Irvine, Calif. – The AMA Pro Motocross Championships headed to the heart of Texas for Round 2 at Freestone County Raceway in Wortham, Texas for heated racing and hot temperatures. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett put in two strong rides to finish second overall with a 2-2 moto score and retains the red plate signifying his points lead. Teammate Ivan Tedesco had his work cut out for him after going down in the first corner of both motos, but rallied through to finish 19th overall. In the 450 class, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer finished 3-6 on the day for fourth overall after also coming back from a first turn crash. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle finished a strong seventh in Moto 1, but was unable to finish Moto 2. In the WMX class, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Meghan Rutledge rode to a consistent 3-3 for third overall.

No Sweat
After going 1-1 last weekend at the season opener, Baggett felt confident coming into Freestone and knew that not even the heat could stop him from being up front. In the first moto, Baggett came around the first corner just outside the top-10 and slowly started picking off riders. By the halfway point, he had made his way into the top-five and was holding nothing back. One of the only riders to use the wall obstacle as a jump, Baggett launched his KX™250F into the sand whoops each lap, jumping over second place to claim the position. In Moto 2 he got shuffled back in the first turn and again started making his way to the front. Unable to air out the wall jump, Baggett started making up time elsewhere and was able to secure second place on the final lap. His 2-2 moto score allowed him to maintain the points lead and will continue sporting the red plate.

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.

WORTHAM, TX – The RiderDown Foundation (RDF) announced today they will be hosting a fundraising and informational booth Memorial Day weekend during the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship at Freestone County Raceway in Wortham, Texas on May 27-30, 2011.  The RiderDown Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps off road riders of all types when they are injured while doing what they love.  The RiderDown staff consists of a group of volunteers that graciously donate their time and energy when help is needed most.

RiderDown is thrilled that Tony Miller of Freestone County Raceway has invited them to the Lucas Oil AMA Nationals again this year. Tony has been a huge supporter of the RiderDown Foundation. His efforts and help in bringing awareness and donations to the cause have been greatly appreciated.

“I think the 2011 National at Freestone is set for a new level of success.” says Mr. Miller.  “With the event on Memorial weekend, it allows spectators plenty of time for travel, including trips with their RVs to camp.  We have plenty of amateur racing set for the weekend with a Night Race on Friday, May 27th, the National on Saturday May 28th, then back to amateur racing Sunday through Monday,  May 29th and30th.  There is a vintage race on a new track, a cross country race set with a 5 mile course thru the ranch, the Women’s Amateur Championship – the WMA Cup and Amateur Day all held on the National Track.”  According to Tony, “We have something for everyone and we’re very pleased that RiderDown will be a part of this exciting weekend.”

The RiderDown Foundation has helped out hundreds of injured off road riders and their families when they needed it most.  Come by and visit the booth to find out more about RiderDown and the various ways for you to get involved and show your support.  There will be a silent auction with some great stuff from a number of riders and industry sponsors.  RDF will have t-shirts, hats and wristbands available.  If you would like to donate to RiderDown and will not be attending the Nationals, you can go online to www.riderdown.org.