Dungey-Southwick-AMA-7-1-13SOUTHWICK, Mass. – After over three decades of hosting the world’s fastest riders, New England’s legendary Moto-X 338 facility hosted its final round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, on Saturday. A massive crowd was on hand as the 2013 season reached the halfway point with the sixth round of the championship at the 35th Annual ChaplinKawasaki.com Moto-X 338 National.

After a pair of grueling 450 Class motos on one of the world’s most demanding circuits, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey secured his second straight overall victory following 1-2 moto results, gaining valuable ground in the championship standings. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac put forth one of his best outings of the season across each moto to also carry 1-2 moto finishes to his second overall win of the season.

Delmont, PA – After wrapping up the 450 Motocross Championship at the previous round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Red Bull KTM Factory rider, Ryan Dungey, won his ninth straight overall victory at the eleventh round of the series at Steel City Raceway.

At the start of the first moto, Dungey rocketed his KTM 450 SX-F off the line to grab the holeshot. Dungey quickly pulled away from the rest of the field. He went on to lead every lap of the race to take the first moto win by over 30 seconds on the 2nd place ride.

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki finished off the season strong at the 12th and final round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship held in Pala, California on Saturday as 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey and team mate Brett Metcalfe powered their Yoshimura-equipped Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450s to a first and fourth-place finish overall respectively.

In the first moto, Dungey got pushed out on the start and had to work his way up from 10th on the first lap. He quickly worked his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 up to third by lap six and pushed hard until the end, passing for second on the 13th lap and ended up crossing the line in second. After another tough start in moto two, Dungey again worked his way up to third by the halfway point. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider put his head down and used the awesome power of his RM-Z to chase down the leader and make the pass in the closing stages to take the chequered flag for the moto win and the overall win for the day. The 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Champion finished off the season a close second to the top in championship points, amassing a total of six moto wins, 16 podiums and four overall wins.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The United States is gearing up for a full-blown assault on the 2011 FIM Motocross of Nations, Sept. 17-18, at Saint D’Angely, France, with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) finalizing the team structure and partners coming on board to support a first-class world championship effort.

The team, announced on Aug. 13, includes Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett. Dungey will race the MX1 class, which features 450cc four-stroke machinery. Villopoto will race the open class. Baggett will compete in the MX2 class, which features 250cc four-stroke motorcycles.

Roger DeCoster, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team manager and Motorcycle Hall of Famer, will manage the team in its hunt for a record 22nd Motocross of Nations Championship.

“This is an awesome team,” DeCoster said. “The two Ryans are quite dominant. What else can you say about them?

“As for Baggett, he is putting in a lot of strong rides in the 250cc class, and he’s getting stronger as the season comes to an end,” said DeCoster. “What’s really important is that he is a guy who can come from behind. It’s tough to get a good start in the Motocross of Nations on a 250cc bike, because they race on the track with the 450cc bikes, and you have to be able to come through the pack a lot. We need a rider who can do that, and Blake can.”

AMA Director of Supercross and AMA Pro Racing Relations Kevin Crowther said that it’s nice to return to the Motocross of Nations with another superb team.

“We couldn’t be happier with the U.S. national team this year,” Crowther said. “Villopoto is leading an extremely tight 450cc points race in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Dungey is the returning overall champion from the 2010 Motocross of Nations, where he led the U.S. National team to its record 21st victory. And Baggett is lighting up the 250cc outdoors class, where he is the top-ranked U.S. rider. We are bringing a lot of talent to France this September, and not just on the track, but off it as well.”

Crowther said that the off-track talent includes several companies that have stepped up to support the U.S. Motocross of Nations program this year.

“As in previous years, Feld Motor Sports, which promotes the Monster Energy AMA Supercross and FIM World Championship, Fox Racing and the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center continue to support the Motocross of Nations effort in a big way,” Crowther said. “In addition, we owe a big measure of gratitude to MX Sports Pro Racing, which promotes the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, for their help and support as well. Of course, we also have to recognize the contributions of the riders’ teams — Monster Energy Kawasaki, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki and Rockstar Makita Suzuki.”

Dungey has competed most recently at the Motocross of Nations, racing for the winning U.S. team in Italy in 2009 and Lakewood, Colo., in 2010. He said that teamwork will be key to success in France.

“This is a really good team with Ryan Villopoto and Blake Baggett,” Dungey said. “To go with that, we have a great group of people behind us. We all know how to work together, and we’re building a great partnership — that’s what it takes to do well at this event.

“It’s not about winning individual honor here,” he added. “It’s about winning as a team, and we’re all going to help each other out, whether it’s advice we can give or whatever. One man can’t win it. All three of us have to do our job. With this being Blake’s first time, if I can help him in any way, I will, and I know Villopoto will as well.”

Villopoto, who last competed on the U.S. team in 2008 when he won with James Stewart and Tim Ferry, said that he’s thrilled to be back and part of a particularly talented U.S. national team. Villopoto also was a member of the 2006 and 2007 winning teams.

“I’m really happy to be back on the team after being injured the past two years,” Villopoto said. “It was hard to watch and not be able to have the chance to race the event. As long as we all go out there and ride how we’ve been riding this season, I think we have a great shot at winning.”

Baggett says that he’s looking forward to the new experience of competing at the Motocross of Nations.

“For sure, I think this will be a cool experience against a bunch of guys I’ve never raced against before,” Baggett said. “The GPs are a little unfamiliar to me, and well as who is fast over there, so it will be exciting as a new experience. Also, racing the 250s on the track with the 450s should be fun. Hopefully we can impress quite a few people and bring the trophy home to the USA.”

As for the track, which also hosted the Motocross of Nations in 2000 when the United States won with Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Hughes and Travis Pastrana, DeCoster described it as a “typical” Grand Prix track.

“There are some elevation changes,” he said. “It’s pretty wide. It’s a bit on the side of a hill. The club there does a good job. It’s a well-organized track. The club puts a lot into it, so it should be a great time.”

The Motocross of Nations is one of the most high-profile motorsport events in the world. It features national teams competing for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning country. The event emerged in post-war Europe in 1947 and has run uninterrupted since that time.

The United States is the all-time leader in Motocross of Nations overall victories with 21. Great Britain is second with 16.

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.

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.

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey and team mate Brett Metcalfe powered their RM-Z450s to second and fourth-placed overall finishes at the Rockstar Energy Drink Redbud AMA Motocross Championship sixth round in Buchanan on Saturday.

Dungey had good morning practices and great starts in both motos. He was fourth out of the gate in moto one but quickly moved into third during the first lap. By the seventh lap, he was able to grab second and then put his head down and powered his RM-Z after the leader. Dungey charged hard for the next nine laps and caught up to the leader but wasn’t able to make a pass and settled for a second-place finish. In moto two, Dungey’s RM-Z450 rocketed him out of the gate and into the front for the holeshot. He slipped to second in the first lap and charged hard for the 16-lap race but ended up crossing the line for another second, which gave him a second-place overall on the day. The reigning Champion remains third in the Championship points, just six points out of second.

“It was a good day,” said Dungey. “I went two-two on the day. Practice was good. I got off to good starts on my RM-Z. I battled and almost got first in the first moto; I just came up a little short. Second again in the second moto – it was tough. The track was challenging and I fought the track in a few places. But overall, it was a good day. My Rockstar Makita Suzuki team did a great job and my Suzuki ran great this weekend. We’ll just keep moving forward. I’m looking forward to Millville. We have this week off and we’ll be able to work on a few things on the bike and physically and mentally as well. Just try to get better in a few areas and show up better. That’s the goal. Millville is a great track; a fun race, my hometown race, and the fans are great. It’s one of my favorite tracks in the series.”

Metcalfe started the day strong with the fifth fastest time in qualifying. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider used the power of his RM-Z to launch himself into fifth out of the gate directly behind his team mate in the first moto. He was able to make the pass for fourth in the second lap and rode strong for the remaining 14 laps to finish fourth. In moto two, Metcalfe once again pulled a good start that put him up with the front pack. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider immediately slotted himself in fifth and charged hard for the 16-lap race to finish in the fifth position. His four-five finishes were good enough for a fourth-place overall. Metcalfe’s strong result moved him up two slots in the championship points race to fourth place.

“Redbud went really, really good,” said Metcalfe. “I was extremely happy with the day and to finally have a result in the top five, where I feel I belong, was important. Especially finishing up with a good result here before the week off and heading into the second half of the season. Everything was working great for us. My Rockstar Makita Suzuki was working awesome and I really feel like we found the setup I need and now it’s just getting out there and getting the results I want. I qualified well so I got a good gate pick, which was important to get good starts. I was able to run up to the front pack and keep myself separated from the rest of the field. I was able to get a fourth in the first moto and a fifth in the second, which gave me a fourth overall for the day – a much better result than the last couple weeks. I want to thank the entire Rockstar Makita Suzuki team and Yoshimura for getting my bike dialed in here for Redbud. I’m looking forward to having a weekend off and we’re gonna put our heads down and try to make more improvements. I’m looking forward to Millville. It’s a great track and similar to Redbud, so our bike setup should be pretty good. I look to try to be up front and sneak in for our first podium of the year.”

The Rockstar Makita Suzuki team’s next event is the seventh round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, July 16th, at the Spring Creek National in Millville.

Redbud 450 Class Overall Results:

1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Brett Metcalfe
5. Mike Alessi
6. Justin Brayton
7. Andrew Short
8. David Millsaps
9. Kevin Windham
10. Christian Craig

2011 Motocross 450 Class Standings:

1. Chad Reed – 268
2. Ryan Villopoto – 252
3. Ryan Dungey – 246
4. Brett Metcalfe – 178
5. David Millsaps – 173
6. Kevin Windham – 172
7. Andrew Short – 130
8. Christian Craig – 119
9. Mike Alessi – 115
10. Jake Weimer – 112

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