It’s the start of the AMA National Motocross Series, Round 1 at “Hangtown”, officially Prairie City California State Off-Road Vehicle Park, in Rancho Cordova. Hangtown has improved every year, and this year was no different. The track was changed up a bit, and provided all riders with quite a challenge as most of the AMA riders make the transition from indoors (Supercross) to outdoors (MX).
There are two classes in AMA professional motocross: the 250cc Lites class, and the “Motocross” class, which can run engine sizes from 251cc to 500cc. Most riders race 450cc machines, with KTM also having a 350cc machine.
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In the 250 Lites class, there are so many talented young riders. West Supercross Champ Broc Tickle, East Supercross Champ Justin Barcia. Eli Tomac. Dean Wilson. Tyla Rattray. Marvin Musquin. And others. Saturday at Hangtown, Blake Baggett, on the Kawasaki KXF 250, was the overall winner.
In the Motocross class, you have the top three riders in the world from Supercross – 2011 AMA / FIM Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopoto. Defending Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey. And Chad Reed. Chad was the strongest rider of the day in the Motocross, tying Ryan Dungey on points (47 each) but Chad wins the overall by virtue of a better second moto performance.
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