2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series Preview: Budds Creek MX
This Saturday is round five of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series. You’ll find coverage of this race coming Saturday here on Supercross.com. Updated 1pm Pacific Time.
A preview of the Budds Creek MX race this Saturday should start with a look back at last week’s race in PA, where Ryan Dungey won the 450 Motocross class, and Eli Tomac did the same in the 250 MX Lites class.
- Results and points from last week in High Point
- Photos from last week in High Point
- Video recap of High Point
- Revisit the 2011 Budds Creek MX!
- Revisit the 2010 Budds Creek MX race!
So, we are just hours before the fifth round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championship – Budds Creek, Maryland, just outside the Nation’s Capital. We have witnessed some incredible racing up to this point and last week at the High Point National was definitely no exception.
In the 250 MX Lites class we witnessed Eli Tomac race from the back of the pack in both motos to take the overall on the day. His second moto charge was incredible, he never gave up and it paid off in spades with the moto victory. In the 450 class we saw Ryan Dungey pass Mike Alessi in both motos and take the overall with a 1-1.
Enough about last week, lets get into what Budds Creek should bring for the weekend.
First – James Stewart – will not be racing. He said online “Sad to say but I won’t be at Budds Creek MX this weekend. Things are getting better (with injured wrist) but still not where I need to be to be racing this Saturday.”
Second, the biggest complaint among riders for the Budds Creek round is usually the hot and extremely humid conditions. Then again this always plays into the hands of the riders who have great fitness and who can really race at full speed 30 minutes plus two laps twice in a day. With out a doubt the racers who can do this will be standing atop the box at the end of the day.
Let’s talk momentum. The riders have had a solid four weeks of racing – some have faired well and some not so well. The likes of Barcia, Baggett, Tomac and Roczen have been there week in and week. Musquin should be included in that mix, but hand surgery just before the first race slowed that down a bit. This weekend might be his weekend to break through …
Budds Creek always has a great layout that suits some of the more technical riders. Those who search for lines around the course rather then just holding it wide open that is. This weekend maybe a harder working Lites racer and past Budds Creek podium finisher Wil Hahn could be up on the box. He broke into the top four in the first moto last week and is fit and ready for a podium. Budds Creek may be just the place to carry on with his growing forward momentum. Mike Alessi has consistently been on the podium all but one week. Seeing him lead Dungey around for half of both motos was a welcomed surprise.
If there are brutally hot conditions, it should play into the hands of the Americans more so than the Europeans. The MX GP’s do not get as many chances to race in those conditions, although there have been some. Granted Roczen and Musquin are both incredible athletes – the climate is just something that is tough to condition yourself for. As we’ve seen in the past it has hindered some of the most physically fit riders on the circuit. Not burning up your reserve tank in the first moto and taking the necessary steps between motos will be huge to be ready for second motos.
The flat starting area at the Budds Creek circuit: Eli Tomac has a couple of pounds on his fellow racers. So the past couple weeks of uphill starts has really put him at a disadvantage. He hasn’t started inside the top 5, making his job tougher than normal. He said this in the post race press conference at High Point “I’m looking forward to starting in the top three and putting the Geico Honda back on top of the box at Budds Creek.” This week’s circuit always has great passing points, so the start won’t be quite as crucial if you are willing to hang it out there.
So to take a look back, fitness and hydration will be key. Not that this is anything new it is just vastly important for when you get into the humid climate. Not only will pre hydration be huge as will hydration between motos and throughout the day. Carrying the forward momentum that some of the riders have been building into the off weeks is crucial for their psyche. This being said those that haven’t excelled the last couple weeks could bounce back and get onto the forward momentum train. Hopefully we’ll see a couple fresh faces on the podium as well.
Coverage from Budds Creek begins on Saturday, June 16, with live coverage of the first 250 Class moto on FUEL TV, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern, followed by live coverage of the opening 450 Class moto on NBC at 2 p.m. Eastern.
Live second-moto coverage of the 250 Class continues on FUEL TV at 3 p.m. Eastern, while NBC Sports Network wraps up the day with live final moto coverage of the 450 Class, beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern.
Courtesy MX Sports
“I’m really having fun this season,” said Weimer. “I’m happy with where I’m at right now and I’m ready to be on the box every moto. Budds Creek is always a good racetrack, so hopefully they prep it well and develops lots of lines. I’ve won here before in the 250 Class, so I’m looking to get back into second in the points.”
“I got great starts in both motos at High Point,” said Metcalfe. “The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was awesome off the gate and that helped me get up there with the front-runners. We made big improvements throughout the day and I’m looking forward to carrying that momentum to Budds Creek.”
“I felt like I rode really well all day at High Point,” said Izzi. “Budds Creek should be good. I like the track and I have the speed, I just need to work on my starts.”
“I’ve been working hard during the week and doing everything I can,” said Tickle. “Budds Creek is one of my favorite tracks and I’m looking forward to it. I want to be back on the podium again and be in the top five every moto.”
“(High Point) went okay for me,” said Brayton. “I’m going to work on some things this week for Budds Creek and hope to improve on my 11th overall finish.”
“It’s been awhile since I’ve won,” said Baggett. “I haven’t won since the first round, so I’m ready to stand back on the top step of the box. Budds Creek has been good to me in the past, so I’m hoping to get it done.”
“My plan was to get through the first five rounds,” said Tedesco. “I’ve gotten decent results and look forward to getting to Budds Creek. It’s a fun track, so I hope to finish strong before the break and come back even stronger.”
“The first moto was good for me,” said Barcia. “I got a good start and felt really strong throughout the whole race. In moto two, I got another pretty good start but wasn’t as comfortable with the track; I was able to hold onto third place, giving me second overall. I am happy to be on the podium again and that much closer to the red plate, but I always want to win.”
“The second moto was a lot of work, but I dug deep and never gave up,” said Tomac. “When I saw (Roczen) on the last lap, I couldn’t believe that I actually had a chance to take the win. I am really happy to be back on the podium and that much closer in points.”
“The day started off really strong for me,” said Hahn. “I ended up finishing fourth (in Moto 1) and ninth in Moto 2 after going down on the first lap. As long as I’m in the top 10 and improving each week, then I am happy with sixth overall.”
“I had some trouble in the first moto,” said Wharton. “I fell twice. I was doing all right but it’s not the way I wanted to finish the first moto. In the second moto, I felt like I was going to be riding better, but I actually crashed and tore my bike up. It was disappointing, but we’ll go back and keep at it for Budds Creek.”
“It was good a day, but High Point is always tough,” said Anderson. “In my first moto, I had a couple of crashes and ended up 13th. In the second moto, I got a decent start and ran in sixth. I ended up eighth overall for the day. We’re getting closer to the front and we’ve broken into the top 10 (in points). I like Budds Creek and I’m looking forward to putting in some solid motos this weekend.”
“I had some battles at High Point,” said Cunningham. “(My teammate) Gareth Swanepoel and I both pushed to the finish and ended up with decent results. We’ll get to Budds Creek and try to do a little better. I’ve had some good results there and I like that track.”
Overall Wins 450 Motocross class: Ryan Dungey – 2, James Stewart – 2
Moto Wins: Ryan Dungey – 4, James Stewart – 4
Laps led: James Stewart – 68, Ryan Dungey – 48, Mike Alessi – 15, Tommy Hahn – 1
Overall Wins 250 MX Lites class: Eli Tomac – 2, Blake Baggett – 1, Justin Barcia – 1
Moto Wins: Blake Baggett – 3, Eli Tomac – 3, Justin Barcia – 2
Laps led: Justin Barcia – 46, Ken Roczen – 27, Eli Tomac – 27, Blake Baggett – 23, Blake Wharton – 6, Jessy Nelson – 1, Phil Nicoletti – 1
Past Winners – Budds Creek MX Park
June 19, 2011 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn. / Suzuki
August 22, 2009 / Chad Reed, Australia / Suzuki
July 13, 2008 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
June 17, 2007 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
June 18, 2006 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
June 19, 2005 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
June 20, 2004 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
June 15, 2003 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
June 16, 2002 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
June 17, 2001 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
June 18, 2000 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
June 20, 1999 / Kevin Windham, Ethel, LA / Honda
June 21, 1998 / Doug Henry, Oxford, CT / Yamaha
June 15, 1997 / Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, GA / Yamaha
June 16, 1996 / Jeremy McGrath, Menifee, CA / Honda
June 18, 1995 / Jeremy McGrath, Murrieta, CA / Honda
May 22, 1994 / Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN / Kawasaki
June 19, 2010 / Dean Wilson, Scotland / Kawasaki
August 22, 2009 / Jake Weimer, Rupert, ID / Kawasaki
July 13, 2008 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
June 17, 2007 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
June 18, 2006 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
June 19, 2005 / Michael Brown, Johnson City, TN / Honda
June 20, 2004 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
June 15, 2003 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
June 16, 2002 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
June 17, 2001 / Michael Brown, Piney Flats, TN / Kawasaki
June 18, 2000 / Stephane Roncada, France / Yamaha
June 20, 1999 / Tallon Vohland, Citrus Heights, CA / Honda
June 21, 1998 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
June 15, 1997 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
June 16, 1996 / Steve Lamson, Pollick Pines, CA / Honda
June 18, 1995 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda
May 22, 1994 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda
October 4, 1992 / Jeff Emig, Highland, CA / Yamaha
October 6, 1991 / Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK / Suzuki
October 7, 1990 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Honda
October 8, 1989 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Honda
October 4, 1992 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
October 6, 1991 / Jean-Michel Bayle, France / Honda
October 7, 1990 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
October 8, 1989 / Jean-Michel Bayle, France / Honda