Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee is going to host it’s first ever AMA National MX. Ryan Villopoto leads Ryan Dungey in the 450 class, and Ken Roczen leads Eli Tomac in the 250 class.
- To see the results from last week’s race in Colorado, along with photo and the point standings coming into TN, click here.
Courtesy MX Sports – For the first time in 15 years, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will make a stop in the Southeast for the inaugural running of the Built Ford Tough Tennessee National. Taking place this Saturday, June 1, at the historic Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn., the highly anticipated Round 3 is sure to bring excitement to race fans throughout the south.
Muddy Creek Raceway has played host to some of the largest amateur motocross events in the country, making the third stop on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross tour somewhat familiar to many of the racers who grew up competing in the amateur ranks. Although the facility has undergone many changes to accommodate the Nationals, its natural-terrain, great dirt and rolling hills will showcase all the components that have made Muddy Creek Raceway such a successful venue over the years.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto has started the 2013 season perfectly, winning all four 450 Class motos through the first two rounds of competition. This Saturday, Villopoto looks to extend his undefeated record at the Built Ford Tough Tennessee National. However, with one of the most competitive fields in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross history, Villopoto will have his work cut out for him.
Ryan Villopoto at Round 1 in Sacramento
Sitting second overall in the championship standings, reigning champion Ryan Dungey is all too familiar with the runner-up position early in the season. After James Stewart swept the first four motos of 2012, it wasn’t until Round 3 that the Red Bull KTM rider began a win streak that lasted 10 motos. Dungey has been in lead contention all season long and the Minnesota native looks to secure his first win at an all-new venue that has the potential to deliver an even playing field for everyone.
“I’ve never been to Muddy Creek before so I’ll take it with an open mind. It’s a new stop for all of us and I think it will be interesting,” said Dungey, the 2012 450 Class Champion.
The 450 Class is full of top-level competitors who have proven they have what it takes to be a contender this season. For example, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia, who led 10 of 34 laps at Round 2, has proven his merit so far in his first full-time season in the 450 Class. After finishing with a (3-4) score last weekend, Barcia currently sits tied with teammate Trey Canard for third place in the point standings.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart has had his fair share of ups and downs in the first two rounds, but the 2008 450 Class Champion remains intact for the championship chase early on. Stewart came out swinging at the opening round, capturing both holeshots and a third overall finish. Round 2 looked to be the same until Stewart collided with another rider in Moto 1, where he finished 15th. Stewart bounced back with a third place in Moto 2, allowing him to maintain a top five position in the championship standings.
In the 250 Class, several riders are looking to become the first to win the inaugural Tennessee National. Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen made a statement early on, sweeping the first three motos of the season. But GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac was able to secure the overall win in his home state of Colorado last weekend, giving each rider one respective overall victory heading into Round 3.
There’s no counting out GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne, who secured his first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross career podium finish last weekend. Osborne, a Virginia native, grew up only 30 miles from Muddy Creek Raceway and the familiarity could give the former world championship contender a possible advantage over his competition.
Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin has put in consistent rides so far this season, currently holding third overall in the championship standings. The French rider tops defending 250 Class Champion Blake Baggett by two points heading into Round 3 and both riders look to secure their first win of the season in Tennessee.
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing
Series Statistical Report – Inaugural Built Ford Tough Tennessee National – Muddy Creek Raceway – Blountville, Tenn. June 1
- The Tennessee National enters its first year on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Schedule in 2013.
- There hasn’t been a Pro Motocross National in the Southeast region of the U.S. since 1997 when the series made a stop in Gainesville, Fla.
- There hasn’t been a Pro Motocross National in the state of Tennessee since 1977.
- Victory Sports, promoter of the Tennessee National, has been putting on amateur motocross events at Muddy Creek Raceway since 1986.
- As one of the largest race promoters in the country, Victory Sports puts on seven different race series from January to December.
- Muddy Creek Raceway has been undergoing a facility renovation for the past six months, totaling an estimated 5,000 man-hours in the process.
- Hailing from nearby Abington, Va., GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne looks for his first 250 Class win at his home track of Muddy Creek on Saturday.
- Riders from 15 different countries will line up at the inaugural event on Saturday.
- 450 Overall Wins: Ryan Villopoto – 2
- Moto Wins: Ryan Villopoto – 4
- Laps led: Ryan Villopoto – 50, Justin Barcia – 12, James Stewart – 5, Ryan Dungey – 3
- 250 Overall Wins: Ken Roczen – 1, Eli Tomac – 1
- Moto Wins: Ken Roczen – 3, Eli Tomac – 1
- Laps led: Ken Roczen – 47, Eli Tomac – 16, Marvin Musquin – 3, Blake Baggett – 1
Ryan Villopoto wins Thunder Valley MX 450 class by sweeping both motos. Eli Tomac takes 250 overall at today’s round 2 of the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series
The defending Champions are Blake Baggett (250 class) and Ryan Dungey (450 class). But after last week’s opening round in Sacramento, it’s Kenny Roczen and Ryan Villopoto as the series points leaders coming into Colorado this weekend.
In 250 Qualifying, the quickest lap goes to Eli Tomac – 2 minutes 3.74 seconds . Then Ken Roczen 2.05.07, Zach Osborne 2.06.06, Blake Baggett 2.06.45, and Marvin Musquin fifth at 2.06.46. 68 riders attempted to qualify.
In 450 Qualifying, the quickest lap was turned in by Ryan Villopoto – 2 minutes 3.43 seconds . Then, making a stop in the USA after the MX GP of Brazil last weekend, Rockstar Suzuki World MX rider from Belgium, Clement Desalle was second – 2.03.51. Third – James Stewart 2.03.65. Next, Ryan Dungey 2.04.13. Dean Wilson 2.04.88, Ryan Sipes, Desalle’s Suzuki teammate Kevin Strijbos, Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, Broc Tickle, Malcolm Stewart, Mike Alessi, Tyla Rattray, Josh Grant, Jake Weimer, Andrew Short, and Justin Brayton (2.07.25). Chad Reed qualified 19th out of 87 riders, but Chad is also suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Rockstar Suzuki World MX rider Clement Desalle from Belgium
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450 Moto 1 – the early leader is Justin Barcia. He’s being chased by Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto. Chad Reed has fallen in the first corner. A little while later, James Stewart falls as he runs into the fallen Jake Weimer.
At the end of lap three – it’s Justin Barcia leading, Ryan Dungey second. Ryan Villopoto is third. Then Trey Canard, Clement Desalle, Mike Alessi, Tyla Rattray, Malcolm Stewart, Josh Grant, and Dean Wilson round out the top ten. Chad Reed is 28th, James Stewart is 36th.
Each of these races goes 30 minutes plus 2 laps. On lap 8, about halfway thru the race, Ryan Dungey moves past Justin Barcia and into the lead. Ryan Villopoto is in third, right behind both of them. Those top three are well ahead of the rest of the pack. Fourth is Trey Canard, fifth is Clement Desalle. Chad Reed is 22nd, and James Stewart is 24th.
On lap ten, Villopoto goes around Barcia and moves to 2nd. On lap 11, RV goes past Dungey and into the lead! It’s Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, and Clement Desalle. James Stewart is 20th. Chad Reed is 23rd.
Ryan Villopoto takes the checkered flag in this 17 lap race. Ryan Dungey is second, Justin Barcia third. Then Trey Canard, Clement Desalle, Mike Alessi, Tyla Rattray, Josh Grant, Malcolm Stewart, and Kevin Strijbos. James Stewart 15th. Chad Reed 23rd.
250 Moto 1 – it’s Zach Osborne with the holeshot. But before the end of the first lap, Kenny Roczen has moved into the lead. The running order at the end of lap one – Ken Roczen, Zach Osborne, Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson, Marvin Musquin, Dominic Izzi, Martin Davalos, Cooper Webb, D Gosselaar, and Kyle Cunningham tenth. Blake Wharton 13th, Cole Seely 16th. Blake Baggett 28th!
Before the end of lap two, Osborne had fallen landing off a jump.
At the end of lap five, it’s Kenny Roczen leading Eli Tomac. Marvin Musquin is now third. Then Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb, Martin Davalos, Kyle Cunningham, Zach Osborne, Dominic Izzi, and Joey Savatgy rounding out the top ten. Blake Baggett is 19th.
Cooper Webb has made a move to pass Marvin Musquin for third. At the end of ten laps – Roczen, Tomac, Cooper Webb, Musquin, Anderson, Davalos, Osborne, Jeremy Martin, Cole Seely, Dominic Izzi. Blake Baggett is up to 12th.
“Hometown” rider Eli Tomac is making it interesting. Roczen is leading … but now towards the end of this race Tomac is very close behind Roczen.
At the end of this 30 minute and 2 lap race (17 laps total), Kenny Roczen has won. Eli Tomac finishes right behind him. Third goes to Cooper Webb. Then Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Zach Osborne, Martin Davalos, Jeremy Martin, Blake Baggett ninth, Cole Seely tenth.
450 Moto 2 – once again it’s Justin Barcia exiting the first corner with the lead. At the end of the first lap, it’s Barcia leading, Trey Canard is second, Ryan Villopoto is third, Ryan Dungey is fourth, then Mike Alessi, James Stewart, Clement Desalle, Dean Wilson, Chad Reed, and Jake Weimer.
And then Ryan Villopoto dispatches Canard to take over second.
Ryan Villopoto seems just a bit better than any other rider on the track. On lap four, he moves past Barcia and into first position. The running order at the end of lap four – Ryan Villopoto, Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Clement Desalle, Mike Alessi, Dean Wilson, Jake Weimer, Kevin Strijbos, Tyla Rattray, and Malcolm Stewart 12th. Chad Reed is 15th.
Lap 7 Dungey moves past Barcia and into second place. It’s RV, RD, and JB. Same top three as the first 450 moto.
Lap 9, James Stewart has passed Justin Barcia and moved into third place. It’s Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, Clement Desalle, Mike Alessi, Dean Wilson, Kevin Strijbos, and Tyla Rattray top ten out of 40 riders. Chad Reed 17th.
Ryan Villopoto has done it again – he’s won this moto to ‘sweep’ today’s 450 race, which of course secures the overall victory. He’s won all four motos of the season for the 450 class. Ryan Dungey finishes second in this 17 lap race, and takes second overall. The rest of the top ten in this moto – James Stewart, Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, Mike Alessi, Clement Desalle, Kevin Strijbos, Dean Wilson, and Tyla Rattray.
250 Moto 2 – coming out of the first corner, it’s Jeremy Martin (YAM 77) with the lead. But quickly, it’s Zach Osborne into the lead … and then teammate Tomac goes past Osborne and into the lead! At the end of the first lap, it’s Eli Tomac first, Ken Roczen second, Zach Osborne third, Jeremy Martin fourth, Marvin Musquin fifth, Blake Wharton sixth, then Joey Savatgy, Blake Baggett and Cole Seely rounding out the top ten.
Five laps in it’s Tomac a big lead. It’s Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, Zach Osborne, Marvin Musquin, Jeremy Martin, Blake Baggett, Blake Wharton, Martin Davalos, Justin Bogle (34), and Joey Savatgy tenth.
If Tomac wins, and Roczen takes second, they will tie on points (47 points each), but Eli would get the overall win because of the better second moto performance.
Tomac, who lives near Cortez, Colorado, has an almost 20 second lead over second place Roczen. Osborne third, Musquin fourth, Baggett fifth – then are ten laps into this moto.
Eli Tomac wins this moto (16 laps) by a large margin, and with it, takes the overall 250 class win. Zach Osborne makes a pass on Kenny Roczen on the last lap to take second in this moto. Ken Roczen finishes third in this moto, and second overall on the day. The rest of the top ten in this moto – Marvin Musquin, Blake Baggett, Jeremy Martin, Justin Bogle, Blake Wharton, Kyle Cunningham, and Martin Davalos.
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW – 1/1
- Ryan Dungey – KTM – 2/2
- Justin Barcia – HON – 3/4
- Trey Canard – HON – 4/5
- Mike Alessi – SUZ – 6/6
- Clement Desalle – SUZ – 5/7
- James Stewart – SUZ – 15/3
- Tyla Rattray – KAW – 7/10
- Kevin Strijbos – SUZ – 10/8
- Dean Wilson – KAW – 11/9
- Malcolm Stewart – HON – 9/11
- Josh Grant – YAM – 8/18
- Weston Peick – SUZ – 13/14
- Jake Weimer – KAW – 16/12
- Broc Tickle – SUZ – 14/15
- Ryan Sipes – SUZ – 19/13
- Phil Nicoletti – YAM – 12/27
- Andrew Short – KTM – 18/16
- Derek Anderson – KAW – 17/22
- Fredrik Noren – SUZ – 26/17
- Eli Tomac – HON – 2/1
- Ken Roczen – KTM – 1/3
- Zach Osborne – HON – 6/2
- Marvin Musquin – KTM – 4/4
- Blake Baggett – KAW – 9/5
- Jeremy Martin – YAM – 8/6
- Martin Davalos – KAW – 7/10
- Jason Anderson – SUZ – 5/12
- Cooper Webb – YAM – 3/17
- Justin Bogle – HON – 13/7
- Blake Wharton – SUZ – 14/8
- Justin Hill – KAW – 12/11
- Dominic Izzi – SUZ – 11/13
- Cole Seely – HON – 10/14
- D Epstein – KAW – 15/15
- K Cunningham – YAM – 38/9
- Jackson Richardson – HON – 18/16
- Lance Vincent – KTM – 17/18
- Joseph Savatgy – KTM – 16/35
- Jacob Baumert – KAW – 19/19
450 Point Standings:
- Ryan Villopoto – 100
- Ryan Dungey – 88
- Justin Barcia – 70
- Trey Canard – 70
- James Stewart – 66
- Mike Alessi – 54
- Tyla Rattray – 49
- Ryan Sipes – 37
- Weston Peick – 36
- Andrew Short – 34
- Dean Wilson – 33
- Clement Desalle – 30
- Phil Nicoletti – 29
- Broc Tickle – 29
- Jake Weimer – 28
- Malcolm Stewart – 28
- Kevin Strijbos – 24
- Josh Grant – 17
- Fredrik Noren – 13
- Chad Reed – 11
250 Point Standings:
- Ken Roczen – 95
- Eli Tomac – 89
- Marvin Musquin – 72
- Blake Baggett – 70
- Zach Osborne – 65
- Jeremy Martin – 50
- Jason Anderson – 49
- Cooper Webb – 43
- Kyle Cunningham – 39
- Justin Hill – 39
- Justin Bogle – 37
- Blake Wharton – 35
- Martin Davalos – 34
- Cole Seely – 32
- Joseph Savatgy – 26
- Dominic Izzi – 23
- D Epstein – 22
- Darryn Durham – 15
- Jake Canada – 9
- Jackson Richardson – 8
Last week the FIM World Motocross Championships descended on Brazil. It’s the once a year trip to South America for the MX GP series, and Brazil certainly knows how to host a world class event.
To view the results and point standings from Round 7 in Brazil, click here. The MX1 class was won by World Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli, and the MX2 class was won by MX 2 World Champion Jeffrey Herlings.
Below are 40 photos of the event from courtesy of Fernando Bianco / CasaRosada. Enjoy!
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Hey – it’s Brazil!
Looks exactly like Max Anstie!
Rui, a giant … tiger? And Amy?