MECHANICSVILLE, Md.  Southern Maryland’s Budds Creek MX Park hosted the fifth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, on Saturday, as each of the series’ points leaders added to his respective championship advantage. Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., raced to his third consecutive 450 Class win with a third straight 1-1 moto sweep. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., secured his second victory of the season thanks to a triumphant effort in the second moto.

In the opening 450 Class moto, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton, of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, grabbed the holeshot, but Dungey wasted little time in making his move to the front. Once in the lead, Dungey extended his advantage over the field every lap, eventually winning by over 40 seconds.

In Moto 2, MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., assumed the early lead and stayed out front for three laps before Dungey moved past. The KTM rider then pulled away from the field consistently en route to the checkered flag.

PALA, Calif. - After a summer full of some of the best competition in series history, the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship came to a close on Saturday, in the heart of the motocross industry in Southern California. Thousands of fans were on hand to witness the Traxxas Pala National from Pala Raceway, as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., secured his first premier 450 Class title. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, of Scotland, capped off his championship season by sweeping the day’s motos for his third win of the season.

In the opening moto of the 450 Class, all eyes were on Villopoto and his championship rival, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., who were separated by just 14 points. Out of the gates, the duo positioned themselves within the top 10, and immediately began working on moving forward. Out front, Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., looked to pull away, with American Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Monroe, N.Y., in pursuit. After just three laps, Barcia took over the top spot, but it was only a matter of time before the series’ perennial front-runners were battling for the lead. Both Villopoto and Dungey followed nose to tail throughout the moto, and on Lap 12, Villopoto slipped past Barcia and never looked back. Dungey followed suit two laps later, finishing second, and also losing an additional three points in the standings.

In Moto 2, the championship leaders found themselves in similar positions off the start, while TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Australia, took over the early lead. While leading, Reed went down, allowing a closely-pursuing Barcia to assume the position. Upon remounting, Reed was forced to deal with a hard-charging Dungey and Villopoto. Dungey worked his way past quickly, and set his sights on Barcia, and the overall win. Villopoto took his time getting around Reed, using his healthy points lead to his advantage, but eventually settled into third, where he would finish the moto. At the front of the field, Barcia and Dungey brought the fans to their feet, battling for the win over the final two laps, with Dungey prevailing to secure his fourth win of the year.

MILLVILLE, MN  – Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki showed its true championship-winning colors at round seven of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at the Spring Creek National in Millville, MN on Saturday. Minnesota native Ryan Dungey powered his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450 to the overall win on his local track, while Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Brett Metcalfe carded a solid sixth-place result.

Despite heavy rains the day before, the Spring Creek soil was in good condition for the first 30-minute moto. Local favorite, Dungey, and his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 put on a good show for the fans, with Dungey getting a good start and powering into the top three early on. By the time the moto was over, Dungey had notched an impressive second-place finish. In moto two, Dungey got another good start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 and was running firmly in second place before reeling in the leader to take the win and the overall victory. This result is Dungey’s second overall victory of the season and his fourth win in a row at Spring Creek. Additionally, he’s now just one point shy of second and seven out of first place in the overall championship standings.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The scenic Thunder Valley MX Park welcomed a huge crowd on Saturday as the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship hosted its fifth round of the season. The Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National was won by Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s, of Belle Plaine, Minn., who took his first overall victory of the year in the 450 Class. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., raced to his third overall win in five rounds with a sweep of the day’s motos in the 250 Class.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., started the day with a dominant victory in the opening 450 Class moto. Dungey followed in second while TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing rider Chad Reed, of Australia, finished third, setting the stage for a three-way battle for the overall win.

In Moto 2, Reed grabbed the holeshot, with both Dungey and Villopoto closely in tow. Both Dungey and Reed engaged in battle for the lead through the first three laps, before Dungey made his move into the top spot. Villopoto got by Reed just one lap later and proceeded to challenge Dungey for first, and what would eventually be the overall win. The two paced one another, with nearly identical times for several laps, before Dungey eventually pulled away for the victory.

“It was good to come away with a win,” said Dungey. “We’ve been looking for one for a while this season. I never felt like anything was missing, we just needed to put it together. I try to go out and give it my all every weekend. It’s not a matter of aggression. You need to be there in the beginning, or the guys will get away from you.”

Despite tying Dungey in points for the day, Villopoto missed out on his second victory of the season by virtue of the second moto tiebreaker.

“The track was tough,” said Villopoto. “But that was the best second moto I’ve had all year. Ryan (Dungey) was riding well. He was strong on one side of the track and I was faster on the other. We played cat and mouse, but he gained some time on me at the end.”

Reed completed the podium in third (3-3), but still maintains the championship lead in the 450 Class standings.

“I was the third best guy (today),” said Reed. “I’m happy to be honest. This is a tough track for me and I just felt a little off today. I think you learn more on your off days when you get beat. And that’s what happened today. We need to make some improvements, and I think I know where we need to make those.”

As the gates dropped on Moto 1 of the 250 Class, Baggett positioned himself in the top five, and crossed the line in fourth place. From there, he worked his way through the field, and moved into the lead on Lap 7, before pulling away from his competitors. In the final moto, Baggett capitalized on a strong start, and moved into the lead prior to the completion of the opening lap. Once out front, he never looked back and now leads the division in overall wins.

“I didn’t think it was going to be my day after practice,” said Baggett. “The bike just never felt good. I went into the race open minded and once the laps wound down, I just kind of began to get more comfortable and kept it going from there.”

Baggett’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Dean Wilson, of Scotland, finished second (2-2), while GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., rounded out the podium in third at his hometown track (3-3). By virtue of his runner-up effort, Wilson moved into the 250 Class points lead.

“My day was really good,” said Wilson. “I got tight in the first moto, but still rode well. In the second moto, I just had a hard time getting around guys early. I felt great though. I just need to get up front a little faster. I’m pumped on points lead. I was bummed that I lost it. I just need to keep the ball rolling.”

The Motorcycle-Superstore.com Women’s Motocross Championship resumed its 2011 season at Thunder Valley, hosting its third of eight rounds this summer. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jessica Patterson, of Tallahassee, Fla., swept the day’s motos to garner her second win of the season, while American Honda’s Ashley Fiolek, of St. Augustine, Fla., finished second (2-2), and Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda’s Tarah Gieger, of Puerto Rico, completed the podium in third (5-3).

The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship reaches the halfway point next weekend with Round 6 of the 2011 season. RedBud, in Buchanan, Mich., will host the Rockstar Energy RedBud National on Saturday, July 2, beginning at 1 p.m. EST.

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National
Thunder Valley MX Park – Lakewood, Colo.
June 25, 2011
Round 5 of 12

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-1)
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (1-2)
  3. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda (3-3)
  4. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda (4-4)
  5. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (7-8)
  6. Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Yamaha (11-5)
  7. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki (9-7)
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (6-15)
  9. Jake Canada, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki (10-13)
  10. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (14-10)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda – 223
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 215
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 202
  4. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda – 148
  5. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 145
  6. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki – 144
  7. Ricky Dietrich, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha – 109
  8. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM – 102
  9. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 100
  10. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 97

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Blake Baggett, Redlands, Calif., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Kawasaki (2-2)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (3-3)
  4. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda (4-6)
  5. Tyla Rattray, Durban, South Africa, Kawasaki (5-5)
  6. Ryan Sipes, Louisville, Ky., Yamaha (15-4)
  7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki (13-7)
  8. Travis Baker, Temecula, Calif., Honda (10-10)
  9. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (9-12)
  10. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (11-13)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Kawasaki – 214
  2. Tyla Rattray, Durban, South Africa, Kawasaki – 206
  3. Blake Baggett, Redlands, Calif., Kawasaki – 194
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 176
  5. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 137
  6. Kyle Cunningham, Irving, Texas, Yamaha – 127
  7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 113
  8. Gareth Swanepoel, Johannesburg, South Africa, Yamaha – 106
  9. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda – 94
  10. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 89

WMX Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (2-2)
  3. Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda (5-3)
  4. Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki (4-4)
  5. Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM (6-6)
  6. Lindsey Palmer, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda (8-7)
  7. Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., KTM (7-10)
  8. Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda (9-9)
  9. Marissa Markelon, Bridgeport, Conn., Yamaha (12-8)
  10. Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Kawasaki (3-19)

WMX Class Standings

  1. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda – 135
  2. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha – 133
  3. Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda – 108
  4. Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki – 79
  5. Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM – 78
  6. Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda – 72
  7. Marissa Markelon, Bridgeport, Conn., Yamaha – 69
  8. Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., KTM – 67
  9. Mariana Balbi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Yamaha – 66
  10. Tatum Sik, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 59
  11. Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Kawasaki – 59

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray proved his mettle in Texas overcoming blistering heat to win the 250 class overall with a 2-1 finish at Round 2 of the AMA Motocross Championship at Freestone County Raceway in Wortham, Texas. While the sandy track at Freestone County Raceway would prove challenging in its own right, the biggest obstacle that faced all the racers was the overbearing heat and humidity that not even a steady wind could phase. Dean Wilson came out of the gate swinging, gapping the field to win the first moto, but a third-place finish in the second moto left him in the runner-up position behind teammate Rattray. Blake Baggett got good starts in both motos, but crashes left him with a 7-16 and ninth-place overall.  Broc Tickle overcame a rough first moto, going 39-5 to finish in 12th place.  Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan

Villopoto grabbed a podium finish in the first moto, but the overwhelming heat took its toll during the second moto, leaving him with a 3-5. The finish was good enough for his second-consecutive podium finish. Jake Weimer continued to show steady improvement since his return to the KX™450F to finish 6-7 and take sixth-place overall.