Tomorrow is round seven of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series – it will be held at Spring Creek MX in Millville, Minnesota. You’ll find coverage of this race coming Saturday here on Supercross.com.
Let’s start with news that came on Thursday – former Supercross and Motocross Champion James Stewart will not race this weekend at Millville. Suzuki’s official press release is here: http://www.supercross.com/press-release/yoshimura-suzuki-racings-james-stewart-out-for-millville-ama-pro-motocross
We are now at the halfway point of the series as we head into the seventh race, which is Millville / Spring Creek MX this Saturday.
Let’s reflect on what has and hasn’t happened in the first half of the series, as well as what we should expect this weekend in Millville. Some of the racers that the industry expected to win, have done just that … and there are some that haven’t quite risen to the occasion yet. And, there are quite a few that have exceeded expectations.
Rewind back to the opener at Hangtown where the chatter amongst the pits was based strictly on the return of James Stewart aboard Suzuki. After the day was done and he went 1-1, all anyone was pondering was will he go 24 – 0 on the season? We know now that this would not become a reality … but those first four motos of the season were easily convincing that James was on his way.
Ryan Dungey was by no means getting smoked – he just needed a bit more to beat JS7 at the time. Then James crashed at Thunder Valley round 3 in Colorado and it’s been “The Ryan Dungey Show” ever since. Dungey has literally dominated, racking up eight straight moto victories en route to four straight overall wins. The talk started with Stewart going 24-0 … now the chatter has switched to will Dungey be beaten before the series ends?
If everyone remembers back to last year at Millville, it’s where Chad Reed had one of the most dominate first motos of his outdoor career. Well most people won’t remember that first moto performance but they most definitely remember the spectacular get off in the opening lap of the second moto! Chad somehow was able to get back onto his motorcycle after such a hellacious wreck and finish fourteenth!
That wreck changed Chad’s season, and he was never able to recover. Ryan Dungey on the other hand, in front of his hometown crowd at Millville would go 2-1 for the overall on the day. You know Dungey will be super pumped to be racing in front of his home state crowd again this Saturday.
Last week at RedBud, the 250 class was dominated by Blake Baggett. He was sick, and still couldn’t be held down. He battled forward in both motos passing anyone in his way. Whether it was late in the moto or not he exuded nothing but shear heart! He is the man to beat in the series. He seems to always have just enough left in the tank in the speed department the last few rounds to make it happen. Last year at Millville Baggett was the most consistent without winning going 3-3 for third overall. The two riders who beat him will not be lining up this year, so he is the favorite to take the win as of now.
The likes of Barcia, Roczen, and Tomac weren’t up to the challenge last weekend, but like every week, this weekend is a whole new race and absolutely anything can happen. And don’t be shocked if you see the likes of Alex Martin running upfront with the big dogs this weekend. Martin’s family owns the Millville circuit and he definitely has the local knowledge and always hauls butt at this race. Add in anytime Eli Tomac doesn’t do well one weekend, he usually comes out with a vengeance the following weekend.
The racer that shocked many last weekend was Tyla Rattray. He didn’t have the chance to show his talent on the big bike at the opening round in Hangtown – a rock broke a bone in his hand. This past weekend he rode solid to a 4-5 for fourth overall on the day. Tyla goes wicked fast on the Millville circuit and last year on the 250 MX Lites bike he went 2-1 for first overall on the day. After his performance last weekend and his physical fitness I could see him on the box come Saturday late afternoon.
Right now, the weather forecast is calling for quite a bit of rain so this may turn out to be a survival situation. Look to see if both Dungey and Baggett continue on with their respective streaks at the Millville circuit. Of course we wish for everyone’s safety but will there be more history made this year like Reed made last year? The likes of Rattray and many more could surprise us all come Saturday. See you all at the races.
Notes and Stats courtesy MX Sports – Bob’s Cycle Supply Spring Creek National, from Millville
- Dungey’s 18th-career victory last Saturday put him in a tie with Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart and legend Kent Howerton for fourth on the all-time wins list, and also extended his championship lead to 72 points.
- Spring Creek has been a staple of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship since hosting its first National back in the 1983 season.
- Millville is home to three of the sport’s most iconic features, including the longest start in Lucas Oil Motocross, the “Holy Schmit” jump – named for late local legend Donny Schmit – and the infamous sand whoops.
- Live first moto coverage of the 450 and 250 Classes can be seen FUEL TV, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern, in addition to the live stream at AlliSports.com. Live second moto coverage of both classes on NBC Sports Network begins at 4 p.m. Eastern.
- Ryan Dungey has won 32 of the 60 motos he’s entered in his 450 Class career (53%), claiming the overall in 18 of 30 races (60%).
- Through his first 30 career 450 Class races, Ricky Carmichael captured 22 overall victories. Ryan Dungey has claimed 18 wins in his first 30 starts and already sits in a tie for fourth on the all-time wins list.
- Carmichael also earned 1,325 career points through the first 30 races of his 450 Class career, while Dungey has amassed 1,343 over that same span.
- Dungey is the only rider in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to finish on the podium in every moto. His worst result was third in the first moto of the season.
- With eight career wins, Blake Baggett has more victories that any other active rider in the 250 Class. That’s tied for 14th on the all-time wins list.
- Ricky Carmichael boasted an undefeated record at Spring Creek MX Park, winning every race (eight) and every moto (16) from 2000-2007.
- Bob Hannah book-ended his career at Spring Creek, winning his first-ever race in the 250 Class on April 4, 1976, and winning his final race in the 450 Class on August 11, 1985.
- Moto Wins: Ryan Dungey – 8, James Stewart – 4
- Overall Wins by Brand: KTM – 4, Suzuki – 2
- Laps led: Ryan Dungey – 110, James Stewart – 68, Mike Alessi – 20, Tommy Hahn – 1
- Moto Wins: Blake Baggett – 6, Eli Tomac – 3, Justin Barcia – 3
- Laps led: Justin Barcia – 69, Ken Roczen – 51, Blake Baggett – 41, Eli Tomac – 27, Blake Wharton – 6, Marvin Musquin – 1, Jessy Nelson – 1, Phil Nicoletti – 1
Jake Weimer “Millville is usually really good. I was in California for a few weeks and went back to Florida after RedBud. It was good to train and ride laps in the humidity and get used to it again. I’m looking to come out swinging at Millville, get some good starts, and keep myself out of trouble.”
Tyla Rattray “I won last year at Millville. I’m looking forward to going back on a KX450F this year. It’s a nice track with good dirt and some humidity. I’ve been getting acclimated to it down in Florida, so it should be a good weekend.”
Broc Tickle “I’m ready to get on the podium again. Millville is one of my favorite tracks. I worked on my speed and starts this week, so I’m ready to get out there and battle at the front.”
Justin Brayton “Finally being up on the podium where I feel I belong is awesome. I got good starts in both motos (at RedBud) and just focused on staying consistent and riding strong. The heat was a big factor too; I have been practicing in the same weather at home, so it didn’t bother me too much. I knew mentally that I was strong in those conditions, which I think really helped.”
Blake Baggett “Last year I went 3-3 at Millville. This year, I’ll be looking to turn that around into a 1-1. I’ve been training down in the Florida heat, riding with Rattray and Weimer, and learning some things from them. I’m looking to keep the momentum going to stay up front.”
Justin Barcia “I am always looking to win, so (RedBud) wasn’t exactly what wanted, but overall it was a good day. Like I have said, consistency is key, so being on the podium another week is awesome and is keeping us in the hunt for the championship. I’m excited to head to Millville since that is one of my favorite tracks.”
Eli Tomac “I was happy to be on the podium (at RedBud), especially after falling over in the first moto and considering the start I got in the second moto. After I fell over in the first race, I lost the front runners and wasn’t able to get back up to them. In the second race, I didn’t get the best start but rode good and was able to get by Musquin towards the end of the moto to grab third.”
Past Winners – SPRING CREEK MX PARK – Millville, MN
July 16, 2011 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
July 17, 2010 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
July 18, 2009 / Chad Reed, Australia / Suzuki
August 17, 2008 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
August 12, 2007 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
August 13, 2006 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
August 14, 2005 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
August 15, 2004 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
August 17, 2003 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
August 18, 2002 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
August 19, 2001 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
August 13, 2000 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
August 15, 1999 / Greg Albertyn, South Africa / Suzuki
August 16, 1998 / Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA / Kawasaki
August 3, 1997 / Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA / Kawasaki
August 4, 1996 / Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA / Kawasaki
July 30, 1995 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
August 7, 1994 / John Dowd, Chicopee, MA / Yamaha
August 11, 1985 / Bob Hannah, Carson City, NV / Honda
August 5, 1984 / Ron Lechien, El Cajon, CA / Honda
August 28, 1983 / Bob Hannah, Axton, VA / Honda
July 16, 2011 / Tyla Rattray, South Africa / Kawasaki
July 17, 2010 / Trey Canard, Shawnee, OK / Honda
July 18, 2009 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
August 17, 2008 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
August 12, 2007 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
August 13, 2006 / Broc Hepler, Kittanning, PA / Suzuki
August 14, 2005 / Andrew Short, Murrieta, CA / Honda
August 15, 2004 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
August 17, 2003 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
August 18, 2002 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
August 19, 2001 / Grant Langston, South Africa / KTM
August 13, 2000 / Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, MD / Suzuki
August 15, 1999 / Nicholas Wey, Dewitt, MI / Kawasaki
August 16, 1998 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
August 3, 1997 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
August 4, 1996 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda
July 30, 1995 / Robbie Reynard, Moore, OK / Kawasaki
August 7, 1994 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda
August 15, 1993 / Jeff Emig, Highland Ranch, CA / Yamaha
August 16, 1992 / Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN / Kawasaki
August 11, 1991 / Mike LaRocco, La Porte, IN / Kawasaki
August 19, 1990 / Mike LaRocco, La Porte, IN / Suzuki
August 20, 1989 / Damon Bradshaw, Charlotte, NC / Yamaha
August 14, 1988 / Donny Schmit, Bloomington, MN / Suzuki
August 23, 1987 / Donny Schmit, Bloomington, MN / Suzuki
August 10, 1986 / Micky Dymond, Yorba Linda, CA / Honda
August 11, 1985 / Ron Lechien, El Cajon, CA / Honda
August 5, 1984 / Jeff Ward, Mission Viejo, CA / Kawasaki
August 28, 1983 / Ron Lechien, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha
August 15, 1993 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
August 16, 1992 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
August 11, 1991 / Jean-Michel Bayle, France / Honda
August 19, 1990 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
August 20, 1989 / Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA / Kawasaki
August 14, 1988 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
August 23, 1987 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
August 10, 1986 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
August 11, 1985 / David Bailey, Axton, VA / Honda
August 5, 1984 / David Bailey, Axton, VA / Honda
August 28, 1983 / Danny Chandler, Foresthill, CA / Honda