rounded out the podium in third (9-1).
“I felt good today,” said Dungey. “It was just a little unfortunate. I wanted to run in contention with Villopoto, but I wasn’t making it happen. Now we’ve got a week to work on things and get better. We’ll just keep plugging away. At this point, points are valuable. We’re halfway now. I can’t get stuck behind like that. I need to get up and go.”
Reed’s advantage in the standings currently sits at 16 points over Villopoto.
It was a near-perfect day in the 250 Class for Baggett, who left little opportunity for his competitors to challenge for the win. In the opening moto, Baggett relied on a strong start to position himself at the front of the field. After GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Ochlocknee, Ga., crashed out of the early lead, Baggett pressured DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes, of Louisville, Ky., for the lead, eventually overtaking him on Lap 9.
In Moto 2, Baggett moved into the top spot prior to the completion of the first lap and led wire-to-wire, pulling away from his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Dean Wilson, of Scotland. The pair of wins gives Baggett a series-leading seven moto victories.
“Going 1-1 is a pretty good day I’d say,” said Baggett. “The championship is still really far out. Neither of my teammates has had a bad race yet, but if they do, I want to be there to capitalize. I just want to be there in the end, and if it happens, it happens. No matter what, I’m going to give it my all.”
Wilson relied on a pair of second-place finishes to garner his fifth runner-up effort of the season. Fellow Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Tyla Rattray, of South Africa, completed the team sweep in third (5-3).
Wilson maintains the points lead he held coming into the weekend, holding a 14-point lead over Baggett.
The Motorcycle-Superstore.com Women’s Motocross Championship reached its halfway point at RedBud as well. American Honda’s Ashley Fiolek, of St. Augustine, Fla., raced to her second overall win of the season following a sweep of the day’s motos and extended her lead in the standings. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jessica Patterson, of Tallahassee, Fla., finished second (2-2), while Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda’s Tarah Gieger, of Puerto Rico, finished third (3-3).
The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship takes a weekend off before returning to action in Millville, Minn. Spring Creek MX Park will host the Spring Creek Motocross National on Saturday, July 16, beginning at 2 p.m. EST.
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Rockstar Energy RedBud National
RedBud – Buchanan, Mich.
July 2, 2011
Round 6 of 12
450 Class (Moto Finish) – To view complete event Box Score, click HERE
- Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda (1-3)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-2)
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (9-1)
- Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki (4-5)
- Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (8-4)
- Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (5-7)
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (6-8)
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (3-13)
- Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda (12-6)
- Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (10-10)
450 Class Championship Standings
- Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda – 268
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 252
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 246
- Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki – 178
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 173
- Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda – 172
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM – 130
- Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 119
- Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM – 115
- Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 112
250 Class (Moto Finish) – To view complete event Box Score, click HERE
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (1-1)
- Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Kawasaki (2-2)
- Tyla Rattray, Durban, South Africa, Kawasaki (5-3)
- Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha (4-4)
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki (7-5)
- Wil Hahn, Wichita, Kan., Honda (8-6)
- Ryan Sipes, Louisville, Ky., Yamaha (3-14)
- Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Suzuki (11-7)
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (9-10)
- Scott Champion, La Jolla, Calif., Honda (13-13)
250 Class Championship Standings
- Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Kawasaki – 258
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 244
- Tyla Rattray, Durban, South Africa, Kawasaki – 242
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 176
- Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 163
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 143
- Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 137
- Gareth Swanepoel, Johannesburg, South Africa, Yamaha – 120
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 112
- Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Suzuki – 111
WMX Class (Moto Finish) – To view complete event Box Score, click HERE
- Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (1-1)
- Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (2-2)
- Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda (3-3)
- Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Kawasaki (4-4)
- Sayaka Kaneshiro, Osaka, Japan, Suzuki (6-6)
- Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM (5-7)
- Marissa Markelon, Bridgeport, Conn., Yamaha (9-5)
- Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda (8-8)
- Lindsey Palmer, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda (7-10)
- Jackie Ives, Visalia, Calif., Yamaha (10-11)
WMX Class Standings
- Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda – 185
- Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha – 177
- Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda – 148
- Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM – 108
- Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda – 98
- Marissa Markelon, Bridgeport, Conn., Yamaha – 97
- Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Kawasaki – 95
- Sayaka Kaneshiro, Osaka, Japan, Suzuki – 83
- Lindsey Palmer, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda – 83
- Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki – 79
- Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., KTM – 79
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