2011 AMA Motocross – Round 8 – Washgoual, WA

2011 AMA Motocross – Round 8 – Washgoual, WA

Round 8 of the AMA National Motocross Championships at Washougal MX Park. In the premiere Motocross class, Ryan Dungey takes the overall victory, while Ryan Villopoto takes over the series points lead. In the 250 MX Lites class, Blake Baggett takes victory over teammates Tyla Rattray and Dean Wilson.

Washougal MX Park

In timed practice, the Motocross Class has Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto on top with 2 minutes 7 seconds. Next Trey Canard at 2:08, then Ryan Dungey, Mike Alessi, Chad Reed, Brett Metcalfe, Tommy Hahn, Andrew Short, Jake Weimer and Justin Brayton round out the top ten.

2011 AMA Motocross - Round 8 - Washgoual, WA - Photo 1 of 5Ryan Villopoto

In the 250 MX Lites timed practice, Ryan Sipes is on top with 2 minutes 10:27 seconds. Martin Davalos second with 2:10:89, Kyle Cunningham next, former World MX 2 Motocross Champion Tyla Rattray, ‘good to see back in action’ current World MX 2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin fifth at 2 minutes 11 seconds, then Deal Wilson, Eli Tomac, Tommy Week, Cole Seely, Justin Barcia, Blake Baggett, and Malcolm Stewart round out the top 12.

Before the race, the top riders talk about last week race in Millville and today’s race at Washougal …



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Chad Reed “I’m still feeling the after-affects of the crash at Millville, but day-by-day, I’m feeling better. We have two weekends off after Washougal, which is nice to know, as it’s easier to tell my body it just has to step it up for one more 10-hour day before getting a rest. After Saturday, I will worry about the hurting. I don’t have one particular thing that is injured – I’m sore all over. I hit my head pretty decent in the crash, so I’m laying low this week from on-the-bike training.”



Ryan Villopoto “It’s been a while since I’ve raced up here, but I’m really looking forward to being in front of the home crowd. This track has always been tricky, and I’m sure it’s changed a bit since I’ve last raced here. We’ll see how it goes and hopefully I can get a win for the hometown fans.”



Ryan Dungey “Obviously, winning at Millville and having the hometown crowd is great; it’s always a treat to go back there because I love the track and the fans are great. I grew up with a lot of people who came out, so that was an extra bonus. I’m glad to get another win for the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki team, it was a good step in the right direction for the championship. I’m really looking forward to Washougal. It is a really cool place, and it’s where I got my first outdoor win in the 250 Class, which is something special to always look back on. It’s more of a throttle control track. I always have a blast there. We’re going to show up there ready, and I’m going to do the best I can.”



Trey Canard “I’m really happy about finishing third overall at Millville. It’s tough sitting on the couch, watching the top guys get faster each week, and knowing that when I go to join them, they will be in full-swing, while I’m still in start-of-the-season mode. From here, I just have to ride myself into race shape and play catch up. My goal is to make the podium each weekend, though I know that’s a big task given the speed those guys have right now.”



Dean Wilson “I was thinking I would have won by the halfway point in the series, but I’ll take the red plate. I know I’ve been working hard and my teammates make for stiff competition. It would be great to win, but I am happy how the season has gone so far.”



Tyla Rattray “Washougal is a tough track because it’s usually very slick. Getting a good start will help me not have to ride over my head on a track that can bite you for pushing too hard. It’s easy to forget how tough this track really is, but hopefully I’ll get it down in practice and feel good going into the motos.”



Blake Baggett “I remember liking this track when I was younger, but I haven’t been there in a while so we’ll see how it goes. I wasn’t too happy with my performance in Millville, so I’ll be looking to get some better starts. That really hurt me having to make my way through the pack in such tough conditions.”

2011 AMA Motocross - Round 8 - Washgoual, WA - Photo 2 of 5Ryan Dungey

Motocross Class Moto 1

Early leader is Ryan Villopoto, and he’s followed by Ryan Dungey. Chad Reed is back in 14th. The top ten right now after one lap – Villopoto, Dungey, Trey Canard, Justin Brayton, Andrew Short, Brett Metcalfe, Michael Byrne, T Hahn, Vince Friese, and Jimmy Albertson.

The track has seen some nice changes and upgrades. Washougal is a beautiful setting – up in the hills, a forested and grass park like setting. The promoters have brought in more dirt, and changed up some sections of the track. Looks good, flows better, and the riders like it.

At about the halfway point of this race, Ryan Villopoto has the lead he’s held since the start. Ryan Dungey maintains second place, about four seconds behind. Third is Trey Canard, a good ways back though. Fourth is now Metcalfe, then Brayton, Short, Hahn, Reed has moved into eighth, then Byrne and Albertson.

Dungey has closed up a bit now on Villopoto. Trey Canard is third, almost 30 seconds back. Brett Metcalfe is having one of his better rides of the season, running in fourth. Andrew Short fifth. Then Brayton, T Hahn, and eighth is Chad Reed.

Villopoto has withstood the charge by Dungey. This 30 minute plus two lap race win is going to Ryan Villopoto! He goes 17 laps total. Ryan Dungey is second, Canard third, then Metcalfe, Short, Brayton, and Chad Reed moves up to eighth (still sore from last week’s crash). This event is Villopoto’s “home town” race.

Although still a moto to go today, Ryan takes over the series points lead from Chad Reed. No matter, the top three in points (Villopoto, Dungey, Reed) have been the top guys week-in and week-out. Expect that to continue thru the final four rounds (Unadilla NY, Southwick MA, Delmont PA and Pala CA).

250 MX Lites Class Moto 1

This race starts with number 57 Blake Baggett taking the lead over Justin Barcia who holeshot into the first corner. But at the end of lap one, it’s Ryan Sipes with the lead. Three leaders on the first lap! End of the first lap – R Sipes, Blake Baggett, Justin Barcia, Kyle Cunningham, Tyla Rattray, …. Marvin Musquin is tenth, Dean Wilson is 11th.

On lap four, it’s Ryan Sipes number 25 on the Yamaha leading. Second is Blake Baggett. Justin Barcia is third, then Kyle Cunningham, Tyla Rattray, T Weeck, M Davalos, G Swanepoel, Dean Wilson ninth, Malcolm Stewart tenth, and Marvin Musquin 11th.

On the next lap, Baggett retakes Sipes and moves back into the lead. More changes. Second is Sipes, third is Cunningham … then Rattray, Barcia, and Weeck.

About halfway into this race, Blake Baggett is starting to stretch out his lead. Kyle Cunningham is second, Tyla Rattray third. Then local rider Tommy Weeck, on a Honda, is fourth. Justin Barcia is fifth, Dean Wilson has moved into sixth, then Ryan Sipes, Gareth Swanepoel, Malcolm Stewart, Gannon Audette, Broc Tickle, Marvin Musquin, and Martin Davalos. Cole Seely is 15th, Eli Tomac 19th.

Blake Baggett is heading towards another moto win. Pro-Circuit Kawasaki teammate Tyla Rattray has pushed into second. Kyle Cunningham is third. Justin Barcia fourth, Dean Wilson fifth, Tommy Weeck sixth.

Blake Baggett wins this 16 lap race. Another moto victory for Pro-Circuit. Tyla Rattray takes second. Third K Cunningham, then Barcia, Wilson, Weeck, Swanepoel, M Stewart, 250 West Regional Supercross champion Broc Tickle, World MX2 Motocross champion Marvin Musquin tenth.

2011 AMA Motocross - Round 8 - Washgoual, WA - Photo 3 of 5Blake Baggett

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Motocross Class Moto 2

Something you don’t see too often in motocross racing – a red flag and a restart. And something even worse that caused the red flag and restart – a crash involving Trey Canard – he tumbled down a hill, and looks hurt. Very sad, since Trey just came back to racing last week after a previous injury involving his leg.

On the restart, Ryan Dungey rockets out of the gate, makes the left hand first corner, makes the next right hand corner, and rockets up the big hill. In second place, Ryan Villopoto. Third is Chad Reed. Then Brett Metcalfe, Justin Brayton, Tommy Hahn, Mike Alessi, Jake Weimer, Jimmy Albertson, and Jake Canada.

Brett Metcalfe has made a pass on Chad Reed. It’s Dungey racing out front, Villopoto second, Metcalfe third, and Reed fourth. The running order after five laps – Dungey, Villopoto, Metcalfe, Reed, Brayton, T Hahn, M Alessi, Weimer, Albertson, Short, Canada, T Simmonds, M Byrne.

At about the halfway point, it’s Dungey out front, leading Villopoto by almost seven seconds. Metcalfe with another good ride in third, Chad Reed is fourth, Justin Brayton fifth. Then T Hahn, M Alessi, A Short, J Weimer, and J Albertson.

Ryan Dungey is riding with a lot of confidence, and heading towards his second overall victory in a row (he won last week in Millville MN). Dungey leads second place Villopoto right now in this race by a large margin, 17 seconds. Then Metcalfe, Reed, Brayton, Alessi.

Ryan Dungey wins this moto (15 laps), and takes the overall victory. Ryan Villopoto finishes second, and second overall .. but takes away the ‘red plate’ from Chad Reed as the new series points leader

The top ten in this race – Dungey, Villopoto, Metcalfe, Reed, Brayton, Alessi, Hahn, Weimer, Albertson, Short.

The top three – Villopoto, Dungey, Reed – so close in points – will battle again on August 13 at the famed Unadilla race track in New York state.

250 MX Lites Class Moto 2

Dean Wilson emerges with the holeshot and the lead. Pro-Circuit Kawasaki teammate Tyla Rattray is second. Third is Lance Vincent, then Gareth Swanepoel, Justin Barcia, Alex Martin, first moto winner Blake Baggett, and then Martin Davalos. Musquin is 12th. Tomac 26th. Tickle 34th.

With the steep hills, and trees, shadows start to come into play at this race track. Riders go from dark shade to bright sunlight, and it is hard to see in the dark shadows. As they approach the halway point, Dean Wilson is still leading teammate Tyla Rattray. Gareth Swanepoel has moved into third, and, coming from a less than stellar start – Blake Baggett. Then it’s Barcia, Davalos, Martin, Stewart, Musquin, and Jason Anderson has moved into tenth.

Once again, it’s going to be a battle for the win, and the overall, between the ‘big three’ of 250 MX Lites – Dean Wilson, Tyla Rattray, and Blake Baggett. With one lap to go, Wilson leads Rattray by a slim margin, who leads Baggett in third by a comfortable margin.

Dean Wilson wins this moto, just ahead of Tyla Rattray! Blake Baggett finishes third, and wins the overall. (Baggett gets 45 points for a first and a third in the two races, and Rattray gets 44 points for two second place finishes.) The Pro-Circuit streak continues, as they are now eight for eight in overall wins in this class this season. Dean Wilson leads point standings.

Motocross Class Results
  1. Ryan Dungey – SUZ – 2/1
  2. Ryan Villopoto – KAW – 1/2
  3. Brett Metcalfe – SUZ – 4/3
  4. Chad Reed – HON – 7/4
  5. Justin Brayton – YAM – 6/5
  6. Mike Alessi – KTM – 9/6
  7. Tommy Hahn – YAM – 8/7
  8. Andrew Short – KTM – 5/10
  9. Jimmy Albertson – YAM 11/9
  10. Michael Byrne – SUZ – 10/12
  11. Trey Canard – HON – 3/38
  12. Jake Weimer – KAW – 15/8
  13. Weston Peick – KAW – 12/15
  14. Tye Simmonds – KTM – 14/14
  15. Nick Wey – YAM – 16/13
Motocross Class Point Standings
  1. Ryan Villopoto – 341
  2. Ryan Dungey – 340
  3. Chad Reed – 332
  4. Brett Metcalfe – 247
  5. Kevin Windham – 193
  6. Andrew Short – 183
  7. Mike Alessi – 178
  8. Davi Millsaps – 173
  9. Jake Weimer – 159
  10. Tommy Hahn – 140
  11. Ricky Dietrich – 119
  12. Christian Craig – 119
  13. Michael Byrne – 115
  14. Nick Wey – 114
  15. Justin Brayton – 102
250 Class Results
  1. Blake Baggett – KAW – 1/3
  2. Tyla Rattray – KAW – 2/2
  3. Dean Wilson – KAW – 5/1
  4. Kyle Cunningham – YAM – 3/7
  5. Gareth Swanepoel – YAM – 7/4
  6. Justin Barcia – HON – 4/10
  7. Malcolm Stewart – SUZ – 8/8
  8. Martin Davalos – SUZ – 13/5
  9. Darryn Durham – HON – 11/9
  10. Broc Tickle – KAW – 9/16
  11. Tommy Weeck – HON – 6/19
  12. Gannon Audette – YAM – 12/14
  13. Alex Martin – HON – 21/6
  14. Marvin Musquin – KTM – 10/18
  15. Jason Anderson – SUZ – 20/11
250 Lites MX Class Point Standings
  1. Dean Wilson – 346
  2. Tyla Rattray – 333
  3. Blake Baggett – 329
  4. Kyle Cunningham – 233
  5. Eli Tomac – 201
  6. Broc Tickle – 187
  7. Justin Barcia – 181
  8. Gareth Swanepoel – 177
  9. Martin Davalos – 152
  10. Darryn Durham – 144
  11. Malcolm Stewart – 125
  12. Cole Seely – 123
  13. Alex Martin – 117
  14. Gannon Audette – 105
  15. Nico Izzi – 91

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2011 AMA Motocross - Round 8 - Washgoual, WA - Photo 5 of 5World MX2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin


Motocross of Nations News

Motocross of Nations News

Team Italy has been announced for the 2011 Motocross of Nations, to be held September 17 and 18 in St. Jean d’Angely France. The Motocross of Nations is the biggest motocross event in the world, held annually in a different country. If there were an “Olympics of Motocross”, then the MX of Nations is it – each country sends it’s three best riders.

Team Italy for the 2011 MX of Nations is: Tony Cairoli, the defending MX1 World Champion, and current series points leader, riding on KTM. David Philippaerts – 2008 MX1 World Motocross Champion, riding on Yamaha and Al Lupino, riding on Husqvarna.

Team USA is the defending MX of Nations champion, having won last year’s 2010 event held in Colorado. To watch video recap, visit this link on Supercross.com. To see results and photos from last year’s Motocross of Nations, visit this link on Supercross.com.

Team USA should be announced very soon.

 


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Team France unveiled their jerseys for the 2011 Motocross of Nations, as seen below.

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And Germany announced their team at the recent German Grand Prix of Motocross – Max Nagl with be in the MX1 class, Ken Roczen will be in the MX2 class, and Marcus Schiffer will be in the Open class.



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Team Italy for the 2011 Motocross of Nations: L – R Al Lupino, Tony Cairoli, David Philippaerts


Monster Energy Athletes set to attack ESPN’s X Games 17

ESPN’s X Games, the 17th edition, is set to kick off soon. And 15 Monster Energy athletes are ready. You’ll see them in both two wheel and four wheel competition.



Are you ready for X Games 17? We are, and so is Monster Energy.

The lineup of Freestyle Motocross competitions at X Games consists of five events: Best Trick, Best Whip, FMX, Speed & Style, and Step-Up. Monster Energy will be represented in each event, with many of the most recognizable names in action sports.



Nate Adams (FMX, Speed & Style) Nate is undoubtedly a legend in the sport of Freestyle, and over the last decade, has been the face of the sport’s progression. A multiple-time champion across the entire FMX landscape, Adams also boasts 11 X Games medals and will look to claim gold in the FMX and Speed & Style events.



Tommy Clowers (Step-Up) Tommy was one of the pioneers of the unique Step-Up event. As it grew to become one of X Games’ most popular events, Clowers stood at the forefront, claiming five medals from 2000 to 2007, including three-straight gold in 2000, 2001, and 2002. He returns to competition for the first time since 2008.



Josh Hansen (Best Whip) “Hanny” is more recognizable for his skills on a Supercross track than his Freestyle prowess. However, the former two-time Super X gold medalist and three-time medal winner is taking his talents to the ramp, as a part of the exciting Best Whip event. Look for Hanny to lay it sideways and show his FMX counterparts what a racer can do.



Adam Jones (FMX) As a Hollywood stuntman, there may not be a more fearless competitor in the X Games than Adam Jones. As a four-time medalist, Jones introduced the Cordova Flip, Stripper Flip, Shaolin Flip, and Corpse Flip to the world, securing X Games Gold in 2007. We’ll see what new innovations he has in store this year.



Kyle Loza (Best Trick) When it comes to progression in Freestyle, there isn’t a name more synonymous than Kyle Loza. As one of the pioneers of the body varial, Loza captured three consecutive gold medals in Best Trick from 2007 to 2009. He remains undefeated in the event after sitting out with an injury last year, and word on the street is he’s got something special in store for his competitors.



Jarryd McNeil (Best Whip, Step-Up) While not well known on the Freestyle landscape, McNeil has become a popular figure in the world of Crusty’s and Nitro Circus. His talent is huge, as evidenced by his recruitment from FMX legend Travis Pastrana. He’ll be looking to go big at X, and add to his silver medal in Best Whip last year.



Mark Monea (Best Trick) Mark is looking to become the star of X Games 17, by bringing a one-of-a-kind feat to the Best Trick competition. As a member of the Nitro Circus tour, Monea has honed in a 360-front-flip known as the “Carry On.” In what has become the most innovative event at X Games, Monea is looking to take the sport to the next level.



Andre Villa (FMX) Villa has developed into one of the top contenders on the Freestyle scene. While he has yet to claim an X Games medal in his young career, he’s become a perennial threat to win at any event he enters, and will be one to keep an eye on in L.A.



Blake “Bilko” Williams (Best Trick, FMX) The fun-loving Bilko is back in action at X Games 17, following a year marred by injury. After a breakout 2009 in which he won X Games Gold in FMX, Bilko has been chomping at the bit for the chance to defend his crown. He’ll be pulling out all the stops in both Best Trick and FMX.



Monster Energy’s three-driver Rally roster consists of two iconic figures and a future star. With two events – Rally Car Racing and RallyCross – slated to take place, Monster is looking to deck the podium in green and black, with a clean sweep in both disciplines.



Ken Block – Thanks to his viral Gymkhana videos, Block has become an icon in both the Rally and Drifting worlds. The co-founder of DC Shoes is one of the most talented individuals to ever sit in a car, and his talents will be on display at X Games as he searches for his fourth medal, and hopefully his first taste of gold.



Liam Doran – Of all the athletes at X Games, Liam Doran might be the most unknown. The young, up-and-coming English driver is one of the newest members of the Monster Army, and is currently taking the European Rallycross Championships by storm. He is a bona fide star in the making, and will surely bring some fireworks to X Games with his flair.



Dave Mirra – After amassing a legendary résumé of success in BMX, Dave Mirra decided it was time to take on a new venture. The winningest X Games athlete of all time has been a regular presence in Rally since 2008, where he claimed his one and only medal in the discipline. With a total of 24 X Games medals to his credit, including 14 gold, Mirra is looking to add to his historic total and become one of the most dominant dual-sport athletes in action sports history.



Endurocross is the newest event on the X Games schedule. A hybrid of off-road endurance racing, trail riding, and motocross, there isn’t anything on the planet like it. Monster Energy is bringing in four talented riders in its quest for gold, and with the unpredictable nature of the sport, it’s a must-see event.



Destry Abbott – Destry is a veteran of the endurance racing scene. Whether it’s hare and hound, WORCS racing, or Baja, Abbott has been there and done that. He’s taking on Enduro X with arguably more competition experience than any other rider in the event, and will look to translate that knowledge into some X Games hardware.



Andres Lettenbichler – A veteran trials rider from Germany, Lettenbichler’s ability to control a bike is incredible. In a discipline where keeping a bike on two wheels, and navigating extremely rough terrain at speed, is the key between winning and losing, there may not be a rider in the field more adept to doing that well than Andres.



Taylor Robert – Simply put, Taylor Robert is an off-road specialist. As a rising star of enduro racing on the West Coast, Robert’s raw speed and natural talent should translate smoothly into Enduro X, where he’ll surely be in medal contention.



Justin Soule – As an off-road champion by the age of 23, Justin is familiar with what it takes to win. As the most experienced Enduro X member of the Monster Army, Soule will be a threat to claim gold and make history as the inaugural winner of the event.


AMA National Motocross Preview – Washougal MX – Round 8

There are two story lines as the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Series heads to Washougal, Washington for round 8 of the 12 round series.



First – the top three riders in the Supercross series this year are the same riders battling for the premiere 450 Motocross class championship. Only seven points separate series points leader Chad Reed (a two time Supercross Champion, 2004, 2008), the current AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto, and 2010 AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey. Reed is on top with 300 points (even after his high-flying crash of last week – Chad Reed – The Crash video here), Villopoto is next with 294, and Dungey one point back at 293. The championship is open to any one of them!



Second – In the 250 MX Lites class, it’s a Team Monster Energy Pro-Circuit Kawasaki series. Series points leader Dean Wilson on top, former World Motocross Champion of the MX2 class Tyla Rattray, and Blake Baggett – all Pro-Circuit riders, have ruled the podium week in and week out. In fact, a Pro-Circuit team rider has won every single event this year. (Supercross.com will have a special feature on Pro-Circuit and Mitch Payton coming soon.)



Here’s what happened last week at the Millville round, and will also give you the rundown on the series point standings in each class. Last week’s race at Millville

2010 Results from Washougal!



Coverage on the 2011 Washougal round will be right here on Supercross.com



The on-track action for the Peterson CAT Washougal National begins this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. EST with practice and qualifying. Opening ceremonies begin at 3:30 p.m. EST with motos kicking off at 4 p.m. EST.

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Kevin Windham Completes 2011 Motocross Season

Kevin Windham Completes 2011 Motocross Season

American Honda announced today that American Honda Racing fill-in rider Kevin Windham has raced his final event for the 2011 Motocross season and will now turn his efforts toward preparing for the 2012 Supercross Championship. Windham has done a stellar job aboard his factory Honda-prepared CRF450R, filling in for injured Honda riders Trey Canard and Josh Grant during the first half of the 450 Class Motocross Championship. The fan favorite scored a string of top-10 finishes, including finishing just shy of the overall podium in fourth place at Hangtown, Budds Creek and Thunder Valley.

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“I would like to thank both American Honda Racing and GEICO Honda for allowing me the opportunity to fill in for Canard and Grant while they were on the mend,” said Windham. “I would also like to thank all the fans at the races for cheering so loudly with every lap I raced. It was always factory Honda’s plan to have me around until their riders came back. I got so overwhelmed by the warm reception I was receiving at all the nationals that I thought I could race them all. The racer inside of me wants to be behind every starting gate that drops. However, throughout the season it has become obvious to me why I stepped away from racing the Motocross Championship a few years back. I feel that I’m struggling through the grueling Motocross season and it’s bringing me down mentally. Riding at less than 100 percent is a great way to bring on an injury. It is a must to always have your head in the game. I’ve had a blast at Motocross and now can start recharging my batteries for the 2012 Supercross season. I still want to focus on making 20 years as a professional racer by making it to 2014.”

American Honda Racing Team Manager Erik Kehoe praised Windham’s efforts throughout the Motocross season. “Kevin has done a tremendous job for the team at the first seven outdoor rounds,” said Kehoe. “I’ve always been a K-Dub fan and I’m proud of Kevin and his willingness to fill in on the factory team in times of need, even if it is on a part-time basis. The whole team has had a lot of fun working with Kevin. We respect his professional-life decisions about how and where he wants to focus his racing efforts, plus the fact he has a young family to take care of and a lot going on in his home life that requires much of his time and energy. We are fully supportive of his decision to now focus solely on training and preparing for the 2012 Supercross season.”




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