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.

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.

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – The 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship kicked-off on Saturday with the 43rd Annual Rockstar Energy Hangtown National. For the second consecutive year, TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Australia, grabbed the overall victory in the premier 450 Class after a strong 2-1 moto effort. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., secured his first career motocross win with 2-1 moto scores.

The opening moto of the 2011 season was dominated by defending 450 Class Champion Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., and the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider was looking for the moto sweep to start his title defense on a strong note. As the gates dropped on the final moto, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., took the early lead and a three-rider battle for the top spot ensued between he, Dungey and Reed.

As the race neared the halfway point, Dungey worked his way past Villopoto after pressuring him for several laps and Reed soon followed. Just a few minutes later, Reed made the winning pass on Dungey and slowly began to pull away. Dungey saved himself for one final push at the tail end of the moto, but couldn’t find a way past the 2009 champion.

“I’m a little surprised,” said Reed. “I tested the last two weeks and it’s gone well. Normally, this track is always hard, choppy and one lined. We came back this weekend and it was a completely different track than we were expecting. I had a lot of fun today. It was a great racetrack. I got two good starts, (ran) up front and I fought for it. I’m a little surprised how comfortable I was with the track and bike. We’ve had only a little time to work on the bike.”

“I had a week of outdoor testing and that helped us out,” said Dungey. “I felt good today. Coming into the weekend, we had a couple weeks of testing and got a good base setting. I just wanted to get things started, see where were at and move forward. I was trying to bulldog it in the second moto and Chad (Reed) got by me. I got behind him and saw some different lines. It took me a while to get back up there. I made one last attempt, but I’m happy with that result. I made a hard attempt to get by and was riding on the ragged edge, so I decided to back it down. It’s a long season.”

Dungey’s 1-2 moto results landed him in the runner-up spot overall, while Villopoto finished his first motocross race since the Hangtown round in 2009 with the final spot on the podium (3-3).

The battle for a vacant 250 Class title was a showcase for two of the sport’s rising stars. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, of Scotland, rode to a strong opening-moto win and put himself in position for the overall in Moto 2. However, Baggett, who rode to an impressive come-from-behind second-place effort in the first moto, took charge, moving up from a start outside to top five to take the Moto 2 victory after a late pass on teammate Tyla Rattray, of South Africa.

“I knew I had done all the training during the week and it was good to come out and see how I was,” said Baggett. “I like outdoors better than supercross because you have to be creative and keep moving around. I was just patient in the second moto. I knew I had to let the race come to me. I just took my time and waited to see where I was. I got around (Dean) Wilson and just kept trying to move forward. I put my head down and looked for lines and ultimately passed (Tyla) Rattray in the same spot I passed Wilson.”

While battling with Baggett, Wilson crashed, dropping from second to third in the moto. He maintained his position to post 1-3 moto finishes and land second on the overall podium. Rattray’s strong Moto 2 performance garnered him third overall (5-2).

In addition to the season premiere of both men’s classes, the Motorcylce-Superstore.com Women’s Motocross Championship began its 2011 season. Reigning champion Jessica Patterson, of Tallahassee, Fla., dominated both of the day’s motos on her DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha, sweeping both motos en route to the overall win. American Honda’s Ashley Fiolek, of St. Augustine, Fla., finished second (2-2) while World Motocross Championship competitor and Red Bull KTM rider Steffi Laier finished third (3-3) in a guest appearance on U.S. soil.

The 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship continues next week, with round two from Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas and the Rockstar Energy Freestone National on Saturday, May 28.

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Rockstar Energy Hangtown National
Prairie City SVRA – Rancho Cordova, Calif.
May 21, 2011
Round 1 of 12

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda (2-1)
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (1-2)
  3. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (3-3)
  4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda (6-4)
  5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda (5-5)
  6. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda (4-7)
  7. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha (8-8)
  8. Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha (7-11)
  9. Ricky Dietrich, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (11-9)
  10. Christian Craig, Hemet, Calif., Honda (14-10)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 47
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 47
  3. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 40
  4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 33
  5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda – 32
  6. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda – 32
  7. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha – 26
  8. Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha – 24
  9. Ricky Dietrich, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha – 22
  10. Christian Craig, Hemet, Calif., Honda – 18
  11. Michael Byrne, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki – 18

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (2-1)
  2. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (1-3)
  3. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (5-2)
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (3-4)
  5. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (4-6)
  6. Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha (9-5)
  7. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha (8-8)
  8. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda (10-9)
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha (11-5)
  10. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (7-13)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 47
  2. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki – 45
  3. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki – 38
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 38
  5. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 33
  6. Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha – 28
  7. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 26
  8. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda – 23
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 22
  10. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 22

WMX Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (2-2)
  3. Steffi Laier, Germany, KTM (3-3)
  4. Tarah Gieger, Puerto Rico., Honda (4-7)
  5. Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., KTM (7-5)
  6. Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (8-6)
  7. Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha (13-4)
  8. Kasie Creson, Byron, Calif., Honda (10-8)
  9. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Japan, Suzuki (9-10)
  10. Elizabeth Bash, Riverside, Calif., KTM (14-9)

WMX Class Standings

  1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha – 50
  2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda – 44
  3. Steffi Laier, Germany, KTM – 40
  4. Tarah Gieger, Puerto Rico., Honda – 32
  5. Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., KTM – 30
  6. Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha – 28
  7. Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha – 26
  8. Kasie Creson, Byron, Calif., Honda – 24
  9. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Japan, Suzuki – 23
  10. Elizabeth Bash, Riverside, Calif., KTM – 19

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Red Bull/Teka/KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen dominated the MX2 class at the U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross held at Glen Helen Raceway to lead every lap in both motos and finish ahead of teammate Jeffrey Herlings on both counts. The GP also saw the return of Marvin Musquin after a long injury pause.

The German teenager, who celebrated his first career win in the AMA SX Lites in the closing round of the competition earned first gate pick after winning Saturday’s qualifier by 16 seconds over Herlings. He nailed the holeshot in the first moto with Herlings and Musquin on his tail. Roczen and Herlings pulled away but Musquin washed out in the second corner before scrambling to get back in the race from near last. The French rider, who is competing for the Red Bull KTM US team in the AMA outdoors in 2011, crashed once more on the deeply rutted track and had to return to the pits for some adjustment to his front brake.

Meanwhile Roczen had no trouble taking the first moto win. “I like to consider this as one of my home races now that I have been living in California the first half of the year. It feels great to get a win here for my European team but to also have my American team celebrate with me,” commented Roczen. Herlings went on to finish second while Musquin was back at nineteenth.

KTM fans were looking for a showdown between the team’s two talented teenagers and were not disappointed in the second moto when Roczen and Herlings again delivered stunning performances. Roczen pulled the holeshot with Herlings on his tailpipe and they stuck close together for three-quarters of the race before Herlings fell slightly off the pace and settled into second. At the finish they were 1-2 again, while Musquin had a much better showing to be a confidence building sixth at the flag.

Ken Roczen: “I had some good fights with Jeffrey. I made some mistakes, which I am not very happy about but I like to ride in the mud. Here its kind of sandy and I knew Jeffrey was going to be fast but I won both motos and it was good.”

Jeffrey Herlings: “I’m really satisfied and it was a good weekend. I wanted to go for the win in the second moto but I made a big mistake and almost crashed so I decided to slow down and just go for second.”

“We were very proud to see Kenny (Roczen) and Jeffrey (Herlings) finish so well today. It is great to see both of our team riders up front. I also would like to give credit to Marvin (Musquin) because I know how hard it is to return from injury and I am happy with his second moto result. He will need a few more weeks to build up his speed and he’ll be back on his game,” commented Red Bull/Teka/KTM Team Manager Stefan Everts.

MX2 GP
1, Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM (1-1)
2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM (2-2)
3, Tommy Searle, Britain, Kawasaki
4, Max Anstie, Britain, Kawasaki
5, Zach Osborne, USA, Yamaha

Other KTM
8, Nick Aubin, France, KTM
9, Joel Roelants, Belgium, KTM
10, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM
11, Marvin Musquin, France, KTM
17, Pascal Rauchenecker, Austria, KTM
18, Nikolaj Larsen, Denmark, KTM

Standings after three GPs
1, Ken Roczen, German, KTM, 144 points
2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM 130
3, Tommy Searle, Britain, Kawasaki, 120
4, Zach Osborne, USA, Yamaha, 90
5, Max Anstie, Britain, 87

Other KTM

9, Joel Roelants, Belgium, 67
11, Nicolas Aubin, France, 59
12. Jordi Tixier, France, 39
13, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium KTM 31, (currently injured)

*KTM leads the Manufacturer’s Standings by 24 points after three GPs