Consistent Washington-state rains plagued the early part of round nine of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Washougal MX Park.Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia rode skillfully throughout the rain-filled Peterson CAT Washougal National. He would win the opening moto, and dominate nearly the entire second moto. A late mistake allowed Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey to get by and take the victory, and Barcia had to settle for second.
Dungey, who finished second in the opening moto, would earn the overall win via tiebreaker; this was his fourth overall win as the SX-F450 pilot chases a second Motocross title.2015 Washougal Motocross Results, Moto 1When Saturday’s racing began at Washougal Motocross, RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen earned the Bud Light Fastest Qualifier. But he couldn’t capitalize on this, and started outside of the top 10.Barcia took his sixth-consecutive Motosport.com Holeshot award, followed by teammate Phil Nicoletti and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Christophe Pourcel. Known for his love of racing in the wet, Barcia opened up an early lead.Dungey charged through the field, eventually passing Nicoletti and Pourcel for second. He would finish 29.523 seconds behind Barcia. Pourcel finished third. As for the reigning Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champion, Roczen battled from 11th to finish seventh.2015 Washougal Motocross Results, Moto2The rain stopped for the second moto, and the track conditions improved. Barcia was again the quick starter, taking his seventh-straight Holeshot award. He was followed by Dungey and Smartop MotoConcepts Racing’s Vince Friese.As Barcia and Dungey pulled away, Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson charged into third, but crashed on the opening lap. This allowed Roczen to slip into third, and the German also pulled away from the field.Dungey gave it his all, but couldn’t pass Barcia. But with four laps remaining, Barcia made a mistake; he carried too much speed into a downhill, off-camber turn, and tipped over. This allowed Dungey to take the lead, which he kept to the checkered flag.Dungey eventually crossed the finish line 6.757 seconds ahead of Barcia, with Roczen earning third.Dungey (2-1) and Barcia (1-2) finished the afternoon tied for the overall win, but by virtue of his second moto victory Dungey earned the tiebreaker, making him the most successful rider in history at Washougal MX Park with seven career wins (combined 450 Class and 250 Class). Pourcel rounded out the overall podium in third (3-5).“I didn’t have the best practice, but we got a decent start in the first moto. I was able to make some quick passes but there weren’t a lot of lines to make passes. By the time I got into second Barcia was gone,” says Dungey, who has won five of his six 450 Class starts at Washougal.“I got another good start in the second moto but couldn’t make the pass on Barcia because he’s riding so good right now. I lost some ground when we hit lappers, but I was able to make up some ground again, then he made a mistake that allowed us to take the win.”Dungey now has a 69-point lead over Barcia and Roczen, the latter two tied for second.“I think it was a good day, for sure. I’ve gotten starts down so it feels good,” said Barcia. “The first moto was great and we won pretty comfortably. The second moto was a barnburner. I could tell Ryan [Dungey] was behind me, but I was able to keep him behind me and still ride my lines. Then I pretty much just blew it in one turn and gave it away. It hurt [to not win] today. This was the hardest loss for sure because I felt like I had this one, but it was still good.”The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship brakes next weekend before a three-round stretch run to close out the 2015 season. Legendary Unadilla MX in New Berlin, New York, will host the Red Bull Unadilla National on Saturday, August 8.2015 Washougal Motocross Results, 450 Class (Moto Finish):
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-1)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (1-2)
Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (3-5)
Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (7-3)
Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha (4-6)
Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha (12-4)
Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (9-7)
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (8-9)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki (5-12)
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (11-8)
2015 Washougal Motocross Results, 450 Class Championship Standings:
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