2012 AMA Motocross
Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Motocross results from High Point Raceway, Pennsylvania, listed below
The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship headed to Southeastern Pennsylvania for the 36th running of the FMF High Point National, round four of 12.
And once again it was a 1-1 sweep for Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, the same rider who swept last weekend’s round at Thunder Valley.
Dungey’s major rival, Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, returned to action this week after not finishing last week’s round due to a crash. Stewart, who swept the first two rounds of AMA Motocross, would finish fifth in the first moto at High Point, but didn’t compete in the second moto, still in pain from his crash at Thunder Valley.
In the first moto, MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi took the early lead, immediately opening a gap on the field. But Dungey, who got off the gate in third, would charge to the front by mid race. Once Dungey got pass Alessi, he would win by almost 20 seconds. Alessi would finish second, with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer in third.
In the second moto, Dungey got out front first, but Alessi took the lead by the end of the opening lap. Dungey stalked Alessi, and once again got pass him by mid race. Dungey would take the second moto win, with the podium once again filled by Alessi in second and Weimer in third.
Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM SX-F 450 Motocross) says: “Mike (Alessi) put up a fight in both motos. It was a crazy one (today). These were the toughest conditions I’ve experienced here, (but) the bike worked really well throughout the day.
“Every race (and) every championship series goes differently, so I’ll keep my head down and go one race at a time. To celebrate the win is awesome; you’ve got to enjoy it, but its time to go to work again. You’re only as good as your last race and you’ve got to be there every single weekend.”
Stewart also commented after the race, discussing his right throttle-hand injury.
James Stewart (Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z 450 Motocross) says: “Halfway through the first moto I could barely hold on. I was struggling a bit (because) I got a bad start, but I was working my way up. I was trying to do my best to hold on and I almost fell over a few times. At this point, I came out here (and) I tried. I knew I wasn’t 100 percent and I felt like I at least needed to try and do that, but I couldn’t. I was still going to try and give it another shot for the second moto, but (the team) knew about my riding. We’ll see what we can do maybe next weekend or in a few weeks.”
Dungey extended his lead in the 450 Class standings to 42 points over Alessi, who moved into second.
In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac became the first repeat winner in the division (2-1), emerging victorious after a captivating battle. Tomac’s teammate, Justin Barcia kicked off the day with a dominant effort in the first moto, grabbing the holeshot and leading all 16 laps to put himself in position for a second straight overall win, Allisports says.
In Moto 2, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen took his turn out front, grabbing the lead early and pulling away from the field. Behind him, the battle ensued for the overall win between Barcia and points leader Blake Baggett aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki.
Allisports says the two riders went bar-to-bar for most of the moto, before Baggett asserted himself into second. However, in the following laps Baggett suffered misfortune and fell out of contention. In his absence, Tomac joined the fight, eventually working his way past Barcia in the closing moments and taking the lead from Roczen, who fell and lost his lead over field, on the final lap to steal the overall from Barcia by a mere two points.
Barcia finished second (1-3), while Roczen brought home his fourth straight finish of third overall (5-2).
Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF250R Motocross) says: “That second moto was a lot of work. I never really gave in and kept fighting. Kenny (Roczen) had that mistake, so I ended up getting a chance for the win and I capitalized on it. I really think it was one of the best rides I’ve ever had because I had to come from so far behind. I think I was about sixth or seventh out of the gate.”
Baggett, who finished fourth overall (3-5), still maintains the points lead, holding a seven-point advantage over Barcia.
In the Women’s Motocross Championship, Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Jessica Patterson emerged victorious following a tough battle with Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Tarah Gieger. After finishing second in the opening moto, Patterson overcame contact and a fall with Gieger while battling for the lead in Moto 2 to reclaim the top spot and secure the overall victory (2-1). Gieger overcame the incident to finish second (1-5), while Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Sayaka Kaneshiro posted a career best third-place finish (5-2), Allisports says.
The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next week, with round five from Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville, Md., and the Red Bull Budds Creek National on Saturday, June 16.
2012 High Point AMA Motocross 450 Class Results (Moto Finish):
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-1)
2. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki (2-2)
3. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (3-3)
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda (4-8)
5. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha (9-4)
6. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki (7-5)
7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki (6-9)
8. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha (12-6)
9. Nico Izzi, Rochester, Mich., Yamaha (8-10)
10. Michael Byrne, Rockhampton, Australia, Suzuki (13-7)
2012 AMA Motocross 450 Class Championship Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 186
2. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 144
3. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 141
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 128
5. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 116
6. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki, 114
7. Nico Izzi, Rochester, Mich., Yamaha, 95
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki, 90
9. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki, 84
10. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Kawasaki, 66
2012 High Point AMA Motocross 250 Class (Moto Finish):
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (2-1)
2. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda (1-3)
3. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM (5-2)
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (3-5)
5. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (6-4)
6. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (4-9)
7. Ivan Tedesco, Albuquerque, N.M., Kawasaki (7-10)
8. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki (13-6)
9. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Yamaha (14-7)
10. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda (10-11)
2012 AMA Motocross 250 Class Championship Standings:
1. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 175
2. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 168
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 164
4. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 158
5. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 117
6. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 101
7. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki, 87
8. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 86
9. Kyle Cunningham, Fort Worth, Texas, Yamaha, 86
10. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 77
2012 High Point AMA WMX Class (Moto Finish):
1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki (2-1)
2. Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda (1-5)
3. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Osaka, Japan, Honda (5-2)
4. Mariana Balbi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Honda (4-3)
5. Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda (3-6)
6. Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM (7-4)
7. Marissa Markelon, Ansonia, Conn., Yamaha (6-7)
8. Sara Pettersson, Sweden, KTM (9-8)
9. Amanda Brown, Baltimore, Md., Honda (8-11)
10. Sade Allender, Sanford, Maine, Honda (11-9)
2012 AMA WMX Class Standings:
1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki, 188
2. Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda, 155
3. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Osaka, Japan, Honda, 137
4. Mariana Balbi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Honda, 126
5. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 125
6. Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM, 114
7. Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda, 110
8. Sara Pettersson, Sweden, KTM, 101
9. Meghan Rutledge, New South Wales, Australia, Kawasaki, 78
10. Sade Allender, Sanford, Maine, Honda, 74