Photo: Simon Cudby

Photo: Simon Cudby

Mt. Morris, PA – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen earned 2nd overall at the fourth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series held at High Point Raceway. His teammate, Ryan Dungey, earned 4th overall for the day after rebounding from a late race crash in the second moto.

Ryan Dungey kicked off his 2014 title chase in a favorable position out front. Photo: Christian Munoz

Ryan Dungey kicked off his 2014 title chase in a favorable position out front.
Photo: Christian Munoz

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 2014 season of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, got under way last Saturday with the Red Bull Glen Helen National in San Bernardino, California, where Minnesota natives Ryan Dungey and Jeremy Martin secured season-opening victories. Now, heading into round two of the 12-race championship this weekend in Sacramento, California, Dungey will wear the coveted red number plate background to indicate his points lead in the 450 Class, while Martin will sport the 250 Class version of the leader’s red plate.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Members of the American Motorcyclist Association, the country’s largest sanctioning body of amateur motorsports competition, now have access to a new online portal for amateur race results.

AMA Race Center, available at http://results.americanmotorcyclist.com, offers a number of enhancements to previously available online motocross results. Although still in beta, the system features several exciting features, including results and advancement points for all classes, cross-linked results by rider or track; rider performance charts; upcoming events; speedy performance; a comprehensive search function; and an easier-to-navigate user interface.

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. – The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, hosted its annual stop from Central New York on Saturday, with the 10th round of the season from Unadilla. Continuing his dominance of the 450 Class field, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., captured his second career title with two rounds remaining by sweeping the day’s motos for his eighth consecutive victory. In the 250 Class, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin, of France, broke through for his first career win on U.S. soil.

BTO Sports/Palmetto Suzuki’s Michael Byrne, of Australia, and Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., battled for the early lead in the opening 450 Class moto, with Stewart taking the spot on the second lap. However, the following lap, Stewart crashed out of the lead, dropping to the tail end of the field and allowing Byrne to reassume the position. The same lap, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, passed Byrne but went down moments later, unable to finish the race.

WASHOUGAL, Wash. – The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its annual stop in the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, hosting the eighth round of the season from Washougal MX Park. For the sixth consecutive race, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., claimed the overall win, but not without some pressure from his closest title contender – MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Monroe. N.Y., raced to his second victory of the 2012 season, following a strong and consistence outing.

Alessi grabbed the holeshot in the opening moto of the 450 Class and set a fast pace early on, with Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki’s Josh Grant, of Riverside, Calif., and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, in tow. Following a fourth-place start, Dungey quickly began to move his way forward and positioned himself behind Alessi on the second lap.

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.

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.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Picturesque Thunder Valley MX Park hosted the third round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, on Saturday, producing two new winners for the 2012 season at the Toyota Thunder Valley National. Following back-to-back runner-up finishes to start the season, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., emerged victorious, capturing a 1-1 moto sweep to give the Austrian brand its first overall victory in the 450 Class. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Monroe, N.Y., ended a 27-race winless streak to capture his second career win.

In the opening moto of the 450 Class, James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., worked his way from a third-place start to take over the lead on Lap 2. However, just two laps later, the Team Yoshimura Suzuki rider went down as he looked to open a gap on the field, failing to finish the moto and appearing to favor his hand.

With Stewart out of action, Dungey took over the lead on Lap 4 and went on to take an easy moto win, his first of the season, and put himself in position for the overall.

The effects of his first moto crash forced Stewart to sit out Moto 2 as well, losing the points lead with no points recorded. As the gate dropped, Dungey grabbed the holeshot, quickly pulled away, and dominated en route to securing the overall victory.

“I hate to win like that,” said Dungey, who has won three consecutive races at Thunder Valley. “James and I have pushed each other to new levels and although he won the first four motos (this season), it’s been good. Hopefully he heals up and comes back (next week). My game plan is always the same, to take it one race at a time. You can’t focus on the end result and we saw that today. I just do my own thing, put my best foot forward, and never underestimate anyone.”

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.”

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