2012 AMA Motocross
Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Motocross results from Thunder Valley MX Park listed below
The third round of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship brought the grid to Thunder Valley MX Park in Lakewood, Colo.
And when the Toyota Thunder Valley National was completed in the 450 class, a rider other than Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart was victorious – Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey.
Following the 1-1 sweep of round three of 12, Dungey gave the Austrian brand it’s first-overall victory in the 450 class, and his third consecutive overall win at Thunder Valley. Joining Dungey on the overall podium were Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer (2-4) and Team Chaparral Honda’s Andrew Short (7-2), respectively.
When the opening moto throttled into action, Stewart, the man who swept rounds one and two, took over the lead from this third-place start on lap two. Just as Stewart was putting in his usual dominant performance, he crashed on lap four. When he got up, Stewart appeared to favor his hand. He went to the pits and failed to finish the first moto.
This gave Dungey lead, who took a fairly easy win. He was joined on the podium by Weimer and former teammate, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe.
Due to his first-moto crash, Stewart was forced out of the second moto as well. Dungey had no problems in this moto; the Minnesota native took the holeshot and immediately began gapping the field, taking the win. Joining him on the podium was Short and Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle.
Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM SX-F 450 Motocross) says: “I hate to win like that. James and I have pushed each other to new levels and although he won the first four motos (this season), it’s been good. Hopefully he heals up and comes back (next week). My game plan is always the same, to take it one race at a time. You can’t focus on the end result and we saw that today. I just do my own thing, put my best foot forward, and never underestimate anyone.”
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, recorded a career-best second place finish (2-4), while Colorado native Andrew Short, of Colorado Springs, gave Team Chaparral Honda its first podium finish in third (7-2).
Stewart dropped from first to third in the championship standings and his status for the remainder of the season is uncertain. He entered the weekend with an undefeated record, winning all four motos through the first two rounds.
James Stewart (Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 Motocross) says: “It’s not what we wanted, but that’s racing. It wasn’t worth risking anything in the second moto. I’m going to go through (next) week and test out how my hand feels and hopefully we’re ready to go at (High Point).”
With his win, Dungey now has 136 points, 35 ahead of Weimer. Stewart sits in third with 100 points.
In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia ended a 27-race winless streak to capture his second career win. Barcia took the lead from the start of moto 1 and ultimately stayed out front for all 16 laps, fending off the pressure of Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen.
In Moto 2, Barcia asserted himself out front again, looking for the moto sweep. The Honda rider led the first six laps, but was passed by points leader Blake Baggett, aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. While Baggett pulled away, Barcia once again engaged in battle with Roczen, this time for second.
Roczen eventually worked his way past Barcia, putting Baggett in position to claim his second overall victory of the season. However, on the final lap, Roczen and Barcia battled again for second, ending with Roczen falling to the ground and allowing Barcia to retake the position and ultimately the overall win.
Justin Barcia (GEICO Honda CRF250R Motocross) says: “Last weekend was tough on me, but today was awesome. The first moto couldn’t have gone any better and the second moto was good too. I knew what I had to do (in the second moto). I rode my own race a little bit, but then I put on a hard charge at the end. Ken and I may have touched a little bit, but I just kept going.”
With his second moto win, Baggett secured the runner-up spot for the second week in a row (3-1), while Roczen rebounded to round out the overall podium for the third consecutive round (2-4). Baggett holds a 16-point lead over Barcia in the championship standings.
In the Women’s Motocross Championship, Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Jessica Patterson swept the day’s motos to claim her second overall win of the season and extend her points lead. Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Tarah Gieger finished second (3-2), while Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Ashley Fiolek overcame a fall in the second moto to finish third (2-6).
The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next week, with round four from High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa., and the FMF High Point National, presented by United Bank, on Saturday, June 9.
2012 Thunder Valley AMA Motocross 450 Class Results (Moto Finish):
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-1)
2. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (2-4)
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda (7-2)
4. Nico Izzi, Rochester, Mich., Yamaha (5-5)
5. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki (3-10)
6. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki (4-9)
7. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda (9-6)
8. Michael Byrne, Rockhampton, Australia, Suzuki (12-7)
9. Billy Laninovich, Temecula, Calif., Honda (11-8)
10. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Kawasaki (10-11)
2012 AMA Motocross 450 Class Championship Standings (after three of 12 rounds):
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 136
2. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 101
3. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 100
4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 100
5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 97
6. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki, 84
7. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki, 73
8. Nico Izzi, Rochester, Mich., Yamaha, 71
9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki, 63
10. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Kawasaki, 50
2012 Thunder Valley AMA Motocross 250 Class Results:
1. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda (1-2)
2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (3-1)
3. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM (2-4)
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (4-3)
5. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (5-5)
6. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., KTM (8-6)
7. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki (6-9)
8. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (10-7)
9. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Yamaha (9-10)
10. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda (7-14)
2012 AMA Motocross 250 Class Championship Standings:
1. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 139
2. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 123
3. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 120
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 117
5. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 84
6. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki, 82
7. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 71
8. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Yamaha, 65
9. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda, 62
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 61
2012 Thunder Valley AMA WMX Class Results (Moto Finish):
1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki (1-1)
2. Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda (3-2)
3. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (2-6)
4. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Osaka, Japan, Honda (7-3)
5. Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM (4-5)
6. Mariana Balbi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Honda (6-4)
7. Sara Pettersson, Sweden, KTM (5-7)
8. Alexah Pearson, Sacramento, Calif., KTM (8-11)
9. Sade Allender, Sanford, Maine, Honda (12-9)
10. Amanda Brown, Baltimore, Md., Honda (11-10)
2012 AMA WMX Class Standings:
1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 141
2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 125
3. Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda, 114
4. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Osaka, Japan, Honda, 99
5. Mariana Balbi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Honda, 88
6. Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM, 82
7. Meghan Rutledge, New South Wales, Australia, Kawasaki, 78
8. Sara Pettersson, Sweden, KTM, 76
9. Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda, 75
10. Sade Allender, Sanford, Maine, Honda, 52