Round 6 – AMA Motocross Series – Buchanan MI – July 4, 2009
Josh Grant wins 450 Motocross class at Red Bud! Jake Weimer takes 250 MX overall victory! Happy Fourth of July weekend America! Video news highlights included
|1.||Josh Grant 2/1||YAM|
|2.||Chad Reed 1/3||SUZ|
|3.||Ivan Tedesco 4/2||HON|
|4.||Andrew Short 3/4||HON|
|5.||Cody Cooper 6/5||YAM|
|6.||Ricky Dietrich 5/6||KAW|
|7.||Michael Byrne 7/7||SUZ|
|8.||Tyler Bowers 8/9||HON|
|9.||Nick Wey 10/8||YAM|
|1.||Jake Weimer 2/4||KAW|
|2.||Chris Pourcel 8/1||KAW|
|3.||Tommy Searle 5/2||KTM|
|4.||Brett Metcalfe 4/3||HON|
|5.||Ryan Dungey 1/8||SUZ|
|6.||Justin Barcia 3/7||HON|
|13.||Tyla Rattray 6/37||KAW|
Red Bud Track n’ Trail
First moto of the day was the 450 heat one. 450 Motocross Points leader Chad Reed with the ‘holeshot’. Before the end of the first lap, Andrew Short goes past Reed! So, you have Short first, Reed second. As they settle, it’s Josh Grant in third, and Ricky Dietrich in fourth. Jason Lawrence is back racing. In this first moto, he’s running in the second ‘group’ of riders, approx. 6 – 10th.
The top three riders – Short, Reed, and Josh Grant, are simply maintaining their posititions as the moto runs down. But Andrew Short is starting to make a few mistakes – and Reed is closing, and Reed has passed Andrew. The top three as we near the very end of the race – Chad Reed first, Andrew Short second, Josh Grant third. Cody Cooper is running fourth, last week’s 450 Motocross winner Ivan Tedesco is fifth, Thomas Hahn on his KX 450 sixth, Ricky Dietrich is next, followed by Michael Byrne, Tyler Bowers, and Justin Brayton.
Now there is a lot of action going on as we near the end of this moto! Josh Grant has put on a charge! He’s passed Andrew Short for second – and he’s got Reed in sight!
As the checkerd flag comes out after the 30 minute plus two lap moto, the top ten are: Chad Reed, Josh Grant, Andrew Short, Ivan Tedesco, Ricky Dietrich, Cody Cooper, Michael Byrne, Tyler Bowers, Jim Albertson, Nick Wey
Notes: Mike Alessi is not racing. The average lap times for the 450 Motocross riders is approx. 2 minutes 30 seconds. Lawrence ended up with a DNF (Did Not Finish)
The next race on the day: 250 heat one. Series points leader Christophe Poucel is down after the start with a few other riders as well! At the end of lap one it’s last week’s 250 Motocross winner Jake Weimer leading, Ryan Dungey is in second, and Brett Metcalfe in third.
At the five lap mark, it’s Dungey in the lead, Weimer is second, Metcalfe is third. Then we have Tommy Searle, followed by Kyle Cunningham, Justin Barcia, and World Motocross MX2 Champion Tyla Rattray. Chrisophe Pourcel has already moved into 13th.
At the ten lap point – it’s Ryan Dungey leading, Jake Weimer is second, Brett Metcalfe is third, Justin Barcia has moved to fourth, Tommy Searle is next, he’s followed by Tyla Rattray. Chris Pourcel is ninth.
But at the checkered flag – it’s Dungey with the win! Jake Weimer is second, and rookie Justin Barcia is third!
The top ten: Ryan Dungey, Jake Weimer, Justin Barcia, Brett Metcalfe, Tommy Searle, Tyla Rattray, Kyle Cunningham, Chris Pourcel, Wil Hahn, Matt Lemoine
Ricky Carmichael, the retired 15 time AMA Supercross / Motocross Champion, and the winningest rider in AMA Supercross & Motocross history, won the ‘250 FMF Two-stroke Invitational’
The next moto of the day – 450 Motocross heat 2. After the completion of the first lap, we have Ivan Tedesco leading, team-mate Andrew Short is second, … he’s followed by Josh Grant, then Chad Reed, and Michael Byrne.
At the five lap mark, we’ve had some changes up front. We now have Josh Grant leading, Ivan Tedesco is second, he’s followed by Andrew Short, Chad Reed, and Cody Cooper (Josh Grant’s team-mate).
At the ten lap mark, we have more changes! Is this going to be Josh Grant’s day? It’s looking that way! Josh is leading, looking strong, and heading for the overall win as well! Ivan Tedesco is second, Reedy is third, Andrew Short is fourth, with Cody Copper running in fifth.
Now, it’s time for the checkered flag – Josh Grant wins! Combine that with his first moto second position, and that gives Josh the overall 450 Motocross victory on the day!
The top ten in 450 Motocross heat two: Josh Grant, Ivan Tedesco, Chad Reed, Andrew Short, Cody Cooper, Ricky Dietrich, Michael Byrne, Nick Wey, Tyler Bowers, Jason Lawrence
Josh Grant said “It’s great. I needed a great start, I did in the second moto, I made consistent laps. And I won. I want to thank Joe Gibbs Racing, and Happy Fourth of July everyone!” It’s Josh’s first-ever 450 Motocross National victory!
The next and final race of the day – 250 Heat two. At the end of the first lap, it’s Martin Davalos leading! Christophe Pourcel is second, with Tommy Searle third. Tyla Rattray is off to the side of the track and off the bike.
After six laps, Christophe Pourcel has moved into the lead! And Tommy Searle is second! Martin Davalos is third, Brett Metcalfe is next, then Jake Weimer, Max Anstie, Blake Wharton, Justin Barcia, and first moto winner Ryan Dungey is ninth even after a couple of falls. Tenth is Broc Tickle.
The checkered flag falls at the end of the final 250 race, and it’s series points leader Christophe Pourcel with the moto win! Tommy Searle takes second place, with Brett Metcalfe third, and Jake Weimer fourth.
But the overall victory on the day, with finishes of second and fourth – Jake Weimer!
This moto’s top ten: Christophe Pourcel, Tommy Searle, Brett Metcalfe, Jake Weimer, Martin Davalos, Max Anstie, Justin Barcia, Ryan Dungey, Blake Wharton, Broc Tickle
Jake Weimer said “I’m so excited. Especially here at Red Bud – the track is so good! It’s doesn’t get any better than getting the overall win … it’s the best feeling in the world!”
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* RedBud boasts the largest jump in the series; LaRocco’s Leap. A 120-foot uphill triple named after Indiana native Mike LaRocco who was the first rider to complete the feat.
* RedBud has hosted a national over the 4th of July holiday since 1978.
* There have been a total of six first time winners in their respective classes through five races. The most first time winners in a single season since the series changed to a two class format is six back in 1999.
* Ryan Dungey is the only winner this season to have previously captured an overall victory in his class prior to 2009.
* In the 250 Class, Christophe Pourcel has won the first moto at every round this season. He is also the only rider in the series to appear on the overall podium at each of the five rounds.
* With four different winners in five races, the premier 450 Class is seeing the most parity since the 2001 season when four different winners captured wins in the first five races.
* Wil Hahn captured the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award at Thunder Valley, passing 20 riders in the second 250 Class moto.
* First Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship race held at Red Bud was July 28th, 1974. Kenny Zahrt won on a Bultaco, marking the last AMA Motocross win for that manufacturer.
* This race marks the 29th time the gate will drop at Red Bud for a Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship race.
* For 2009, RedBud will feature a first time winner at the track in the 450 Class.
* Marty Tripes won his last Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship race at Red Bud in 1979.
* Jeff Ward won at Red Bud on 125cc, 250cc, and 500cc bikes.
First time winners at Red Bud: Kenny Zahrt, 1974 – Bultaco, Steve Wise, 1980 – Honda, Mike Kiedrowski, 1992 – Kawasaki
Riders to win Red Bud in both classes: James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Jeff Emig, Mike Kiedrowski, Jeff Ward
For all the Results and Point standings of the previous races series, along with photos and video, you can visit this link
* The first 250 Class race held at Red Bud was May 23, 1976, with Bob Hannah winning on a Yamaha.
* This race marks the 30th time the gate will drop at Red Bud for a 250 Class race.
* Ryan Villopoto and Jeff Emig are the only two riders to win three in a row at Red Bud.
* Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Steve Lamson, Jeff Emig, Mickey Dymond, Mark Barnett, and Ryan Villopoto all won back to back events at Red Bud.
First time winners at Red Bud: Jeff Emig, 1992 – Yamaha
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250 Motocross Championship Points leader – Christophe Pourcel
450 Motocross class points leader – Chad Reed
250 Motocross winner at Red Bud today – Jake Weimer
450 Motocross winner at Red Bud MX today – Josh Grant