Tomorrow is Round 8 of the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships, at Washougal, Washington. It’s a great and historic venue.
Below, courtesy of GEICO Honda, and MX Sports, is some pre-race info.
We start with Eli Tomac: “There are fewer weekends off this year than last year. You really have to make the time off count. You’ve got to be smart during that week off, and I think I played it well. I felt really fresh when I got back on the bike this week, so the rest really paid off.”
Tomac said that Washougal can be a deceptive track most of the time. It’s shaded more than any other track in the outdoors season, which helps riders from wearing down quickly. However with those shadows come hidden pitfalls.
“It’s different as a rider,” Tomac said. “The shade hides a lot of the bumps and the holes on the track. It’s easy to get in trouble there if you lose your focus.”
Although he missed the first few races of the season recovering from wrist surgery, Wil Hahn needed the time off to step back from the racing routine.
“I felt like I was just getting back into the swing of things, but it was nice to have the chance to work on my bike and myself a little bit,” Hahn said. “I’m still playing catch-up unfortunately. I’ve made some progress and I’m looking forward to this weekend.”
Since he’s not in the running for a top points finish, Hahn has turned his attention to trying to win the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Holeshot Championship and the $15,000 check that goes to the winner at the end of the year.
“I want to get a couple of more points for that this weekend,” said Hahn, who leads GEICO Honda teammate Zach Osborne by two points in holeshot competition. “The check at the end of the year would be nice to take home.
“It’s been a big motivator for me, and it’s helping me build confidence for when I make the jump to 450cc next year.”
Osborne started his break helping out the next generation of riders before recharging his batteries and turning his attention to the final leg of the season.
“I stayed behind in Michigan for a few days to do a Christian motocross camp with the FCA,” Osborne said. “I took a few days after that before going back and putting in some solid training time.
“It’s getting late in the season and late in the summer and your body needs that time to recover.”
“I know I need to find a way to keep pushing forward in the first moto,” Osborne said. “If I can do that, I know my second motos have been good enough that I should be on the overall podium at the end of the day.”
Justin Bogle went out west to spend some extra time with his trainer during the downtime.
“I went back to California and have been putting in extra work,” Bogle said. “It took a day or two to get my stuff back together, but I wanted to get back to work as soon as possible.
“Washougal is one of the handful of tracks I’ve raced on before. It’s nice to be back on more familiar grounds. I had a good moto there last year, and I think I’ll be able to do much of the same.”
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series Statistical Report
• Washougal has hosted Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship events since 1980 and is currently in its third decade of hosting the Nationals in the Pacific Northwest.
• Washougal is known for being one of the most beautiful, yet challenging tracks in the world and features several iconic obstacles, including Horsepower Hill.
• In 32 years of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship competition at Washougal, only two international riders have captured an overall win – Chad Reed in the 450 Class in 2009 and Ben Townley in the 250 Class in 2007.
• A rider from Pacific Northwest has never won at Washougal in either the 450 Class or 250 Class, as Poulsbo, Washington’s Ryan Villopoto is winless in four starts at his home track. A pair of natives did claim victory in the 13 years of 500cc competition – Eric Eaton, of Tacoma, Wash., in 1985 and Chuck Sun, of Sherwood, Ore., at the inaugural event in 1980.
• Ryan Dungey has won five-straight races at Washougal across both classes, dating back to 2008 when he captured his first-career victory. He has won five of his six career starts at the track.
• Ryan Villopoto is the only rider across both classes to win a moto at every round of the 2013 championship.
• This Saturday, Justin Barcia and Trey Canard each look to become the seventh rider in history to win Washougal in both classes.
• GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn has secured four holeshots in his last five starts in the 250 Class. Hahn currently leads the 250 Class Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot Championship.
• James Stewart and Justin Barcia co-lead the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot Championship in the 450 Class through seven rounds of racing.
450 Class Stats
• The first 450 Class race held at Washougal was August 14, 1983. Rick Johnson won on a Yamaha.
• This will be the 23rd time the gate will drop at Washougal for the 450 Class.
• Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Jeff Emig, Ryan Dungey, Jeff Ward and Mike Kiedrowski have won at Washougal in two or more classes.
• Mike LaRocco won the last 500cc race in Washougal in 1993 on a Honda.
• Rick Johnson, Ricky Carmichael, and Ryan Dungey are the only three riders to win Washougal back-to-back in 1983-84 (Johnson), 2004-05 (Carmichael), and 2010-11 and 2011-12 (Dungey).
• In 2012, Ryan Dungey became the first rider in history to win at Washougal for three consecutive years.
• With two wins in the 250 Class from 2008-2009 and three 450 Class wins over the last three seasons, Ryan Dungey is looking to make it six-in-a-row in the Pacific Northwest.
Wins by brand at Washougal: Kawasaki – 6, Suzuki – 6, Honda – 5, Yamaha – 4, KTM – 1
First time winners at Washougal: Jimmy Button, 1999 – Yamaha
Riders to win at Washougal in two or more classes: Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Dungey, Jeff Emig, James Stewart, Jeff Ward, Mike Kiedrowski
Brand Sweeps at Washougal: Kawasaki; Ryan Hughes, Mike LaRocco – 1994, Honda; Mike Brown, Jeremy McGrath – 1995, Kawasaki; Jeff Emig, Ricky Carmichael – 1997, Kawasaki; Ben Townley, Tim Ferry – 2007, Suzuki; Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey – 2009
450 Overall Wins: Ryan Villopoto – 4, Ryan Dungey – 3
Moto Wins: Ryan Villopoto – 11, Ryan Dungey – 3
Laps led: Ryan Villopoto – 152, Ryan Dungey – 28, Justin Barcia – 23, James Stewart – 25, Andrew Short – 6, Josh Grant – 3
250 Class Stats
• The first 250 Class race was held at Washougal on July 6, 1980. Mark Barnett won on a Suzuki.
• This will be the 33rd time the gate will drop at Washougal for a 250 Class race.
• In 32 years, only five riders have earned their first career victory at Washougal. Ryan Dungey was the most recent in 2008.
• Dungey was also the last rider to go back-to-back at Washougal (2008-2009) since James Stewart did it as part of a three-year streak from 2002-2004.
• Washougal has hosted four different 250 Class winners over the last four seasons.
• Blake Baggett will attempt to become the next repeat winner in the 250 Class at Washougal, following his 2011 victory. Baggett is the only previous winner to line up in the 250 Class this season.
First time winners at Washougal: Ryan Dungey, 2008 – Suzuki, Brock Sellards, 1999 – Honda, Mike Brown, 1995 – Honda, Larry Ward, 1991 – Suzuki, A.J. Whiting, 1985 – Suzuki
250 Overall Wins: Ken Roczen – 2, Eli Tomac – 2, Marvin Musquin – 2, Blake Baggett – 1
Moto Wins: Ken Roczen – 7, Eli Tomac – 5, Marvin Musquin – 1, Blake Baggett – 1
Overall Wins by Brand: KTM – 4, Honda – 2, Kawasaki – 1
Laps led: Ken Roczen – 109, Eli Tomac – 72, Marvin Musquin – 34, Darryn Durham – 10, Blake Baggett – 4, Zach Osborne – 2, Cooper Webb – 1
Past Winners – WASHOUGAL MX PARK – Washougal, Wash.
July 21, 2012 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / KTM
July 23, 2011 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
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
July 21, 2012 / Justin Barcia, Monroe, NY / Honda
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
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