Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett scored his second win of the season at Round 5 of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville, Md., with a 2-1 moto result. Baggett will continue carrying the coveted red plate on his Kawasaki KX™250F for a fifth-consecutive week after extending his points lead to 13. His teammate Broc Tickle captured the first outdoor overall podium of his career aboard his KX™450F, landing in second place with a 2-2 moto score. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer started off strong in the first 450 moto scoring third, but a fourth-place finish in Moto 2 left him just off the podium with fourth overall. Ivan Tedesco got good starts in both 250 motos, but not long after grabbing the holeshot in Moto 2 he crashed and had to pull off the track.

Getting it Done
After finishing off the podium in fourth last weekend, Baggett was determined to do whatever it took to keep the red pates on his KX250F. In the first moto, Baggett got a good start inside the top-five and began pushing toward the front. By the second lap he moved into third and began pacing the leaders on the tight track. With five minutes plus two laps left in the race, Baggett made a pass for second place stick and finished in the runner-up spot. In Moto 2, Baggett got a great jump off the line and came around the first lap in third. He moved into second by lap eight and began pacing the leader. When the leader made a mistake on lap 13, Baggett took over the lead and never looked back. The victory marked his second win of the season and extended his points lead to 13.

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.

Mechanicsville, Md. – Sometimes in motocross, it’s not always the rider who wins the races that ends up taking home the overall win. For Joel Hetrick at round four of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series, two second place finishes was enough to put the sophomore rookie on top of the podium at Budds Creek MX, where he scored his first overall win of the 2012 season.

Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamaha’s Chad Wienen continued his five-race win streak in Moto 1 as he made his way out front immediately and went on to lead all twelve laps of the race. But it was Baldwin Motorports/PEP’s Josh Upperman who grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot Award and led for a brief moment before Wienen put himself into the lead. Hetrick put in a solid second place finish, coming in less than three seconds behind Wienen. Upperman worked hard to fend off TBROWN Yamaha Racing/Moto-X-Perts rider Thomas Brown to maintain third place in Moto 1, while Brown finished a close fourth after getting off to a rough start.

ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Joe Byrd landed the fastest lap time in the morning qualifying sessions and the veteran made his way up to fifth place after getting off to a bad start in Moto 1. Motoworks/Can-Am rider John Natalie began the race inside the top five until he overshot a corner, causing him to go off the track and lose a significant amount of time and positions. The Ironman was able to work his way back into a sixth place finish, despite his early fumble.

MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – Thousands of fans packed into Budds Creek MX Park on Saturday to watch the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship host its fifth round of the 2011 season. TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Australia, grabbed his third overall victory of season at the MotoTees Budds Creek National. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray, of South Africa, won his second race of the year in the 250 Class.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., grabbed the opening 450 Class moto win, fending off Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., in the late stages. Reed, who grabbed the holeshot, finished third.

As the gates dropped for Moto 2, Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., moved into the early lead, only to have Reed take over the top spot on Lap 3. From there, Reed pushed to extend his advantage over the field. Dungey made his way past Alessi just a short time later and began his pursuit of the lead. Villopoto followed suit, moving into third, and tightening up the points to determine the overall results for the day.

Reed and Dungey followed one another, just bike lengths apart, throughout the moto and gradually pulled away from the field. With just one point separating the two riders in the day’s standings, whoever captured the moto win would also take home the overall victory. As they encountered lapped riders, strategy played into Reed’s favor, helping him open up a lead on Dungey to take the checkered flag and secure his series-leading third overall win.

“I was bummed after the first moto,” said Reed. “I just didn’t have the pace. The Ryan’s showed me what’s up. I came out in the second and gave it all I had. I’m pumped. We made some changes to the bike and it paid off. I’m excited to come out and win that second moto. These guys are on their game this season and it hasn’t been easy.”

Villopoto’s duplicate 1-3 moto scores tied him in points with Reed on the day, but by virtue of the second-moto tiebreaker, he landed in the runner-up spot.

“I felt good today,” said Villopoto. “I just needed to pick some better lines in that second moto. It was a good day overall. There’s still a lot of racing left this season.”

Relying on his impressive 2-2 results, Dungey rounded out the podium in third.

“It was a good day, I just couldn’t make it happen,” said Dungey. “I felt like I needed to make a move (on Reed), but it never happened. I had to come from behind a couple times. It’s what racing is all about. It’s a man’s sport and it’s challenging. We’ll just keep moving forward.”

Reed maintains his lead in the championship standings, 15 points ahead of Villopoto.

The first moto of the 250 Class featured a dominant performance from Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, of Scotland. The defending race winner at Budds Creek looked to be in position to go back-to-back, but Rattray outran his teammate and the rest of the field to lead every lap of Moto 2 and finish with 2-1 scores. As a result, the current points leader became the first rider this season in the 250 Class to lead the championship standings over consecutive weeks.

“I think it’s important in a championship to be up front,” said Rattray. “It’s important to be on podium as much as you can, and that’s what I’ve done so far. I just want to get big points at each round and stay consistent. Having such strong competitors makes you dig deeper, and I just want it really bad.”

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team also maintained its current streak of winning every moto and overall so far this season.

Wilson (1-3) finished second overall, while GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Ochlocknee, Ga., finished third (6-2).

The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship continues next weekend with Round 5 of the 2011 season. Thunder Valley MX Park, in Lakewood, Colo., will host the Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 3 p.m. EST.

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
MotoTees Budds Creek National
Budds Creek MX Park – Mechanicsville, Md.
June 18, 2011
Round 5 of 12

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda (3-1)
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (1-3)
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-2)
  4. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda (4-4)
  5. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (5-5)
  6. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki (6-6)
  7. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (7-9)
  8. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (10-7)
  9. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (9-8)
  10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda (8-10)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 183
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 168
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 155
  4. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 130
  5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki – 118
  6. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda – 112
  7. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 93
  8. Ricky Dietrich, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha – 92
  9. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 76
  10. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM – 75

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (2-1)
  2. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (1-3)
  3. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (6-2)
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (5-5)
  5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki (3-9)
  6. Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha (9-4)
  7. Blake Baggett, Redlands, Calif., Kawasaki (7-7)
  8. Kyle Cunningham, Irving, Texas, Yamaha (4-15)
  9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Suzuki (10-10)
  10. Nico Izzi, Rochester, N.Y., Honda (8-13)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki – 174
  2. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki – 170
  3. Blake Baggett, Redlands, Calif., Kawasaki – 144
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 136
  5. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 116
  6. Kyle Cunningham, Irving, Texas, Yamaha – 114
  7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 99
  8. Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha – 91
  9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Suzuki – 75
  10. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 72

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Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Mike Alessi earned 5th overall after scoring two back to back 5th place finishes at the fourth round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville, MD.

Alessi earned his trademark start as he pulled the holeshot at the beginning of the first moto. He led for the first four laps before he was passed by Ryan Villopoto. Alessi rode a solid pace for the first moto to finish 5th overall at the end of the 30 minute plus two lap race. “I am still struggling with my endurance since returning from my Hangtown crash,” remarked Alessi. “I am making progress each time I ride but I definitely still need more time on the bike to get up to consistent podium speed.”

Alessi repeated his great start in the second moto. This time he missed the holeshot but moved into the lead by the second corner and led for the first two laps. He hung on for 5th a second time to earn 5th overall for the day.