AMA Motocross: Freestone Preview
With one of 12 races completed in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Chad Reed leads the 450 class, and GEICO Powersports Honda rider Eli Tomac the 250 class as the series moves to Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas, today.
The layout of Flagstar Bank Freestone National will challenge all riders, especially the always-changing sand whoops known as the "12-pack." The technical track, combined with the temperatures forecasted to be near a sweltering 100 degrees, will create for much competition.
During the season opener in Hangtown, Reed won the opening moto and finished third in the second moto, giving him the overall win. The Australian missed most of the AMA Supercross season after crashing with his rival James Stewart in Round 2, but had much time to recover for the outdoor series. He currently has 45 points.
But only two points behind is Jagermeister KTM rider Mike Alessi, who had a 4-1 finish at Hangtown. Running the new KTM 350 SX-F, Alessi had some extra track time competing in another series last Memorial Weekend, as most riders were relaxing.
The Victorville, Calif., native raced with the Europeans during the FIM Motocross USGP, finishing second behind the other KTM rider in the series, Tony Cairoli. Besides his extra practice, Alessi also has one more advantage on his side – during last year’s race, he swept both motos.
Sitting in third in the championship is Honda Red Bull Racing rider Davi Millsaps, who had a 3-2 finish at Hangtown. The Murrieta, Californian is only one point behind Alessi.
Garnering much criticism, AMA SX champion Ryan Dungey didn’t do too well at Hangtown. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki finished 10-6, placing him in eight in the championship.
In the 250 class, Tomac became the first rider to taste victory in his professional debut as he won moto 2. This, combined with third in moto 1 and finished third in moto 1, place the Cortez, Colo., native and his CRF250F in first in the championship with 45 points. But he’s not the only leader; tied for first is Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Christophe Pourcel, the 2010 Supercross East Lites Champion.
The rider from Florida also took a podium and won a race, but in opposite order of Tomac. In the opening race, Tomac had a strong lead over the field, but an error dropped him back to third and Pourcel took the win.
Pourcel won the first moto last year, and placed second in moto 2. But he didn’t get the overall win due to then-250 class rider Dungey, who had reverse results but took the overall win by virtue of winning moto 2.
Tomac’s teammate Trey Canard had a 7-2 finish at Hangtown, placing him in third with 36 points. Canard got the holeshot in moto 1, but fell back to finish in seventh. His second-place finish in moto 2 gave him third overall for the season opener in Hangtown.
In the MotocycleUSA.com Women’s Motocross Championship, DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha rider Jessica Patterson leads. She dominated in Hangtown, sweeping both motos. Honda Red Bull Racing rider Ashley Fiolek sits in second, the reigning champion finishing 3-2 at Hangtown. Making her debut, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda rider Tarah Geiger had a 2-6 at Hangtown, placing here in third.
During last year’s WMX Freestone race, Fiolek captured both motos, grabbing the third win of the championship season.
450 Class Championship Standings:
Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 45
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 43
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 42
Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 34
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 33
Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda, 29
Ryan Sipes, Flaherty, Ky., Yamaha, 27
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 26
Ken DeDycker, Belgium, Yamaha, 23
Andrew Short, Smithville, Tex., Honda, 22
250 Class Championship Standings:
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 45
Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 45
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 36
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 31
Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 30
Dean Wilson, Canada, Kawasaki, 29
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 26
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 23
Tommy Searle, England, KTM, 22
Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki, 18
WMX Class Standings:
Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha, 50
Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 42
Tarah Gieger, Winter Gardens, Fla., Honda, 37
Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha, 32
Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., Yamaha, 32
Elizabeth Bash, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 31
Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha, 29
Sayaka Kaneshiro, Torrance, Calif., Suzuki, 26
Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha, 25
Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., Yamaha, 20
AMA Motocross TV Coverage
SPEED TV will air the 450 MX Class at 9 p.m. (EST) Saturday, June 5, followed by the 250 MX Class at midnight.