Spoiler Alert: 2011 Budds Creek Motocross 450 results below
When the MX field headed into round 4 of the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship Saturday at Budds Creek MX park in Mechancsville, Md., Two Two Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed held a 15-point lead over his newest rival, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto.
But when Budds Creek Motocross was complete, nothing changed; Reed still maintained a 15-point lead over Villopoto. This is due to the Australian taking the overall win, his third victory this season, with Villopoto in second overall. In third was another familiar name, the reigning AMA Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RMZ450.
In the first Moto, Reed grabbed the holeshot, but was soon passed by both Villopoto and Dungey. An intense, outdoor motocross battle began up front between Villopoto and Dungey, but the Kawasaki would keep the lead, taking the checkered flag. Reed had to settle for third.
The holeshot honors in Moto2 went to Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, who held the lead until lap three when Reed made a pass. Within a lap, Reed had opened a gap, and went on to take the victory. Soon Dungey and Villopoto passed Alessi, and began chasing down Reed.
The top three soon experienced some lap riders, helping Reed maintain the lead. Dungey would finish second, with Reed in third.
Chad Reed (Two-Two Motorsports Honda CRF450R Motocross) says: “I was bummed after the first moto. I just didn’t have the pace. The Ryan’s showed me what’s up. I came out in the second and gave it all I had. I’m pumped. We made some changes to the bike and it paid off. I’m excited to come out and win that second moto. These guys are on their game this season and it hasn’t been easy.”
Villopoto amassed the same points as Reed, but due to the second moto being a tiebreaker, the Kawasaki Motocross rider took second overall. Meanwhile, Dungey’s 2-2 finish gave him third.
Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F Motocross) says: “I felt good today. I just needed to pick some better lines in that second moto. It was a good day overall. There’s still a lot of racing left this season.”
Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki RMZ450 Motocross) says: “It was a good day, I just couldn’t make it happen. I felt like I needed to make a move (on Reed), but it never happened. I had to come from behind a couple times. It’s what racing is all about. It’s a man’s sport and it’s challenging. We’ll just keep moving forward.”
The 2011 AMA Motocross Championship moves west next weekend to Thunder Valley MX Park in Lakewood, Colo, for Round 5 of 12.
2011 AMA Motocross: Budds Creek MX Park 450 Class (Moto Finish)
- Chad Reed, Australia, Honda (3-1)
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (1-3)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-2)
- Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda (4-4)
- Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (5-5)
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki (6-6)
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (7-9)
- Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (10-7)
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (9-8)
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda (8-10)
2011 AMA Motocross 450 Class Championship Standings (after 4 of 12 rounds)
- Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 183
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 168
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 155
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 130
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki – 118
- Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda – 112
- Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 93
- Ricky Dietrich, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha – 92
- Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 76
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM – 75