Ken Roczen Earns Career Best 250 Motocross Finish – 2nd Overall at Budds Creek

Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen earned his career best 250 Motocross class finish with a 2nd place overall result at the sixth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Budds Creek MX Park.

Roczen pulled the start he needed in the first moto by earning the holeshot around the first corner of the race. He went on to pull out to an early lead in the opening laps. Roczen was able to hold on to the lead through the first half of the race before Justin Barcia was able to move around for the lead. Roczen lost one more position on the next lap which dropped him to 3rd. He maintained his pace for the remainder of the laps to cross the finish in 3rd place. His teammate, Musquin, had a 5th place start and was able to make a pass into 4th. He finished the moto in 4th place in one of his most remarkable rides of the season.

In the second moto, Roczen leaped out front to pull the holeshot and take the early lead. Musquin also had an impressive start right behind his teammate in 2nd place position. Roczen pulled a large lead early in the moto while Musquin battled inside the top three. At one point Roczen had pulled over an 8 second lead on the rest of the pack. Unfortunately, some lappers hindered his progress near the end of the moto and allowed Blake Baggett to catch up. Baggett eventually made the pass for the lead, dropping Roczen to 2nd. Roczen went on to finish the moto in 2nd position. His 3-2 moto scores earned him his career best 250 Motocross class overall with a 2nd place result. Musquin hung on for a 4th place finish in moto two. His pair of 4th place finishes earned him 5th overall for the day. 

Next Race: Red Bud – July 7, 2012

Ryan Dungey’s Winning Streak Grows to Three with Dominant Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Outing at Budds Creek

Blake Baggett Takes Second 250 Class Victory to Extend Points Lead

Southern Maryland’s Budds Creek MX Park hosted the fifth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, on Saturday, as each of the series’ points leaders added to his respective championship advantage. Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., raced to his third consecutive 450 Class win with a third straight 1-1 moto sweep. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., secured his second victory of the season thanks to a triumphant effort in the second moto.

In the opening 450 Class moto, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton, of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, grabbed the holeshot, but Dungey wasted little time in making his move to the front. Once in the lead, Dungey extended his advantage over the field every lap, eventually winning by over 40 seconds.

In Moto 2, MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., assumed the early lead and stayed out front for three laps before Dungey moved past. The KTM rider then pulled away from the field consistently en route to the checkered flag.

“It was good (today), starting from practice and into the (races),” said Dungey, who has won six consecutive motos. “I got good starts, which helped get me out front. Mike (Alessi) and Broc (Tickle) both rode well, so I had to do some work in that second moto. We have a couple weeks off now, so I’ll use it to my advantage and see if we can (still) get a little bit better.”

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle, of Holly, Mich., captured the best finish if his career in second (2-2), while Alessi rounded out the podium in third (4-3).

Dungey extended his lead in the 450 Class standings to 54 points over Alessi.

In the 250 Class, Baggett started the day off with a strong runner-up effort in the opening moto, following GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Monroe, N.Y., across the line. However, after Barcia started Moto 2 outside the top five, it allowed Baggett to put himself in position for the win.

Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen, of Germany, looked poised to challenge for his first career victory on U.S. soil by leading the majority of each moto. However, the former FIM World Motocross MX2 Champion was passed late in the first moto by both Barcia and Baggett, and ultimately gave way to Baggett in Moto 2 as well.

By virtue of his second moto win, Baggett solidified the overall victory with 2-1 moto results.

“Last year, I crashed (in) both motos,” said Baggett. “Today, I didn’t crash and came out with a win. After last week (finishing fourth), it feels good to be back (up) here. I knew we would be catching lappers (in Moto 2) and you never know with them, so I just kept pushing and it worked out.”

Roczen extended his podium streak to five rounds with a career best second-place finish (3-2), while Barcia fought his way to a solid result in the second moto to finish third overall (1-5).

Baggett extended his lead in the championship to 13 points over Barcia.

Following a two-week break from competition, the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues on July 7, with round six from RedBud in Buchanan, Mich., and the Red Bull RedBud National.

GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia lands on podium in Budds Creek

GEICO Honda rider Justin Barcia placed third overall in the 250cc class to lead the team’s effort at the Budds Creek National on Saturday afternoon in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

Barcia won the first moto but got caught in traffic after a subpar start in the second moto, which led to a finish there of fifth.

“I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but the first moto was sweet,” Barcia said. “I got a bad start in the second moto, which put me in a bad position. It’s just stupid. I get such good starts, and when you get that one bad one it just kind of ruins everything. I had a little crash in the second moto, but I was able to regroup quickly. However I still lost contact with those top four guys. First moto, I felt great, but the second one just didn’t feel right.”

Eli Tomac, who finished fourth overall after moto finishes of fifth and third, said the passing lanes didn’t open up like they had in previous years, which made coming through the field difficult.

“The first moto did my overall (score) in,” Barcia said. “I got stuck behind Marvin Musquin too long, which allowed Blake Baggett to get around me. It took some luck to get around guys because the track was kind of one-line in a lot of places today, so little mistakes really killed you. It was really luck of the draw with the lappers today. There were points where I’d get close to Musquin, we’d hit lappers, then by the time we’d get through the lappers, he’d stretch his lead all over again.”

Wil Hahn finished seventh overall after moto finishes of sixth and seventh said he just needs to be more aggressive in the early stages of the motos.

“I’m strong at the end every week, but those first laps I need to be better,” Hahn said. “It’s just not enough. I need to bring it from the beginning. I want to be part of that elite group of riders. To do that, I need to fix my first part of the moto.”

GEICO Honda’s riders lost a little bit of ground in the season standings to championship leader and Saturday’s overall winner, Blake Baggett. Barcia remains in second but now trails Baggett by 13 points. Tomac is in third, 22 out of the lead. Hahn is in sixth and trails fifth place by 23 points.

The GEICO Honda team gets a little bit of time to regroup before the next stop on the series schedule, the Redbud National on July 7 at Buchanan, Mich.

“We’ll get to go home, but it’s not really a break,” Barcia said. “We’re going to go back and work hard if we want to be back on top when it comes time to go to Redbud.”

2012 FIM World Motocross – Round 8 – Belgium

2012 FIM World Motocross – Round 8 – Belgium

MX GP of Belgium! And current MX1 World Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli sweeps both motos! And in the MX2 class, Tommy Searle comes out on top today! Jeffrey Herlings second!

MX1 Results

1. T Cairoli 1/1 KTM
2. C Desalle 3/3 SUZ
3. C Pourcel 5/2 KAW
4. K Strijbos 4/4 KTM
5. G Paulin 2/9 KAW
6. K Dycker 10/6 KTM
7. Tanel Leok SUZ
8. Xavier Boog KAW
9. Seb Pourcel KAW
10. D Philippaerts YAM
MX1 Points

Tony Cairoli 345
Clement Desalle 298
Chris Pourcel 292
Gautier Paulin 289
Ken d Dycker 237
D Philippaerts 212
Xavier Boog 211
Kevin Strijbos 207
Rui Goncalves 169
Tanel Leok 168
MX2 Results
1. T Searle 2/1 KAW
2. J Herlings 1/2 KTM
3. Horebeek 3/3 KTM
4. J Roelants 4/5 KAW
5. A Tonus 7/4 YAM
6. Jordi Tixier KAW
7. Jake Nicholls KTM
8. Jose Butron KTM
9. Al Lupino HUS
10. M Pocock YAM
MX2 Points

Jeffrey Herlings 364
Tommy Searle 340
J v Horebeek 308
Joel Roelants 238
Jordi Tixier 217
Jake Nicholls 204
Max Anstie 191
Al Lupino 152
Jose Butron 150
D Ferrandis 139


Today it was 5-time World Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli from Italy with the double moto sweep in MX1, as Tony extends his series points lead. In the MX2 class, Tommy Searle from Great Britain and series points leader Jeffrey Herlings from the Netherlands tied on points (47 each), but Tommy scores the Grand Prix victory by his better second moto performance.

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Tony Cairoli – photo courtesy Tony Cairoli Press

Notes – World Championship Motocross has returned to Belgium! Belgium has the richest tradition in producing Motocross World Champions. Historic names and world MX champions such as Joel Robert, Roger De Coster, Stefan Everts, Joel Smets, Gaston Rahier, Georges Jobe, Andre Malherbe, Harry Everts, Eric Geboers, and Steve Ramon.

Above you can see the results and point standings after today’s race.

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Photo of Tommy Searle courtesy Youthstream

2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross – Round 5 – Budds Creek

2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross – Round 5 – Budds Creek

It’s Budds Creek MX Park – host to Round 5 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series! Series points leader in 450 Motocross Ryan Dungey sweeps, and series points leader in 250 MX Lites Blake Baggett wins as well.

Budds Creek MX Park

It’s warm and sunny today, with a good crowd streaming in. News coming into today’s event, fan favorite James Stewart will not be racing this weekend. He’s still not 100% due to a sore wrist suffered two weeks ago at the event in Colorado.

250 Class qualifying Justin Barcia on top with quickest lap – 1 minute 58 seconds. Then teamate Eli Tomac, World MX2 Motocross Champion Ken Roczen, Blake Baggett, Gareth Swanepoel, Marvin Musquin, Wil Hahn, Jason Anderson, Jessy Nelson, and Malcolm Stewart rounding out the top ten of 73 riders attempting to race today.

450 Class qualifying – It’s points leader Ryan Dungey on top with 1 minute 58 seconds. Then Mike Alessi, Josh Grant, Broc Tickle, Justin Brayton, Jake Weimer, Ryan Sipes, Andrew Short, Davi Millsaps, and Kyle Chisholm round out the top ten of 78 riders attempting to race today.

250 Class Moto 1 – It’s Kenny Roczen with the early lead, followed by Justin Barcia. And these top two have started to pull away already.

Five laps in – it’s Roczen leading Barcia, with Blake Baggett now into third position. Then it’s Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin. The top guys are up front.

25 minutes into this 30 minute plus two lap moto – Kenny Roczen leading, Justin Barcia about .5 seconds behind, and … here comes Blake Baggett, in third place, but closing on those top two.

Lap 12 – Barcia moves past Roczen and into the lead! Less than half a lap later – Baggett moves past Roczen as well. Running order with less than ten minutes to go – Barcia first, Baggett second, Roczen third. A ways back – it’s Marvin Musquin fourth, Eli Tomac fifth, Wil Hahn, and Jason Anderson

It was close right down the checkered between those top three – Justin Barcia wins over Blake Baggett and Ken Roczen! Fourth is Marvin Musquin, then Eli Tomac, Wil Hahn, Jason Anderson, Ivan Tedesco, Blake Wharton and Jessy Nelson round out the top ten. This race went 17 laps.

450 Class Moto 1 – The holeshot goes to Justin Brayton, but series points leader Ryan Dungey moves into first before the end of the first lap. At the end of the first lap the running order is Dungey, Brayton, Mike Alessi, Broc Tickle, Michael Byrne, Jake Weimer, Andrew Short, and Ryan Sipes.

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Ryan Dungey

15 minutes into this race: Ryan Dungey is making it look easy. He’s out front, very smooth, very controlled on the KTM 450. Broc Tickle has moved into second, Mike Alessi into third, then Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, Andrew Short, Ryan Sipes, Brett Metcalfe, Davi Millsaps, and Michael Byrne.

Ryan Dungey wins this 17 lap race easily. Second place goes to Broc Tickle, then Jake Weimer third. Fourth through tenth: Mike Alessi, Justin Brayton, Andrew Short, Ryan Sipes, Brett Metcalfe, Davi Millsaps and Josh Grant.

250 Class Moto 2 – As the gate droped it was Ivan Tedesco who claimed the holeshot. Ken Roczen made an early pass to take the lead, followed closely by fellow Red Bull KTM teammate, Marvin Musquin. ‘Hot Sauce’ crashed on the first lap and was unable to finish the moto.

10 minutes into moto two the running order: Roczen, Musuin, Baggett, Tomac, and Barcia. But less than five mins later, Blake Baggett passed Musquin for 2nd as they made the jump down Henry Hill.

Just before the last 2 laps of the moto, Baggett passed Roczen, as the German rider was slowed down by a lapped rider.

After 17 laps, Blake Baggett took the win. A disappointed Ken Roczen finished second, while Eli Tomac claims third. The rest of the top 10: Musquin, Barcia, Anderson, Wil Hahn, Canada, Nicoletti, and Baker.

450 Class Moto 2 – It was Mike Alessi with another patented holeshot, followed closely by Broc Tickle and Ryan Dungey. Dungey made an early pass on Tickle to move into 2nd.

On the third lap of the moto Dungey made the pass on Alessi and checked out. Tickle then passed Alessi on lap six.

With 10 mins left Kyle Regal dropped to 8th, as Jake Weimer blew by him to move to 6th, and Metcalfe took over 7th.

Ryan Dungey took the checkered flag, as he swept both motos. This is his sixth moto win in a row, sweeping Thunder Valley, High Point and Budds Creek. Ryan moves into sixth place all-time with 17 outdoor wins, moving passed Jeff Emig. Broc Tickle finished 2nd, his best overall finish in the outdoors, with Mike Alessi who finished 3rd. The rest of the top 10: Weimer, Grant, Metcalfe, Millsaps, Brayton, Regal, and Short.

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250 MX Lites class winner Blake Baggett


Motocross Results
1. Ryan Dungey 1/1 KTM
2. Broc Tickle 2/2 KAW
3. Mike Alessi 4/3 SUZ
4. Jake Weimer 3/4 KAW
5. Justin Brayton 5/8 HON
6. Brett Metcalfe 8/6 SUZ
7. Josh Grant 10/5 KAW
8. Davi Millsaps 9/7 YAM
9. Andrew Short 6/10 HON
10. Ryan Sipes 7/11 YAM
11. Kyle Chisholm KAW
12. Jimmy Albertson SUZ
13. Kyle Regal YAM
14. Michael Byrne SUZ
15. Matt Lemoine KAW
16. B Laninovich HON
17. Cole Thompson HON
18. Les Smith KTM
19. Ben Lamay YAM
20. Robert Marshall KTM
Motocross Pts
Ryan Dungey 236
Mike Alessi 182
Jake Weimer 179
Andrew Short 154
Brett Metcalfe 142
Broc Tickle 134
James Stewart 116
Josh Grant 111
Nico Izzi 95
Justin Brayton 93
Ryan Sipes 86
Davi Millsaps 85
Kyle Chisholm 84
Michael Byrne 75
Matt Lemoine 56
Jimmy Albertson 46
Kyle Regal 39
Tommy Hahn 39
B Laninovich 37
Vince Friese 34
250 Lites Results
1. B Baggett 2/1 KAW
2. K Roczen 3/2 KTM
3. Justin Barcia 1/5 HON
4. Eli Tomac 5/3 HON
5. M Musquin 4/4 KTM
6. J Anderson 7/6 SUZ
7. Wil Hahn 6/7 HON
8. J Canada 13/8 HON
9. T Baker 12/10 HON
10. P Nicoletti 14/9 HON
11. Jessy Nelson HON
12. Blake Wharton SUZ
13. G Swanepoel YAM
14. Ivan Tedesco KAW
15. Alex Martin HON
16. M Stewart KTM
17. K Cunningham YAM
18. Hunter Hewitt SUZ
19. Dakota Tedder KAW
20. Kelian Rusk HON
250 Lites Pts
Blake Baggett 222
Justin Barcia 209
Eli Tomac 200
Ken Roczen 200
Marvin Musquin 153
Wil Hahn 130
Jason Anderson 106
Blake Wharton 102
Ivan Tedesco 99
K Cunningham 96
Jake Canada 95
Jessy Nelson 88
Travis Baker 82
Gareth Swanepoel 74
Alex Martin 55
Malcolm Stewart 48
Kyle Peters 45
Martin Davalos 40
Zach Freeberg 40
Hunter Hewitt 36

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