Ryan Villopoto wins the 450 Motocross class at the Hangtown National MX. Kenny Roczen victorious in 250 class

There are a lot of great riders here at the opening round of the AMA National MX Series, including defending Champions Blake Baggett (250 class) and Ryan Dungey (450 class).

Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto, Chad Reed, James Stewart, Justin Barcia, Trey Canard and a host of others will be going for the win in the 450 class as well. Add into the 450 mix Tyla Rattray, Dean Wilson, Malcolm Stewart (riding for the Lucas Oil Troy Lee Honda Team) and more! And what about Davi Millsaps? Davi has had an injured knee for a period of time, and will have surgery on it – he will not race in the outdoor series this year.

In the 250 class, chasing Baggett will be Ken Roczen, Wil Hahn, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Blake Wharton, Eli Tomac … and many many more great 250 class riders.

The weather here outside of Sacramento in Rancho Cordova – absolutely perfect. Sunshine and warm.


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In 250 Qualifying, the quickest lap was put down by Eli Tomac – 1 minute 57 seconds. Then Jason Anderson, Blake Baggett, Marvin Musquin, and Ken Roczen all in the 1 minute 59 second range. Then Darryn Durham, Dom Izzi, Kyle Cunningham, Martin Davalos, Justin Bogle, Zach Osborne, Cooper Webb, Joe Savatgy, Jeremy Martin, Zach Bell, Jessy Nelson, Blake Wharton, Cole Seely, Jake Canada, and Justin Hill (2 minutes 3 seconds) round out the top 20 of 77 riders attempting to qualify.

Eli Tomac fastest 250 Qualifier Hangtown MX 2013

Eli Tomac fastest 250 Qualifier Hangtown MX 2013

In 450 Qualifying, the quickest lap was put down by Justin Barcia – 1 minute 57 seconds. Then his American Honda Muscle Milk teammate Trey Canard next at 1:58:21, followed by James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto, Mike Alessi, Chad Reed, Dean Wilson, Josh Grant (back in action!), Andrew Short, Vince Friese, Malcolm Stewart, Ryan Sipes, Broc Tickle, Tyla Rattray, Weston Peick, Jake Weimer, Phil Nicoletti, Justin Brayton, and Travis Preston (that Travis Preston???) 20th at 2 minutes 2 seconds. 91 riders attempting to Qualify.

Justin Barcia quickest in the 450 class practice Hangtown Motocross

Justin Barcia quickest in the 450 class practice Hangtown Motocross

450 Moto 1 – James Stewart 7 with the holeshot, but before the first lap is complete – Ryan Villopoto has taken over the first position! Stewart is second, Ryan Dungey is third.

At the end of the first lap, it’s RV2, JS7, Dungey, Josh Grant, Trey Canard, Mike Alessi, Andrew Short, Dean Wilson, Justin Barcia, and Chad Reed.

On lap five, Ryan Dungey goes past Stewart as well. It’s Ryan Villopoto looking very aggressive and fast out front. Dungey is almost seven seconds behind RV. Stewart is in third. Then it’s Trey Canard, Justin Barcia, Dean Wilson, Andrew Short, Malcolm Stewart and Mike Alessi.

Ryan Villopoto is looking strong out front. Dungey maintains second position, about 12 seconds back. Stewart is third – about 17 seconds behind Dungey. Then Canard, Barcia, Malcolm Stewart, Andrew Short, Ryan Sipes, Jake Weimer and Chad Reed. Dean Wilson stalled his bike in a tight right hand corner.

Malcolm Stewart, on his first ride with the Lucas Oil Troy Lee Honda team, pulls off the track with just about one lap left after a fine ride – looks like a bike problem.

Ryan Villopoto has done it. He strikes first in the 2013 outdoor motocross season – winning the first moto. Just like in supercross – he looked great doing it. Good to see since his missed the entire outdoor season last year.

Ryan Dungey takes second, James Stewart third. (Results will be below.)

250 Moto 1 – Blake Baggett, with the big number 1 on his red number plate has the early lead. He is being chased by two-time World MX 2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin.

At the end of the first lap -it’s Baggett leading Musquin by … a bike length. Second lap – Musquin goes by and into the lead! At the end of the second lap, it’s Musquin first, Baggett second, Eli Tomac up to third, Ken Roczen is fourth. Cooper Webb is next. Then Wharton, Durham, J Martin, D Izzi, and Zach Osborne tenth.

Both Tomac and Roczen have moved past Baggett. The top three are very close.

Right near the end of lap five – Roczen blasts past both Tomac, and Musquin. It’s Roczen with the lead! Musquin second, Tomac third. Then Baggett in fourth, followed by Durham, C Webb, J Martin, Zach Osborne, Izzi, and tenth is Kyle Cunningham.

Lap six, Tomac goes past Musquin! And Baggett it closing up to those top three!

Lap eight – Baggett works around Musquin. Remember, these AMA National Motocross motos go 30 minutes plus two laps. Lap times for the quickest guys right now are around 2 minutes.

Just past the halfway point of this race, it’s Ken Roczen leading Eli Tomac by almost five seconds (didn’t these two just finish battling in the 250 West supercross series?) Baggett is next, then Musquin, and fifth is Darryn Durham.

Ken Roczen is leading Tomac by a comfortable seven seconds as the two lap flag comes out. And Baggett has closed right on the rear wheel of Tomac. Tomac and Baggett are putting on a great show in their battle for 2nd.

Kenny Roczen has done it in the 250 class – he’s won the first moto of the season! This race went 17 laps. Eli Tomac hangs on to second, Baggett third. Then Musquin, a nice ride for C Webb, and then Durham (results will be below).

450 Moto 2 – James Stewart once again with the holeshot! He’s followed by Ryan Dungey, and Ryan Villopoto! Trey Canard is fourth! Michael Byrne is back in action – he’s running 5th!

Although Stewart is leading Dungey, and Villopoto is right behind them, the top ten are all very close. It’s Stewart over Dungey by 3/10ths of a second. Dungey is methodically stalking Stewart. Villopoto is less than one second behind Dungey. Then it’s Trey Canard, Mike Alessi, Ryan Sipes, Justin Barcia, Andrew Short, Weston Peick, and Tyla Rattray rounding out the top ten. Chad Reed is 38th.

Stewart and Dungey are putting on a show! Stewart makes a small mistake, and Dungey pulls up even! But Stewart pulls away! Then Dungey makes a small mistake and Stewart pulls away … and Villopoto then goes past Dungey! Then Villopoto goes past Stewart for the lead! And Dungey gets past Stewart!

The running order 15 minutes into this race – Ryan Villopoto first, Ryan Dungey second, James Stewart third. Then it’s Canard, Alessi, Barcia, Sipes, Peick, Short, Rattray. Dean Wilson is 16th. Nick Wey is 17th. And Chad Reed is out of the race …

At the end of 30 minutes plus 2 laps – a total of 17 laps, Ryan Villopoto has done it – swept both motos for a perfect score of 50 points! The Supercross Champion will wear the red background plate heading into next weekend’s race at Thunder Valley MX in Colorado. Ryan Dungey finishes second in this moto – and takes second overall. James Stewart finishes third – and is third overall (results and points below). Ryan Villopoto dominated …

250 Moto 2 – Zach Bell 167 with the holeshot. But by the end of the first lap, it’s Kenny Roczen in the lead, followed by Blake Baggett!

At the end of lap three – it’s Kenny Roczen leading, Blake Baggett in second, Zach Osborne third, Blake Wharton next, and Marvin Musquin in fifth. Musquin goes past Wharton … and then there is a tangle between Osborne and Musquin.

The running order now at the end of lap five – Roczen leads Baggett by 3 seconds. Eli Tomac is third. Jason Anderson fourth. Blake Wharton fifth, then Justin Bogle, Marvin Musquin, C Webb, and Zach Osborne ninth.

Kenny Roczen leads Blake Baggett with seven minutes to go, by about eight seconds. After Roczen and Baggett, third is Eli Tomac, then Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Zach Osborne, Kyle Cunningham and Justin Bogle.

Kenny Roczen is going to win this moto, and ‘sweep’ the 250 class here at Hangtown. He has done it! The rest of the top five in this moto – Baggett, Tomac, Musquin, and Anderson (results below).

450 Results:

  1. Ryan Villopoto – KAW – 1/1
  2. Ryan Dungey – KTM – 2/2
  3. James Stewart – SUZ – 3/3
  4. Trey Canard – HON – 4/4
  5. Justin Barcia – HON – 5/5
  6. Ryan Sipes – SUZ – 8/7
  7. Andrew Short – KTM – 6/10
  8. Mike Alessi – SUZ – 12/5
  9. Tyla Rattray – KAW – 9/9
  10. Weston Peick – SUZ – 8/13
  11. Phil Nicoletti – YAM
  12. Broc Tickle – SUZ
  13. Jake Weimer – KAW
  14. Chad Reed – HON – 10/DNF
  15. Dean Wilson – KAW – 16/13
  16. Travis Preston – YAM
  17. Fredrik Noren – SUZ
  18. Justin Brayton – YAM
  19. Michael Byrne – KTM
  20. Malcolm Stewart – HON

250 Results:

  1. Ken Roczen – KTM – 1/1
  2. Blake Baggett – KAW – 3/2
  3. Eli Tomac – HON – 2/3
  4. Marvin Musquin – KTM – 4/4
  5. Zach Osborne – HON – 9/5
  6. Kyle Cunningham – YAM – 8/7
  7. Jason Anderson – SUZ – 12/6
  8. Jeremy Martin – YAM – 7/13
  9. Joseph Savatgy – KTM – 10/11
  10. Justin Hill – KAW – 13/9
  11. Cooper Webb – YAM – 5/18
  12. Justin Bogle – HON – 19/8
  13. Blake Wharton – SUZ – 17/10
  14. Darryn Durham – 6/36
  15. Cole Seely – HON – 14/14
  16. D Epstein – KAW – 11/23
  17. Martin Davalos – KAW – 38/12
  18. Jake Canada – HON – 16/17
  19. Alex Martin – YAM – 20/15
  20. Zach Bell – HON – 15/35

450 Point Standings:

  1. Ryan Villopoto – 50
  2. Ryan Dungey 44
  3. James Stewart – 40
  4. Trey Canard – 36
  5. Justin Barcia – 32
  6. Ryan Sipes – 27
  7. Andrew Short – 26
  8. Mike Alessi – 24
  9. Tyla Rattray – 24
  10. Weston Peick – 21
  11. Phil Nicoletti – 20
  12. Broc Tickle – 16
  13. Jake Weimer – 14
  14. Chad Reed – 11
  15. Dean Wilson – 11
  16. Travis Preston – 9
  17. Fredrik Noren – 9
  18. Justin Brayton – 8
  19. Michael Byrne – 7
  20. Malcolm Stewart – 6

250 Point Standings:

  1. Ken Roczen – 50
  2. Blake Baggett – 42
  3. Eli Tomac – 42
  4. Marvin Musquin – 36
  5. Zach Osborne – 28
  6. Kyle Cunningham – 27
  7. Jason Anderson – 24
  8. Jeremy Martin – 22
  9. Joseph Savatgy – 21
  10. Justin Hill – 20
  11. Cooper Webb – 19
  12. Darryn Durham – 15
  13. Justin Bogle – 15
  14. Blake Wharton – 15
  15. Cole Seely – 14
  16. D Epstein – 10
  17. Martin Davalos – 9
  18. Jake Canada – 9
  19. Alex Martin – 7
  20. Zach Bell – 6


Ryan Dungey will racing racing his Red Bull KTM 450 with the number 1

Ryan Villopoto will ride this season with the number 2

Blake Baggett is the defending Champion in the 250 class

The Hangtown MX track is part a California State Recreational Vehicle Park. This is the sign this weekend you see as you enter the Prairie City SVRA facility.


Kenny Roczen doing a little celebrating …


And Kenny Roczen casually pulling a tear-off during the race …


RV is King of the Hill in the 450’s!



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