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2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series Preview: Washougal MX

Published July 20th, 2012

Tomorrow is round eight of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series – it will be held at Washougal MX in Washougal, Washington. You’ll find coverage of this race coming Saturday here on Supercross.com.

Picturesque. There is no better word in the English language to explain the tree lined rolling hills of the Washougal Motocross circuit. It has all the natural beauty that you would expect from the Pacific Northwest, and the racing history and drama speak for themselves.

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James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael battle at Washougal – 2006

The Washougal MX circuit has hosted a national longer than most of the lites racers have been alive. Thus being the elder of many of the racers it demands a huge amount of respect. This weekend will be no exception. The shadows and the slick racing conditions will require patience that many of these riders plainly just don’t have. Lets get into who will be back to racing, who needs to do what and what this weekend will hold in this Washougal 2012 preview.

Let’s start off by expressing we are happy for Josh Hill to be back at the outdoors this weekend. He has had a hellacious past couple of years with injuries. To the point that any lesser man probably would have hung their boots up for good. Josh packed his things up a few months back and headed north to put his head down and put the work in. He has been training and riding his butt off to go racing this weekend. Josh Hill has incredible natural talent on a motorcycle and it’s going to be a treat to see him back at the races. Let’s hope the moto gods treat him well and he can make a successful return to racing and put the past couple of years in his rearview mirror. Good luck Josh.

We will see the return of Ivan Tedesco this weekend. Ivan had a rough couple of weeks leading up to the Budds Creek National and his crash there topped it off. He took some well deserved time off and is back up to speed and is ready to do battle this weekend. 450 rookie sensation Cole Thompson is getting a shot with Rockstar/Valli team this weekend. After the team lost both Tommy Weeck and Gareth Swanepoel to leg injuries they asked Cole to fill in for the remainder of the season. Cole has had some extremely consistent top ten finishes in the 450 class and let’s hope he can carry the success over into the 250 Lites class for the next five rounds

 

The Washougal circuit is extremely deceiving – the dirt looks like it would have the stickiest best dirt on the circuit but in reality it’s some of the slickest on the circuit. Using throttle control and patience are the only two things that will allow you to navigate this track. Because not only are the conditions slick but your vision is compromised due to the shadows that the tree-lined course causes. Some riders are not bothered by it one bit then there are others that find it intolerable. It’s hard enough getting the motorcycle to go where you want it to as it is, let alone if you can’t see where you’re going. These things along with Horsepower Hill and the Ski Jump may very well make Washougal one of the most interesting races to watch of the year.

Of course, Ryan Dungey has been on a roll in the 450 class. And he has excellent throttle control. It will be an upset if he doesn’t win. In the 250 class – it’s going to be a shoot-out between all those top guys like Baggett, Barcia, Tomac, Roczen, Musquin, and all the others!

Revisit results, points, photos from the 2011 Washougal race!

Here are the results, points, and photos from last weekend’s race in Millville

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Notes and Stats – Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Notes – Peterson CAT Washougal National – Courtesy MX Sports

Jake Weimer “I’m excited to get to Washougal. I’ve got family there and grew up racing (the track) as an amateur. The goal is to close the gap on the leaders and be up there racing and learning. Two good starts are going to be really important for this weekend.”

Tyla Rattray “Washougal is a bit different than most of the tracks. The dirt there is deceiving and pretty tricky, but it’s a lot of fun to ride. A good start is important because the roost is really bad. Hopefully, I can rip a good start and be up front in both motos.”

Broc Tickle “I always seem to ride pretty good at Washougal. I’ve been making it hard on myself having to come through the pack, but at Washougal you don’t want to do that because that roost hurts! If I get some (good) starts this weekend, ride the best I can, not rush myself, and stay smooth, I should be able to come away with a podium.”

Justin Brayton “Millville was a good day for me; not on the podium where I want to be, but I’m happy to be running up front where I belong. I got a bad start in Moto 1 and had to spend most of the race making my way towards the front of the pack. In Moto 2, I got a better start and finished fourth for fourth overall.”

Tom Webb Team Yoshimura Suzuki team manager says about James Stewart “At this point in time it doesn’t make sense to push it. From a safety standpoint, for both James and the other riders, we just don’t want to take the chance. The injury is a little more than we thought and will simply require a bit more rehab. The plan is to stay off the bike for a couple weeks and then ride and test and come back strong for Southwick.”

Fellow Suzuki rider Brett Metcalfe is also out of action for the remainder of the 2012 season after suffering multiple injuries in a testing crash.

Blake Baggett “I was able to take the overall here last year. I went 1-3 last year, so we’ll see if we can better that moto score. The bike is perfect right now, so I’m pretty confident we can make it happen. We got after it first thing Monday back in California after spending some time in Florida and we’re ready for the weekend.”

Justin Barcia “The heat and humidity made it really tough (at Millville). We didn’t have much time between races, so we had to recover quick. The track was intense and I pushed as hard as I could. I was happy with second because consistency is everything, but I obviously want to win.”

Eli Tomac “It was so awesome to be back on top of the podium. The first moto felt like the most intense race of the season so far because we were all so close the whole time. I finished third, but had to come from behind after not getting the greatest start. In Moto 2, I was able to get out front early, but was passed by Blake (Baggett). I focused on just staying consistent and applying pressure to him, which worked because he made a mistake and went down, allowing me to capitalize and take back the lead.”

Blake Wharton “Millville was real good for me. My starts weren’t where I wanted them to be, but I felt like I was able to ride well. My bike was handling good and I feel one step closer to where I need to be. I’m looking forward to next weekend. I like the track at Washougal and we’ll see if we can do some damage.”

Jason Anderson “It was a decent weekend (at Spring Creek). I had two pretty good motos. I ended up going 8-10 for ninth overall, and now I’m ready to head to Washougal. I had a few issues in the second moto, but all in all, it was a good day. I have a few areas to work on, but I’m looking forward to taking care of that and racing at Washougal.”     

Television coverage from Washougal begins on Saturday, July 21, with live first moto coverage of the 450 and 250 Classes on FUEL TV, beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern. Both motos will also be streamed live on AlliSports.com. NBC Sports Network will provide same day coverage of the second 450 Class moto at 11 p.m. Eastern, in addition to final-moto coverage of the 250 Class on Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern.

Overall Wins: Ryan Dungey – 5, James Stewart – 2

Moto Wins: Ryan Dungey – 10, James Stewart – 4

Laps led 450 class: Ryan Dungey – 136, James Stewart – 68, Mike Alessi – 26, Tommy Hahn – 1

Overall Wins: Blake Baggett – 3, Eli Tomac – 3, Justin Barcia – 1

Moto Wins: Blake Baggett – 7, Eli Tomac – 4, Justin Barcia – 3

Laps led 250 class: Justin Barcia – 81, Ken Roczen – 51, Blake Baggett – 46, Eli Tomac – 42, Blake Wharton – 6, Marvin Musquin – 1, Jessy Nelson – 1, Phil Nicoletti – 1

Past Winners WASHOUGAL MX PARK

450 Class

July 23, 2011 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / KTM

July 24, 2010 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki

July 25, 2009 / Chad Reed, Australia / Suzuki

July 27, 2008 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki

July 29, 2007 / Timmy Ferry, Largo, FL / Kawasaki

July 30, 2006 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki

July 31, 2005 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki

August 1, 2004 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda

July 27, 2003 / Kevin Windham, Centreville, MS / Honda

July 28, 2002 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda

July 29, 2001 / Kevin Windham, Centreville, MS / Suzuki

July 30, 2000 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki

August 1, 1999 / Jimmy Button, Lake Elsinore, CA / Yamaha

August 2, 1998 / Doug Henry, Oxford, CT / Yamaha

August 17, 1997 / Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA / Kawasaki

August 18, 1996 / Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN / Suzuki

August 6, 1995 / Jeremy McGrath, Murrieta, CA / Honda

August 14, 1994 / Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN / Kawasaki

August 25, 1985 / Johnny O’Mara, Gardnerville, NV / Honda

August 19, 1984 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha

August 14, 1983 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha

250 Class

July 23, 2011 / Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, CA / Kawasaki

July 24, 2010 / Trey Canard, Shawnee, OK / Honda

July 25, 2009 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki

July 27, 2008 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki

July 29, 2007 / Ben Townley, New Zealand / Kawasaki

July 30, 2006 / Andrew Short, Murrieta, CA / Honda

July 31, 2005 / Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, CA / Kawasaki

August 1, 2004 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki

July 27, 2003 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki

July 28, 2002 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki

July 29, 2001 / Michael Brown, Piney Flats, TN / Kawasaki

July 30, 2000 / Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, MD / Suzuki

August 1, 1999 / Brock Sellards, New Philadelphia, OH / Honda

August 2, 1998 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki

August 17, 1997 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki

August 18, 1996 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda

August 6, 1995 / Mike Brown, Gray, TN / Honda

August 14, 1994 / Ryan Hughes, Escondido, CA / Kawasaki

August 8, 1993 / Jeff Emig, Highland Ranch, CA / Yamaha

August 2, 1992 / Jeff Emig, Highland, CA / Yamaha

September 1, 1991 / Larry Ward, Society Hill, SC / Suzuki

August 12, 1990 / Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK / Suzuki

August 27, 1989 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Honda

August 28, 1988 / George Holland, Kerman, CA / Honda

August 24, 1986 / Erik Kehoe, Granada Hills, CA / Suzuki

August 25, 1985 / A. J. Whiting, Sherman Oaks, CA / Suzuki

August 19, 1984 / Jeff Ward, Mission Viejo, CA / Kawasaki

August 14, 1983 / Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki

August 8, 1982 / Jeff Ward, Mission Viejo, CA / Kawasaki

August 2, 1981 / Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki

July 6, 1980 / Mark Barnett, Bridgeview, IL / Suzuki

500cc Motocross

August 8, 1993 / Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN / Honda

August 2, 1992 / Mike Kiedrowski, Acton, CA / Kawasaki

September 1, 1991 / Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA / Kawasaki

August 12, 1990 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda

August 27, 1989 / Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA / Kawasaki

August 28, 1988 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda

August 24, 1986 / Jeff Ward, Mission Viejo, CA / Kawasaki

August 25, 1985 / Eric Eaton, Tacoma, WA / Yamaha

August 19, 1984 / Broc Glover, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha

August 14, 1983 / Broc Glover, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha

August 8, 1982 / Mike Bell, Lakewood, CA / Yamaha

August 2, 1981 / Broc Glover, El Cajon, CA / Yamaha

July 6, 1980 / Chuck Sun, Sherwood, OR / Honda

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250 Points leader Blake Baggett with Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki owner Mitch Payton


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