Opening round of the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Hangtown! James Stewart sweeps both motos on the number 7 Yoshimura Suzuki to win the MX class. Blake Baggett does the same in 250 MX Lites – sweeps both motos!
Praire City ORV Park
250 Lites class qualifying – Blake Baggett is on top with a lap of 2 minutes. He’s got Eli Tomac right behind on 2 minutes 1 second, then Justin Barcia, Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson, Marvin Musquin, Wil Hahn, Dean Wilson, and Travis Baker – the top riders out of 67 total.
450 Motocross Class qualifying – James Stewart, two-time Supercross Champion, on his first ride for the Yoshimura Suzuki team, has set the fastest qualifying lap – 1 minute 58 seconds. Then it’s Davi Millsaps at 2 minutes. Then Mike Alessi, Brett Metcalfe, Broc Tickle, Nico Izzi, Tommy Hahn, Josh Grant, Andrew Short, Ryan Dungey, Kyle Chisholm, Rob Kiniry, Jim Albertson, Tyla Rattray, and Jake Weimer. Ryan Hughes was 19th, at 2:03. 91 riders are attempting to make it into the ‘main events’.
The weather – nice, warm and sunny. The crowd – thousands arrived quite early … and more are coming into the facility for the ‘main events’. It will be warm and sunny today, with a big crowd.
450 Motocross Moto 1 – it’s Andrew Short with the holeshot … but midway thru the first lap James Stewart has taken over the lead!
Ten minutes into this race, it’s James Stewart out front, Andrew Short is second. Davi Millsaps next, then Brett Metcalfe and Mike Alessi. Ryan Dungey is seventh. Tyla Rattray is out of the moto …
Halfway thru this moto – Stewart is out front, teammate Brett Metcalfe is second. Andrew Short is second, Davi Millsaps right behind, and Dungey has moved right behind the both of them.
While Stewart has ‘checked out’, and Metcalfe is in second, there is a great battle for third, fourth and fifth, between Short, Millsaps, and Dungey. Right now, MIllsaps has third, Dungey is in fourth, and Shorty is fifth. Mike Alessi is next, and then Broc Tickle.
With about four laps to go, Davi Millsaps has moved past Metcalfe and into second position. It’s Stewart out front, Millsaps second, Metcalfe third, Dungey right behind in fourth, then Short, Tickle, M Alessi, Tommy Hahn, Josh Grant, and Jake Weimer.
With three laps to go, Stewart out front, Millsaps second … and Dungey has moved into third.
In this first moto of the 2012 AMA National Motocross Season, aka the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships, James Stewart is the winner. Davi Millsaps finishes second. Ryan Dungey is third. Brett Metcalfe, Andrew Short, Broc Tickle, MIke Alessi, Tommy Hahn, Josh Grant, and Jake Weimer tenth.
James said “I felt good, a little tight in the beginning. It’s been a long time (since I’ve raced AMA Motocross Series). The team is working hard. We’ll see what we have for the second moto.”
Word has just come over the PA, Tyla Rattray is out for second moto – he has suffered a broken hand.
250 Lites Moto 1 – it’s number 20, Supercross East Champion Justin Barcia with the holeshot! He’s followed by Kenny Roczen and Blake Baggett!
Now that they have settled a bit, it’s number 20 Justin Barcia in the lead. World MX2 Motocross Champion Ken Roczen is next, third place is now Supercross West champion Eli Tomac. Two-time West Regional Supercross Champion, and former 250 Lites MX Champion Ivan Tedesco, racing for Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki is fourth. Two-time World MX2 champion Marvin Musquin is next. Dean Wilson, racing with the red number 1 plate, is seventh here at nearly the ten minute mark into the moto.
Kenny Roczen moves past Justin Barcia and into the lead, going by on the outside of a wide left hand corner and up a hill. Roczen is looking smooth and agressive. It’s Roczen, Barcia, Eli Tomac, Blake Baggett, Marvin Musquin, Ivan Tedesco, and Dean Wilson. A lot of champions up front! (Roczen World MX2 Champ, Barcia two time East Supercross Champ, Tomac West Supercross Champ, Baggett Motocross of Nations Champ, Musquin two time World MX2 Motocross Champ, Tedesco two time West Supercross, and Lites MX Champ, Wilson current 250 LItes defending champ.)
Defending National 250 Lites Motocross Champion Dean Wilson has pulled off the track.
Up front, with about five laps to go, Roczen and Barcia are battling, with Roczen maintaining the lead. Eli Tomac is close, and Baggett is moving up rapidly. Marvin Musquin in fifth.
Baggett has moved past Tomac. It’s Roczen, Barcia, Baggett, Tomac, Musquin.
With one lap to go, the top three are very close! Roczen is leading, Barcia is right behind him, and Blake Baggett right next to him! Last lap – Baggett goes past Barcia – now looking at Roczen! These top three are literally bike-to-bike-to-bike!
Blake Baggett is on fire! He moves past Roczen with only a few hundred yards to finish!
Blake Baggett wins this race! Takes the lead on the last lap! Second goes to Kenny Roczen. Third goes to Justin Barcia. Great race.
Kenny Roczen said “Overall it was a good race. Blake passed me on the last lap, I’ll work harder for the second moto. I’m happy to be racing the Nationals here in America.”
Blake Baggett “I think that was one of the gnarliest races ever. ‘m very happy to put on a good show for the fans.”
450 Motocross Moto 2 – massive holeshot by number 800 Mike Alessi. He’s chased by Ryan Dungey and James Stewart.
Stewart works his way past Dungey, and then past M Alessi and into the lead. The running order ten minutes in – James Stewart first, then Ryan Dungey, Mike Alessi, Andrew Short fourth, and Brett Metcalfe fifth.
James Stewart looks very smooth, and very confident out front. Very smooth. Ryan Dungey is second, followed by Mike Alessi, Andrew Short. Stewart is running lap times of approx. 2 minutes 6 seconds. Dungey is just under two seconds behind Stewart.
As this moto winds down (it’s 30 minutes plus two laps), it’s James Stewart out front, with Ryan Dungey chasing. Mike Alessi a ways back in third, then Brett Metcalfe, Andrew Short, Jake Weimer, Broc Tickle, Josh Grant, Kyle Chisholm, and Nico Izzi. Justin Brayton did not do well in the first moto, and is 18th in this race
Ryan Hughes did not start this second moto, along with Tyla Rattray.
James Stewart wins this race, sweeps both motos, claims the overall victory and series points lead – in his first ever race on Suzuki. Ryan Dungey finishes second, for second overall. Third in this race is Mike Alessi.
Ryan Dungey said “It was a little ridiculous with the lappers – they need to get out of the way. It takes a team to be here … it’s not all me. I want to thank the whole team including Red Bull, KTM, and my mechanic Carlos.”
Dungey continued during the press conference after the race: “Didn’t get off to a great start in that first moto. Second moto had a better start – was behind James. I ran into some lappers and lost a bit of time. But all in all it was a good day. We have a good set up on the KTM 450.”
James Stewart said “It was awesome. It was a battle between me and Dungey there. I want to thank Suzuki. All these guys here (pointing to team members nearby) have helped me tremendously.”
And after the race during the press conference, James had this to say: “We really did (as a team) try to cram a lot of stuff into a short period of time (getting the bike ready). What we did testing beforehand really worked, because we didn’t make too many changes today. My goal was to come in and have fun and build for 2013 (Supercross). It is tough changing teams in the middle of the year – new mechanic, new manager, new everything. I was really stoked to see that almost every lap I got better and better. My goal is 2013, but it was really cool to come here and get a win.”
250 Lites Moto 2 – 5:11pm. The temperatures are still very warm here in Rancho Cordova. Justin Barcia with the holeshot! Ken Roczen is second … and then he falls in a tight right hand corner halfway thru the first lap. At the end of the first lap, it’s Barcia out front, Blake Baggett is second. Tomac had a fall on this opening lap as well.
Justin Barcia first, Blake Baggett second, Marvin Musquin is third. Roczen fourth, Jason Anderson fifth.
Ten minutes into this race, Blake Baggett has moved past Barcia and into the lead.
Word has come from the pits – Dean Wilson’s shoulder popped out (separated) in the first moto – and he could be out of action for quite a while. Bummer.
It’s Baggett leading, Barcia next, third place Ken Roczen, followed by Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin. Eli Tomac is running 24th.
10 minutes left in this race. Remember, it’s 30 minutes plus two laps, which equals just about 35 minutes per moto. Blake Baggett has regained his form from last year’s outdoor season, leading this race comfortably. Justin Barcia is second, Ken Roczen third, Martin Davalos next, Jason Anderson follows, Ivan Tedesco next, then Blake Wharton, Justin Bogle, and Marvin Musquin round out the top nine. Remember, Marvin Musquin had surgery on his hand just last week.
Blake Baggett, number 12 on the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki has won this moto, sweeps both races in 250 Lites, and takes the overall – as well as the 250 Lites series points lead with 50 points. Justin Barcia finishes second in this race, and second overall. Kenny Roczen takes third in this race, and third overall. Martin Davalos is fourth in this race, with Ivan Tedesco fifth.
Ken Roczen, post race press conference: “Second moto I had that little tip over. I tried not to rush, because I knew the race would be long. I tried at the end to push on Justin, but I’m happy with my result and looking forward to next week in Freestone. I’m still trying to figure out the system. It’s very short practices, and I learn race by race, but also it’s just one day and we get to fly back home. I’m going to Andrew Short’s house in Texas early to get ready for the heat (of Texas).”
Justin Barcia after the race in press conference: “I’m pretty happy with the result. It’s my last year in 250 Lites. I work with Jeff Stanton, and I feel physically and mentally I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. I had two great starts today. I’m healthy and strong. I’m pumped to be going to Freestone. I get to go home a bit beforehand (Florida) before the race. It should be a great weekend.”
Blake Baggett in the post race press conference: “One-One is beyond what I expected coming in. I just wanted to be on the box (top three). I want to be on the box every weekend, and be in the championship hunt. In the second moto (for me) I got a good start.
James Stewart won both motos on his new Suzuki
World MX2 Motocross Champion Kenny Roczen in his first AMA Motocross race.
Blake Baggett swept both motos
|1.||James Stewart 1/1||SUZ|
|2.||Ryan Dungey 3/2||KTM|
|3.||Mike Alessi 7/3||SUZ|
|4.||Andrew Short 5/4||HON|
|5.||Brett Metcalfe 4/5||SUZ|
|6.||Broc Tickle 6/7||KAW|
|7.||Davi Millsaps 2/14||YAM|
|250 Lites Results|
|1.||Blake Baggett 1/1||KAW|
|2.||Justin Barcia 3/2||HON|
|3.||Ken Roczen 2/3||KTM|
|4.||Ivan Tedesco 6/5||KAW|
|5.||Eli Tomac 4/10||HON|
|6.||M Davalos 14/4||SUZ|
|250 Lites Pts