Round 8 – AMA Motocross Series – Washougal WA – July 25, 2009
Chad Reed powers to double moto victory in 450 Motocross class! Ryan Dungey wins 250 overall at Washougal Motocross … Dungey and Pourcel now tied on points.
|1.||Chad Reed 1/1||SUZ|
|2.||Josh Grant 5/2||YAM|
|3.||Jason Lawrence 10/3||YAM|
|4.||Justin Brayton 9/8||KTM|
|5.||Michael Byrne 15/4||SUZ|
|6.||Jim Albertson 8/10||YAM|
|7.||Nick Wey 13/6||YAM|
|8.||Thomas Hahn 2/38||KAW|
|9.||Ivan Tedesco 11/11||HON|
|10.||Clem Desalle 3/25||HON|
|11.||Matt Goerke 4/32||SUZ|
|12.||Andrew Short 7/18||HON|
|13.||Jarred Browne 23/5||SUZ|
|14.||Ben LaMay 17/9||YAM|
|15.||Jake Moss 6/28||HON|
|16.||Davi Millsaps 21/7||HON|
|17.||Jeff Alessi 16/12||HON|
|1.||Ryan Dungey 1/5||SUZ|
|2.||Blake Wharton 3/3||HON|
|3.||Chris Pourcel 8/1||KAW|
|4.||Brett Metcalfe 4/4||HON|
|5.||Jake Weimer 10/2||KAW|
|6.||Tommy Searle 6/6||KTM|
|7.||Broc Tickle 7/8||YAM|
|8.||Darryn Durham 5/10||YAM|
|9.||Max Anstie 9/9||KTM|
|10.||K Cunningham 2/34||KAW|
|11.||Justin Barcia 16/7||HON|
|12.||Steven Clarke 13/11||SUZ|
|13.||PJ Larsen 15/14|
|16.||Matt Lemoine 11/32||YAM|
Washougal MX Park
It’s the annual Washougal Motocross, at the beautiful Washougal Motocross Park, for Round 8 of the 2009 AMA National Motocross Championship Series!
First, Angela asked some of the riders at Friday Media Day what they like about Washougal:
Kyle Cunningham: It’s a good track and it’s got good terrain, and the bumps get a little different. Some of the sections get good ruts and some are kind of flat. I hear they made some track changes and I went and looked at it with my mechanic and it looks great, so, it will be a good track for good racing tomorrow!
Scott Champion: I have some good vibes from this track. Last year Washougal was my first National Motocross and I was just so excited to be here. The track is so cool with the big trees, the fans are great and my family lives up here. All that put together makes Washougal that much more special for me.
Sherri Cruse: I’d have to say the dirt here at the Washougal Motocross. Over the last couple of years I’ve noticed that it was getting really hard packed, but last year they put sawdust into it, and it made it a really good track. The corners are really well done and I see that they put in some more jumps this year, so that’s good for me.
Ashley Fiolek: This track is really cool, the layout is unbelievable, with up and down hills, and you ride through trees, … it’s really cool. I’m always excited to come here every year.
Ryan Villopoto: For me, it’s definitely just coming up here and being around the fans I grew up around racing. They get pretty into it, and have always rooted for me to do well, so it’s a great feeling just to come here this week, even though I’m not racing.
First moto, the Woman’s National Motocross – you can see their results here at the MXGirls section of Supercross.com
Next was the first 250 moto: Blake Wharton number 61 is the early leader, with Ryan Dungey right behind. Max Anstie a bit back in third place. At the end of the first lap, we can see both 250 motocross series points leader Christophe Pourcel back near 20th, and Jake Weimer, a previous National Motocross winner this seaon, back a few spots behind Pourcel.
On lap seven, Dungey gets past B Wharton and moves into the lead! We have Dungey first, Wharton second, Kyle Cunningham is in third, Darryn Durham is in fourth, …. followed by Tommy Searle, Brett Metcalfe, Max Anstie, Broc Tickle, Ben Evans, and tenth is Christophe Pourcel. Jake Weimer is in 14th.
The Washougal track – beautiful. It’s set up in the hills, in the trees. It’s a perfect venue for outdoor motocross. The weather, especially for the ‘Pacific Northwest’, beautiful. Hot!
At the end of the 16 lap race (30 minutes plus two laps), it’s Ryan Dungey with the win, Kyle Cunningham in second, Blake Wharton in third. Fourth is Brett Metcalfe, then Darryn Durham, then Tommy Searle, Broc Tickle, Christophe Pourcel finihses in eighth. Ninth is Max Anstie, tenth is Jake Weimer, followed by Matt Lemoine, and Ben Evans.
Kyle Cunningham, on his Kawasaki, had his best ride of his career in AMA National Motocross, with that second place. Even though there is still another moto to go, Ryan Dungey has taken over the championship points lead from Christophe Pourcel as well.
The next race – the first 450 Motocross moto! The early leader? Motocross series points leader, number 22 on the Suzuki, Chad Reed. After five laps in the books, it’s Reed with the lead, Thomas Hahn on his Kawasaki in second, from the World Motocross Series doing a National Motocross on a weekend off from MX1, it’s Clem Desalle on a Honda in third. Matt Goerke is next on his Suzuki, then it’s Josh Grant fifth, Andrew Short sixth, Jake Moss seventh, Cody Cooper eighth,Jason Lawrence is in ninth, and Jim Albertson in tenth. Ivan Tedesco is back in 17th, and Davi Millsaps is 30th.
The 450 Motocross first moto goes 30 minutes plus two laps, and that equaled 16 laps for this race. At the checkered, it’s Chad Reed winning, and extending his championship points lead. Second goes to Thomas Hahn. Third to Clem Desalle! Fourth place goes to Matt Goerke, then Josh Grant, Jake Moss, Andrew Short, Jim Albertson, Justin Brayton, Jason Lawrence is tenth, and Ivan Tedesco is 11th.
The next moto, the Woman’s National MX second moto – you can see their results at the MXGirls section of Supercross.com
The next moto – the finale for the 250 class! Early leader is Christophe Pourcel on the #377 Kawasaki. At the five lap point, it’s Pourcel leading, Jake Weimer is running second, Blake Wharton with another good ride in third, then Brett Metcalfe in fourth, followed by Ryan Dungey, Tommy Searle, Max Anstie, and Justin Barcia. Kyle Cunningham, who had a great ride in the first moto, has pulled off the track.
Christophe Pourcel has made up for a less-than-stellar first moto, by taking this second moto victory after 16 laps! Jake Weimer finishes in second, Blake Wharton continues with his great day, taking third in the moto. Brett Metcalfe is next in fourth position, followed by Ryan Dungey. Sixth thru tenth – Tommy Searle, Justin Barcia, Broc Tickle, Max Anstie, and Darryn Durham. Dungey wins the overall, and he and Pourcel are now tied on points as they head into the next round, August 15, at Unadilla, New York.
The final race of the day – 450 Motocross heat two. The leader on the opening lap is Josh Grant, number 33 on the Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha. Second is #338 Jason Lawrence! Davi Millsaps is next, followed by Michael Byrne, Matt Goerke, Antonio Balbi, and then Chad Reed in seventh. A lot of ‘top’ riders are back in the pack – all outside the top 20 – Clem Desalle, Ivan Tedesco, Thomas Hahn, and Andrew Short. We did not see Cody Cooper start the second moto.
At the six lap mark, it’s Josh Grant still leading, Jason Lawrence is second, Michael Byrne is third, Chad Reed is fourth, Davi Millsaps fifth.
At the 13 lap mark, it’s Josh Grant still leading, Chad Reed has moved into second and has the overall victory secured if he maintains position. Third is Jason Lawrence, next is Byrne, Millsaps, and J Browne on a Suzuki is running in sixth. Tedesco is 13th, Short 22nd, Desalle 27th.
With just over 2 laps still to go, Chad Reed overtakes Josh Grant for first position. This could be Chad’s definining moment in putting the 2009 AMA 450 Motocross Championship on ice. With only four rounds remaining in this series, he’s put himself in a great position with a nice points lead, and nobody running his speed at this point in the season.
At the checkered flag, Chad Reed wins. And takes the overall of course with a win in the first moto as well. Additionally, Chad has extended his points lead. (Also makes for a Suzuki sweep, as Dungey won the 250 class.) Second place in this moto goes to Josh Grant, then third is Jason Lawrence (his best ride of the motocross season), fourth is Michael Byrne, and J Browne takes fifth!
Notes: Average lap times were approx. 2 minutes 15 seconds.
Series Stats – courtesy MXSports
Chad Reed became just the second rider to repeat in the 450 Class. Both riders have come from the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki team with Reed and Mike Alessi. The win was Reed’s 41st career AMA victory but just his third in AMA Motocross. The remaining 38 have come in AMA Supercross. As a whole, Roger De Coster’s Team Suzuki riders have won 50% of the overall victories across both classes (7 of 14). Reed started a new streak for the 450 Class, becoming the second straight winner to take the overall with 2-1 moto finishes. Ryan Dungey is the winningest rider in the series, capturing his third victory last weekend at his hometown race. After having his streak of winning the first moto broken one round earlier, Christophe Pourcel’s streak of winning at least one moto at each round was broken at Spring Creek. However, he remains the only rider in the series to finish on the overall podium at all seven races with a worst finish of second. Matt Goerke captured the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award at Spring Creek, passing 28 riders (37th to 9th) in the first 450 Class moto.
450 Class Stats: The first race held at Washougal was August 14, 1983. Rick Johnson would win on a Yamaha. This will be the 19th time the gate will drop for the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Washougal. Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, and Jeff Emig have won at Washougal in both classes. In 2001 and 2007, Tim Ferry went 2-2 in motos for the overall win. He is the only rider since 2001 to achieve such a feat. Mike LaRocco won the last 500cc race in Washougal in 1993 on a Honda. Rick Johnson and Ricky Carmichael are the only two riders to win Washougal back-to-back in 1983-84 (Johnson) and 2004-05 (Carmichael). Washougal will welcome a first-time winner at the facility in 2009.
First time winners at Washougal – Jimmy Button, 1999 – Yamaha
450 Class Overall Wins: Mike Alessi – 2, Chad Reed – 2, Josh Grant – 1, Ivan Tedesco – 1, Ryan Villopoto – 1
450 Class Moto Wins: Mike Alessi – 4, Chad Reed – 4, Ivan Tedesco – 2, Ryan Villopoto – 2, Josh Grant – 2
450 Class Laps Led: Ivan Tedesco – 57, Mike Alessi – 52, Josh Grant – 49, Chad Reed – 41, Andrew Short – 11, Ryan Villopoto – 8
250 Class Stats:
The first race was held at Washougal on July 6, 1980. Mark Barnett would win on a Suzuki. This will be the 29th time the gate will drop at Washougal for a 250 Class race. Kawasaki has won eight of the last 12 races at Washougal. Ryan Dungey captured his first career victory at Washougal last season, becoming the fifth rider to do so in 28 years. His win ended a seven-year drought for Suzuki at Washougal. Dungey will look to become the first rider to go back-to-back at Washougal since James Stewart did it as part of a three-year streak from 2002-2004.
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 Class Overall Wins: Ryan Dungey – 3, Christophe Pourcel – 2, Jake Weimer – 2
250 Class Moto Wins: Christophe Pourcel – 7, Ryan Dungey – 6, Jake Weimer – 1
250 Class Laps Led: Ryan Dungey – 70, Christophe Pourcel – 66, Justin Barcia – 43, Trey Canard – 21, Jake Weimer – 11, M. Davalos – 5
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