Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson ended the day with his first moto victory to clinch his first overall win after racing to a 4-1 finish during the AMA Motocross championship at Budds Creek Raceway in Maryland. Teammate Tyla Rattray also put in two solid performances aboard his Kawasaki KX250F to finish third overall with a 2-4.
Christophe Pourcel won the first 250 moto, but a crash in the second moto held him to fourth overall with a 1-6. Weimer, who earned the Hard Charger award the previous weekend, finished with a 21-7 for 12th overall.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Chad Reed bounced back from a hard weekend at High Point Raceway to finish on the podium with a 4-2 score and third overall. Nick Wey went 12-14 for 12th overall.
A Long Time Coming
For Wilson, there have been opportunities to claim his first win throughout his rookie season, but somehow those opportunities seemed to escape him. At Budds Creek, however, Wilson claimed his first victory without even knowing it at the finish line.
Dean Wilson says: “The feeling of winning my first race was incredible, but I think it would be that much better if I would have known it at the checkered flag,” said Wilson. “It’s been a long time coming so it’s nice to finally get the monkey off my back and hopefully I can put some more wins together.”
Stepping It Up
Rattray continued his hot streak with another podium finish after two solid motos in Maryland. The South African was in attack mode in the second moto, coming through the pack and nearly finishing second.
Tyla Rattray says: “In the second moto, I thought I had the pass, but I just barely went off the track and that pushed me back a few seconds so I settled in for third,” said Rattray. “It was a pretty tough race with the humidity. I am definitely happy to be on the podium, just wish I could have made that pass.”
Both motos saw Reed up front, giving him good position to finish on the podium for the third time this year.
Chad Reed says: “My races seemed pretty uneventful and I know I was just trying to push as hard as I could while staying strong to the end,” said Reed. “I was definitely milking my lead in the second moto right at the very end. The track was decently rough and I had a good time overall.”
The 250 class points leader Pourcel continued his moto-winning ways with his fourth moto win of the season after a dominating ride in Moto 1. His luck in the second moto wasn’t as good, but he still managed to pull together a good finish for fourth overall. With his consistent finishes over the last four races, Pourcel holds a 27-point lead over teammates Rattray and Wilson.
Christophe Pourcel says: “I felt really good in the first moto,” said Pourcel. “I didn’t get a good start in the second moto and I ended up crashing really big. I am happy that I still have the points lead and just need to put together two good motos.”
In order to get ready for the hot and humid races, Wey has been staying in Florida in between the races. While his conditioning was there and his starts were great, Wey felt the effects of a long week preparing. He finished 12th overall.
Nick Wey says: “I felt good coming in, but I think that I over did it a little this week,” said Wey. “My Kawasaki got me off to two great starts which really helped me get through it. I am looking forward to next week.”
Weimer’s day didn’t go to plan after a hard crash in the first moto, but he put everything he had into the second moto to finish seventh. His combined score of 21-7 was good enough for 12th overall.
Jake Weimer says: “I really need to get better starts,” said Weimer. I feel like I’m there and then I get pinched out or something. I really want to put it together to get back on the podium.”
This was the first Father’s Day weekend for Reed and it was spent with his family around supporting him. Although little Tate may be too young to understand, it was special for his dad.
Chad Reed says: “I know it doesn’t really mean much to him, but it’s been so cool being a father,” said Reed. “Maybe I’ll even get a gift.”
Return of the Women
The next race at Thunder Valley Raceway will be the return of the WMX class. The women have had two weeks off since their last race. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Sara Price has come back from a shoulder injury to jump up to sixth in points.
The next race at Thunder Valley marked Weimer’s first motocross victory in 2009 and he looks to return to the Mile High city for his first motocross win of 2010.
Jake Weimer says: “I’ve always liked Thunder Valley and I really hope I can turn around the way my season has started,” said Weimer. “I seem to be getting all the come-from-behind recognition but now it’s time to be on the box.”