Round 9 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series at MX 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts! Ryan Dungey takes 450 overall in the sand and rain … Tyla Rattray wins a 450 moto … Blake Baggett wins 250 MX Lites class
Southwick MX 338
The sandy track at Southwick got a bit of rain last night, but looks perfect this morning. The weather late this morning – cloudy, 75 degrees, and occasional rain and thunderstorms predicted. It’s been said that Nico Izzi missed his plane flight … and is not racing today.
250 Class qualifying – It’s GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac on top, with the quickest lap – 1 minute 58 seconds. His teamate Justin Barcia next at 2 minutes even. Then Blake Baggett, Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson, Malcolm Stewart, Blake Wharton, Zach Bell (in his first professional race – GEICO Honda team) and Justin Bogle (2:02) round out the top ten of 68 qualifiers.
Eli Tomac 17
450 Class qualifying – It’s Broc Tickle on top on his Kawasaki KX 450 F! 1 minute 57 seconds! Ryan Dungey is second, just 3/10ths of a second slower. Tyla Rattray is third quickest, then Tommy Hahn, Robert Marshall (riding a KTM), Mike Alessi, Davi Millsaps (back racing!), Kyle Chisholm, Michael Byrne, and Phil Nicoletti tenth at 2:00. Local legend John Dowd qualified 36th, with lap time of 2 minutes 2 seconds. There are 82 riders attempting to race today.
450 Class Moto 1 – The track is in perfect condition, and typical Southwick – sandy and rough. The holeshot goes to number 800 – Mike Alessi.
It’s starting to rain … and it’s Mike Alessi leading Ryan Dungey now on lap five. Followed by Tommy Hahn, Phil Nicoletti, R Marshall, Davi Millsaps and Andrew Short.
Lap seven of this 30 minute plus 2 lap race – Ryan Dungey goes by Mike Alessi and into the lead! The top ten right now – Dungey, Alessi, T Hahn, Rob Marshall (Southwick is his ‘home’ track), Short, Nicoletti, Millsaps, Tickle, Grant, and Mike Brown. John Dowd is 13th.
This race is much like many others of the season to date – Ryan Dungey out front and leading comfortably. Mike Alessi second.
And that’s how this 17 lap race finishes – Ryan Dungey wins the moto! Mike Alessi is second. Third thru tenth – Tommy Hahn, local rider Robby Marshall, Andrew Short, Broc Tickle, Davi Millsaps, Josh Grant, Mike Brown, and John Dowd!
Tommy Hahn 32
250 Class Moto 1 – It looks like it’s number 167, Zach Bell, with the holeshot! This is Zach’s first professional race. The end of the first lap, it’s Bell out front, followed by Marvin Musquin, S Rife, Eli Tomac, Blake Baggett, Jessy Nelson, Blake Wharton, Ken Roczen, Malcolm Stewart, Alex Martin … and Justin Barcia is 19th.
Five laps into this race, Zach Bell is leading teammate Eli Tomac by about one second. Third is Marvin Musquin, then Blake Baggett, Jessy Nelson, Ken Roczen, Blake Wharton, Malcolm Stewart, Justin Bogle. Barcia is 12th.
Lap six – Zach Bell goes down! The running order now is Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Blake Baggett, Kenny Roczen, J Nelson, Blake Wharton, Malcolm Stewart, Justin Bogle … and Justin Barcia is 11th.
Tomac is riding strong. He’s got a nice lead with just a few minutes left in this 30 minute plus two lap race.
The checkered flag at the end of this 17 lap race goes to Eli Tomac! Second is Marvin Musquin! Then it’s Blake Baggett, Ken Roczen, Jessy Nelson, Malcolm Stewart, Justin Barcia, Alex Martin, Blake Wharton, and Travis Baker rounds out the top ten.
Baggett gains six points over Barcia in the points chase.
450 Class Moto 2 – Holeshot goes to …. Mike Alessi. Justin Brayton is down in the first corner. But by the end of the first lap, it’s Ryan Dungey and his 450cc KTM in the lead. He’s followed by number 800 Mike Alessi. Third is Christian Craig on the TLD team, fourth is Mike Brown! Then Michael Byrne, Andrew Short, Tommy Hahn, Tyla Rattray, and Broc Tickle. Millsaps 11th. Josh Grant 14th. John Dowd 26th. Jake Weimer 28th. Rob Marshall 29th. Justin Brayton 36th.
By the end of lap five, Dungey already has a comfortable lead – over 10 seconds – on second place Mike Alessi. Third is Tommy Hahn, then Tyla Rattray, Mike Brown, Broc Tickle, Christian Craig, Andrew Short, Michael Byrne and Davi Millsaps.
Lap seven – Ryan Dungey goes down! Mike Alessi takes over the lead! It’s Alessi first, Dungey second, … then Tyla Rattray, Broc Tickle, Mike Brown, Andrew Short, Michael Byrne, Davi Millsaps, Rob Kiniry, and Kyle Chisholm. Christian Craig 11th. Josh Grant 13th. Jake Weimer 19th. Rob Marshall 20th. John Dowd 21st. Justin Brayton 26th. Tommy Hahn is out.
Dungey goes back around Alessi! He went almost seven seconds quicker on one lap. As they start lap 11, it’s Dungey, Alessi, Rattray, Tickle, Brown, Byrne, Short, Millsaps, Kiniry, Chisholm.
Dungey lost fuel from his gas tank when he fell. He’s leading … but Tyla Rattray is on a charge. He’s just gotten by Alessi and into second.
Lap 14 – Ryan Dungey make a ‘ pit stop ‘ for fuel! Rattray has moved into first … and Dungey gets fueled up quick enough to get back out onto the track in second position, still ahead of Alessi
Tyla is leading this 450 moto on lap 14! It’s Tyla Rattray first, Ryan Dungey second, Mike Alessi third. Then Tickle, Byrne, Millsaps, Brown, Chisholm, Grant and Short rounding out the top ten.
Two laps to go – Tyla is leading Ryan by just over one second. Alessi is a good distance back.
One lap to go. Rattray has stretched out his lead over Dungey to almost two seconds. Will Tyla win his first ever 450 moto on American soil?
The checkered flag – at the end of 17 laps, goes to Tyla Rattray! His first ever win on the 450! Ryan Dungey finishes second in this moto, and secures the overall victory for the day. Third is Mike Alessi. Then Broc Tickle, Byrne, Millsaps, Brown, Grant, Chisholm, and Les Smith.
250 Class Moto 2 – Jessy Nelson on the Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oil Honda is the leader on the first lap! Kenny Roczen running second! Then Blake Baggett, Alex Martin, Justin Barcia, Justin Bogle, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac and Wil Hahn. Zach Bell did not start this moto.
At the end of lap two it’s Kenny Roczen with the lead! Nelson in second. Followed by Baggett, Martin, Barcia, Bogle, Tomac, Musquin, Anderson, and Travis Baker.
As they start lap four, it’s Roczen first, Blake Baggett into second … just over three seconds back of Roczen. Third is Nelson, then Martin, Barcia, Bogle, Tomac, Musquin, Anderson, and Baker.
At the halfway point of this race, Kenny Roczen is leading Blake Baggett by about five seconds. Eli Tomac has made a nice charge and is up to third position. Then Martin, Musquin, Barcia, Malcolm Stewart, J Anderson, Jessy Nelson and Travis Baker.
The 250 class is very competitive. Almost always the ‘ top five ‘ are up front (Baggett, Barcia, Tomac, Roczen, and Musquin). As they start lap 13 of this moto, Ken Roczen is leading Blake Baggett by just over one second. Eli Tomac is about seven seconds back of them. Then Musquin, Martin, Barcia, Stewart, Anderson, Nelson, and Wil Hahn.
As they start lap 15, Ken Roczen leads Blake Baggett by 8/10ths of a second! Tomac back a ways in third. Then Musquin, Barcia, Martin, Stewart, Anderson, W Hahn, and T Baker. The ‘ top five ‘ are in the top five.
The track is getting very rough, and lap times are showing it. Roczen’s quickest lap in this race was 2 minutes 2 seconds. His last lap – 2 minutes 11 seconds. Baggett’s quickest lap in this race was 2 minutes 2 seconds as well … and his most recent lap was 2 minutes 11 seconds as well.
On the next to lap lap – Blake Baggett has passed Roczen and moved into first place! And Baggett has put a six second gap on Ken. Baggett’s lap was 2 minutes 7 seconds, Roczen’s was 2 minutes 14 seconds.
This race goes 17 laps. And the checkered flag of this race goes to Blake Baggett! Ken Roczen is second, Eli Tomac is third … then Justin Barcia, Marvin Musquin, Alex Martin, Malcolm Stewart, Jason Anderson, Wil Hahn, and Travis Baker top ten. The overall win goes to Blake Baggett! (He and Eli Tomac tied on points – 47 each – but Baggett gets the tie breaker – better second moto finish.)
Justin Barcia 20
Ryan Dungey 5
Tyla Rattray 28
Mike Alessi 800
Zach Bell 167 – first professional race today
Kenny Roczen 70
Marvin Musquin 38, looks good in the sand
Blake Baggett 12
|1.||R Dungey 1/2||KTM|
|2.||M Alessi 2/3||SUZ|
|3.||B Tickle 6/4||KAW|
|4.||D Millsaps 7/6||YAM|
|5.||T Rattray 20/1||KAW|
|6.||M Brown 9/7||KTM|
|7.||J Grant 8/8||KAW|
|8.||A Short 5/11||HON|
|10.||T Hahn 3/35||HON|
|12.||M Byrne 40/5||SUZ|
|14.||J Dowd 10/16||KAW|
|15.||C Craig 15/15||HON|
|250 Lites Results|
|1.||B Baggett 3/1||KAW|
|2.||E Tomac 1/3||HON|
|3.||K Roczen 4/2||KTM|
|4.||M Musquin 2/5||KTM|
|5.||J Barcia 7/4||HON|
|6.||M Stewart 6/7||KTM|
|7.||A Martin 8/6||HON|
|8.||J Nelson 5/11||HON|
|9.||T Baker 10/10||HON|
|10.||R Sipes 12/12||YAM|
|11.||J Bogle 11/13||HON|
|13.||W Hahn 21/9||HON|
|250 Lites Pts