KEN ROCZEN AND JEREMY MARTIN SWEEP HANGTOWN RACEWAY
This week the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship Series headed North to Hangtown Raceway in Sacramento, California for Round two of the series. The Dirt Diggers of the North Motorcycle hosted the event with the help of hundreds of volunteers. German-native Ken Roczen dominated both 450 motos on his KTM to take home the overall win on the weekend in the 450 class. Jeremy Martin, the kid that shocked the industry last weekend with his dominating wins at Glen Helen, reassured us all it wasn’t just beginners luck with another dominating overall victory at Hangtown.
KTM/Red Bull’s Ryan Dungey looked to follow up his overall win last weekend by grabbing the Motorsport.com holeshot award in moto one. However, Dungey’s teammate, Ken Roczen was not far behind coming out of turn one, followed by Yoshimura/Suzuki’s James Stewart.
As Roczen focused on chasing down Ryan Dungey, Stewart managed to give up third position to Muscle Milk/Honda rider, Trey Canard, with just a small bobble. After losing the win last weekend at Glen Helen to his teammate in the final turns of the last lap, Roczen was obviously looking to clear the chip off his shoulder. The young rider put a pass on Dungey early on in lap one and started to pull away from the pack.
Reigning Canadian Motocross Champion and fill-in rider for Ryan Villopoto, Brett Metcalfe also made his way by James Stewart to move into fourth. As Canard began to close the gap on Dungey in a battle for second, Andrew Short and and Phil Nocholetti got tangled up with both riders going down.
Muscle Milk/Honda rider Justin Barcia evidently had his sights set on the top as he quickly closed in on former champion, James Stewart. In true “Bam-Bam” fashion, Barcia took the outside line and managed to pass James Stewart (the fastest man on the planet), on the outside, to move himself into fifth.
James Stewart’s little brother, Malcolm Stewart, was running just behind in seventh, followed by, TwoTwo Motorsport’s Chad Reed, Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer and JGRMX rider, Josh Grant, rounding out the top ten. As Barcia set his sets on Canard for the number three spot, the battle for eighth position tuned into a four-way battle as Weston Peick moved in on his Soaring Eagle backed Suzuki. With seven minutes remaining on the clock, Peick managed to move himself up into ninth just behind the veteran rider, Chad Reed. Peick, Weimer and Grant all managed to get by Reed before the end of the lap, moving themselves all up one position.
With three laps to go Roczen had put six seconds between himself and Ryan Dungey. As Roczen claimed his moto win, he also celebrated his first ever moto win in the 450 class. Ryan Dungey held onto to second in moto one, followed by Muscle Milk/Honda’s Trey Canard.
Coming out of the gate in moto two, Jake Weimer captured the $500 Motorsport.com holeshot award with; Metcalfe, Barcia, Roczen and Dungey on his heels. As Metcalfe and Barcia moved themselves up one position each, they pushed Weimer back to third. Dungey was on the hunt to get by teammate Ken Roczen.
“Bam-Bam” Barcia was giving it all he had to try to get by the Australian-native, Brett Metcalfe. However, as the two engaged in battle with one another, Roczen accepted the advantage and managed to get by both riders to move into the lead.
Convinced that he could not let his rookie teammate get away on him again, Dungey followed Roczen by Barcia and Metcalfe to move his KTM into second position. Muscle Milk/Honda rider Justin Barcia also made a clean pass on Metcalfe to move into third.
Just as race fans had thought maybe Stewart had lost his touch, the number seven of James Stewart came flying from fifth to take over third in true James Stewart fashion. After returning at the end of the Supercross season from a laundry list of injuries, Trey Canard also seemed to be on fire, as he made the move on Metcalfe.
With only five minutes left on the clock, Roczen had managed to put eight seconds between himself and Dungey. As the final laps closed in, Canard managed to make the pass on his teammate, Justin Barcia to move into fourth just behind James Stewart. Although not many would have expected Canard to close the gap on Stewart, he made a run for third as the checkers came out and came up just shy of third position.
Roczen dominated the pack once again in moto two, claiming a 1-1 on the day and his first ever national motocross overall victory. Dungey followed up in second, once again taking home second overall, while Stewart finished out the moto in third to take third overall.
Heading into moto one for the 250 class, the Frenchman, Christophe Pourcell turned the fastest lap time in qualifying. However, Zach Bell, also known as, the Pocket Rocket managed to get his bike into turn one first to claim the $500 Motorsport.com holeshot award. Last week’s race winner, Jeremy Martin quickly put his Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha into the lead by sticking a pass on Bell in lap one.
GEICO/Honda rider, Justin Bogle moved into third just behind the Florida-native Zach Bell. Former 250 East Coast Supercross Champion, Jason Anderson continued to experience struggles this season as he went down in moto one and taking Marvin Musquin with him.
Bogle managed to get by Bell to move himself into second, but, Cooper Webb was not far behind, as he also made his way by Bell.
Representing the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, Oregon-native Justin Hill made his way into fifth just behind Zach Bell. Unfortunately after a strong finish last weekend for Troy Lee Designs/Honda rider, Cole Seely was burdened by mechanical issues with his radiator and was unable to finish the moto.
With ten minutes left on the clock, Jeremy Martin had managed to put 5.5 seconds on the clock between himself and second place. As Martin continued to pull away, Webb closed in on Bogle and attempted to make a pass on the outside. Bogle got a little more drive out of the turn and as he shut the door on Webb, he also managed to take him out. However, Webb managed to quickly get back on his motorcycle and put a charge on to close back in on Bogle. The youngster managed to make the pass on former 250 West Coast Champion, Justin Bogle, to put himself into second position with eight minutes left on the clock.
Jeremy martin claimed his third race win of the season, as did Cooper Webb claim his third second place finish of the season. Justin Bogle finished out moto one with a third place finish.
In moto two, Jeremy Martin got his Star Racing/Yamalube Yamaha out front early as he captured the Motorsport.com holeshot award. Martin was followed into turn one by fellow Yamaha riders, Cooper Webb and Christophe Pourcell.
Cooper Webb was on fire once again, as he quickly made his way by Christophe Pourcell to move himself into second position.
As the Yamaha’s led the pack out front, Justin Bogle managed to survive a huge crash, as his bike went flipping through the air around the halfway point. Bogle attempted to rejoin the race but seemingly was experiencing immense pain and was physically unable to compete.
The chain of unfortunate events for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team continued, as Blake Baggett was forced to pull off with mechanical bike issues. The Factory Kawasaki normally has a team of six riders but unfortunately four are currently unable to compete due to injuries.
Cole Seely’s bad luck seemed to carry on into moto two, as he was also forced to pull off due to mechanically bike issues.
After struggling to find his way in moto, Jason Anderson rode well in moto two to redeem himself and take home a fourth place finish in moto two.
Jeremy Martin dominated the pack once again to take home his second overall victory of the season for Round Two at Hangtown Raceway in Sacramento, California. Cooper Webb went 2-2 again this weekend, taking home his second second place overall finish. Christophe Pourcell managed to hang onto third to claim his best finish of the year, so far and third overall on the weekend.
Next week the series heads to Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado for Round Three of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship Series.
250 CLASS-HANGTOWN RACEWAY
- Jeremy Martin 1-1
- Cooper Webb 2-2
- Christophe Pourcel 8-3
- Justin Hill 4-6
- Jessy Nelson 7-5
- Jason Anderson 10-4
- Marvin Musquin 9-7
- Zach Bell 5-12
- Matt Bisceglia 13-8
- Justin Bogle 3-35
450 CLASS-HANGTOWN RACEWAY
- Ken Roczen 1-1
- Ryan Dungey 2-2
- Trey Canard 3-4
- James Stewart 5-3
- Justin Barcia 4-5
- Weston Peick 8-6
- Jake Weimer 7-8
- Brett Metcalfe 6-9
- Malcolm Stewart 10-7
- Chad Reed 11-12
250 CLASS-CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- Jeremy Martin (100)
- Cooper Webb (88)
- Christophe Pourcel (63)
- Jesssy Nelson (51)
- Marvin Musquin (50)
- Jason Anderson (49)
- Justin Bogle (48)
- Blake Baggett (48)
- Matt Bisceglia (45)
- Justin Hill (43)
450 CLASS-CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- Ken Roczeon (94)
- Ryan Dungey (89)
- Trey Canard (72)
- James Stewart (66)
- Brett Metcalfe (61)
- Justin Barcia (52)
- Weston Peick (52)
- Jake Weimer (52)
- Malcolm Stewart (51)
- Josh Grant (43)