MILLVILLE, Minn. – The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its lone visit to the Land of 10,000 Lakes on Saturday with its seventh round of the season from Spring Creek MX Park. After another dominant outing, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., took his fifth consecutive victory of the summer in front of the hometown crowd, sweeping the day’s pair of 450 Class motos. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., took advantage of the misfortune experienced by points leader, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., to claim his third win of the season.

After coming out of the gate at the front portion of the field, Dungey settled into fifth place at the conclusion of the opening lap of the first 450 Class moto. As the KTM rider began to work his way forward, MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., assumed the lead and opened a small gap over the field.

Dungey picked off one rider per lap and took over second place on Lap 3, and then set his sights on Alessi. Dungey gradually eliminated his deficit to Alessi and passed the Suzuki-mounted rider on Lap 6, quickly establishing an insurmountable advantage and taking the win.

BUCHANAN, Mich. – Thousands of avid motocross fans braved the heat on Saturday to cheer on the world’s best motocross riders as legendary RedBud USA hosted the sixth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. As the season reached its halfway point, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., kept his dominant run going in the 450 Class, wining his fourth straight race with another 1-1 moto sweep. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., raced to his third victory of the season and second in-a-row with an impressive 1-1 effort.

In the opening 450 Class moto, it was Dungey who prevailed out of the gate, establishing himself as the rider to beat early while Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., followed in second in his return to action.

As Dungey pushed to open a gap on Stewart, the Suzuki rider went down, allowing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, and Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton, of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, to move past. On the following lap, Stewart encountered misfortune again, stalling his bike and falling to seventh. He eventually worked his way to a sixth-place result.

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The world’s best riders are ready to resume the heavily-contested competition for the second half of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. This Saturday, the series reaches the halfway point with its sixth round and annual Independence Day Weekend tradition at the Red Bull RedBud National from Buchanan, Mich.

The famed RedBud facility will host its 38th Lucas Oil Pro Motocross National on Saturday with exclusive network television coverage of the final 450 Class moto on NBC, in addition to extended coverage on both FUEL TV and NBC Sports Network.

At the championship’s previous stop at Budds Creek, in Maryland, on June 16, current 450 Class points leader, and Red Bull KTM rider, Ryan Dungey continued his winning ways. The 2010 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 Class Champion swept each moto in his most dominant effort of the summer to extend his winning streak to six motos and secure his third consecutive overall victory.

With his 17th-career win, Dungey extended his championship lead to 54 points, which gives him a full one-race advantage over the field. He is a former winner at RedBud, back in 2010, and also claimed a runner-up finish at the track one year ago giving him a pair of podium results in two career 450 Class starts.

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.

MT. MORRIS, Pa. – Southeastern Pennsylvania’s High Point Raceway was the site of the fourth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, on Saturday, for the 36th annual FMF High Point National, presented by United Bank. One week after claiming his first win of the season, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., grabbed his second straight 450 Class victory with a 1-1 moto sweep. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., became the first repeat winner in the division (2-1), emerging victorious after a captivating battle.

In the opening 450 Class moto, MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., grabbed the early lead and opened a significant advantage over the field. However, following a third-place start, Dungey began to make his charge forward. At the halfway point, he made the pass on Alessi to win by nearly 20 seconds.

In Moto 2, Dungey put himself out front at the start, only to have Alessi respond before the conclusion of the opening lap and take the lead. Dungey paced his rival for half of the moto before again making his move and pulling away for the win.

WORTHAM, Texas  – Freestone Raceway was the site of the second round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, on Saturday with an afternoon full of fiercely-contested competition. Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., narrowly swept the day’s motos to claim his second consecutive overall victory in the 450 Class. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac also recorded a pair of moto wins to grab his second career overall victory.

Stewart capitalized on strong starts in the 450 Class, working his way into the lead prior to the conclusion of the opening lap in each moto. Behind him, Red Bull KTM’s Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., asserted himself in both motos, setting his sights on passing Stewart for the lead multiple times.

However, despite being faster than his rival throughout a significant portion of each moto, Dungey was unable to find a way to get past Stewart. The duo was separated by mere bike lengths throughout the combined 34 laps of racing across both motos, but the lead position never changed hands. Regardless, the two former champions provided captivating competition that kept the fans cheering all afternoon long.

“I thought my day went good,” said Stewart, who’s 18th-career win ties him for fourth on the all-time wins list. “It was a tough one, but fun. I got two good starts, made quick passes, and set the tone with a good pace. Ryan rode really well, but I did my own (thing) out front. I knew he’d be there the whole time. I felt like we were even today and if he had gotten out front, he could have done the same thing.”

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.

Red Bull/KTM Factory riders Mike Alessi and Andrew Short both finished inside the top ten at the sixth round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series at Red Bud MX Park.

In moto one, Short earned a decent start rounding the first lap inside the top ten while his teammate, Alessi, had to work his way up from the back of the pack. At the one lap mark, Alessi was sitting in 17th and Short was running in 7th position. Short continued to work hard to keep his lap times consistent throughout the first moto. His efforts helped him gain one more position before the end of the moto. Alessi also put in a solid effort to move from 17th to 9th by the moto end.

After suffering a poor start in the first moto, Alessi redeemed himself with a 4th place start in moto two. Short wasn’t far behind just outside the top ten. Moments into the second moto battle, Alessi was putting the moves on Chad Reed. Before the end of the first lap, Alessi had passed Reed to move into 3rd place. Alessi remained in 3rd position for the first half of the race with Reed in tow. The two battled for multiple laps to put on a good show for the enthused Red Bud crowd for that final podium position. Around the 9th lap, Alessi lost his battle with Reed and settled into 4th. Alessi hung tight to that position and finished 4th overall for the day. Meanwhile, Short had moved his way up from his 10th place start to finish the moto in 8th. Alessi’s 9-4 results earned him 5th overall for the day while Short’s 6-8 moto finishes earned him 7th.

“I struggled a bit with my start in the first race but was able to climb through traffic pretty easily,” commented Alessi. “I felt the best I have since returning from my injury today and I think it showed in my second moto battle with Reed. I had a lot of fun racing him and am glad to see I am one step closer to landing on the podium.”

Next Event: July 16, 2011 – Millville, MN

Overall Results –
1)    Chad Reed
2)    Ryan Dungey
3)    Ryan Villopoto
4)    Brett Mefcalfe
5)    Mike Alessi
6)    Justin Brayton
7)    Andrew Short
8)    Davi Millsaps
9)    Kevin Windham
10)    Christian Craig
11)    Nick Wey
12)    Josh Grant
13)    Jake Weimer
14)    Travis Sewell
15)    Michael Byrne
16)    Tye Simmonds
17)    Ben LaMay
18)    Jake Canada
19)    Tommy Hahn
20)    Jimmy Albertson

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.