Tomorrow it’s Round 4 of the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro MX Championships – aka AMA National Motocross Series.
Before tomorrow’s event, we look back at last weekend’s race in Tennessee.
During the week leading up to Muddy Creek, we learned that former 250 National Champion Dean Wilson re-injured his shoulder. He will miss the rest of the season following surgery.
Ryan Dungey said after winning the 450 class “It’s good to get the first win so early in the season. It was definitely a hard fought win today. The track was rough and there were a lot of tough guys out there but I think they key is just going to be consistency this season.”
And his Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin said after winning the 250 class “This track really worked for me. It’s technical and rutted and just what I like. I just pinned it the first few laps of the second moto to try and gap the field. I knew I needed to finish second to get the overall and I was determined to not let them catch me. I am so thankful to my team for building me a great bike that helped me get a win.”
Eli Tomac “It was the starts. In the first moto I actually got a little lucky. I did a little wheelie off the start, somebody ran into my swing-arm, and I came back across into a couple of guys and almost went down. It’s tough to work your way back up In this class right now and I was like 20th around the first turn. The first moto wasn’t easy; I was pushing the whole time. I was scrapping for that fourth place the whole time and even had a crash. In the second moto, I got the holeshot and was able to run in clean air. It’s a lot easier when you can run your own lines and you’re not eating everyone else’s dirt.”
“Local” Zach Osborne said “It was pretty cool to lead that first moto for a minute, but then I made a mistake. The second moto was better but not great. It’s just little things here and there that make the difference between the podium and top five. Honestly the racing was the easiest part of the weekend. People always seem to come out of the woodwork when you have a local race.”
James Stewart said “Practice didn’t go good for us. I was kind-of disappointed. I don’t know, it was the first time in a while that I had a complete off day. I’ve had off practices but I always made it up in the Main Event but today, I just really didn’t have anything. I didn’t have any flow with the track. And it was pretty tough, with a lot of ruts and turns and jumps where you had to be pretty perfect on the motorcycle. So to have an off day on a track like that wasn’t good. But we’re going to make some changes this week, and I personally need to make some changes with myself, and then we’ll come back strong for Mt. Morris.”
Ryan Sipes: “Muddy Creek…..it was fun, besides crashing four times in the second moto. The first moto I felt really good, felt like I had a top-five in me and I just lost the front end and ended up ninth. The second moto – the start crash – I couldn’t really avoid it. After that back in 36th, guys just don’t ride like they do in the front. Maybe I was just in a hurry but I hit a guy and went down, then went down two more times. It was a tough second moto.”
Jason Anderson: “The weekend was alright. I ended up 7-7 on the day which isn’t bad. I struggled a little bit again with some situations. All in all it’s a step in the right direction. I think I got sixth overall, so I matched my second-best finish ever outdoors.”
Blake Wharton: “I used to race Muddy Creek a lot as an amateur. I’ve been coming here since I was nine. It was a tough track then and it’s still pretty tough. It’s got gnarly ruts and you don’t know where you’re going sometimes and you just ‘gotta pin it. My first moto, I got 11th, second moto I got ninth. It was a decent weekend for me just putting in more time. I just have to keep pushing and not rest no matter what. I’m looking forward to finishing further towards the front. Highpoint will be similar to this I feel. I’m looking forward to next weekend.”
Nico Izzi: “I felt good rolling into Tennessee. Killed it in the first practice with P4 and the second with P6. Then we came into the first moto and I didn’t have the best start, probably around 12th. I made a couple passes and was battling with Cole Seely for ninth. Then with four laps to go, my bike was losing a lot of power and I rode it until it died and I went over the bars. I’m going to be back to lay the hammer down at Highpoint. I love that place.”
Clement Desalle: “This morning’s qualification was good. In the second practice, I was second fastest. It feels good to go into the first moto with a good gate pick. I tried a new technique on my start because I have nothing to lose here and it’s good practice for me. It was positive and my first start I was fifth or sixth. Then in the first two laps, these guys ride much different than what I’m used to – so aggressive in the first couple laps – so I lost some positions and at the same time made some mistakes. Then I was eighth or ninth and I came back to fifth. On the last lap I almost passed James Stewart. It was exciting. I didn’t get him but it was good racing. In the second moto my start felt so good. I was about fourth in the first corner and I think somebody hit me. I lost the front wheel and crashed and some guys ran into me. It was a big pile of bikes and mine was at the bottom so I started last. Then I came back to ninth and I tried to keep pushing, but I was really tired. The conditions were really warm here for me. But it was good practice for the season and hopefully the weather is less humid next week in Europe.”
Ryan Dungey wins 450 class as AMA National Motocross goes to Muddy Creek MX in Tennessee. Marvin Musquin victorious in 250 class
Ryan Dungey wins 450 class
Marvin Musquin takes home top prize in the 250 class
The defending Champions are Blake Baggett (250 class) and Ryan Dungey (450 class). But after last week’s race in Colorado, it’s Kenny Roczen and Ryan Villopoto as the series points leaders coming into Tennessee.
In 250 Qualifying, the quickest lap was turned in by Ken Roczen – 2 minutes 1 second. Then Eli Tomac next at 2:02, Blake Baggett 2:03, Zach Osborne 2:03:63. The rest of the top ten Marvin Musquin, Jeremy Martin, Dominic Izzi, Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb, and Martin Davalos (2:06). 73 riders are attempting to qualify.
In 450 Qualifying, the names of the top two quickest laps might surprise you – Josh Grant on the Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha first at 2 minutes 4 seconds, and Rockstar World Suzuki’s Clement Desalle second at 2 minutes 5 seconds. Then Justin Barcia third at 2:05:45, Ryan Dungey 2:06, Ryan Villopoto 2:07:04, Trey Canard 2:07:09, Ryan Sipes, Tyla Rattray, Broc Tickle and Andrew Short round out the top ten . 77 riders are attempting to qualify. James Stewart 17th, and Chad Reed 18th, both at 2:09.
450 Moto 1 – it’s Ryan Villopoto with the early lead … but halfway thru the first lap it’s Justin Barcia passing RV for the lead … then towards the end of the first lap RV passes Barcia back for the lead.
At the end of the first lap – Villopoto, Barcia, Trey Canard, Mike Alessi, James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Ryan Sipes, Justin Brayton, Clement Desalle, and Phil Nicoletti tenth.
A few moments later … Trey Canard crashes, and, comes around slowly, … pulling into the mechanics area.
This race, as all the others, will go 30 minutes plus two laps. The top riders have dropped their lap times to under 2 minutes – Villopoto runs one lap at 1 minute 58 seconds.
15 minutes into this race (7 laps), it’s Ryan Villopoto leading, Justin Barcia second, Ryan Dungey has moved into third, James Stewart is fourth. Clement Desalle 7th, Josh Grant 10th, Chad Reed 14th.
With just two laps to go, Villopoto with an almost ten second lead over Barcia, Dungey third, Stewart fourth, and Belgian Clement Desalle (number 925) up to fifth.
Ryan Villopoto has done it again – he wins this moto – it’s his fifth moto win in a row! 17 laps. Every moto of the season so far! Justin Barcia second, Ryan Dungey third, James Stewart fourth, and Clement Desalle fifth. Josh Grant seventh, Tyla Rattray 11th, Chad Reed 15th, Trey Canard comes back onto the track and finishes 29th.
250 Moto 1 – the early leader is Zach Osborne (338). But at the end of the first lap – it’s Cooper Webb (number 175 Yamaha) with the lead! Then it’s series points leader Ken Roczen, Zach Osborne, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Blake Baggett, Jeremy Martin, and Joey Savatgy. This is Cooper Webb’s third ever professional race …
At the end of lap two, Kenny Roczen has passed Cooper Webb for the lead. So it’s Roczen, Webb, Osborne, Musquin, Baggett, Anderson, Martin, … and Eli Tomac is 11th.
The fast guys find a way to get up near the front. As they hit the 15 minute mark (7 laps), it’s Kenny Roczen with the lead, Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin into second. Both of them are former FIM World MX 2 Motocross Champions (Marvin 2009, 2010, Ken 2011). Third is Blake Baggett, fourth Eli Tomac, and fifth Zach Osborne.
Lap 12, with Ken Roczen leading Marvin Musquin by 8 seconds, Eli Tomac hits the dirt. So at the end of lap 12, it’s Roczen, Musquin, Blake Baggett with his best ride of the season, and fourth is … ‘rookie’ Cooper Webb.
Ken Roczen wins this 17 lap moto! Marvin Musquin second! Third goes to Blake Baggett. Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac have a nice battle for fourth, with Tomac making the pass and taking fourth at the end, Webb finishes fifth. Zach Osborne sixth.
450 Moto 2 – Justin Barcia with the holeshot! There is a crash in the first corner, involves Tyla Rattray and Clement Desalle. Mid-way thru the first lap – Villopoto crashes.
At the end of the first lap – it’s Justin Barcia first, Ryan Dungey is second, and James Stewart third. Then M Alessi, Kevin Strijbos (Rockstar World Suzuki), Malcolm Stewart, Trey Canard, Josh Grant, Jake Weimer, and Andrew Short round out the top ten. Chad Reed is 11th, and Ryan Villopoto comes around … 16th. Clement Desalle 24th.
Five laps into this race, it’s Justin Barcia leading Ryan Dungey by under 2 seconds. Third now is Mike Alessi, then it’s James Stewart, Trey Canard, Kevin Strijbos, … and Ryan Villopoto!
15 minutes (7 laps) into this race, it’s Justin Barcia leading, Ryan Dungey second, Mike Alessi third, Trey Canard, James Stewart, and Ryan Villopoto.
Villopoto continues his charge – he’s moved around Stewart and into fifth. On lap ten he passes Canard to take over fourth.
Will Villopoto make it interesting? Will Barcia win the overall? How about Dungey?
25 minutes into this race – Ryan Dungey has passed Barcia for the lead! And Villopoto has overtaken Mike Alessi to move into third!
Lap 13 – Villopoto makes a mistake. It’s Dungey, Barcia, Canard, Alessi, Villopoto, Stewart, and Strijbos. Desalle ninth. Reed 13th.
The finish sees Ryan Dungey take the win, and the overall victory! Justin Barcia takes second in this moto, and second overall on the day. Canard finishes third in this moto, Villopoto finishes fourth. (Results will be below.)
250 Moto 2 – it’s Eli Tomac with the holeshot! Marvin Musquin is second, followed by Zach Osborne. Ken Roczen is … sixth. Blake Baggett is eighth. The track is drying out, and, has some ruts in places.
Lap 3 – Ken Roczen takes a fall. It’s Eli Tomac with the lead, Marvin Musquin in second, and Zach Osborne third. Then Justin Bogle, Blake Baggett, and Roczen.
Eli Tomac is doing just like he did last week – dominating moto 2. He’s leading, Marvin Musquin is second … and if positions hold, Marvin would get the overall with a 2/2 day! Third is Zach Osborne, fourth is Blake Baggett, fifth is Justin Bogle, and sixth belongs to Ken Roczen.
10 laps in, Roczen has moved past both Bogle & Baggett and into fourth. It’s Tomac, Musquin, Osborne, Roczen, Baggett, and Bogle.
If they stay the way they are, Musquin will get the overall victory. If Roczen passes Osborne, then he (Roczen) will get the overall.
Lap 13 – Roczen has passed Osborne. Lap 15 – Baggett has gone by Roczen. It’s Tomac, Musquin, Baggett, Roczen, and Osborne to five. If they stay this way, Marvin Musquin will get the overall win!
After 17 laps, it’s Tomac with the moto victory, Marvin Musquin is second, and scores the overall win! Third is Baggett, fourth is Roczen, then Osborne, Bogle, Anderson, Davalos, Wharton, and J Martin. (Results will be below.)
- Ryan Dungey – KTM – 3/1
- Justin Barcia – HON – 2/2
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW – 1/4
- James Stewart – SUZ – 4/6
- Mike Alessi – SUZ – 6/5
- Clement Desalle – SUZ – 5/9
- Kevin Strijbos – SUZ – 14/7
- Andrew Short – KTM – 12/10
- Trey Canard – HON – 29/3
- Broc Tickle – SUZ – 13/11
- Jake Weimer – KAW – 18/8
- Chad Reed – HON – 15/13
- Josh Grant – YAM – 7/36
- Phil Nicoletti – YAM – 8/33
- Ryan Sipes – SUZ – 9/21
- Justin Brayton – YAM – 10/40
- Tyla Rattray – KAW – 11/38
- Malcolm Stewart – HON – 25/12
- Les Smith – KTM – 17/18
- Vince Friese – KTM – 40/14
- Marvin Musquin – KTM – 2/2
- Eli Tomac – HON – 4/1
- Ken Roczen – KTM – 1/4
- Blake Baggett – KAW – 3/3
- Zach Osborne – HON – 6/5
- Jason Anderson – SUZ – 7/7
- Justin Bogle – HON – 12/6
- Kyle Cunningham – YAM – 8/11
- Blake Wharton – SUZ – 11/9
- Cooper Webb – YAM – 5/15
- Martin Davalos – KAW – 13/8
- Joseph Savatgy – KTM – 10/12
- Cole Seely – HON – 9/13
- Justin Hill – KAW – 16/14
- Jeremy Martin – YAM – 21/10
- Alex Martin – YAM – 15/16
- Darryn Durham – KAW – 14/17
- Jackson Richardson – HON – 19/19
- D Epstein – KAW – 17/39
- Brady Kiesel – YAM – 24/18
450 Point Standings:
- Ryan Villopoto – 143
- Ryan Dungey – 133
- Justin Barcia – 114
- James Stewart – 99
- Trey Canard – 90
- Mike Alessi – 85
- Tyla Rattray – 59
- Clement Desalle – 58
- Andrew Short – 54
- Ryan Sipes – 49
- Broc Tickle – 47
- Kevin Strijbos – 45
- Jake Weimer – 44
- Phil Nicoletti – 42
- Malcolm Stewart – 37
250 Point Standings:
- Ken Roczen – 138
- Eli Tomac – 132
- Marvin Musquin – 116
- Blake Baggett – 110
- Zach Osborne – 96
- Jason Anderson – 77
- Cooper Webb – 65
- Kyle Cunningham – 62
- Justin Bogle – 61
- Jeremy Martin – 61
- Blake Wharton – 57
- Martin Davalos – 55
- Cole Seely – 52
- Justin Hill – 51
- Joseph Savatgy – 46
After the race, Red Bull KTM teammates Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin had this to say:
Ryan Dungey “It feels great to get a win here. The whole team has been working really hard each day to constantly make improvements. I really enjoyed this track today and am glad I was able to put everything together to finally get the results we are aiming for.”
Marvin Musquin “This track really worked for me. It’s technical and rutted and just what I like. I just pinned it the first few laps of the second moto to try and gap the field. I knew I needed to finish second to get the overall and I was determined to not let them catch me. I am so thankful to my team for building me a great bike that helped me get a win.”
Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee is going to host it’s first ever AMA National MX. Ryan Villopoto leads Ryan Dungey in the 450 class, and Ken Roczen leads Eli Tomac in the 250 class.
- To see the results from last week’s race in Colorado, along with photo and the point standings coming into TN, click here.
Courtesy MX Sports – For the first time in 15 years, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will make a stop in the Southeast for the inaugural running of the Built Ford Tough Tennessee National. Taking place this Saturday, June 1, at the historic Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn., the highly anticipated Round 3 is sure to bring excitement to race fans throughout the south.
Muddy Creek Raceway has played host to some of the largest amateur motocross events in the country, making the third stop on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross tour somewhat familiar to many of the racers who grew up competing in the amateur ranks. Although the facility has undergone many changes to accommodate the Nationals, its natural-terrain, great dirt and rolling hills will showcase all the components that have made Muddy Creek Raceway such a successful venue over the years.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto has started the 2013 season perfectly, winning all four 450 Class motos through the first two rounds of competition. This Saturday, Villopoto looks to extend his undefeated record at the Built Ford Tough Tennessee National. However, with one of the most competitive fields in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross history, Villopoto will have his work cut out for him.
Ryan Villopoto at Round 1 in Sacramento
Sitting second overall in the championship standings, reigning champion Ryan Dungey is all too familiar with the runner-up position early in the season. After James Stewart swept the first four motos of 2012, it wasn’t until Round 3 that the Red Bull KTM rider began a win streak that lasted 10 motos. Dungey has been in lead contention all season long and the Minnesota native looks to secure his first win at an all-new venue that has the potential to deliver an even playing field for everyone.
“I’ve never been to Muddy Creek before so I’ll take it with an open mind. It’s a new stop for all of us and I think it will be interesting,” said Dungey, the 2012 450 Class Champion.
The 450 Class is full of top-level competitors who have proven they have what it takes to be a contender this season. For example, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia, who led 10 of 34 laps at Round 2, has proven his merit so far in his first full-time season in the 450 Class. After finishing with a (3-4) score last weekend, Barcia currently sits tied with teammate Trey Canard for third place in the point standings.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart has had his fair share of ups and downs in the first two rounds, but the 2008 450 Class Champion remains intact for the championship chase early on. Stewart came out swinging at the opening round, capturing both holeshots and a third overall finish. Round 2 looked to be the same until Stewart collided with another rider in Moto 1, where he finished 15th. Stewart bounced back with a third place in Moto 2, allowing him to maintain a top five position in the championship standings.
In the 250 Class, several riders are looking to become the first to win the inaugural Tennessee National. Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen made a statement early on, sweeping the first three motos of the season. But GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac was able to secure the overall win in his home state of Colorado last weekend, giving each rider one respective overall victory heading into Round 3.
There’s no counting out GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne, who secured his first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross career podium finish last weekend. Osborne, a Virginia native, grew up only 30 miles from Muddy Creek Raceway and the familiarity could give the former world championship contender a possible advantage over his competition.
Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin has put in consistent rides so far this season, currently holding third overall in the championship standings. The French rider tops defending 250 Class Champion Blake Baggett by two points heading into Round 3 and both riders look to secure their first win of the season in Tennessee.
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing
Series Statistical Report – Inaugural Built Ford Tough Tennessee National – Muddy Creek Raceway – Blountville, Tenn. June 1
- The Tennessee National enters its first year on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Schedule in 2013.
- There hasn’t been a Pro Motocross National in the Southeast region of the U.S. since 1997 when the series made a stop in Gainesville, Fla.
- There hasn’t been a Pro Motocross National in the state of Tennessee since 1977.
- Victory Sports, promoter of the Tennessee National, has been putting on amateur motocross events at Muddy Creek Raceway since 1986.
- As one of the largest race promoters in the country, Victory Sports puts on seven different race series from January to December.
- Muddy Creek Raceway has been undergoing a facility renovation for the past six months, totaling an estimated 5,000 man-hours in the process.
- Hailing from nearby Abington, Va., GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne looks for his first 250 Class win at his home track of Muddy Creek on Saturday.
- Riders from 15 different countries will line up at the inaugural event on Saturday.
- 450 Overall Wins: Ryan Villopoto – 2
- Moto Wins: Ryan Villopoto – 4
- Laps led: Ryan Villopoto – 50, Justin Barcia – 12, James Stewart – 5, Ryan Dungey – 3
- 250 Overall Wins: Ken Roczen – 1, Eli Tomac – 1
- Moto Wins: Ken Roczen – 3, Eli Tomac – 1
- Laps led: Ken Roczen – 47, Eli Tomac – 16, Marvin Musquin – 3, Blake Baggett – 1