MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, has officially reached its halfway point. As the world’s best riders gear up for six more thrilling rounds of action, legendary Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville, Maryland, is preparing to celebrate 25 years as a round of the most prestigious motocross championship on the planet. The GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National, the seventh stop on the schedule, will commence on Saturday, July 12, to mark a quarter century of competition in Southern Maryland, in the shadow of our nation’s capitol.
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.
Dean Ferris has been signed to race for the US 2014 Red Bull KTM Factory Team. The 23 year old Australian completes the four-man line-up together with American Ryan Dungey (shown right), Ken Roczen of Germany and French rider Marvin Musquin.
Dungey returns to ride for his third season on the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition motorcycle. Roczen will also ride the KTM 450 bike as will other KTM support teams.
“Next year’s competition is going to be tough with several young, fast and talented riders entering the 450 class,” commented Dungey. “The competition is strong, which pushes us all to step up and ride faster. This will be my third season with Red Bull KTM and KTM is pushing to win a US Supercross Championship. My goal will be to win as many races as possible and consistently finish on the podium to work toward earning that title.”
Corona, Calif. (August 17, 2013) – After clinching his 2013 Monster Energy Supercross title one round early at the Salt Lake City stop, Monster Energy’s Ryan Villopoto provided a sense of deja vu when he collected enough points with his seventh overall victory to clinch his second Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 Class championship one round early at the inaugural event at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Villopoto has yet to lose a motocross championship while racing a full season, adding another title to his three previously earned 250 Class championships and one 450 Class championship.
Villopoto entered the penultimate round needing six points to celebrate his fifth motocross championship. He was a man on a mission during the first moto as he grabbed the holeshot and started separating himself from the rest of the pack, eventually winning by 26.6 seconds. Villopoto’s second moto wasn’t much different as he quickly put a gap of his rival Ryan Dungey and rode to his ninth professional championship.
TOOELE, Utah – Over 21,000 fans were on hand to witness a historic day at Miller Motorsports Park for Saturday’s Built Ford Tough Utah National, where two champions were crowned at the inaugural event in Tooele, Utah. By virtue of a 1-1 moto sweep, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto captured his second career 450 Class Championship, while GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac clinched his first ever 250 Class title at Round 11 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.
Villopoto began the day with his third consecutive Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot in Moto 1 of the 450 Class, immediately putting a gap on the rest of the field. Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Justin Brayton jumped into the second place position early on, with Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart close in tow. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard made his way into third, where he maintained a comfortable position throughout the first moto.
Villopoto and Dungey finished first and second respectively in Moto 1, thus extending the championship chase into Moto 2.
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will make its inaugural visit to the greater Salt Lake City area this Saturday, August 17, for the debut of the Built Ford Tough Utah National from Tooele’s state-of-the-art Miller Motorsports Park. The new event will serve as the penultimate round of the 12-race series, which features the most talented field of competitors in over four decades of competition.
The Built Ford Tough Utah National will be the first professional outdoor motocross event to be held in the state of Utah since 1973. The event will take place on a brand-new motocross track constructed in the northeast corner of MMP’s East Road Course. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto looks to continue his success this season by becoming the first 450 Class winner at the new venue, which could result in the points leader clinching his second 450 Class Championship with one round to go in the series.
NEW BERLIN, N.Y. – The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, descended upon central New York’s historic Unadilla MX on Saturday for the annual Built Ford Tough Unadilla National. New Berlin’s scenic property hosted the tenth round of the 13-race championship, marking the series’ final stop on the East coast before heading west for the last two rounds of competition.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took another step toward capturing the 450 Class Championship after sweeping both motos at Unadilla. It was a flawless day for Villopoto, beginning with his impressive performance in the morning’s timed qualifying session where he laid down the fastest lap time in the 450 Class.
From there, Villopoto captured the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot in Moto 1 of the 450 Class to grab an early lead over Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey. Dungey was accompanied in the early laps by BTO Sports.com/KTM’s Andrew Short and N-FAB/TiLube Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry. Kiniry soon ran into issues that forced the New York native to pull off in Moto 1, while Short eventually dropped outside the top five.
MILLVILLE, Minn. - The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its lone visit to Minnesota on Saturday for the ninth round of the season from Millville’s Spring Creek MX Park. With temperatures cooler than usual in the Midwest, the Red Bull Spring Creek National produced plenty of exciting race action for the 31st annual event.
After a five-year winning streak at Spring Creek, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey missed the center of the podium on Saturday. However, a Moto 2 win in the 450 Class gave Dungey’s hometown fans a reason to cheer for the Minnesota native. In the end, it was Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart who captured the overall win at the Red Bull Spring Creek National, his first of the 2013 season.
As the gate dropped for Moto 1 of the 450 Class, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia grabbed the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot down the championship’s longest start straight, where he battled with his teammate Trey Canard for the early lead. Red Bull KTM’s Dungey began the moto with the lead pack but a couple mistakes in the early moments caused the reigning champion to drop back as far as 11th place in the first moto.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After a one-week break in the schedule, the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, resumed last Saturday with the Peterson CAT Washougal National in Washougal, Wash., for Round 8 of the 12-race series. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto emerged victorious in the 450 Class, topping Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey with a 2-1 moto score for the day. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac swept both motos of competition to claim his third win of the season, elevating himself to within one point of Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen in the championship standings.
Villopoto’s success began early on when he captured the fastest qualifying lap time of the day with a time of 02:07.9. Villopoto now possesses four Oakley Bomb Awards through the first eight rounds. In the 250 Class, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen put in a fast lap time of 02:08.7 during timed qualifying to earn his second Oakley Bomb Award of the season.