The two big Motocross Races this weekend
There are two ‘big’ Motocross races this coming weekend. First, on Saturday, is the AMA National Motocross at Budds Creek MX Park in Maryland. And then Sunday, there is the German Grand Prix of Motocross in Teutschenthal.
Saturday – AMA National Motocross – Budds Creek
For the first time in the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, a repeat winner stood atop the 450 Class podium as Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rookie Ryan Dungey captured his second straight victory and took over the early season points lead.
In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray broke through for his first career American motocross victory and has climbed to second in the standings. The series returns to the East Coast this weekend to legendary Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Md. for round four and the MotoTees.com Budds Creek National this Saturday.
Rockstar/Makita Suzuki: Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey is the hottest rider in the 450 Class, winning the last four motos after a tough outing in the opening round. With a supercross championship under his belt, the premier class rookie knows what it takes to win a title at the top level of the sport and has a ton of confidence as the series moves forward. Additionally, he appears to be in tune with his Suzuki and the entire Rockstar/Makita team appears to be hitting its stride.
Ryan Dungey says “Going 1-1 on back to back weekends really shook things up for me and my Rockstar Makita Suzuki team. We’ve really worked hard at bike set up since our poor start in Sacramento a couple weeks ago. We’re heading into a stretch of races that I haven’t done so well with over the past couple of years, so we have to continue to put in the work and take each race as an individual weekend. The championship is so far down the road that the only thing we can do is try and be consistent week in and week out.”
GEICO Powersports Honda: After three rounds, Brett Metcalfe continues to be the surprise of the 2010 season in the 450 Class. Last Saturday, he posted his first career podium in the premier class with a third place effort that boosted him to second in the standings. Through six motos, Metcalfe’s average finish is at an impressive 4.8, second only to Dungey.
Jagermeister KTM: Since storming to his first moto win of the season at the opening round, Mike Alessi has experienced some ups and downs as he continues to dial in the KTM 350SX-F. At High Point, he bounced back with a pair of solid results after a frustrating second round, finishing seventh and fifth for fifth overall. His relentless approach has helped keep him at the forefront of the championship where he currently sits third.
Monster Energy Kawasaki: Chad Reed experienced his worst outing of the 2010 season in Pennsylvania, suffering from bad luck in both motos en route to an 18th place result. However, as the defending premier class champion, Reed knows how to bounce back and will be eager to do so at Budds Creek where he captured the overall win last season and clinched the 2009 title.
“Budds Creek is one of my favorite tracks,” said Reed. “Last weekend was just a case of anything that could go wrong, did go wrong. We all know that happens sometimes, but I’m going to come back ready to get as many points as I can this weekend and put my Monster Energy Kawasaki back on the podium.”
Reed’s teammate Nick Wey had his best moto result of the year in the second moto at Mt. Morris, finishing ninth en route to 14th place overall. Now, Wey has shifted his training to the East Coast to help prepare for the next few rounds.
“I’m working down here in Florida and making good progress,” said Wey. “I had a good second moto last week. I felt that is the best I’ve ridden this year and I’m just going to keep working and keep getting better. There are a lot of races left, so I know I can keep moving forward.”
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda: After hard luck put a damper on his effort at the second round, Ben Townley rebounded to post a pair of solid results in each moto at High Point. The New Zealand native continues to be impressive after a two-year hiatus from competition and by virtue of his fourth place finish last weekend, has moved into fifth in the standings. He’ll look to maintain the momentum this weekend in Southern Maryland.
Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR: With a stellar runner-up effort in the first moto in Mt. Morris, it appeared as though Josh Grant was ready to challenge for his first overall podium of the season. After another solid start in moto two, Grant was in prime position to back up his first moto effort, but a flat tire forced him off the track for repairs and relegated him to eighth overall after posting a moto score of 24th. Despite the bad luck, Grant still sits fifth in the standings and has performed well at Budds Creek in years past.
In his 2010 debut, Justin Brayton returned from injury with 12th overall, overcoming some lingering soreness to get the summer off to a promising start.
Honda Red Bull Racing: Andrew Short was exceptionally strong at High Point, leading the majority of the second moto en route to his first podium finish of 2010 in second. The Texas native appears to be comfortable aboard his Honda and despite missing an entire moto, still holds onto the seventh spot in the standings. His effort in Mt. Morris was a much needed boost to his season and he is looking to carry the momentum into this weekend.
“I’m really happy with the way things went last weekend, finishing second overall. Everything about the Honda Red Bull Racing team and my bike just worked great. I’ve had a pretty slow start to my season but I think last weekend’s result gave me the motivation I needed to turn my outdoor season around. The Budds Creek track is awesome so I’m really looking forward to hitting it up this weekend.” Said Short.
Davi Millsaps is in the midst of a pair of rough weekends after kicking off the season with a podium effort. He is looking to turn his season around this weekend at Budds Creek.
“My season started out good when I got third overall at Hangtown but the last two rounds have been tough,” said Millsaps. “I’m feeling confident I can get my season back on track at Budds Creek this weekend because I like the track. I finished second overall in Maryland last year and I’d like to put Honda Red Bull Racing on the box there again.”
Rockstar Energy Suzuki: Tommy Hahn has been strong throughout the 2010 season, but small instances of misfortune have taken away from his performances, resulting in finishes that don’t reflect how well the Texas native has been riding this season. He finished seventh last weekend at High Point and sits ninth in the standings, looking to put everything together on Saturday.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki: For the past two weeks, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki has been tough to beat. At High Point, Rattray picked up where teammate and East Supercross Champ Christophe Pourcel left off in Texas, grabbing the overall win and posting his second consecutive top-two result. Pourcel, followed his teammate in second overall and extended his points lead over Rattray, who moved into the runner-up spot in the standings following Mt. Morris.
“Getting the overall win was great” said Rattray. “But now I want to get more. It has been a long process to get to the top and I want to stay here. Right now everything is working great and I’m going to keep working hard to get as many wins as I can.”
Sitting third in points is rookie Dean Wilson, who finished fifth last week at High Point after capturing his first career podium the week prior.
“I’m glad we are heading to Budds Creek,” said Wilson. “That is a great track and I’m really looking forward to racing there. It’s been tough these last two weeks, but I’m feeling good and I’ll be ready to go this weekend.”
Supercross West Champ Jake Weimer took the overall last year at Budds Creek in a bizarre race that saw a torrential downpour shorten the final moto. Weimer knows his experience at the track will come in handy this week.
“I’m not changing much in my program right now,” said Weimer. “I know I have the speed to be up front, I just need to get better starts. Heading to Budds Creek is a good thing after getting the win there last year.”
GEICO Powersports Honda: The GEICO Powersports Honda team experienced an up and down weekend in Mt. Morris. Sophomore rider Justin Barcia captured the first moto win, but had trouble in moto two, finishing 21st and dropping to eighth overall. Fellow sophomore Blake Wharton carried the torch for the team, grabbing his first career podium in a stellar effort. Both riders are looking forward to Budds Creek.
“Last year I went 4-7 at Budds Creek and finished fourth overall so I’m looking to better that result this weekend,” said Barcia. “I rode good at High Point putting GEICO Powersports Honda first in moto one but I bent my bike early in moto two and had to tough it out to the end. I need to put myself up front at the start of each race so I’m not battling my way through tons of riders to get into podium contention.”
“It was nice to get on the podium at High Point; it had been a little while,” said Blake Wharton. “You never know what to expect at Budds Creek as last year it poured so hard with rain that the track basically got washed away while we were racing on it. Whatever happens though, I’ll be giving it my best for the GEICO Powersports Honda team.”
DNA Shred Stix/Star Yamaha: With a pair of solid efforts to start his 2010 season, Broc Tickle continued to run consistently, finishing sixth overall at High Point. The Michigan native has enjoyed a strong beginning to the summer and sits sixth in the standings with an average finish of 6.7.
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda: Wil Hahn has been one of several riders in a heated battle inside the latter portion of the top 10 in points. The Texas native finished 11th in Mt. Morris, but was only three points shy of finishing as high as seventh. He sits ninth in the standings and hopes to become a consistent threat for the top five.
FMF/KTM: After a strong start to 2010, Tommy Searle has had difficulty in finding consistency throughout the last couple rounds. At High Point, he finished 12th overall, highlighted by a sixth place moto one effort. He currently holds down 10th in the standings and will look to turn things around this weekend.
Series Statistical Report
Round four is the earliest Budds Creek has been on the AMA Pro Motocross schedule since 2007 when it was also the fourth race of the season.
In 16 years, only eight riders have captured victories at Budds Creek in the 450 Class while 12 different riders have won in the 250 Class over the last 20 years.
With his win at High Point, Ryan Dungey became the first multiple winner in 2010 for either class.
Dungey currently has a four-moto winning streak.
Chad Reed’s 18th place finish at High Point was the worst of his career.
Dungey possesses the best average finish of any rider in the 450 Class at 3.3 as well as average start at 3.5.
Only Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki and GEICO Powersports Honda riders have won 250 Class motos in 2010.
Christophe Pourcel has yet to finish off the overall podium so far in 2010.
Tyla Rattray became just the second South African ever to win in the 250 Class and is one of only three ever to win in AMA Pro Motocross history.
Rattray became the 68th different winner in 250 Class history. He also possesses a moto win and overall victory despite leading just one lap in 2010.
Pourcel possesses the best average finish of any rider in the 250 Class at 2.5 as well as average start at 4.2.
Pourcel has posted the fastest practice lap at all three rounds in 2010.
450 Class Stats
The first 450 Class race held at Budds Creek was May 22, 1994. Mike LaRocco would win on a Kawasaki.
This will be the 17th time the gate will drop at Budds Creek for the 450 Class.
Ricky Carmichael held a perfect record at Budds Creek. In eight starts he posted eight overall wins, winning 13 of 16 motos.
With his victory at Budds Creek last season, Chad Reed became the first international rider to win at the facility in the 450 Class.
Riders to win Budds Creek in both classes: Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart
450 Class Laps Led: Ryan Dungey – 33, Mike Alessi – 19, Chad Reed – 16, Andrew Short – 10, Josh Grant – 9, Brett Metcalfe – 9
250 Class Stats
The first 250 Class race was held at Budds Creek on October 8, 1989. Mike Kiedrowski won on a Honda.
This will be the 21st time the gate will drop for a 250 Class race at Budds Creek.
Steve Lamson (’94-’96), James Stewart (’02-’04) and Ryan Villopoto (’06-’08) have won three in a row at Budds Creek.
Suzuki looks to earn its first win at Budds Creek since 1991, which remains its only win at the track. A 17-year drought.
Kawasaki has won eight of the last nine races at Budds Creek, including the last four.
250 Class – All-Time Winners at Budds Creek
August 22, 2009 Jake Weimer, Rupert, ID Kawasaki
July 13, 2008 Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA Kawasaki
June 17, 2007 Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA Kawasaki
June 18, 2006 Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA Kawasaki
June 19, 2005 Michael Brown, Johnson City, TN Honda
June 20, 2004 James Stewart, Haines City, FL Kawasaki
June 15, 2003 James Stewart, Haines City, FL Kawasaki
June 16, 2002 James Stewart, Haines City, FL Kawasaki
June 17, 2001 Michael Brown, Piney Flats, TN Kawasaki
June 18, 2000 Stephane Roncada, France Yamaha
June 20, 1999 Tallon Vohland, Citrus Heights, CA Honda
June 21, 1998 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL Kawasaki
June 15, 1997 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL Kawasaki
June 16, 1996 Steve Lamson, Pollick Pines, CA Honda
June 18, 1995 Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA Honda
May 22, 1994 Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA Honda
October 4, 1992 Jeff Emig, Highland, CA Yamaha
October 6, 1991 Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK Suzuki
October 7, 1990 Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA Honda
October 8, 1989 Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA Honda
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Sunday – FIM MX Grand Prix of Germany
The FIM Motocross World Championship heads to Teutschenthal, Germany, this weekend, but home heroes Max Nagl and Ken Roczen have experienced mixed fortunes lately. The French Grand Prix sent Nagl out with a broken left collarbone while Roczen has been struggling with the track and missed the podium. Their home GP may be their chance for revenge.
It will surely be a hard task for Nagl, breaking his left collarbone in France during qualifying; at the moment the works KTM rider has not yet decided about his participation to the event. No points in France dropped the previous runner up down to fourth in the standings, behind leader Antonio Cairoli, Clement Desalle and David Philippaerts.
In the MX2 class instead Roczen hopes in taking his first win of 2010 at the venue where last year the German became the youngest GP winner ever. Roczen is currently second in the Championship behind Marvin Musquin as Steven Frossard completes the top three.
MX1 – A fall in Saturday’s qualifying race at the French Grand Prix left Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Nagl with a broken left collarbone, which was successfully operated in the following days. The injury damaged also Nagl’s Championship classification as he dropped down from second to fourth in the series. Nagl will take a late decision whether to race his home GP or not but the determined German will not give it up easily.
Nagl’s team mate Tony Cairoli instead continues to lead the MX1 series since round two in Mantova. The Italian was second overall in France with as many points as overall winner Philippaerts and has showed impressive form so far. With half of his first Championship on the KTM 350 SX-F being run, Cairoli has unveiled like the man to beat in this hard fought 2010.
Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1’s Desalle is now second in the Championship courtesy of a third overall finish in France. The Belgian, who also missed one round due to a dislocated shoulder, has a 68 point gap from Cairoli but he has never been on the podium in Germany where Cairoli took victory in 2009.
Following Desalle from third place is Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross’ Philippaerts, someone having a love affair with Teutschenthal. Philippaerts took his maiden MX1 win in Teutschenthal in 2007, then narrowly missed out on a podium finish in both 2008 and 2009, ending level in points with the third placed rider. After taking his first GP of 2010 in France, David is pumped for this weekend and will try to close the seven point gap from Desalle.
Other Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 man Ramon is fifth behind Nagl while De Dycker rounds off the top six ahead of Boog, Leok, Guarneri and Bobryshev.
Anticipating Sunday’s football World Cup match New Zealand vs Italy, New Zealander Coppins will try and chase Cairoli for victory as Coppins still seeks Aprilia’s maiden triumph in a Motocross GP. Having won both heats at Teutschenthal in 2008, Coppins will exploit his experience on the German track to steer his twin cylinder Aprilia to a top three finish.
Coppins’ team mate Priem, who injured himself in Bulgaria, will finally make his comeback to racing this weekend. Making his debut in a Grand Prix, Australia’s Ferris will be on board the Honda Racing MX machine at Teutschenthal this weekend.
2009 MX1 PODIUM: 1. Antonio Cairoli, 2. Max Nagl, 3. Ken De Dycker
MX2 – Being struck by bad luck in this first half of the season, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2’s Roczen is looking for revenge as he challenges series leader Musquin from second place. The 16 year old German took his maiden win at Teutschenthal last year his maiden World Championship season to become the youngest GP winner ever with 15 years and 53 days. This year instead he needs to cut the 71 point gap from Musquin and keep his Championship hopes alive with still eight rounds to go including Teutschenthal.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Musquin has impressed at his first season as defending World MX Champion. The French has won an impressive amount of moto’s and GP’s, leaving his rivals with nothing to win except for the Dutch Grand Prix where he had a bad weekend and finished off the podium. Heading into Teutschenthal, Musquin has a total of six GP wins and 11 moto wins.
Third in the Championship is Frossard of Kawasaki CLS. The hard pack specialist from France took his maiden podium appearance in Teutschenthal in 2008 but has not a GP win to his name yet. Taking a second overall in Germany last year, the course seems to be one of Frossard’s favorites and it comes at the right moment for the French, defending his position from a very close Jeffrey Herlings.
The latter is just two points away from Frossard due to crashes in the last couple of rounds. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 youngster, who has already won his home GP in Valkenswaard despite this being his maiden season in the class, will see Teutschenthal for the first time but has already proved that he can quickly adapt to courses he does not know.
Herlings’ team mate Simpson completes the top five from Osborne, who has taken back to back podiums since his home GP in Glen Helen.
2009 MX2 PODIUM: 1. Ken Roczen, 2. Steven Frossard, 3. Marvin Musquin
Women’s MX GP
The FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship moves to Teutschenthal, Germany, to celebrate the fifth round of the championship with only two more events to go, Loket and Fermo. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s World MX Champion Stephanie Laier arrives to her home round willing to widen the distance between her pursuers having in mind the end of the series, but knowing her compatriots Larissa Papenmeier and Maria Franke will not leave things easy as they are also riding at home.
Since the FIM WMX Series started back in the 2008, the current World Champion Stephanie Laier has gone out with the victory in the German track. However, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2’s Larissa Papenmeier won the Women’s World Cup celebrated in Teutschenthal in 2007 while last year she was the fastest rider on Saturday’s time practice and finished second overall. So it is going to be a good opportunity for her to get some valuable points to close up the gap with the championship leader and enter the top three.
Diga KTM’s Maria Franke, third in the championship 51 points behind Laier, has also the opportunity to win the second position to Livia Lancelot, who is at the moment only 9 points ahead of the German rider and got an average sixth place in the French round last weekend.
The Italian Chiara Fontanesi, who finished second in Saint Jean d’Angely, arrives with a raised self-esteem in the German track and knows she will have to do a good performance this weekend if she wants to keep her fourth position in the standings as she has the same points as the home rider, Larissa Papenmeier.
2009 WMX PODIUM: 1. Stephanie Laier, 2. Larissa Papenmeier, 3. Maria Franke
Saturday: EMX 125 Free Practice Group 1 8:05; EMX 125 Free Practice, Group 2 8:40; WMX Free Practice 9:25; MX2 Free Practice 10:00; MX1 Free Practice 10:45; EMX 125 Pre Qualifying Practice Group 1 11:35; EMX 125 Pre Qualifying Practice Group 2 12:10; WMX Time Practice 13:00; MX2 Pre Qualifying Practice 13:35; MX1 Pre Qualifying Practice 14:20; WMX Race 1 15:15; MX2 Qualifying Race 16:05; MX1 Qualifying Race 16:55; EMX 125 Qualifying Race 1 17:45; EMX 125 Qualifying Race 2 18:35;
Sunday: EMX 125 Warm up 8:00; WMX Warm up 8:30; MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; EMX 125 Race 1 10:20; WMX Race 2 11:15; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03; EMX 125 Race 2 17:20.
From Honda Racing
Dean Ferris: “I am excited that Honda Martin has given me this opportunity to race the factory Honda bike this weekend in Germany. This will be an experience of a life time and I intend to make the most of it. Riding the factory Honda will set me on a level playing ground with the GP riders and will give me a great opportunity to judge my speed against the world’s top riders. My goal is to race in Europe in 2011 and having a GP under my belt will add to my experience and hopefully I can prove I have what it takes to be a GP contender in the future. I am also going to take this learning experience back to Australia and use it to give myself a good shot at the Australian title.”
Lorenzo Resta, Team Manager, MX Honda Racing Martin: “It is a pleasure for us to supply a factory CRF450R to Dean, our target is to promote the globalization of the Motocross World Championship and we see the involvement of a rider such as Dean as integral to this. We will in future work closer and closer with other Honda partners in the world, from Europe to Japan, from America to Australia and continue to embrace the global appeal of the MX World Championship.”
Davide Guarneri: “I won the qualifying race and the first moto in Kester and got 2nd overall. Especially the first race was nice because I had a battle with Steve (Ramon) and Tanel (Leok) for the lead. So that was a good experience, also because I remain second in the MX Pro Series behind Ramon. Riding on such a great old-school track was a nice way to prepare for the German GP. For me Teutschenthal is a bit special because that’s where I had my first podium finish (2005) and I hope to go one better this time.” Tanel Leok: “Last week was good in Belgium; I was third equal on points with Strijbos. For sure it could have been a little better, but I crashed in the opening moto when I was leading and finished third. In the second moto the track had changed and I found it tough to pass. Even more important than the result was the fact that I’m almost completely recovered from tonsillitis that I had picked up after Glen Helen. I took it easy lately, but even after the Kester race I felt quite fresh so that’s positive for Teutschenthal.”
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