2011 AMA Motocross – Round 4 – Budds Creek MD
Round 4 of the AMA National Motocross Series at Budds Creek MX in Mechanicsville, Maryland. In the ‘Motocross’ class, the series points leader Chad Reed wins the overall victory today. In the 250 MX Lites class, the series points leader, Tyla Rattray wins the overall victory in the lites class.
Budds Creek MX
In the 250 MX Lites timed practice, fastest qualifier was Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Blake Baggett at 2 minutes 5 seconds. The rest of the top ten in Qualifying: Justin Barcia, Kyle Cunningham, Tyla Rattray, Nico Izzi, Cole Seely, Martin Davalos, Broc Tickle, Eli Tomac, and Dean Wilson.
In the Motocross timed practice, the defending AMA Motocross Series Champion Ryan Dungey on top with 2 minutes 3 seconds. The rest of the top ten in Qualifying: Ryan Villopoto, Mike Alessi, Brett Metcalfe, Chad Reed, Kevin Windham, Tommy Hahn, Davi Millsaps, Josh Grant, and Andrew Short.
Chad Reed – Motocross Class winner today, and Series Points leader
Motocross Class Moto 1
The first corner sees Chad Reed exit with the lead, but the leader at the end of the first lap is Mike Alessi.
Soon enough though, Ryan Villopoto has put on a charge, and has taken over the lead, passing both Reed and Alessi. The Supercross Champion is looking good on the well-groomed Budds Creek track.
Defending Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey, riding with the number 1 Suzuki, is also putting on a charge. He’s passed Reed and Alessi as well. The running order now at about the halfway point – Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, Mike Alessi, Tommy Hahn, Kevin Windham, Davi Millsaps, Brett Metcalfe, Josh Grant, and former 125 National Motocross Champion Mike Brown on a KTM!
This race, like all AMA Pro motocross motos, will go 30 minutes plus two laps. Villopoto is leading, but made a small mistake in a corner at the bottom of a hill, and Dungey is close as we near the end of this race. Reed maintains third, Kevin Windham has moved to fourth, and M Alessi fifth. It’s hot, humid and sunny as this race is going on.
Ryan Villopoto hangs on to win this 17 lap race. Ryan Dungey finishes second, Chad Reed third. Those three are the best of the class by far this season, and all three are either current (Villopoto) or former (Reed 2004, 2008, Dungey 2010) AMA Supercross Series Champions.
Fourth thru tenth in this race: Kevin Windham, Mike Alessi, Brett Metcalfe, Davi Millsaps, Josh Grant, Andrew Short, Jake Weimer.
250 MX Lites Moto 1
Dean Wilson, number 15, is the leader of this first race. And at the end of the first lap, it’s a green Pro-Circuit Kawasaki leaderboard: Dean Wilson first, series points leader Tyla Rattray second, and Broc Tickle third. Kyle Cunningham and Eli Tomac round out the top five.
At the halfway point, the top three remain the same: Dean Wilson out front, Tyla Rattray in second, Broc Tickle in third. Darryn Durham is having another good ride – and has moved into fourth. Fifth K Cunningham, sixth Eli Tomac, seventh Justin Barcia, eighth Nico Izzi, ninth Blake Baggett and tenth Martin Davalos.
Dean Wilson has led from the very start, and wins this 16 lap race. Teammate Tyla Rattray finishes second, and another Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider – 250 West Supercross Champion Broc Tickle finishes third.
Fourth thru tenth in this race: Kyle Cunningham, Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Blake Baggett, Nico Izzi, Gareth Swanepoel, and Martin Davalos.
Motocross Class Moto 2
Surprise, the leader on lap one, number 800 on the KTM 450, Mike Alessi! He’s followed by Chad Reed on Honda, Ryan Dungey on Suzuki, Ryan Villopoto on Kawasaki, Kevin Windham on Honda, and Jake Weimer on Kawasaki.
On lap five, Mike Alessi is still leading, but barely holding off Chad Reed. On lap six, both Reed and Ryan Dungey make the move on Alessi and move into the top two positions. Running order as they start lap six: Chad Reed first, Ryan Dungey second, Mike Alessi third, Ryan Villopoto fourth, Kevin Windham fifth. Then Metcalfe, Weimer, Short, J Grant, D Millsaps, and Ricky Dietrich.
For a while, it’s Reed, Dungey, Alessi. But then first moto winner Ryan Villopoto moves past Alessi. On lap ten of this race, Chad Reed is leading Ryan Dungey by about two seconds. Villopoto is now third, a good distance back. Fourth is Alessi, then Kevin Windham, Metcalfe, Weimer, Short, Grant, Millsaps, and Dietrich.
Chad Reed, who by his own admission, didn’t have a ‘great’ first moto (third place) wins this 17 lap race, which secures the overall victory on the day, and, retains his series points lead! Second place in this moto, and he’ll end up third overall, Ryan Dungey. Third place in this moto goes to Ryan Villopoto, and Villopoto takes third overall.
Reed goes 3/1 for 45 total points on day. Villopoto goes 1/3 and also scores 45 points on day. Reed gets overall by better second moto performance. Dungey’s 2/2 finishes gives him 44 points on day.
The top 11 in this race: Reed, Dungey, Villopoto, Windham, Alessi, Metcalfe, Weimer, Short, Millsaps, Grant, Dietrich.
250 MX Lites Moto 2
Tyla Rattray, racing for Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki, is leading the series point standings coming into this round. Tyla is from South Africa, and won the 2008 MX2 World Motocross title. He finished second in the first moto and now has the lead at the beginning of this second moto. He’s followed right now by Justin Barcia.
As they start lap four, Rattray is leading Barcia by about two seconds. Third place is Gareth Swanepoel. Fourth G. Audette, then Dean Wilson, L Vincent, Nico Izzi, Jason Anderson, Malcolm Stewart and D Durham. Tomac is 12th. Tickle is 13th. Seely 15th. Baggett 23rd.
Tyla Rattray is finally coming into his own here in America. He is strong both physically and mentally, and he wants to put his stamp on the AMA Motocross 250 Series. He leads this moto at the halfway point, is heading for the overall victory, and extend his series points lead. Second is this moto at the halfway point is Justin Barcia, and Dean Wilson has moved to third. Fourth thru tenth: Swanepoel, Izzi, M Stewart, E Tomac, D Durham, G Audette, and L Vincent. Seely 12th. Baggett 16th. Tickle 17th.
Rattray has a nice lead over second place Barcia (10 seconds) as this moto is coming to the end. Wilson is quite a ways back in third. Swanepoel with a nice ride in fourth, Tomac is fifth, Malcolm Stewart sixth, and Baggett has put on a charge to come all the way up to seventh.
After 16 laps, the moto winner, overall winner, and series points leader is Tyla Rattray! Justin Barcia finishes second in this moto, Dean Wilson third who takes second overall on the day.
Top ten in this moto: Rattray, Barcia, Wilson, Swanepoel, Tomac, M Stewart, Baggett, D Durham, B Tickle, M Davalos
Next weekend the action continues at Thunder Valley MX in Lakewood, Colorado for Round 5.
Motocross Class Results
- Chad Reed – HON – 3/1
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW – 1/3
- Ryan Dungey – SUZ – 2/2
- Kevin Windham – HON – 4/4
- Mike Alessi – KTM – 5/5
- Brett Metcalfe – SUZ – 6/6
- Davi Millsaps – YAM – 7/9
- Jake Weimer – KAW – 10/7
- Andrew Short – KTM – 9/8
- Josh Grant – HON – 8/10
- Ricky Dietrich – YAM – 11/11
- Christian Craig – HON – 13/12
- Mike Brown – KTM – 12/13
- Ben Lamay – YAM – 17/15
- Les Smith – YAM – 16/16
- Nick Wey – YAM – 15/19
- Fredrik Noren – HON – 21/14
- Lowell Spangler – HON – 18/17
- Michael Byrne – SUZ – 14/23
- Travis Sewell – YAM – 20/18
Motocross Class Point Standings
- Chad Reed – 183
- Ryan Villopoto – 168
- Ryan Dungey – 155
- Davi Millsaps – 130
- Brett Metcalfe – 118
- Kevin Windham – 112
- Jake Weimer – 93
- Ricky Dietrich – 92
- Christian Craig – 76
- Andrew Short – 75
- Mike Alessi – 68
- Tommy Hahn – 65
- Nick Wey – 63
- Michael Byrne – 57
- Les Smith – 37
250 Lites MX Class Results
- Tyla Rattray – KAW – 2/1
- Dean Wilson – KAW – 1/3
- Justin Barcia – HON – 6/2
- Eli Tomac – HON – 5/5
- Broc Tickle – KAW – 3/9
- Gareth Swanepoel – YAM – 9/4
- Blake Baggett – KAW – 7/7
- Kyle Cunningham – YAM – 4/15
- Martin Davalos – SUZ – 10/10
- Nico Izzi – HON – 8/13
- Malcolm Stewart – SUZ – 16/6
- Gannon Audette – YAM – 12/11
- Alex Martin – HON – 15/12
- Darryn Durham – HON – 37/8
- Nick Paluzzi – SUZ – 14/16
- Austin Howell – SUZ – 13/17
- Travis Baker – HON – 11/34
- Lance Vincent – HON – 19/14
- Cole Seely – HON – 17/25
- Taylor Futrell – HON – 27/18
250 Lites MX Class Point Standings
- Tyla Rattray – 174
- Dean Wilson – 170
- Blake Baggett – 144
- Eli Tomac – 136
- Justin Barcia – 116
- K Cunningham – 114
- Broc Tickle – 99
- G Swanepoel – 91
- M Davalos – 75
- Cole Seely – 72
- Nico Izzi – 64
- Darryn Durham – 61
- G Audette – 57
- Malcolm Stewart – 54
- N Paluzzi – 46
Josh Grant on the American Honda is back in action
Motocross Class defending champion Ryan Dungey
First moto Motocross class winner – 2011 AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto
250 MX Lites race one winner Dean Wilson
Tyla Rattray – 250 MX Lites overall winner and series points leader