The 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship reached the halfway point on Saturday with the Rockstar Energy RedBud National, round six of the 12-race season.
The Independence Day tradition from Southern Michigan played host to thousands of the most enthusiastic fans in the country who watched Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., race to his fifth consecutive victory in the 450 Class.
GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard, of Shawnee, Okla., captured his first career victory in the 250 Class.
Dungey’s run to the win wasn’t without its challenges. Despite going 1-1 in the motos for the third time this season, the premier class rookie was forced to battle through several challenges from his rivals.
However, in the end, he proved resilient and came out on top at the conclusion of both motos. His pair of triumphs gives him eight wins over the last 10 motos and a significant lead in the championship standings.
Ryan Dungey says: “I think the championship is what we’re going for overall in the end,” said Dungey. “There’s still a lot of racing left. I just need to be on top of my game every single moto. Today was really competitive. Chad (Reed) and Ben (Townley) were right there so I had to really dig deep. The fans are great out here. They’re what it’s all about at RedBud. They just make everything really enjoyable.”
After a rough outing one week ago, reigning champion and Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Chad Reed, of Australia, rebounded to take second overall (2-2) while Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Ben Townley, of New Zealand, finished third (4-3) for his second straight podium finish.
Dungey now holds a 64-point advantage heading into the second off-week of the season, leading the most laps in the class at 77 and holding the best average finish of 2.4.
Circuit/Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel, of France, became the first multiple overall winner in the 250 Class, Canard became the fifth different rider to stand atop the podium in 2010.
Additionally, he became the fourth first-time winner in the smaller displacement thanks to a solid fourth place effort in Moto 1 that he followed up with his first career moto win in Moto 2.
Trey Canard says: “(This win) has been 3 years (coming),” said Canard. “To be here and win is amazing, especially at RedBud in front of these fans. It’s just awesome. I didn’t want to have to make a hard pass on Dean (Wilson) for the win, but I really wanted it. These (motocross races) haven’t been easy for me in the past. I wanted to get it done and I wanted to get it done today.”
250 Class rookie and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Dean Wilson, of Scotland, grabbed the runner-up spot (3-2) with his teammate Pourcel, winner of the first moto, rounding out the podium in third (1-5).
Pourcel’s advantage over Wilson in the championship standings sits at 33 points. The Frenchman also leads the class in laps led with 87 and average finish at 2.5.
The MotorcycleUSA.com Women’s Motocross Championship competed in its inaugural event from the legendary RedBud facility with the Rockwell Watches National, round four of eight.
After a tough start to the season, Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ashley Fiolek, of St. Augustine, Fla., swept the day’s motos to capture her first win of 2010. WMX Class points leader Jessica Patteron, of Tallahassee, Fla., finished second (2-2) for DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha while Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Tarah Gieger, of Winter Garden, Fla., finished third (3-3).
All three overall podium finishers received customized Rockwell watches. To check out the entire lineup of Rockwell Watches, log onto RockwellTime.com.
After a weekend off, the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship returns to action with the Rockstar Energy Spring Creek National from Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville, Minn., on July 17.
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Rockstar Energy RedBud National RedBud – Buchanan, Mich.
July 3, 2010 Round 6 of 12
450 Class (Moto Finish)
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (1-1)
2. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki (2-2)
3. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda (4-3)
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda (3-5)
5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda (5-4)
6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha (6-6)
7. Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda (7-7)
8. Ryan Sipes, Flaherty, Texas, Yamaha (8-8)
9. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (10-9)
10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Kawasaki (9-12)
450 Class Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 268
2. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 204
3. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 201
4. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda, 189
5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 189
6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 182
7. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 177
8. Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda, 122
9. Ryan Sipes, Flaherty, Texas, Yamaha, 114
10. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha, 108
250 Class (Moto Finish)
1. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (4-1)
2. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (3-2)
3. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki (1-5)
4. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (5-3)
5. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda (6-4)
6. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (2-11)
7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha (7-6)
8. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (11-7)
9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha (10-8)
10. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (12-9)
250 Class Championship Standings
1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 260
2. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 227
3. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki, 212
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 205
5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 180
6. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 176
7. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 156
8. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 145
9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha, 132
10. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 129
WMX Class (Moto Finish)
1. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (1-1)
2. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (2-2)
3. Tarah Gieger, Winter Gardens, Fla., Honda (3-3)
4. Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki (7-4)
5. Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha (5-5)
6. Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, Mich., KTM (6-6)
7. Tatum Sik, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (9-7)
8. Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., Yamaha (8-8)
9. Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha (4-15)
10. Erica Cook, Natalia, Texas, Yamaha (10-9)
WMX Class Championship Standings (After 4 of 8 Rounds)
1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha, 194
2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 174
3. Tarah Gieger, Winter Gardens, Fla., Honda, 149
4. Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha, 121
5. Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki, 120
6. Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha, 110
7. Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, Mich., KTM, 102
8. Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., Yamaha, 96
9. Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha, 94
10. Erica Cook, Natalia, Texas, Yamaha, 84