2013 AMA Motocross
Spoiler Alert: 2013 AMA Motocross results from High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa., listed below
The 2013 AMA Motocross Championship headed to Pennsylvania Saturday for the 37th running of the GEICO High Point National at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa.
And the man who won five of six motos in three rounds so far in 2013 AMA MX, Kawasaki Racing Team’s Ryan Villopoto, was once again unstoppable. The KX-F 450 rider swept High Point Motocross, making for the third sweep of the season.
Joining Villopoto on the overall podium was the only rider to beat Villopoto this season, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray, respectively.
Following a third-place overall finish at Muddy Creek last week, Villopoto came back with a vengeance at the opening moto of High Point. Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia took his fourth Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot this season, but he quickly lost the lead to Villopoto.
Getting in line behind these two on the opening lap were Rattray and Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Malcolm Stewart. Unfortunately, Stewart crashed, dropping him back, giving third to Rattray.
But it didn’t take long for Dungey to move through the field, eventually passing Rattray and Barcia for second. The SX-F 450 began chasing down Villopoto, but couldn’t catch him. Barcia took third, followed by Rattray and Muscle Milk Honda’s Trey Canard.
As for Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, he was forced to drop out of Moto1 after getting hit in the face with a rock. But he was up to speed in Moto2, though, taking the early lead after snatching it from Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Josh Grant, who took the holeshot.
Behind, Dungey won a battle with Grant for second place. Next to take Grant was Villopoto, who eventually moved his way to the front. While attempting to pass Stewart for the lead, the Suzuki rider experienced a mechanical issue that slowed him tremendously, eventually forcing another DNF.
Villopoto was victorious, joined on the Moto2 podium by Dungey and Suzuki’s Mike Alessi. As for the overall podium, Villopoto was joined by Dungey (2-2) and Rattray (4-4) finish.
With his win, Villopoto now has 193 points, 16 points ahead Dungey. Barcia is in third, with 148 points.
Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki KX-F 450) says: “I’m really looking forward to the Budds Creek track next round. We have some time to regroup next week with the weekend off, we have some little things to fine tune and we’ll keep plugging away this season.”
In the 250 Class, KTM’s Marvin Musquin rode on to his second straight victory this season after taking his first career moto-win in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
In Moto 1 of the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne shot out of the gate to earn his second Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot of the season. Points leader Ken Roczen put his Red Bull KTM straight to the front on the opening lap, with Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Cole Seely and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin close behind. Seely lost his podium position with a series of crashes, and he ultimately didn’t finish Moto 1, MX Sports says.
The GEICO Honda duo of Osborne and Justin Bogle diced back and forth in the opening laps and Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson quickly injected himself into the battle, MX Sports says.
However, as Anderson attempted to put the pass on the GEICO Honda teammates, Osborne bumped into him and knocked him down, which caused the New Mexico native to lose several positions, MX Sport says.
Round 2 overall winner Eli Tomac began Moto 1 around the tenth place position but the GEICO Honda rider quickly made his way toward the front of the pack. Tomac eventually caught up to second place Musquin near the end of Moto 1 and secured a third place finish. By the checkered flag, only 10 seconds separated Roczen, Musquin and Tomac in the opening moto, MX Sports say.
In Moto 2, Musquin grabbed the early lead with the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot but Osborne latched on to the former MX2 world champion early on. The two battled back and forth for the lead position, while Moto 1 winner Ken Roczen slowly made his way into the mix, MX Sports says.
Roczen eventually made the second place pass on Osborne, where he then set his sights on his teammate Musquin. The European duo quickly separated from the rest of the pack as the 250 Class overall came down to the final moments of the second moto. Although Roczen applied the pressure on his teammate, Musquin didn’t crack as he secured his first career 250 Class moto win en route to his second consecutive overall this season, MX Sports says.
Tomac took third overall with a moto score of (3-4), while his teammate Osborne went (10-3) for fourth overall. Reigning 250 Class Champion Blake Baggett rounded out the top five overall with a (4-8) score for the day, MX Sports says.
Round 2 of the Women’s Motocross Triple Crown took place at High Point, where six-time WMX Champion Jessica Patterson secured her first overall win of the season, sweeping both motos of the day., MX Sports says.
Japanese rider Sayaka Kaneshiro rode a consistent day, taking a pair of second place finishes for second overall. WMX Class rookie Taylor Higgins grabbed a podium finish with a moto score of (5-3) for the day. The WMX Triple Crown heads to the Moto-X 338 National in Southwick, Mass. for the third and final round on Saturday, June 29, MX Sports says.
Round 5 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to Mechanicsville, Md., for the Red Bull Budds Creek National on Saturday, June 22.
2013 High Point Raceway 450 Class Results (Moto Finish):
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-2)
3. Tyla Rattray, Durban, South Africa, Kawasaki (4-4)
4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda (3-7)
5. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki (10-3)
6. Trey Canard, Oklahoma City, Okla., Honda, (7-5)
7. Ryan Sipes, Elizabethtown, Ky., Suzuki (6-6)
8. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha (5-8)
9. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki (8-9)
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (11-11)
2013 AMA Motocross 450 Class Championship Standings:
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 193
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 177
3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 148
4. Trey Canard, Oklahoma City, Okla., Honda, 120
5. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki,116
6. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 104
7. Tyla Rattray, Durban, South Africa, Kawasaki, 95
8. Ryan Sipes, Elizabethtown, Ky., Suzuki, 79
9. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki, 69
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 67
2013 High Point Raceway 250 Class Results (Moto Finish):
1. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (2-1)
2. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM (1-2)
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (3-4)
4. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda (10-3)
5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (4-8)
6. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (5-9)
7. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (9-6)
8. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha (6-11)
9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM, (13-5)
10. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki (12-7)
2013 AMA Motocross 250 Class Championship Standings:
1. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 185
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 170
3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 163
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 141
5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda, 127
6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 100
7. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 90
8. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 89
9. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 88
10. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 81
2013 High Point AMA WMX Class Results (Moto Finish):
1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (1-1)
2. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Japan, Honda (2-2)
3. Taylor Higgins, Mesquite, Texas, Honda (5-3)
4. Sara Pettersson, Sweden, KTM (6-4)
5. Marissa Markelon, Ansonia, Conn., KTM (7-5)
6. Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., KTM (4-9)
7. Sade Allender, Sanford, Maine, Honda (9-7)
8. Amanda Brown, Baltimore, Md., Honda (8-8)
9. Lindsey Palmer, Conifer, Calif., Kawasaki (11-6)
10. Shelby Rolen, Blaine, Tenn., Yamaha (10-11)
2013 AMA WMX Class Championship Standings:
1. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Japan, Honda, 86
2. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., 72
3. Taylor Higgins, Mesquite, Texas, Honda, 72
4. Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., KTM, 61
5. Sara Petterson, Sweden, KTM, 58
6. Mackenzie Tricker, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha, 55
7. Courtney Duncan, New Zealand, Yamaha, 50
8. Amanda Brown, Baltimore, Md., Honda, 44
9. Lindsey Palmer, Conifer, Calif., Kawasaki, 42
10. Sade Allender, Sanford, Maine, Honda, 41