2013 RedBud AMA MX Results
Spoiler Alert: AMA Pro Motocross results from the RedBud National in Buchanan, Mich., listed below
Following Saturday evening’s RedBud National in Buchanan, Mich., the seventh of 12 rounds are now complete in the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
And throughout all seven rounds, one rider has led the points battle – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. The reasoning? He has 11 motos of 14, including four round sweeps.
The latest sweep arrived at the 40th running of the RedBud National over the Fourth of July weekend. The Kawasaki KX450F pilot was joined on the overall podium by Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart (2-2) and Toyota/JGR Yamaha’s Josh Grant (3-5).
More importantly for Villopoto was Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey’s performance at RedBud. Dungey suffered a 34th finish in moto1 due to a technical problem, but was able to finish third in moto2 for an 11th overall finish. This allowed Villopoto to extend his overall lead to 42 points ahead of Dungey.
Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM SX-F 450 Motocross) says: “Unfortunately, we just had a tough day. It’s part of racing. There was a lot going on out there today and I was pushing hard to get that second moto win. We have a week off now to do our homework and come back stronger for the next round.”
During the first moto, Grant took the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot, maintaining the lead for the beginning three laps. But Villopoto charged from a seventh-place start to take the lead by lap four.
As Villopoto gapped the field, Dungey and Stewart were engaged in an intense battle for second. But Dungey’s race ended due to a technical issue on his KTM, which caused him to cross the line 34th – the first time he finished off the podium this season. Stewart finished second, followed Grant, who rode smoothly throughout the moto for his first podium of 2013 AMA Motocross.
In the second Moto, Villopoto and Stewart battled in the beginning, with Dungey joining the fight. Villopoto eventually took the lead on the sandy whoop section, followed by Dungey and Stewart.
Al three fought intensely for the lead, but Villopoto maintained his first-place position. Bad luck once again arrived for Dungey, who got caught up in a crash, allowing Stewart to once again finish second. Dungey charged through the field to finish third overall, though, helping him redeem some points.
This was Villopoto’s first-ever overall 450-class victory at RedBud, and he now holds the record for most moto victories in the first seven rounds of a Motocross season with 11. The reigning AMA Supercross Champion has 333 points, 42 ahead of Dungey. In third with 249 points is Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Barcia, who finished 9-4 at RedBud.
Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki KX-F450 Motocross) says: “We started the season in a very good position [winning the first five motos], but we kind of faded away and now it feels like we’re back to where we need to be. The tracks are getting rougher and the speeds are getting higher and we were definitely pushing the pace pretty hard today.”
In the 250 Class, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen maintained his points lead after capturing a 2-1 moto score en route to his second overall win this season.
GEICO Honda teammates Wil Hahn and Eli Tomac went head-to-head off the start in Moto 1, where Hahn edged out Tomac for the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot. Tomac reclaimed the early lead while Red Bull KTM teammates Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen diced it out for the second place position. Around the halfway point, Roczen made the pass on Musquin despite the rough track conditions, where he then set his sights on Tomac out front, MX Sports says.
MYPLASH/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin put in a career best performance at RedBud, beginning with an impressive start in Moto 1. Martin followed close behind the intense battle for second between Roczen and Musquin throughout the first half of the race, keeping the pace of the KTM duo. By the hallway mark, Tomac was out of sight and Roczen had built a comfortable lead on his teammate Musquin for the second spot, MX Sports says.
Just before the 2-Lap board, Martin closed the gap to less than one second on Musquin but in the end, the Frenchman was able to hold off the rookie to secure third place behind Roczen, while Tomac secured the Moto 1 win, MX Sports says.
In Moto 2 of the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne and rookie Jeremy Martin commanded the early lead with heavy hitters Musquin, Roczen and Tomac all within striking distance. Roczen quickly made his move to the front by Lap 3 and the points leader didn’t look back from there, MX Sports says.
A small mistake early on caused Tomac to get off to a slow start but the GEICO Honda rider eventually fought his way back to the second place spot that was briefly inherited by the young Martin. Tomac continued to charge toward Roczen out front but wasn’t able to catch the leader in time to make a passing attempt. Roczen’s Moto 2 victory gave him the overall win with a 2-1 moto score, topping Tomac’s score of 1-2 for the day. Jeremy Martin’s impressive 4-3 score landed the Minnesota native his first career podium finish in the 250 Class with two season best moto finishes, MX Sports says.
After running in the lead pack, Musquin fell victim to a couple of late crashes that ultimately knocked the Frenchman back to fourth place in Moto 2, where he took fourth overall with a moto score of 3-4. Osborne remounted from a crash of his own, salvaging fifth place in the second moto to finish with fifth overall with (10-5) finishes for the day, MX Sports says.
Only seven points separate Roczen and Tomac in the point standings with five races remaining in the series championship.
The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship now heads to Washougal, Wash., for the Peterson Cat Washougal National on Saturday, July 20.
2013 RedBud AMA Pro Motocross 450 Class Results (Moto Finish):
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (1-1)
2. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki (2-2)
3. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, (3-5)
4. Trey Canard, Oklahoma City, Okla., Honda, (5-6)
5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda (9-4)
6. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (6-8)
7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (8-7)
8. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (4-12)
9. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki (7-13)
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (11-11)
2013 AMA Pro Motocross 450 Class Championship Standings (after seven of 12 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 333
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 291
3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 249
4. Trey Canard, Oklahoma City, Okla., Honda, 200
5. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 184
6. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 170
7. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., 137
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 135
9. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 131
10. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki, 131
2013 RedBud AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Results (Moto Finish):
1. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM (2-1)
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (1-2)
3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (4-3)
4. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (3-4)
5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda (10-5)
6. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha (7-8)
7. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (6-9)
8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (5-11)
9. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (8-10)
10. Justin Bogle, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (12-7)
2013 AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Championship Standings:
1. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 312
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 305
3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 260
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 247
5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda, 212
6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 176
7. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 162
8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 158
9. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 145
10. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 140