2011 AMA Motocross – Round 6 – Buchanan, MI
Round 6 AMA Professional Motocross – Red Bud MX in Michigan! You’ve got the ‘big three’ in Motocross – series points leader Chad Reed, Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto, and 2010 defending Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey. In 250 MX Lites, you’ve got Pro-Circuit Kawasaki domination at the top – Dean Wilson, Tyla Rattray, and Blake Baggett! Today, Chad Reed wins ‘Motocross’ overall, extends points lead, Blake Baggett sweeps both 250 MX Lites motos, while Wilson retains that series points lead.
Red Bud MX
In Motocross class timed practice, it’s Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto on top with 2:15:90. Then Kevin Windham at 2:16, Chad Reed, Mike Alessi, Brett Metcalfe, Davi Millsaps, Ryan Dungey, Andrew Short, Josh Grant, and Jake Weimer are the top ten.
In 250 MX Lites timed practice, Justin Barcia had the quickest lap time at 2:19.44, series points leader Dean Wilson next at 2:19.5. Then Tyla Rattray, Nico Izzi, Malcolm Stewart, Blake Baggett, Alex Martin, Martin Davalos, Broc Tickle, Ryan Sipes, and Eli Tomac are the top 11 riders out of 80 total riders in the 250 class.
The weather is sunny and warm. The track is just about perfect. There were a few wet spots early on, but as the main races get ready to start, the track is in great condition.
250 MX Lites Race 1
Justin Barcia is the early leader on the number 17 GEICO Honda. He’s being chased by Ryan Sipes on his 25 Yamaha. Dean Wilson on the PC Kawasaki number 15 is third. Then Lance Vincent, number 245, riding for GEICO Honda as well, is next. He’s followed by PC Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett. Then it’s Kyle Cunningham, Darryn Durham, Nico Izzi, Wil Hahn (back in action on GEICO Honda, number 31), Broc Tickle, Matt Lemoine, Scott Champion, and Tyla Rattray are the top 13 out of 40 riders.
On lap four, Justin Barcia is pulling away. But coming down a downhill … he tumbles hard over the front of the bike. Ryan Sipes inherits the lead. It’s Sipes, Wilson, Baggett, Cunningham, Vincent, Durham, Izzi, W Hahn, Tickle, Rattray, then Barcia, Lemoine, Champion. M Stewart is 16th.
As they start to settle, six laps in, Ryan Sipes maintains the lead. But Dean Wison is less than one second behind. And Blake Baggett is right behind the two of them. Kyle Cunningham is fourth, Izzi fifth.
Lap eight – Sipes still leading, but Baggett has now moved past Wilson and into second. These top three are very close together.
It looked like just a matter of time as Blake Baggett’s speed seems to increase as the race goes on – he could overtake Sipes for the lead. And on lap nine, Baggett does go past R Sipes. As they start lap ten, the running order is Baggett, Sipes, Wilson, Cunningham, Izzi, Rattray, Durham, Tickle, Barcia, W Hahn, L Vincent, Cole Seely top 12.
Dean Wilson’s bike sports the red plate, signifying series points leader in the 250 class
Two laps to go in this race, and Blake Baggett is leading. Second is teammate Dean Wilson. Ryan Sipes holds third position. Kyle Cunningham fourth, Tyla Rattray has moved into fifth. Then D Durham, B Tickle, W Hahn, Cole Seely, and L Vincent.
Blake Baggett has won this 15 lap race! (30 minutes plus two laps.) Second place goes to Dean Wilson. Ryan Sipes with a nice ride in third. Same for Kyle Cunningham in fourth. Fifth is Tyla Rattray. Then Durham, Tickle, W Hahn, Seely, Vincent top ten.
Motocross Class Race 1
Jake Weimer and his Kawasaki have the holeshot. But within a few corners, Davi Millsaps number 18 takes over the point position. And Ryan Villopoto hits the dirt, restarts just about dead last. The running order after one lap – Davi Millsaps first, Chad Reed is second, Ryan Dungey is third, Jake Weimer fourth, then Brett Metcalfe, Justin Brayton, Andrew Short, Josh Grant, K Keylon, and Ricky Dietrich tenth. Ryan Villopoto is 37th.
Four laps into this race, Davi Millsaps is looking good out front on the number 18 JGR Yamaha. Chad Reed is running second, about three second back. Ryan Dungey is in third, very close to Reed. Brett Metcalfe is next in fourth, Weimer fifth. Villopoto has moved to 25th.
The top three – Millsaps, Reed, Dungey, are now putting on a great show. Almost side-by-side – they are close!
Lap seven – Chad Reed has edged past Millsaps and into the lead! And Dungey has now moved past Millsaps as well! It’s Chad Reed leading, Dungey second, Millsaps third. Those three are quite aways ahead of the next group of riders. Villopoto has moved up to 22nd.
As this race nears it’s completion, Chad Reed is still leading, but Ryan Dungey is right behind Reed and closing! Third belongs to Davi Millsaps, fourth is Brett Metcalfe, then Justin Brayton, Andrew Short, Josh Grant, Ricky Dietrich, Mike Alessi, and Christian Craig round out the top ten. Villopoto has moved up to 14th, although his pit is furiously giving him pit signals to keep going. It looks like something is hanging off the side of his motorcycle, and he’s riding with no visor – both courtesy of that early moto fall.
Chad Reed wins Motocross class, extends series points lead
This venue is real motocross. Great atmosphere, great track layout, great dirt, long up and down-hills, off-camber corners, ruts, bumps, big air jumps – very nice!
Although Dungey was closing, Reed has put the hammer down and started to pull away with just a couple laps to go. But then Dungey goes to work and closes right back up!
Wow, on last lap Dungey makes a move for the lead! But Reedy holds him off and wins the moto! Great 16 lap race! The top ten – Reedy first, Dungey second, Davi Millsaps third, Brett Metcalfe fourth, Justin Brayton next, then Andrew Short, Josh Grant, Mike Alessi, and Ryan Villopoto has finished in ninth! Christian Craig tenth.
Chad Reed’s Motocross class series leading bike gets worked on
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250 MX Lites Race 2
Early leader via holeshot is Wil Hahn, number 31. As the riders hit the track for this second moto – one rider is not out there – Justin Barcia. There is some kind of mechanical problem, and he can’t even start the race.
At the end of the first lap, it’s Blake Baggett leading just as he did in the first moto. Teammate Dean Wilson second. Third belongs to Wil Hahn.
Now lap three – Baggett leading, Wilson second, and PC teammate Tyla Rattray has moved into third to make it a ‘green’ Pro Circuit one-two-three. Hahn fourth, Vincent next, then Seely, Cunningham, Tickle, Davalos, and M Stewart.
Blake Baggett has won both motos in the 250 class for the overall win
It’s a Pro Circuit ‘green’ freight train up front. Blake Baggett is dominating, heading towards his second moto win of the day. Series point leader Dean Wilson is second, about four seconds back. And Tyla Rattray is third. All riding for the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki (green) team. Fourth place is Kyle Cunningham, then Wil Hahn, Broc Tickle, Cole Seely, Martin Davalos, Malcolm Stewart and Nico Izzi.
Blake Baggett has left no doubt as to who the fastest rider is in the 250 class. He wins this 16 lap moto in dominating fashion, and along with winning the first race, claims the overall victory with a 1/1 sweep. Dean Wilson finishes second in this moto, and along with his second place in the first race, takes second overall today with 2/2 finishes. Wilson also retains the 250 series points lead. Third in this moto, and third overall – another Pro Circuit rider – former MX2 World Motocross Champion Tyla Rattray. Pro Circuit 1-2-3.
Fourth thru tenth in this moto – Kyle Cunningham, Broc Tickle, Wil Hahn, M Davalos, M Stewart, N Izzi, and C Seely.
Motocross Class Race 2
Starting to get just a bit overcast as the 450 riders line up for their final moto. Holeshot goes to Ryan Dungey! And then just moments later Ryan Villopoto moves past Dungey and into the lead! Already you have the ‘top three’ up front – Ryan Villopoto up front, Ryan Dungey second, and Chad Reed third. Go figure …
Still on the first lap, Mike Alessi has moved past Reed and into third. The running order now at the end of lap one – Villopoto, Dungey, Alessi, Reed, Brett Metcalfe, Josh Grant, Davi Millsaps, Justin Brayton, Andrew Short, and Kevin Windham are the top ten.
Looks like Ryan Villopoto is making up for that first moto ninth – not something he’s accustomed to. He is leading this moto comfortably. Second, about nine second back, is Ryan Dungey. Staying in third, although quite a distance back from those front two, Mike Alessi is in third. Chad Reed in fourth. Then it’s Brett Metcalfe, Josh Grant, Kevin Windham, Justin Brayton, Andrew Short, and Christian Craig as we near the seven lap mark.
Lap eight – Villopoto out front, Dungey second, and Chad Reed has moved into third, passing Mike Alessi. If they finish in these positions, Reed will edge out Dungey for the overall (Reed’s 1/3 would equal 45 points, Dungey’s 2/2 would equal 44 points).
Ryan Villopoto goes on to win this 16 lap moto. Ryan Dungey finishes second. Chad Reed finishes third, and wins the overall victory! Extends series points lead! Even though Ryan Villopoto finished ninth in the first moto, he is going to score third overall today.
Fourth thru tenth in this moto – Mike Alessi, Brett Metcalfe, Kevin Windham, Justin Brayton, Andrew Short, Jake Weimer, and Christian Craig.
The top three guys in ‘Motocross’ once again show why they are the top three guys.
Motocross Class Results
- Chad Reed – HON – 1/3
- Ryan Dungey – SUZ – 2/2
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW – 9/1
- Brett Metcalfe – SUZ – 4/5
- Mike Alessi – KTM – 8/4
- Justin Brayton – YAM – 5/7
- Andrew Short – KTM – 6/8
- Davi Millsaps – YAM – 3/13
- Kevin Windham – HON – 12/6
- Christian Craig – HON – 10/10
- Nick Wey – YAM – 14/14
- Josh Grant – HON – 7/32
- Jake Weimer – KAW – 36/9
- Travis Sewell – YAM – 13/17
- Michael Byrne – SUZ – 40/11
- Tye Simmonds – KTM – 17/15
- Ben Lamay – YAM – 16/16
- Jake Canada – YAM – 11/30
- Tommy Hahn – YAM – 39/12
- Jimmy Albertson – HON – 15/20
Motocross Class Point Standings
- Chad Reed – 268
- Ryan Villopoto – 252
- Ryan Dungey – 246
- Brett Metcalfe – 178
- Davi Millsaps – 173
- Kevin Windham – 172
- Andrew Short – 130
- Christian Craig – 119
- Mike Alessi – 115
- Jake Weimer – 112
- Ricky Dietrich – 109
- Tommy Hahn – 100
- Nick Wey – 95
- Michael Byrne – 79
- Justin Brayton – 48
- Tye Simmonds – 46
- Ben Lamay – 46
- Josh Grant – 38
- Les Smith – 37
- Mike Brown – 31
250 Lites MX Class Results
- Blake Baggett – KAW – 1/1
- Dean Wilson – KAW – 2/2
- Tyla Rattray – KAW – 5/3
- Kyle Cunningham – YAM – 4/4
- Broc Tickle – KAW – 7/5
- Wil Hahn – HON – 8/6
- Ryan Sipes – YAM – 3/14
- Martin Davalos – SUZ – 11/7
- Cole Seely – HON – 9/10
- Scott Champion – HON – 13/13
- Travis Baker – HON – 12/15
- Darryn Durham – HON – 6/34
- Gareth Swanepoel – YAM – 17/11
- Malcolm Stewart – SUZ – 28/8
- Nico Izzi – HON – 31/9
- Les Smith – SUZ – 15/16
- Lance Vincent – HON – 10/33
- Gannon Audette – YAM – 14/18
- Alex Martin – HON – 34/12
- Josh Clark – HON – 16/19
250 Lites MX Class Point Standings
- Dean Wilson – 258
- Blake Baggett – 244
- Tyla Rattray – 242
- Eli Tomac – 176
- Kyle Cunningham – 163
- Broc Tickle – 143
- Justin Barcia – 137
- G Swanepoel – 120
- Cole Seely – 112
- Martin Davalos – 111
- Darryn Durham – 109
- Nico Izzi – 91
- Malcolm Stewart – 89
- Gannon Audette – 72
- Alex Martin – 72
- Travis Baker – 71
- Nick Paluzzi – 63
- Ryan Sipes – 51
- Matt Lemoine – 41
- Austin Howell – 40
Ryan Villopoto said of his first moto crash: I went into a swapper coming down that hill, and then the visor came off, and then everything else (number plate, exhaust pipe) came off. I feel like we are (still) in a good position (for the championship), although we lost a lot of points today. We’ll keep working while we have this break (a week off now).
Ryan Dungey said of his day: Points are valuable. We are halfway thru the season, but there’s a lot of racing still left to go. It was pretty tough if you went outside of the good lines, especially in the first moto. I need to make those passes quicker (like going for the lead in the first moto). There are a few things we can work on during this week off. Really looking forward to racing at Millville – it’s my home track, with a lot of family and friends.
Chad Reed says: In that second moto, I just knew I needed to be smart and get past Alessi for the overall. I learned a lot today. And this week we worked on suspension quite a bit. I learned a lot about myself today, making choices on race day. It’s never good to make changes during race day, but we did very good. I try to control what I have control over. I put in some good laps. It’s finally good to get a Red Bud win. It’s crunch time. We are also trying to get some things ready for next year.
Tyla Rattray: With all of us battling at Pro Circuit for the championship, it’s really good underneath that tent. There is no tension at all. We are all professional athletes too. We’ve just reached the halfway point in the series, we have some good tracks coming up, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll head to Florida till Friday, and then fly back to California.
Dean Wilson: I can’t complain with a 2/2 second overall … but I’d like to get some overall wins. I’m going to chill out a bit this week, and then get back to it (training) next week. I’m happy with being consistent – it helps to win championships … but I want to start winning some races too. I’m not thinking about the championship, I just take it moment by moment. I’ll enjoy some time off, relax, … we’ve had four races in a row. Even the travel can wear you out.
Blake Baggett: Deano (Dean Wilson) and Tyla were getting close in that second moto, and I just decided to turn it up a bit. The championship is still far out. Both Dean and Tyla haven’t had any really bad races, but if they make a mistake I want to be there to capitalize. I run the basic same program I run every week since Hangtown. I haven’t ever raced at this track before, or Unadilla NY. Being from California, I wasn’t so used to a track like this with the ruts and soft dirt. I’m used to hard pack. You just have to be extra patient. We do have a break – a week off, but I’m going to continue doing what I’ve been doing. I might even ride next Saturday when we have off.
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More info courtesy of MXSports – Past Winners at Red Bud MX
July 3, 2010 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
July 4, 2009 / Josh Grant, Riverside, CA / Yamaha
July 6, 2008 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
July 1, 2007 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
July 2, 2006 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
July 3, 2005 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
July 4, 2004 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
July 6, 2003 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
July 7, 2002 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
July 1, 2001 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
July 2, 2000 / Sebastien Tortelli, France / Honda
July 4, 1999 / Kevin Windham, Ethel, LA / Honda
July 5, 1998 / Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA / Kawasaki
July 6, 1997 / John Dowd, Chicopee, MA / Yamaha
July 7, 1996 / Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA / Kawasaki
July 2, 1995 / Jeremy McGrath, Murrieta, CA / Honda
July 3, 1994 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
July 4, 1993 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
July 5, 1992 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
July 7, 1991 / Damon Bradshaw, Mooresville, NC / Yamaha
July 8, 1990 / Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA / Kawasaki
July 2, 1989 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
July 7, 1985 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
July 1, 1984 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
July 3, 1983 / David Bailey, Axton, VA / Honda
June 1, 1980 / Steve Wise, Pharr, TX / Honda
July 1, 1979 / Marty Tripes, Santee, TX / Honda
July 2, 1978 / Kent Howerton, San Antonio, TX / Suzuki
May 22, 1977 / Tony DiStefano, Morrisville, PA / Suzuki
April 28, 1974 / Ken Zahrt, Woodland Hills, CA / Bultaco
July 3, 2010 / Trey Canard, Shawnee, OK / Honda
July 4, 2009 / Jake Weimer, Rupert, ID / Kawasaki
July 6, 2008 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
July 1, 2007 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
July 2, 2006 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
July 3, 2005 / Grant Langston, South Africa / Kawasaki
July 4, 2004 / Michael Brown, Johnson City, TN / Yamaha
July 6, 2003 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
July 7, 2002 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
July 1, 2001 / Larry Ward, Florence, SD / Yamaha
July 2, 2000 / Stephane Roncada, France / Yamaha
July 4, 1999 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
July 5, 1998 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
July 6, 1997 / Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, LA / Yamaha
July 7, 1996 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda
July 2, 1995 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda
July 3, 1994 / Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA / Yamaha
July 4, 1993 / Jeff Emig, Highland Ranch, CA / Yamaha
July 5, 1992 / Jeff Emig, Highland Ranch, CA / Yamaha
July 7, 1991 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
July 8, 1990 / Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK / Suzuki
July 2, 1989 / George Holland, Kerman, CA / Honda
July 3, 1988 / Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK / Honda
July 5, 1987 / Micky Dymond, Yorba Linda, CA / Honda
July 6, 1986 / Micky Dymond, Yorba Linda, CA / Honda
July 7, 1985 / Ron Lechien, El Cajon, CA / Honda
July 1, 1984 / Jeff Ward, Mission Viejo, CA / Kawasaki
July 3, 1983 / Johnny O’Mara, Simi Valley, CA / Honda
July 4, 1982 / Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki
July 5, 1981 / Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki
May 23, 1976 / Bob Hannah, Whittier, CA / Yamaha
July 3, 1988 / Jeff Ward, Mission Viejo, CA / Kawasaki
July 5, 1987 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
July 6, 1986 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
July 7, 1985 / Broc Glover, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
July 1, 1984 / David Bailey, Axton, VA / Honda
July 3, 1983 / Broc Glover, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
July 4, 1982 / Danny Chandler, Foresthill, CA / Honda
July 5, 1981 / Chuck Sun, Sherwood, OR / Honda
June 1, 1980 / Denny Swartz, Marietta, OH / Maico
July 1, 1979 / Danny LaPorte, Yucca Valley, CA / Suzuki
July 2, 1978 / Rick Burgett, Sandy, OR / Yamaha
April 28, 1974 / Mike Hartwig, Hadley, MI / Yamaha
It was sunny and warm today in Michigan. It’s always good to practice good sun protection, as Aryan and Cody demonstrate.
Blake Baggett on his way to 250 MX Lites victory