2014 Washougal Motocross Results
Spoiler Alert: 2014 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross results from Washougal MX Park listed below
The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing – headed to the Pacific Northwest Saturday for the Motosport.com Washougal National at Washougal MX Park in Washington.
And for the third time this season, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey was victorious. The KTM SX-F450 pilot swept the round, which was his second sweep in the last three rounds. This also allowed him to gain much ground in the series on his teammate Ken Roczen.
Joining Dungey on the overall Washougal MX podium was GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac (2-2) and Roczen (3-3), respectively.
Taking the Motorsport.com Holeshot Award in the opening moto was Toyota/Yamaha/N-FAB/JGRMX’s Justin Brayton. He was the followed by Dungey, who passed Brayton on the opening lap with Roczen and Tomac in tow.
Dungey immediately began pulling away, opening a gap on the remaining riders. Behind, Roczen made quick work of Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard, and settled into second on lap four. But Tomac was on a charge. Though the rookie started from 11th, he moved into third by lap five.
Tomac, who won last weekend’s Spring Creek National, closed in on Roczen and took second on lap 10. He would remain in second, eventually finishing 14 seconds behind Dungey. Roczen finished third, followed by Canard and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe.
Brayton once again took the holeshot in Moto2, followed by Metcalfe, BTO Sports KTM’s Andrew Short and Dungey. Tomac started in seventh, and Roczen was outside the top 10.
Dungey repeated his thrust forward, moving from fourth to first on the opening lap. Again, the KTM pilot began pulling away from the field. Tomac also wasted no time, and secured second by the second lap. Roczen fought with Metcalfe, asserting himself into the final podium position.
These three remained in the top positions, and finished in that order – the same as in motor. Metcalfe finished fourth, and Short fifth.
Dungey would eventually finish over eight seconds ahead of Tomac for his third win of the season.
“Today was just about coming in and not worrying about the championship. There’s a lot of racing left [this season],” said Dungey, who won for the fourth time in five tries in the 450 Class at Washougal.
“We just tried to put out our best effort and we did that. We got great starts and Eli [Tomac] kept us honest in that second moto, but I just really tried to put the hammer down and extend the gap. Fortunately we did that. I love it here [at Washougal] and this just feels awesome.”
This was also Dungey’s 30th-career victory in the 450 class, and 37th in both the 450 and 250 classes. With is win, Dungey is now just 14 points behind Roczen with two rounds remaining. Canard remains in third, 77 points behind.
“You always want to be up front, but it was another weekend of work for us,” said Roczen. “It’ll be good to have an off weekend and recharge the batteries. Ryan [Dungey] rode really well today and congrats to him. I’ll take some time to regroup and get some rest in. I really want to keep that red plate [as the points leader]. All that matters is who’s on top in the end, and we aren’t there just yet.”
In the 250 Class, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin duplicated the efforts of his premier class teammate, earning the first 1-1 sweep of his career en route to his first win of the season.
Valli Motorsports Yamaha’s Christophe Pourcel led the field into the first turn in Moto 1, claiming the Motosport.com Holeshot Award ahead of Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin. The French rider fended off the current championship points leader for a brief period, but Martin soon made his way around and set a solid pace. Behind them, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin took advantage of a third-place start to challenge the two Yamaha’s ahead of him. He passed his fellow Frenchman Pourcel on Lap 1 and went to work on Martin for three laps before ultimately moving into first. Once out front, Musquin pulled away and was never threatened, MX Sports says.
While Musquin established his dominance, the battle behind him turned into a captivating five-rider battle between Pourcel and Martin, in addition to Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb. A mistake forced Martin to drop from second to fifth, putting the battle for second between Pourcel and Baggett. Eventually Baggett made the pass on Pourcel, but gave the position back just one lap later, MX Sports says.
Anderson began to put pressure on Baggett for third but suffered a big crash and dropped deep into the field. That allowed Webb to assume the position after passing his teammate and soon all four riders were separated by just over a second. As he looked to close in again on Pourcel, Baggett went down and fell to fifth, while the Star Yamaha teammates of Webb and Martin swapped third on multiple occasions.
In the end, Musquin cruised to his first moto win of the season by over eight seconds ahead of Pourcel while a late pass by Webb with two laps to go awarded him third over Martin. Baggett soldiered home to finish fifth, MX Sports says.
Pourcel raced to his fourth straight Motosport.com Holeshot Award in the final moto, with GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle on his rear fender. Bogle took advantage of the strong start to pass Pourcel on the opening lap and assume control of the moto. Behind them, Musquin and Baggett also were looking to make the most of their strong starts, while Martin and Webb jockeyed for position deeper in the field.
While Bogle maintained a strong pace out front, Musquin made the move on Pourcel for second and set his sights on the lead. Pourcel continued to lose positions and eventually dropped out of contention up front. Bogle was impressive in his defense of the position and was able to keep Musquin at bay for the majority of the moto, MX Sports says.
However, on Lap 9 the Frenchman made his move and easily pulled away once out front. Bogle then fell into the clutches of Baggett, who rebounded from his misfortune in the opening moto to put himself in podium contention. Baggett methodically wore Bogle down and the Honda rider soon tipped over to put Baggett into second. Bogle quickly recovered to hold on to third, but then had to fight off Martin for the position in the final stages of the moto.
Musquin maintained his lead on Baggett through to the finish, while Bogle was able to hold on for third. The victory was Musquin’s first since the fourth round of the 2013 season and comes off his best finish of the season a week ago. He now has four career wins in the 250 Class.
“I’m so glad, that was a perfect day. I was fastest qualifying and got both moto wins,” said Musquin. “It was my first time in American going 1-1 [in motos]. My teammate Ryan [Dungey] went 1-1 and I wanted to join him. I found an outside line that helped me make passes all day and I’m really happy to know I got some good starts and was able to make the passes I needed to get into the lead.”
Baggett’s runner-up effort in the final moto helped him finish second overall (5-2), while Martin (4-4) edged out his teammate Webb (3-5) for third, needing a tiebreaker to finish on the podium. Bogle completed the top five (7-3), MX Sports says.
“I’m pumped,” exclaimed Martin. “Last year I went 29-12 at Washougal and this year I went 4-4, so I’m super, super happy. I was able to get some good starts, find some good lines and get into a rhythm.”
Martin retained control of his lead in the 250 Class standings, with a 43-point lead over Webb. Baggett sits third, 54 points back.
The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will take a week off before returning to action on Saturday, August 9, with the 10th round of the season from Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y. Action for the Red Bull Unadilla National begins at 1 p.m. ET.
2014 Washougal Motocross Results:
450 Class (Moto Finish)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-1)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (2-2)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM (3-3)
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki (5-4)
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (6-5)
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (7-6)
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (4-11)
- Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (9-7)
- Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (8-8)
- Christian Craig, Plymouth, Minn., Honda (10-12)
450 Class Championship Standings
- Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 407
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 393
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 330
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki, 256
- James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 226
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 218
- Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 218
- Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 217
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 212
- Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 156
250 Class (Moto Finish)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (1-1)
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (5-2)
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (4-4)
- Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha (3-5)
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (7-3)
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM (6-7)
- Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (8-6)
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha (2-15)
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (9-9)
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda (11-10)
250 Class Championship Standings
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 377
- Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 334
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 323
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 291
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 274
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha, 274
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., KTM, 236
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 212
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 185
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 156