2011 AMA Motocross – Round 5 – Lakewood, CO
Round 5 of the AMA National Motocross Series at Thunder Valley MX in Lakewood, Colorado. AMA Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey has won his first ‘Motocross’ ‘overall of the season today! Aussie Chad Reed stays in series points lead. In the 250 MX Lites class, Blake Baggett sweeps both motos. Dean Wilson takes over 250 MX series points lead.
Thunder Valley MX
In the 250 MX Lites timed practice, fastest qualifier was Dean Wilson at 2 minutes 14 seconds. Then it was Eli Tomac, Kyle Cunningham, Nico Izzi, Travis Baker, Darryn Durham, Blake Baggett, Martin Davalos, Justin Barcia, Cole Seely, Gareth Swanepoel, and Tyla Rattray out of 65 riders.
In the Motocross timed practice, series points leader Chad Reed was quickest at 2 minutes 11 seconds. He was followed by Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto, Brett Metcalfe, Kevin Windham, Mike Alessi, Jake Weimer, Davi Millsaps, Tommy Hahn, Josh Grant, Christian Craig and Ricky Dietrich.
Motocross Class Moto 1
The weather is hot, dry and warm here as this race gets ready to take off. A factor that is unique to this track and location compared to other races in the AMA Motocross Series is the altitude. It’s well over 5000 feet here, and it affects the bikes (thin air has less oxygen, which means the bikes produce less power than compared to sea level) and it affects the riders (less ‘air’ to breathe makes it physically more demanding than normal).
Early leader is Christian Craig on the Troy Lee Designs Honda team. But chasing him right away is Chad Reed, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey.
The track is getting dried out and rutted compared to earlier in the day. And here comes Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto! Ryan goes past both Reed and Christian Craig and into the lead! The top riders as they start lap six – Villopoto, Reed, Ryan Dungey, Christian Craig, Josh Grant, Mike Alessi, Kevin Windham, Andrew Short, Ricky Dietrich, Justin Brayton, and Brett Metcalfe.
On lap 11, the best battle on the track is between Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey. They’ve been close together for a while. Dungey finally moves post Reed and into second. Running order now – Villopoto first, Dungey second, Reed third, Mike Alessi now fourth, Kevin Windham fifth, Christian Craig sixth, Andrew Short seventh, Ricky Dietrich eighth.
Josh Grant has pulled off the track. He looks to be in pain … (turns out to be he’s re-injured his knee).
Ryan Villopoto is looking smooth, fast, and (as much as you can racing professional MX) conserving energy as he leads this race. This 16 lap race (30 minutes plus 2 laps) win goes to Ryan Villopoto! Second is defending 2010 Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey. Third goes to current series points leader Chad Reed. These three riders are dominating ‘Motocross’ this season in the USA.
Fourth thru tenth – Kevin Windham, Mike Alessi, Christian Craig, Andrew Short, Ricky Dietrich, Brett Metcalfe, and Jake Canada.
250 MX Lites Moto 1
Again, the track is getting more rutted in the corners, and drying out on the straights. It’s probably close to 90+ degrees here today. Very taxing on both the riders and bikes. The leader of this first ‘250’ race is Justin Barcia, number 17 Honda. Last week it was revealed that Justin is dealing with an illness – mononucleosis. ‘Mono’ is not something that you recover from quickly. Regardless, Justin is out front and leading!
Now on lap three – it’s Justin Barcia leading, with Dean Wilson in second, and Blake Baggett in third. Fourth thru tenth – Darryn Durham (who has shown good speed all season long on the privateer Honda), Kyle Cunningham, Gareth Swanepoel, Cole Seely, Travis Baker, ‘hometown’ rider Eli Tomac, and L Vincent.
Dean Wilson is closing in on Justin Barcia for the lead. He’s close enough to get a good look at Justin and his lines. And Blake Baggett is right behind his teammate Dean Wilson. The top three are now very close!
On lap six, Dean Wilson goes inside and passes Justin Barcia for the lead. Then a few seconds later, Blake Baggett moves past Barcia as well. Wilson and Baggett are literally side-by-side. And Barcia is right behind the two of them.
Just a few moments later, Baggett has moved past Wilson and into the lead! Baggett has also put in the quickest lap of the race – 2 minutes 16 seconds. It’s Baggett leading now on lap seven, Wilson second … and Barcia goes down! At the end of seven laps, the running order is Blake Baggett, Dean Wilson, Darryn Durham in third, Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Gareth Swanepoel, Cole Seely … here comes Broc Tickle, and finally we notice series points leader Tyla Rattray in ninth. Travis Baker is tenth, and Malcolm Stewart is 11th now.
Baggett has a big gap over second place Wilson. If positions stay the same (Wilson in second, and Rattray in ninth) Wilson would take over the points lead – at least temporarily. But Rattray is coming thru the pack, along with teammate Broc Tickle. At the start of lap 13, it’s Baggett with the big lead, Wilson second, Tomac has moved into third, Durham a nice fourth, Swanepoel with a good ride in fifth, and Rattray has moved to sixth, Tickle seventh … then Seely, Barcia, and Baker round out the top ten.
Blake Baggett, racing for the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team, wins this race! He goes 16 laps. Teammate Dean Wilson second. Third goes to Colorado (Cortez to be exact) native Eli Tomac on the GEICO Honda, fourth Darryn Durham, fifth goes to a hard charging Tyla Rattray. Gareth Swanepoel sixth, then Broc Tickle, Cole Seely, Justin Barcia, and Travis Baker.
Motocross Class Moto 2
Chad Reed leads right from the start. But a little over two laps into the race, Ryan Dungey, the current AMA Motocross class Champion, is leading after everyone settles. Chad Reed now in second, and Ryan Villopoto is third. These three guys (Dungey, Reed, Villopoto) are simply the ‘class’ of the class. Fourth position is Kevin Windham, then Tommy Hahn, Justin Brayton, Davi Millsaps, Andrew Short, Michael Byrne, and Jimmy Albertson.
On lap four, Villopoto goes by Chad Reed. Running order now Dungey, Villopoto, Reed, Windham, Hahn, Brayton, Millsaps, Short, Byrne, Albertson, Metcalfe. Dungey leads Villopoto … just barely.
More than halfway into this race, the running order at the top remains the same – Ryan Dungey on the number 1 plated Suzuki first, Ryan Villopoto is second, Chad Reed is third, Kevin Windham fourth, T Hahn fifth, D Millsaps sixth. Then Metcalfe, Short, Brayton, Byrne, and Albertson. Dungey and Villopoto have a big lead over Reed in third …
This race is going to go 16 laps. And the winner of the moto, and taking the overall victory – his first of the outdoor season – Ryan Dungey! Ryan Villopoto takes second in this race, and second overall. Chad Reed finishes third in the moto for third overall, and retains series points lead. Fourth thru tenth in this race – Windham, Hahn, Millsaps, Metcalfe, Short, Byrne, Brayton.
From Suzuki and Ryan Dungey: “It means a lot to get this win. We’re five rounds in and I wish it could have come earlier, but that’s racing. I have to give it up for Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki … we’ve all been working our butts off. This win feels really good … I’d like to keep continuing it. My RM-Z450 was awesome. I want to thank the man above and my whole family – it feels good to get this one. I’m looking forward to Redbud. It’s a great track and one of my favorites. I was able to pull off wins in both motos there last year. Hopefully we have a little momentum from this one and I can pull off a couple more.”
250 MX Lites Moto 2
Blake Baggett, number 57 on the Pro Circuit Kawasaki, is on fire in the heat of Colorado. He won the first moto, and is now leading this second moto. Behind him are Dean Wilson, L Vincent, Ryan Sipes, Eli Tomac, Darryn Durham, Tyla Rattray, Nico Izzi, Malcolm Stewart, and N Paluzzi.
Just about halfway into this moto, Blake Baggett leads teammate Dean Wilson by over ten seconds. Third position is Eli Tomac. Then Ryan Sipes, Darryn Durham, Tyla Rattray, Malcolm Stewart, and Justin Barcia.
Baggett looks to be cruising to the moto win, and the overall victory. Wilson comfortably in second, Tomac in third. If they stay the same, it’s exactly as they finished in the first moto. Currently Ryan Sipes is in fourth, Tyla Rattray has worked into fifth, followed by Durham, M Stewart, Paluzzi, .. Barcia is 12th, Seely is 17th, Swanepoel 23rd, Tickle 34th.
After 15 laps, with his last lap being 2 minutes 22 seconds, Blake Baggett wins the moto and the overall! In second place, and second overall – Dean Wilson. In third place in this race, and third overall on the day – Eli Tomac.
Fourth thru tenth in this moto – R Sipes, T Rattray, D Durham, M Stewart, K Cunningham, M Davalos, and T Baker. Barcia 12th, Seely 17th, Swanepoel 21st, Tickle 35th.
Next weekend the action continues at Red Bud MX in Buchanan, Michigan for Round 6.
Motocross Class Results
- Ryan Dungey – SUZ – 2/1
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW – 1/2
- Chad Reed – HON – 3/3
- Kevin Windham – HON – 4/4
- Andrew Short – KTM – 7/8
- Tommy Hahn – YAM – 11/5
- Brett Metcalfe – SUZ – 9/7
- Christian Craig – HON – 6/15
- Jake Canada – KAW – 10/13
- Justin Brayton – YAM – 14/10
- Nick Wey – YAM – 13/11
- Jimmy Albertson – HON – 12/12
- Ricky Dietrich – YAM – 8/17
- Mike Alessi – KTM – 5/37
- Davi Millsaps – YAM – 24/6
- Ben Lamay – YAM – 15/14
- Michael Byrne – SUZ – 22/9
- Jake Weimer – KAW – 19/16
- Travis Sewell – YAM – 17/20
- Tye Hames – HON – 16/31
Motocross Class Point Standings
- Chad Reed – 223
- Ryan Villopoto – 215
- Ryan Dungey – 202
- Kevin Windham – 148
- Davi Millsaps – 145
- Brett Metcalfe – 144
- Ricky Dietrich – 109
- Andrew Short – 102
- Jake Weimer – 100
- Christian Craig – 97
- Tommy Hahn – 91
- Mike Alessi – 84
- Nick Wey – 81
- Michael Byrne – 69
- Les Smith – 37
- Ben Lamay – 36
- Tye Simmonds – 36
- Mike Brown – 31
- Kyle Chisholm – 26
- Josh Grant – 24
250 Lites MX Class Results
- Blake Baggett – KAW – 1/1
- Dean Wilson – KAW – 2/2
- Eli Tomac – HON – 3/3
- Darryn Durham – HON – 4/6
- Tyla Rattray – KAW – 5/5
- Ryan Sipes – YAM – 15/4
- Malcolm Stewart – SUZ – 13/7
- Travis Baker – HON – 10/10
- Justin Barcia – HON – 9/12
- Alex Martin – HON – 11/13
- Nick Paluzzi – SUZ – 14/11
- Cole Seely – HON – 8/17
- Nico Izzi – HON – 12/15
- Gareth Swanepoel – YAM – 6/21
- Broc Tickle – KAW – 7/35
- Kyle Cunningham – YAM – 40/8
- Martin Davalos – SUZ – 36/9
- Matt Lemoine – KAW – 17/14
- Scott Champion – HON – 19/16
- Gannon Audette – YAM – 16/33
250 Lites MX Class Point Standings
- Dean Wilson – 214
- Tyla Rattray – 206
- Blake Baggett – 194
- Eli Tomac – 176
- Justin Barcia – 137
- K Cunningham – 127
- Broc Tickle – 113
- G Swanepoel – 106
- Darryn Durham – 94
- Cole Seely – 89
- Martin Davalos – 87
- Nico Izzi – 79
- Malcolm Stewart – 76
- Alex Martin – 63
- Nick Paluzzi – 63
- Gannon Audette – 62
- Travis Baker – 56
- Matt Lemoine – 41
- Jason Anderson – 37
- Austin Howell – 36
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Past Winners at Thunder Valley MX – Courtesy MXSports
June 26, 2010 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
June 27, 2009 / Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, CA / Honda
June 29, 2008 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
July 22, 2007 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
July 23, 2006 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
July 24, 2005 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
June 26, 2010 / Christophe Pourcel, France / Kawasaki
June 27, 2009 / Jake Weimer, Rupert, ID / Kawasaki
June 29, 2008 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
July 22, 2007 / Ben Townley, New Zealand / Kawasaki
July 23, 2006 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
July 24, 2005 / Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, CA / Kawasaki
Ryan Villopoto – AMA Supercross Series Champion