Villopoto-Motocross-7-4-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, reaches its halfway point this Saturday, July 6, with Round 7 of the 12-race series. Held at the famed RedBud MX track in Buchanan, Mich., the Red Bull RedBud National serves as the centerpiece of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, drawing spectators from all over the Midwest to witness the most prestigious motocross racers in the country do battle in the rolling hills of Southwestern Michigan.

Heading into the second half of the season, 2011 450 Class Champion Ryan Villopoto and defending 450 Class Champion Ryan Dungey share the first six overall victories with three wins, respectively. Although each rider holds three overall wins, it’s Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto who tops the championship standings by a 12-point margin over Red Bull KTM’s Dungey. En route to his current points lead in the 450 Class, Villopoto has captured nine moto wins-the most of the season-as well as the distinction of being the only rider to win a moto at every race. While Dungey only has three moto wins under his belt, the Minnesota native is the only rider to finish atop the podium at each round of the championship thus far. Dungey looks to defend his two-race overall win streak against Villopoto this Saturday at RedBud

Villopoto-Motocross-Win-6-8-13MT. MORRIS, Pa. – After two consecutive days of rain in southern Pennsylvania, the 37th running of the GEICO High Point National shaped up as a great day of racing at the historic High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris. Ryan Villopoto extended his points lead in the 450 Class after sweeping both motos to secure his third victory of the season at Round 4 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Marvin Musquin rode on to his second straight victory in the 250 Class this season after taking his first career moto-win in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto returned to his winning ways on Saturday after finishing third overall at the last round. In Moto 1, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia grabbed his fourth Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot of the season, but it didn’t take long for Villopoto to take command of the lead on the opening lap.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray got off to a third place start in Moto 1, while Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Malcolm Stewart jumped in close behind. Malcolm experienced a crash that dropped him out of podium contention, while Rattray maintained his third place position in the early portion of the race.

Torrance, CA: This past Saturday, Washougal MX Park in Washougal, WA, hosted round eight of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton posted a fifth in moto one, Tommy Hahn finished sixth overall and Ashley Fiolek swept both motos for the WMX overall win.

In the 250 class, Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac went 1-2 on the podium for a third consecutive week.

The Race

Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Tommy Hahn rode his way to a sixth-place finish after going 7-7 in both motos. After posting the third-quickest times in practice, Hahn was forced to work his way through the pack in moto one after getting a less-than-desirable start. He put together a hard charge, making his way into seventh. In moto two, Hahn jumped to a good start, eventually surrendering a few positions to finish in seventh.

Teammate Justin Brayton put together a noteworthy first moto with a solid ride for the entire 30-minute-plust-two-lap race, finishing in fifth. Unfortunately, after getting off to another good start in moto two Brayton went down hard and was unable to continue the race.

In the 250 class, Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac delivered impressive performances for a third consecutive week, topping the podium with 1-2 finishes. In moto one, Barcia ran in second a majority of the race, followed by Tomac. Both riders eventually made the pass on the leader to finish the race 1-2. In the second moto, Barcia launched to a good start, quickly opening up a gap on the rest of the pack. He led a majority of the race until a slight mistake caused him to surrender the top position. He finished second, followed by Tomac. Justin Bogle placed seventh overall with 9-5 finishes, followed by Wil Hahn with 5-10 finishes.

“It feels awesome to be in the top spot and to have closed up the points gap a little,” said Barcia. “In moto one I had to ride really hard to get around Marvin but I finally got sick of the roost and made the pass. In the second moto I got the holeshot and rode up front most the time until Blake caught up and passed me. I haven’t had the best of luck here the last few years so it’s great to come out of here on top.”

“Today was overall a good day,” stated Tomac. “In the first moto I stayed up front with Justin throughout the race and once we got by Marvin we settled into a nice pace and rode to the finish. In the second moto I didn’t get as good of a start and spent way too much time trying to get through to the front but was able to make my way up to third.”

In the WMX class, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Ashley Fiolek topped the podium once again with 1-1 finishes. In moto one, Fiolek grabbed the holeshot and rode unchallenged to the checkered flag, then in the second race she once again launched to a great start but was quickly pressured by other riders. After moving into second, Fiolek was able to capitalize on a mistake by the leader, which allowed her to regain the front position. She currently sits third overall in the championship standings, a mere 11 points off the leader.

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450 Class Overall Results

1. Ryan Dungey 2-1

2. Mike Alessi 1-2

3. Andrew Short (Honda) 4-3

4. Jake Weimer 3-5

5. Broc Tickle 6-4

6. Tommy Hahn (Honda) 7-7

7. Kyle Chisholm 8-10

8. Christian Craig (Honda) 10-9

9. Weston Peick 9-11

10. Josh Grant 17-6

 

450 Class Championship Points (after 8 of 12 rounds)

1. Ryan Dungey 383

2. Mike Alessi 303

3. Jake Weimer 280

4. Andrew Short 247

5. Broc Tickle 220

6. Justin Brayton 183

7. Josh Grant 169

8. James Stewart 151

9. Brett Metcalfe 142

10. Kyle Chisholm 137

 

250 Class Overall Results

1. Justin Barcia (Honda) 1-2

2. Eli Tomac (Honda) 2-3

3. Blake Baggett 6-1

4. Marvin Musquin 3-4

5. Ken Roczen 4-7

6. Blake Wharton 7-6

7. Justin Bogle (Honda) 9-5

8. Wil Hahn (Honda) 5-10

9. Ryan Sipes 8-8

10. Jason Anderson 10-9

 

250 Class Championship Points (after 7 of 12 rounds)

1. Blake Baggett 355

2. Justin Barcia 344

3. Eli Tomac 323

4. Ken Roczen 305

5. Marvin Musquin 256

6. Wil Hahn 218

7. Blake Wharton 185

8. Jason Anderson 168

9. Jessy Nelson 144

10. Travis Baker 134

 

WMX Class Overall Results

1. Ashley Fiolek (Honda) 1-1

2. Tarah Gieger (Honda) 3-2

3. Mariana Balbi 4-3

4. Jessica Patterson 2-8

5. Sara Pettersson 5-4

6. Jacqueline Strong 9-5

7. Hailey Larson 8-6

8. Kasie Creson 7-7

9. Alexah Pearson 6-9

10. Amanda Brown 10-11

 

WMX Class Championship Points (after 6 of 8 rounds)

1. Jessica Patterson 236

2. Tarah Gieger 234

3. Ashley Fiolek 225

4. Mariana Balbi 193

5. Jacqueline Strong 176

6. Kasie Creson 174

7. Sara Pettersson 173

8. Sayaka Kaneshiro 137

9. Alexah Pearson 127

10. Sade Allender 118

MORGANTOWN, W.Va – An action-packed day full of highlights and memorable moments kicked off the second half of the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship from Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota. Following a full day of racing across three classes of competition, Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR’s Justin Brayton was awarded for his resilient ride in the opening moto of the 450 Class, resulting in this week’s Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award.

Misfortune struck Brayton on the opening lap of the day’s first moto. As most of his competitors engaged in battle ahead, Brayton crossed the line at the end of the first lap in 34th , and instantly began his impressive surge though the field. As TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed took the checkered flag, to win the moto following 16 grueling laps, Brayton had fought his way to just outside the top 10, passing 22 riders en route to a 12th-place finish.

Following a much better start in Moto 2, Brayton maintained his position at the front of the field. His strong position within the top 10 throughout the moto resulted in a seventh-place finish, which ultimately landed Brayton ninth overall in the 450 Class.

Another athlete that just missed out on the Hard Charger this week, but deserves recognition is Reed. After his dominant start to the day, Reed looked to make it a clean sweep of both motos, grabbing the early lead in the final moto from Ryan Villopoto. But just as he made his move for the lead Reed lost control of his motorcycle and was vaulted high into the air, suffering a frightening fall to the ground. As the Spring Creek crowd stood speechless, Reed got up, re-mounted his motorcycle, and returned to action, much to the delight of everyone in attendance, as well as a global TV audience. Reed crossed the line in 34th, but fought his way into 14th by the end of the moto, passing 20 riders along the way. More importantly, he finished fifth overall and maintained his points lead in the 450 Class standings.

For his efforts at Spring Creek, Brayton will be presented with the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award at this Saturday’s pre-race riders’ meeting prior to the Peterson CAT Washougal National this Saturday in Washington, providing well-deserved recognition for his efforts in front of his peers.

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