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AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP: DUNGEY HAS NO EQUAL AND WINS, WHILE BAGGETT HAS NO EQUAL AND LOSES

July 15, 2012
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The gate falls for the 450 class…and the race is almost over. Photo: Hoppenworld

KTM’s Ryan Dungey won his fifth consecutive victory of the summer in front of his hometown crowd in Millville, Minnesota, while Honda’s Eli Tomac took advantage of a crash by experienced by points leader Blake Baggett to claim his third 250 win of the season.

450 CLASS

At the start of moto one, Ryan Dungey was fifth on the first lap as Mike Alessi led. But, Dungey started his steady and conservative attack to move into the lead on lap six. Then Dungey put his 450SXF into overdrive and  opened up a massive gap.  

In moto two, Dungey led all 16 laps and crossed the finish line nearly 49 seconds ahead of Mike Alessi. Alessi finished second overall (3-2) for his fifth podium in seven rounds, while Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer finished third (2-3). Dungey extended his lead in the 450 class to 80 points over Alessi.

Ryan Dungey said, “I enjoy coming back to Spring Creek. I spent a lot of time riding here as kid. To get a win was great, not just for me but the team as well, especially since everyone was here to watch. I approach every race the same as the one before, regardless of points. I’ve said it a lot; there’s a lot of racing left and you have to be ready for each race itself. We just come in and hope to accomplish what we want to accomplish, always looking to improve.”

RESULTS: MILLVILLE 450 CLASS
1. Ryan Dungey……….1-1
2. Mike Alessi……….3-2
3. Jake Weimer……….2-3
4. Justin Brayton……….4-4
5. Andrew Short……….5-6
6. Broc Tickle……….12-5
7. Les Smith……….11-9
8. Cole Thompson……….15-7
9. Tyla Rattray……….6-28
10. Christian Craig……….14-14
Other notables: 12. Kyle Chisholm; 14. Josh Grant; 15. Mike Brown; 17. Jimmy Albertson; 19. John Dowd.


Ryan Dungey has an 80-point lead over second place. Photo: Hoppenworld

250 CLASS

Blake Baggett was tlooking for his third straight win in the 250 Nationals and he definitely was faster than every other rider on the track, but he wasn’t the winner. In the first 250 moto Baggett came from eighth place to storm through the field eventually pass Ken Ropczen, Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia for the win.

In moto 2, Baggett got a better start and flew p[ast both Barcia and Tomac to take the lead on lap six, only to lose the front end on a jump face and crash. Baggett dropped back top seventh place, but got up and salvaged a 4th for the moto for a 1-4 day. Eli Tomac got the win with a 3-1, while Justin Barcia went 2-2.       

Eli Tomac said, “That first moto was a barn burner, we all just went at it. I needed some better starts and I got those this weekend. Blake and I were going at it in the second moto, but he made a mistake. I was kind of lucky he fell where he did. I just took it from there.”

RESULTS: MILLVILLE 250 CLASS
1. Eli Tomac 3-1
2. Justin Barcia 2-2
3. Blake Baggett 1-4
4. Ken Roczen 4-3
5. Blake Wharton 6-5
6. Wil Hahn 5-7
7. Marvin Musquin 7-6
8. Justin Bogle 10-8
9. Jason Anderson 8-10
10. Jake Canada 9-13
Other notables: 11. Jessy Nelson; 13. Alex Martin; 14. Malcolm Stewart;19. Gareth Swanepoel; 30. Killy Rusk.


Dungey, Alessi and Weimer stood on the podium. Photo: Hoppenworld

450 POINTS STANDINGS
(After 7 of 12 rounds)

1. Ryan Dungey……….336
2. Mike Alessi……….256
3. Jake Weimer……….244
4. Andrew Short……….209
5. Broc Tickle……….187
6. Justin Brayton……….167
7. James Stewart……….151
8. Josh Grant……….150
9. Brett Metcalfe……….142
10. Kyle Chisholm……….113
11. Michael Byrne……….110
12. Nico Izzi……….95
13. Ryan Sipes……….94
14. Davi Millsaps……….85
15. Cole Thompson……….64
16. Jimmy Albertson……….61
17. Matt Lemoine……….61
18. Tommy Hahn……….53
19. Tyla Rattray……….49
20. Les Smith……….49

250 POINTS STANDINGS
(After 7 of 12 rounds)

1. Blake Baggett……….315
2. Justin Barcia……….297
4. Eli Tomac……….281
4. Ken Roczen……….273
5. Marvin Musquin……….218
6. Wil Hahn……….191
7. Blake Wharton……….156
8. Jason Anderson……….145
9. Jessy Nelson……….128
10. Jake Canada……….125
11. Travis Baker……….121
12. Gareth Swanepoel……….106
13. Ivan Tedesco……….99
14. Kyle Cunningham……….96
15. Malcolm Stewart……….74
16. Kyle Peters……….73
17. Alex Martin……….72
18. Martin Davalos……….40
19. Justin Bogle……….38
20. Dakota Tedder……….36

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