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2011 AMA Motocross – Round 1 – Hangtown/Sacramento

Published May 21st, 2011

Round 1 of the AMA National Motocross Series gets under way during a very busy weekend of motocross! On hand today, Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto, defending AMA Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, Kevin Windham, and all the 250 MX Lites riders – Justin Barcia, Broc Tickle, Dean Wilson, Blake Baggett, Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Tyla Rattray, and more as they head outdoors! Chad Reed wins overall in the Motocross Class! Blake Baggett wins overall in 250 MX Lites race!

Hangtown – Prairie City OHV Park

It’s a great day for motocross. The track – perfect groomed. Perfectly ‘motocross’. The weather – perfect. AMA National MX Series gets going for 2011 here near Sacramento!

Fastest qualifying laps for Motocross: Mike Alessi, riding the KTM 450, 2 minutes 5 seconds. Then Chad Reed, Kevin Windham, Christophe Pourcel, Davi Millsaps, Ryan Villopoto, Brett Metcalfe, Ryan Dungey. 62 riders in total ran practice in the Motocross class. Then – at 12 noon, word came out that Mike Alessi is out for the day. Don’t know why – guessing it’s from concussion suffered last week.

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Marvin Musquin on the Red Bull KTM number 125



World MX 2 Champion of Motocross Marvin Musquin is making his debut in AMA Motocross. He’s riding the number 125 Red Bull KTM in the 250 Lites. Another World Motocross Champion is making his return to racing – Christophe Pourcel, number 377 is riding the Motocross Class for MotoConcepts Yamaha.

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Christophe Pourcel is back racing

In 250 MX Lites – fastest qualifier World MX 2 Champion Marvin Musquin! 2 minutes 8 seconds! Then Justin Barcia, Dean Wilson, Eli Tomac, Ryan Sipes, Blake Baggett, Tyla Rattray and Kyle Cunningham on top of the 62 riders trying to race today on 250′s.

Women’s World Motocross Champion Steffi Laier is here, and will be racing her KTM in the Women’s class. More info on the Women’s Class here.

Motocross Class. Ryan Dungey ‘cruises’ to the first moto victory, followed by Chad Reed and Ryan Villopoto. Then Davi Millsaps, Brett Metcalfe, Kevin Windham, Christophe Pourcel, Tommy Hahn, and Andrew Short. This race went 16 laps.

The second moto, Ryan Villopoto was the early leader, but being chased by Ryan Dungey. Dungey passed Villopoto for the lead, Chad Reed then passed Villopoto, and then Reedy passed Ryan Dungey! The finish – Chad Reed first, Ryan Dungey second, and Ryan Villopoto third. And that’s how they finished in overall standings as well. All three of them are either current or former Supercross Champions. (Ryan Villopoto just won the 2011 Supercross title, Ryan Dungey won the 2010 Supercross Championship, and Chad Reed won it in 2004 and 2008.)

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Chad Reed getting his goggles ready before moto 1

250 MX Lites Class. Dean Wilson wins the first moto, followed by teammate Blake Baggett, third Eli Tomac, fourth Marvin Musquin. Then Tyla Rattray, Justin Barcia, Cole Seely, K Cunningham, G Swanepeol, D Durham, Jason Anderson, M Davalos, Broc Tickle, G Audette. Malcolm Stewart was the early leader, but he dropped to 20th. They went 16 laps in this race.

In the second moto, Justin Barcia with the holeshot. In the second corner, quite a few riders go down, including Marvin Musquin. He remounts near last. But just under 10 minutes of this race, Justin Barcia tips over. The running order now – Tyla Rattray is leading, Eli Tomac is second, Dean Wilson is third, and Blake Baggett is fourth. Barcia is sixth, Musquin is 17th as we complete lap four.

And then Blake Baggett went to work. Like on fire. Wilson went down, and just a bit later Baggett goes past leader Rattray. Right now at the 13 lap mark you have a Pro Circuit top three – Baggett first, Rattray second, and Wilson third. Eli Tomac is fourth, Gareth Swanepoel is fifth, and after being in last place – Marvin Musquin has moved to sixth! Supercross West Champ Tickle is ninth. Supercross East Champ Justin Barcia is having an off-moto – he’s back in 18th.

Blake Baggett wins this 15 lap moto and the overall. Tyla Rattray takes second, Dean Wilson third, Eli Tomac fourth, G Swanepoel next, and Marvin Musquin up to sixth!

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Dean Wilson

Motocross Class Results
  1. Chad Reed – HON – 2/1
  2. Ryan Dungey – SUZ – 1/2
  3. Ryan Villopoto – KAW – 3/3
  4. Kevin Windham – HON – 6/4
  5. Brett Metcalfe – SUZ – 5/5
  6. Davi Millsaps – YAM – 4/7
  7. Tommy Hahn – YAM – 8/8
  8. Christophe Pourcel – YAM – 7/11
  9. Ricky Dietrich – YAM – 11/9
  10. Christian Craig – HON – 14/10
  11. Michael Byrne – SUZ – 10/14
  12. Jake Weimer – KAW – 21/6
  13. Kyle Chisholm – YAM – 16/12
  14. Nick Wey – YAM – 15/13
  15. Mike Brown – KTM – 13/15
250 Lites MX Class Results
  1. Blake Baggett – KAW – 2/1
  2. Dean Wilson – KAW – 1/3
  3. Tyla Rattray – KAW – 5/2
  4. Eli Tomac – HON – 3/4
  5. Marvin Musquin – KTM – 4/6
  6. G Swanepoel – YAM – 9/5
  7. K Cunningham – YAM – 8/8
  8. D Durham – HON – 10/9
  9. Broc Tickle – KAW – 13/7
  10. Cole Seely – HON – 7/13
  11. M Davalos – SUZ – 12/11
  12. J Anderson – SUZ – 11/12
  13. Justin Barcia – HON – 6/18
  14. G Audette – YAM – 14/15
  15. Nico Izzi – HON – 30/10
Motocross Class Point Standings
  1. Chad Reed – 47
  2. Ryan Dungey – 47
  3. Ryan Villopoto – 40
  4. Kevin Windham – 33
  5. Brett Metcalfe – 32
  6. Davi Millsaps – 32
  7. Tommy Hahn – 26
  8. Christophe Pourcel – 24
  9. Ricky Dietrich – 22
  10. Christian Craig – 18
  11. Michael Byrne – 18
  12. Jake Weimer – 15
  13. Kyle Chisholm – 14
  14. Nick Wey – 14
  15. Brown, Simmonds – 14
250 Lites MX Class Point Standings
    1. Blake Baggett – 47
    2. Dean Wilson – 45
    3. Tyla Rattray – 38
    4. Eli Tomac – 38
    5. Marvin Musquin – 33
    6. G Swanepoel – 28
    7. K Cunningham – 26
    8. D Durham – 23
    9. Broc Tickle – 22
    10. Cole Seely – 22
    11. M Davalos – 19
    12. J Anderson – 19
    13. Justin Barcia – 18
    14. G Audette – 13
    15. Nico Izzi – 11

     

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    Defending AMA Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey winning first moto

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    Chad Reed takes AMA Motocross overall at Round 1 Hangtown MX!

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    Blake Baggett takes overall victory of 250 Lites

    Ryan Villopoto: Would of liked to get the win. Haven’t felt 100% this week. Fever, sweats, chills. No excuse for me this weekend though. The track was super rough and physical. Speed isn’t the issue. We’ll go back and work on the bike and it’s all good. Haven’t done a lot of outdoor testing, because Supercross was so close, but as the season goes along, we’ll keep progressing.

    Ryan Dungey: We had a good base bike. We’ve done a little testing and I’m super pumped. The second moto was a bit tougher. The track was tough today. I could feel Chad on me in that second moto. I could see some of his lines. They were good, and I was wondering what I was doing in some of my lines. Chad was riding strong. It’s a long season. I’m happy with my overall finish. We’ll focus on what we do each week and try to make it better.

    Chad Reed: I’m a little surprised. We’ve done a little testing here in California. We came to this track, but it was quite different that what we were expecting. I can say I don’t normally like this track. But I had a lot of fun today. It was a great race track. I’m surprised how comfortable I was on the track and on the bike since we all had such a championship battle in Supercross. I came in here quietly confident. Honda has stepped up. The bike was amazing. Best outdoor bike I’ve ever ridden. I’m excited for the season, and the win. I’m in good shape, I feel good, we are going to have some fun, and I’m going to work my butt off.

    Tyla Rattray: The first moto was tough. I had a bad start. We went back in the second moto and made some suspension changes. I had stomach cramps in the second moto. I followed Barcia for about 10 minutes in the second moto, until he fell. The track got really rough in the second moto. I think it was tough for all the riders out there. It was a good day for our team – we swept the podium. Just need to lift up my game a little bit and looking forward to Texas.

    Dean Wilson: The second moto was a tricky one. I got a bad start – maybe 12th or back. Me and Blake linked up together and we moved up thru the pack. Once we got up to Tyla, it was a bit sketchy. I went up that hill, and lost traction, and fell over. I’m just glad to start off the season safely, glad to get a podium, and the track was really rough.

    Blake Baggett: First moto got a fifth place start, but went backwards to about eighth. I just wasn’t feeling it. But then I got going, kept charging all the way to the checkered flag, and got second in that race. The second moto was more difficult. I don’t know exactly where I started. I was just patient. I knew I need to be my teammate Wilson and Eli Tomac. I tried looking for smoother lines as the race went on. The track was brutal. I’ve raced three Nationals when I was a privateer, and I raced three last year. I like outdoors a lot better than supercross.


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