AMA Motocross Round 7 – Budds Creek MD – July 13, 2008
James Stewart double moto win in 450 Motocross class, Ryan Villopoto double moto win in 250 MX Lites class. Both continue to steam-roll the competition and lead their respective championships.
|450 Motocross Results|
|1.||James Stewart 1/1||KAW|
|2.||Tim Ferry 2/2||KAW|
|3.||Andrew Short 3/3||HON|
|4.||Josh Hill 4/6||YAM|
|5.||Michael Byrne 7/4||SUZ|
|6.||Cody Cooper 5/5||SUZ|
|7.||Nick Wey 8/7||KTM|
|8.||J Albertson 11/8||HON|
|9.||Jeff Alessi 9/10||HON|
|10.||P Carpenter 14/9||HON|
|11.||S Skinner 10/13||HON|
|12.||Antonio Balbi 13/12||HON|
|13.||Jason Thomas 12/14||HON|
|14.||Davi Millsaps 6/35||HON|
|15.||M Boni 38/11||HON|
|250 Lites Results|
|1.||Ryan Villopoto 1/1||KAW|
|2.||Ryan Dungey 3/2||SUZ|
|3.||Brett Metcalfe 5/4||KAW|
|4.||Martin Davalos 10/3||KTM|
|5.||K Cunningham 7/5|
|6.||Ryan Sipes 6/7||KTM|
|7.||Nico Izzi 8/6||SUZ|
|8.||Trey Canard 2/30||HON|
|9.||Jake Weimer 4/19||HON|
|10.||Justin Brayton 15/8||KTM|
|11.||K Chisholm 16/9||KAW|
|12.||A McFarlane 13/13||KAW|
|13.||Matt Lemoine 12/14||YAM|
|14.||Broc Tickle 18/10||YAM|
|15.||Wil Hahn 17/11||YAM|
Budds Creek Raceway
Story and photos by Nate C.
MX 250 Lites Class: Ryan Villopoto put his head down for double moto wins and the overall. Both motos saw him start in the front pack and steadily work his way past the other Lites contenders in the opening laps. Ryan enjoys a commanding 103 pt lead in the series, and the possibility exists for him to wrap up the 2008 250 Lites MX Championship at Milleville MN.
Ryan Dungey saw his results & luck improve this week with a 3/2 finish for second overall on the day … a confidence booster coming off his second moto mechanical DNF at Red Bud. #28 left Maryland in a solid 2nd place for the Lites series points.
Brett Metcalfe filled out the overall event and points podium with a 5/4 moto tally, proving once again his consistency. #123 pushed through lingering pain from previous injury as well as an ankle problem this weekend for the podium reward – third overall.
The other contenders in the Lites class all had issues:
Martin Davalos had a minor off track excursion in the first moto resulting in 10th spot, although he came back for the last podium spot in the second moto earning him 4th place overall.
Trey Canard went 2/30 for 8th overall, besting Dungey in the first moto but failing to finish moto 2 after a tangle with a lapped rider left him unable to restart his CRF250F. #48 was battling for another 2nd spot at the time. Trey was on the gas this weekend none-the-less.
Nico Izzi started up front in both motos but faded back to 8/6 finishes for 7th overall. #341 seems to have the sprint speed of the top riders, but is unable to keep that blistering pace for a whole moto.
Jake Weimer, 9th overall, was strong in moto 1 with 4th place, but dropped to 19th with a shoulder issue in the second moto.
Jason Lawrence was not in attendance at Budds Creek, as well as Austin Stroupe. Josh Grant has a poor showing this weekend with 9/35 moto scores.
MX 450 Class: Factory Kawasaki’s James Stewart came out of the gate top 5 in both motos to lead every lap on Sunday in 450 competition. JS keeps his undefeated season in tact, now 105 points ahead of team-mate Tim Ferry in the points chase. When asked about a possible ‘Perfect Season’, James said “My focus is on each individual weekend and, if it happens, it would be cool, but that’s not my goal”. Coming into Unadilla next weekend, a track where #7 has a history of crashes, his outlook was positive: “I’m going to ride on Saturday. I want that track to know it can’t get the best of me. I’ll be there airing it out, and I want to get through both motos. That track won’t get the best of me.”
#15 Tim Ferry stalked Andrew Short for 2d place in both motos and second overall, eventually pouncing late in the moto and pulling away. Timmy left the gate both time with his typical position of having riders to pass in the opening laps. When asked about a possible repeat spot on the USA MXDN team, Tim responded that he would be again honored to be picked, but Mike Allessi was running real well before his injury and could possibly come back strong. Ferry leads Short by 24 points for second in the point standings right now.
Andrew Short took the 3rd podium spot with 3/3 moto finishes. He is now tied with Mike Alessi for 3rd overall in the series points – they each have 221. Shorty spoke about his duplicate battles with #15 and had this to say “I saw him coming up the whole time in both motos, Timmy uses some good strategy on me. He had better lines than me late in the moto, and he finds where he’s faster and pounces, then checks out. I wanted to pace myself in second moto and latch onto Timmy once he passed me. I need to learn to latch on and play his game a little bit.” Andrew was pleased with another top 3 overall and moving up in the series points, but says his immediate goal is to beat #15.
Other notables from the MX class:
With Factory Suzuki’s Mike Alessi out with injury, David Vuillemin made a return the the Nationals to represent the yellow team. Unfortunately DV12’s day didn’t go as hoped, with 18/37 moto scores.
Honda’s Davi Millsaps rode to a 6th place finish in moto 1, but pulled out of moto 2 for 35th spot and 14th overall. Davi was seen icing his shoulder in the pits between motos and did not ride on Saturday.
Privateers are making people take notice with #902 Cody Cooper, #702 Albertson, #801 Jeff Alessi, and #42 Paul Carpenter all finishing in the top 10 this weekend.
Sean Hamblin, #105 was unable to match his previous top 10 performances on Sunday after not riding on Saturday. Untimely for Sean, his promotion to the Factory Yamaha semi comes along with a shoulder injury at the previous round.