Preview Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Notes and Stats: Rockstar Energy Spring Creek National
With the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship season halfway over, premier class rookie and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider Ryan Dungey continues to lead the way in the 450 Class, capturing his fifth straight victory at the series’ last round from RedBud over the Independence Day holiday weekend. On Saturday, the second half of the season kicks-off from Dungey’s home state of Minnesota for the Rockstar Energy Spring Creek National in Millville.
Rockstar/Makita Suzuki: Dungey’s current run of five consecutive victories has him firmly in the driver’s seat in the chase for the championship. For the last two seasons, he’s walked away from his home race with back-to-back overall victories in the 250 Class. Growing up riding the Spring Creek layout, he no doubt feels extremely confident at the track and will look to continue his winning streak at the facility in front of his family and friends this weekend.
Monster Energy Kawasaki: Reigning 450 Class champion Chad Reed returned to the second position in the championship standings at the last round after a strong outing at RedBud in which he posted a runner-up effort. Last season at Millville, Reed took the overall win and began a stretch run of dominance that led him to the title. He’ll look to end Dungey’s early-season dominance on Saturday in an attempt to go back-to-back at Millville.
“The weekend off was good, but I would have rather been racing,” said Reed. “I’ve been training hard in the Florida heat and I’m ready for anything thrown at me this week.”
GEICO Powersports Honda: Despite another strong showing at RedBud in which he finished fourth overall, Brett Metcalfe fell from second to third in the 450 Class standings. The rookie premier class rider has put together an impressive season and has consistently been one of the quietest, yet best-finishing riders in the class throughout the first six rounds. As the second half approaches, he’ll look for more of the up-front consistency that has put him in the thick of the title fight.
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda: Although he’s had some ups and downs throughout the first half of the season, Ben Townley is starting to come into form. His performance at RedBud was the best he’s had all season and it yielded another podium result. His last lap mistake that took away an opportunity at his first career moto win in the premier class left a bitter taste in his mouth and he will come back stronger than ever this weekend to try and claim what he felt was his to lose. His recent string of outstanding runs has moved him into a tie for fourth in the championship with Andrew Short.
Honda Red Bull Racing: Andrew Short is doing what he does best this season, running consistently at the front of the field. While his effort at RedBud might be considered a disappointment by his standards, the veteran rider is putting together an outstanding season, especially considering that he was forced to sit out an entire moto during the second round of the season. With a moto win under his belt and the best starting average in the class, Short knows he has what it takes to win and will look to put together two solid motos in an effort to achieve that.
Joining the Honda Red Bull Racing team this weekend and throughout the second half of 2010 is fan favorite Kevin Windham. After losing Davi Millsaps for the season at Budds Creek due to injury, the Honda team summoned one of the most experienced riders in series history to make a return to the nationals. While it remains to be seen how Windham will do, the mere presence of the number 14 on the track will bring the fans to their feet.
Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR: After serving notice that he is a contender in the premier class at Thunder Valley, Josh Grant’s efforts to back up his performance resulted in an up and down day at RedBud. The second-year 450 Class rider has been plagued by bad starts throughout the first half of 2010 and this weekend’s race at Spring Creek, where he went toe-to-toe with Chad Reed last season, will serve as an opportunity to turn things around for the second half.
Justin Brayton’s last round at RedBud was a tough one. As the second year 450 Class rider continues to work his way back from injury, he was forced to overcome misfortune at the previous round, failing to finish the opening moto and only managing an 18th place effort in Moto 2 to finish 21st overall. He will look to bounce back this weekend.
Jagermeister KTM: Mike Alessi’s consistent top 10 efforts in 2010 have come as a bit of a surprise to many in the industry. After dominating the series before injury forced him out of competition last season, many thought he’d be in the thick of the title fight. However, since taking the second moto win at Hangtown, the ultra-quick rider has not returned to the podium and appears to be making a dedicated effort to dial in the new 350cc bike KTM has introduced this season and return to the front of the field where he has proven he belongs.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki: While they came up short in taking the overall win for the just the second time in 2010, Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad still landed a pair of riders on the overall podium at RedBud. Both Christophe Pourcel and Dean Wilson have been the class of the 250 Class field when it comes to consistency and are the top two riders in the standings as a result of that. They’ll both look to continue to maintain that momentum throughout the second half of the season starting this weekend.
“It has been fun staying on the podium, but I want to win again,” said Wilson. “Millville should be a good race and I know my teammates are some of my toughest competition.”
Fellow teammate Tyla Rattray has also been exceptionally strong, holding an overall win of his own and third place in the standings.
“We are only halfway through the season, so anything can happen,” said Rattray. “I’m just focused on getting good finishes. The weekend off helped me heal a little so my thumb will be no issue this weekend.”
GEICO Powersports Honda: Trey Canard’s previous outing was the most memorable of his career as the third year rider was finally able to breakthrough and capture his first career AMA Motocross victory at RedBud. The win helped solidify his spot in fourth place in the championship standings and closed the gap to third place behind Rattray. As of now, he sits only seven points out of the top three and has considerable momentum and even more confidence heading into the second half of the season.
DNA Shred Stix/Star Yamaha: Quietly amassing an impressive season, Broc Tickle finished seventh at RedBud and currently sits fifth in the 250 Class standings. The Michigan native was hopeful of a better result at his home track, but still put forth a great effort. He will look to break onto the overall podium throughout the rest of the season and continue what has been a breakout year.
With a ninth place effort at RedBud, Martin Davalos continues to climb up the 250 Class standings with a string of impressive outings. The Ecuadorian rider currently sits ninth in the championship and hopes to continue his progression through the field.
WMX Class: The Women’s Motocross Championship hits Spring Creek MX Park on Saturday for their first event at the renowned facility. After a dominating start to the season in which she posted five wins through the first five rounds, DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jessica Patterson watched her perfect season come to an end at RedBud as Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ashley Fiolek captured what was surprisingly her first win of the 2010 season. Fiolek’s win brought Patterson’s run to an abrupt conclusion and it will be intriguing to see how Patterson responds this weekend.
The stars of the WMX Class will lay it all on the line at the start of each moto in hopes of capturing the $250 MotorcycleUSA Holeshot Award while Rekluse will provide its best sponsored female with the Top Rekluse Rider award and $100 in prize money.
Series Statistical Report – Rockstar Energy Spring Creek National – Spring Creek MX Park – Millville, Minn., July 17
* Spring Creek has hosted AMA Motocross national events since 1983.
* The city of Millville has a population of about 200. On Saturday, that population will grow by at least 50 times that number when thousands of die hard motocross fans pour into the city.
* Hometown hero Ryan Dungey has won the last two years at Spring Creek in the 250 Class and will look to make it three in a row along with his move into the 450 Class.
* Veteran Kevin Windham will make his return to the outdoor nationals at Spring Creek, competing for the first time since Budds Creek last August.
* Dungey has captured eight of the last 10 motos and now has an average finish of 2.4. He is also the only rider in the class to capture more than one moto win.
* Andrew Short’s streak of consecutive holeshots ended at five at the previous round, just missing out on sweeping his third consecutive race.
* Despite a surprisingly high average finish of 6.8, Chad Reed sits second in the 450 Class championship.
* Despite five consecutive wins by Ryan Dungey, the 450 Class has been extremely competitive, with second through sixth place in the standings separated by only 22 points.
* Dungey possesses the best average finish of any rider in the 450 Class at 2.4. Andrew Short possesses best average start at 2.5.
* Only Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki and GEICO Powersports Honda riders have won 250 Class motos in 2010.
* Christophe Pourcel has won at least one moto at each round this season and is the only rider in the 250 Class to have more than one moto victory.
* Trey Canard’s 250 Class win was the first of his career in AMA Motocross.
* Of the five different winners in six rounds of the 250 Class, four are first-time winners.
* The top three riders in the 250 Class standings are not only all Pro Circuit riders, but they are also
all international competitors.
* Three of Mitch Payton’s four Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders have won an overall in 2010.
* Pourcel possesses the best average finish of any rider in the 250 Class at 2.5 as well as average start at 3.8.
450 Class Stats
* The first race held at Spring Creek was August 28, 1983. Bob Hannah would win on a Honda.
* This will be the 20th time the gate will drop for a Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross race at Spring Creek.
* Ricky Carmichael, Jeff Emig, Ron Lechien and James Stewart have won at Spring Creek in both classes. Ryan Dungey is looking to join them.
* Ricky Carmichael boasts an undefeated record at Spring Creek MX Park, winning every race (eight) and every moto (16) from 2000-2007.
* Suzuki has won four of the last five races at Spring Creek.
* 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.
* A total of four riders have posted their final career victories at Spring Creek.
* Spring Creek hosted the 500cc national from 1985-1993. Honda won all but one event.
Wins by brand at Spring Creek: Kawasaki – 7, Honda – 6, Suzuki – 5, Yamaha – 1
Riders to win Spring Creek in both classes: Ricky Carmichael, Jeff Emig, Ron Lechien, James Stewart
450 Class Overall Wins: Ryan Dungey – 5, Chad Reed – 1
450 Class Moto Wins: Ryan Dungey – 8, Mike Alessi – 1, Josh Grant – 1, Chad Reed – 1, Andrew Short – 1
450 Class Laps Led: Ryan Dungey – 77, Andrew Short – 39, Mike Alessi – 19, Josh Grant – 19, Chad Reed – 16, Ben Townley – 14, Brett Metcalfe – 9
250 Class Stats
* The first 250 Class race was held at Spring Creek on August 28, 1983. Ron Lechien would win on a Yamaha.
* This will be the 28th time the gate will drop at Spring Creek for the 250 Class.
* Late local legend Donnie Schmidt gave Suzuki its first win at Spring Creek in 1987 and would go back-to-back with another win in 1988. New local legend Ryan Dungey achieved the same feat in 2008 and 2009 before moving on to the 450 Class.
* With Dungey’s move into the 450 Class, Spring Creek will welcome a first time winner at the facility in the 250 Class.
* Suzuki has won three of the last four events at Spring Creek.
Wins by brand at Spring Creek: Kawasaki – 11, Suzuki – 7, Honda – 5, Yamaha – 3, KTM – 1
First time winners at Spring Creek: Andrew Short, 2005 – Honda, Nick Wey, 1999 – Kawasaki, Mike LaRocco, 1990 – Suzuki
250 Class Overall Wins: Christophe Pourcel – 2, Trey Canard – 1, Tyla Rattray – 1, Eli Tomac – 1, Dean Wilson – 1
250 Class Moto Wins: Christophe Pourcel – 7, Justin Barcia – 1, Trey Canard – 1, Tyla Rattray – 1, Eli Tomac – 1, Dean Wilson – 1
250 Class Laps Led: Christophe Pourcel – 87, Eli Tomac – 35, Dean Wilson – 33, Trey Canard – 14, Justin Barcia – 13, Wil Hahn – 4, Tommy Searle – 2, Tyla Rattray – 1
WMX Class Overall Wins: Jessica Patterson – 3, Ashley Fiolek – 1
WMX Class Moto Wins: Jessica Patterson – 6, Ashley Fiolek – 2