2012 Freestone AMA Motocross | Results

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2012 AMA Motocross

Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Motocross results from Freestone Raceway, Texas, listed below

The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship headed to Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas, Saturday for round 2 of 12.

During both motos a duel began between last week’s winner, newly-signed Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey. And the duels continued right down to the end of both races, with Stewart holding off Dungey in both motos. Taking third in both races was MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi.

Allisports says the duo was separated by mere bike lengths throughout the combined 34 laps of racing across both motos, but the lead position never changed hands. Regardless, the two former champions provided captivating competition that kept the fans cheering all afternoon long.

With is victory, Stewart now has 18-career MX wins, tying him for fourth on the all-time win list.

James Stewart (Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z 450 Motocross) says: “I thought my day went good,” said Stewart, who’s 18th-career win ties him for fourth on the all-time wins list. “It was a tough one, but fun. I got two good starts, made quick passes, and set the tone with a good pace. Ryan rode really well, but I did my own (thing) out front. I knew he’d be there the whole time. I felt like we were even today and if he had gotten out front, he could have done the same thing.”

When Freestone completed, Stewart and Dungey took the top positions over a minute ahead of Alessi. After two rounds, Dungey sits second in the overall series point standings, 14 behind Stewart who has a perfect record after two of 12 rounds.

Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM SX-F 450 Motocross) says: “I got off to good starts in both motos. I tried to make a pass happen the whole moto, but there was maybe more I should have done. It just didn’t come together. James is a tough competitor and it’s good for the both of us to push each other to new limits.”

In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac also recorded a pair of moto wins to grab his second career overall victory. The recently-crowned AMA Supercross Western Regional Champion had not won a Lucas Oil Motocross race since his history-making professional debut during the 2010 season, but on Saturday, he was in a league of his own, Allisports says.

In Moto 1, Tomac was forced to work his way up from a fifth-place start, but he wasted little time in doing so, moving to the lead by Lap 3 and pulling away from the field by over 10 seconds. He put forth a similar effort in Moto 2, overcoming a sixth-place start to take over the top spot by Lap 7 and once again win by over 10 seconds to cap off a dominant afternoon, Allisports says.

Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF250R Motocross) says: “The last two seasons have been roller-coasters to say the least. I pretty much ruined my rookie season here (due to the heat), so to come back and get a win is just awesome. I’ve been doing this for three years and every year you learn the tracks and the bikes more, and I feel like everything is working perfectly now. I didn’t get greatest starts today, but I found some good lines and got a good flow all day.”

Last week’s winner, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., posted 2-2 moto scores to finish second overall, with Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen, of Germany, finishing third for the second straight weekend (3-4), Allisports says.

Blake Baggett (GEICO Honda CRF250R Motocross) says: “I’m pumped to salvage out a second with poor starts. The most important thing is I still have the red plate (for the series points lead). Hopefully I can keep it for the next 10 rounds.”

In the Women’s Motocross Championship, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Ashley Fiolek, of St. Augustine, Fla., overcame a bout with food poisoning to take her first win of the season with 2-1 moto scores. Last week’s winner, Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Jessica Patterson, of Tallahassee, Fla., finished second (1-2), while Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Meghan Rutledge, of Australia, grabbed her first career overall podium in third (3-3), Allisports says.

The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next week, with round three from Thunder Valley MX Park in Lakewood, Colo., and the Toyota Thunder Valley National on Saturday, June 2.

2012 Freestone Raceway AMA Motocross 450 Results (moto finishes):
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-2)
3. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki (5-3)
4. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (3-6)
5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (6-4)
6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda (10-5)
7. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (9-7)
8. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki (13-10)
9. Nico Izzi, Rochester, Mich., Yamaha (4-25)
10. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha (8-17)

2012 AMA Motocross 450 Class Championship Standings (after two of 12 rounds):
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 100
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 86
3. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 70
4. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 61
5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 61
6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki, 58
7. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki, 53
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki, 43
9. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 39
10. Nico Izzi, Rochester, Mich., Yamaha, 39

2012 Freestone Raceway AMA Motocross 250 Class (Moto Finish):
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (1-1)
2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (2-2)
3. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM (3-4)
4. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki (6-3)
5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda (4-5)
6. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (5-8)
7. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda (7-9)
8. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (12-6)
9. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda (8-14)
10. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Yamaha (13-12)

2012 AMA Motocross 250 Class Championship Standings:
1. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 94
2. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 80
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 79
4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 76
5. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki, 55
6. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 52
7. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 46
8. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Yamaha, 42
9. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda, 41
10. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 41

2012 Freestone Raceway AMA WMX Class (Moto Finish):
1. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (2-1)
2. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki (1-2)
3. Meghan Rutledge, New South Wales, Australia, Kawasaki (3-3)
4. Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda (7-4)
5. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Osaka, Japan, Honda (6-5)
6. Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda (4-8)
7. Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM (5-7)
8. Mariana Balbi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Honda (8-6)
9. Sara Pettersson, Sweden, KTM (9-9)
10. Sade Allender, Sanford, Maine, Honda (12-10)

2012 AMA WMX Class Standings:
1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 91
2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 88
3. Meghan Rutledge, New South Wales, Australia, Kawasaki, 78
4. Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda, 72
5. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Osaka, Japan, Honda, 65
6. Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda, 61
7. Mariana Balbi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Honda, 55
8. Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM, 48
9. Sara Pettersson, Sweden, KTM, 46
10. Lindsey Palmer, Conifer, Colo., Kawasaki, 32