2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series Preview: High Point
This Saturday is round four of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series. You’ll find coverage of this race coming Saturday here on Supercross.com.
A preview of the High Point / Mt. Morris PA race this Saturday should start with a look back at last week’s race in Colorado, where Ryan Dungey won the 450 Motocross class, and Justin Barcia did the same in the 250 MX Lites class. Last week’s race coverage in Colorado is here, including results, points and photos.
In addition to Barcia and Dungey winning, James Stewart had a crash in the first moto that knocked him out of action for the entire day. Dungey went on to sweep both motos and takes over the points lead … although James is expected to be back in action tomorrow in PA. And while Barcia won the overall, Blake Baggett maintains his 250 MX Lites series points lead over Kenny Roczen.
Info courtesy MX Sports
Officially, the race is being called the FMF High Point National, presented by United Bank.
Ryan Dungey’s win also marked the first overall victory for KTM in the premier Motocross class.
Live coverage of the opening motos on FUEL TV at 1 p.m. Eastern. Additionally, live coverage of the second motos for each class can be seen on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. Eastern.
Jake Weimer: It felt great landing my first 450 Class podium at Thunder Valley. It was pretty tough out there. After it rained between motos I thought the track was going to be worse, but the rain actually improved the track conditions. Overall, I’m happy with my result. I made progress moving into second in the points and that’s the name of the game. I really like the track at High Point. I’ve done well there in the past so I’m looking forward to this weekend.
James Stewart: I’m just going to train this week and see how my wrist feels. But, I want to make sure we’re 100 percent for Mt. Morris.
Brett Metcalfe: I felt good coming in to Lakewood. In the second moto, I had to really charge through, but I was able to do that. Overall, I’m happy with my riding and the results. Now we go to High Point, which is a good track for me and I’m looking forward to racing there. My riding is at a great level now, so I need to focus on getting up front and staying in attack mode.
Nico Izzi: Thunder Valley was a great day for me. It couldn’t have been any better. My goal was to complete two solid motos for a good overall, and that’s what I did. Now we go to High Point and I love that track. I grew up racing there, so it’ll be nice to go there and run with the top dogs.
Broc Tickle: I was pretty happy with my second-moto result at Thunder Valley. I really feel that my hard work is finally beginning to pay off. I’m going to keep the setup on my KX450F the same going into High Point. It’s dialed in perfectly right now. I’m really looking forward to the next few races because High Point, Budds Creek and Red Bud are my favorite tracks. I especially like High Point because it has a lot of ruts and off-camber down hills. Also, it might rain and I like the rain so I’m really looking forward to this weekend.
Blake Baggett: You really have to fight your hardest every moto of this series because you never know what is going to happen and every point matters. I’m happy to leave Thunder Valley with the red plate, it’s really important to hang onto that thing to keep a mental advantage over everyone else. The key to winning the championship is being on the podium every moto. I’m looking forward to next weekend because High Point is one of my favorite tracks. I really like all of the elevation changes and the ruts; I think the track flows really well. My primary goals at High Point are to keep my visor pointed forward and to get back on the podium.
Ivan Tedesco: It was a tough out at Thunder Valley MX. I ended up twisting my knee a little in the first moto so I was struggling to finish because it was bugging me. During the break between motos, I had ‘Doc G’ work his magic on my knee to reduce the swelling and once he was done I was feeling ready to go for the second moto. I got a great start in the second moto, but the rest of the race I just didn’t feel like I had the speed I needed. I’m looking forward to the race this weekend at High Point. There is always a chance of rain at Mt. Morris, but even if it doesn’t rain that track is still really good.
Justin Barcia: It all came together for me in Denver and I felt really comfortable on the bike. I just need to keep working on my starts and do whatever I can to get out front. I feel like my fitness for the longer rides is there now and it should only get better.
Eli Tomac: I feel like my motos have been really solid lately. This track has a lot of hills and a lot of natural terrain. I feel like I do really good ad tracks like that.
Blake Wharton: The track was very technical at Thunder Valley. Add in the weather, and it made for some wild conditions. I was happy with the first moto, but I didn’t ride the way I should’ve in the second. I know I can be way further up there, but I guess you have these weekends where you learn. But, I’m already looking forward to next weekend. I like High Point. It’s a neat track and it suits me.
Kyle Cunningham: We had two good motos in Lakewood. I’ll continue to work on getting my ankle better during the week, and then push through it on the weekends. I’m looking forward to High Point. I’ve had some good motos there and it’s another weekend to improve.
450 Class Stats
Overall Wins: James Stewart – 2. Ryan Dungey – 1
Moto Wins: James Stewart – 4, Ryan Dungey – 2
Laps Led (total): James Stewart – 68, Ryan Dungey – 29, Mike Alessi – 2, Tommy Hahn – 1
250 Class Stats
Overall Wins: Blake Baggett – 1, Justin Barcia – 1, Eli Tomac – 1
Moto Wins: Blake Baggett – 3, Eli Tomac – 2, Justin Barcia – 1
Laps Led (total): Justin Barcia – 30, Eli Tomac – 26, Blake Baggett – 23, Ken Roczen – 12, Blake Wharton – 6, Jessy Nelson – 1, Phil Nicoletti – 1
Past Winners – HIGH POINT RACEWAY – Mt. Morris, Pa.
June 11, 2011 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
June 12, 2010 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
June 13, 2009 / Chad Reed, Australia / Suzuki
June 15, 2008 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
May 27, 2007 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
May 28, 2006 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
May 29, 2005 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
May 30, 2004 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
May 25, 2003 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
May 26, 2002 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
May 27, 2001 / David Vuillemin, France / Yamaha
May 28, 2000 / David Vuillemin, France / Yamaha
May 30, 1999 / Greg Albertyn, South Africa / Suzuki
May 24, 1998 / Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, GA / Honda
May 25, 1997 / Damon Bradshaw, Boise, ID / Honda
May 26, 1996 / Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA / Kawasaki
May 28, 1995 / Doug Henry, Oxford, CT / Yamaha
May 29, 1994 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
May 30, 1993 / Damon Bradshaw, Mooresville, NC / Yamaha
May 24, 1992 / Damon Bradshaw, Mooresville, NC / Yamaha
May 26, 1991 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
May 27, 1990 / Damon Bradshaw, Charlotte, NC / Yamaha
May 28, 1989 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
May 29, 1988 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
May 24, 1987 / Ron Lechien, El Cajon, CA / Kawasaki
May 25, 1986 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
May 26, 1985 / Jeff Ward, Mission Viejo, CA / Kawasaki
May 27, 1984 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
May 29, 1983 / Bob Hannah, Carson City, NV / Honda
May 30, 1982 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
May 24, 1981 / Kent Howerton, San Antonio, TX / Suzuki
May 25, 1980 / Kent Howerton, San Antonio, TX / Suzuki
July 8, 1979 / Kent Howerton, San Antonio, TX / Suzuki
July 29, 1978 / Jim Ellis, E. Hampton, CT / Honda
May 29, 1977 / Tony DiStefano, Morrisville, PA / Suzuki
June 11, 2011 / Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, CA / Kawasaki
June 12, 2010 / Tyla Rattray, South Africa / Kawasaki
June 13, 2009 / Christophe Pourcel, France / Kawasaki
June 15, 2008 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
May 27, 2007 / Joshua Grant, Riverside, CA / Honda
May 28, 2006 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
May 29, 2005 / Mike Alessi, Apple Valley, CA / KTM
May 30, 2004 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
May 25, 2003 / Michael Brown, Johnson City, TN / Kawasaki
May 26, 2002 / Chad Reed, Australia / Yamaha
May 27, 2001 / Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, MD / Suzuki
May 28, 2000 / Kelly Smith, Ludington, MI / KTM
May 30, 1999 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
May 24, 1998 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
May 25, 1997 / Scott Sheak, Germantown, NY / Honda
May 26, 1996 / Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, LA / Kawasaki
May 28, 1995 / Tim Ferry, Palm Harbor, FL / Suzuki
May 29, 1994 / Doug Henry, Oxford, CT / Honda
May 30, 1993 / Jeff Emig, Highland Ranch, CA / Yamaha
May 24, 1992 / Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN / Kawasaki
May 26, 1991 / Brian Swink, Fenton, MI / Honda
May 27, 1990 / Jean-Michel Bayle, France / Honda
May 28, 1989 / George Holland, Kerman, CA / Honda
May 29, 1988 / Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK / Suzuki
May 24, 1987 / Micky Dymond, Yorba Linda, CA / Honda
May 25, 1986 / Micky Dymond, Yorba Linda, CA / Honda
May 26, 1985 / Erik Kehoe, Granada Hills, CA / Suzuki
May 27, 1984 / Jeff Ward, Mission Viejo, CA / Kawasaki
May 29, 1983 / Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki
May 26, 1985 / David Bailey, Axton, VA / Honda
May 27, 1984 / David Bailey, Axton, VA / Honda
May 29, 1983 / Danny Chandler, Foresthill, CA / Honda
May 30, 1982 / Darrell Shultz, Trinidad, CA / Honda
May 24, 1981 / Broc Glover, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
May 25, 1980 / Chuck Sun, Sherwood, OR / Honda
July 8, 1979 / Gaylon Mosier, Huntington Beach, CA / Kawasaki
July 9, 1978 / Rick Burgett, Sandy, OR / Yamaha
Ivan Tedesco 9, Kenny Roczen 70