LAKEWOOD MOTOCROSS RESULTS: THE TWO RYANS ARE TWO-TWO MUCH FOR CHAD; BAGGETT DOES IT AGAIN


Andrew Short was back home in Colorado. Andrew went 7-8 in the 450 class. Photo: Hoppenworld

Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey took his first overall victory of the year in the AMA 450 National Motocross class, while Pro Circuit’s Blake Baggett won his third 250 National Motocross out of five rounds.

450 CLASS

Ryan Villopoto won the first moto in dominant fashion with Dungey in second. Chad Reed finished third, but was slightly off the pace of the two Ryans.

In moto two, Reed got the holeshot before Dungey made his move on lap three. It only took Villopoto one more lap to pass Reed also. Ryan chased Ryan and would close up on Ryan on occasion, but Ryan would always pull away. In the end, Ryan lost his edge and allowed Ryan to grab his first overall win of the National season with a 2-1, while Ryan went 1-2.


If Ryan Dungey goes on a winning hot streak it will still take him the rest of the 450 Nationals to catch up from his 21-point deficit (assuming no disasters befall Villopoto or Reed).

“It was good to come away with a win. We’ve been looking for one for a while this season. I never felt like anything was missing, we just needed to put it together. I try to go out and give it my all every weekend. It’s not a matter of aggression. You need to be there in the beginning, or the guys will get away from you.”

“The track was tough,” said Villopoto. “But that was the best second moto I’ve had all year. Ryan was riding well. He was strong on one side of the track and I was faster on the other. We played cat and mouse, but he gained some time on me at the end.”

Reed went 3-3 to maintain his points lead in the 450 class by eight points over Ryan Villopoto. “I was the third best guy,” said Reed. “I’m happy to be honest. This is a tough track for me and I just felt a little off today. I think you learn more on your off days when you get beat. And that’s what happened today. We need to make some improvements, and I think I know where we need to make those.”

250 CLASS


Blake Baggett.

In moto one of the 250 class, Blake Baggett started fifth, finished the first lap in fourth and took the lead by lap seven. In the second moto he was equally dominant…passing at will on his way to the front for a 1-1 day.

Baggett’s Pro Circuit teammate Dean Wilson finished second (2-2), while Honda’s Eli Tomac made the podium at his hometown track with a 3-3. Wilson took the 250 National Championship points lead by virtue of his 2-2 day and points leader Tyla Rattray’s bad day (5-5).

“My day was really good,” said Wilson. “I got tight in the first moto, but still rode well. In the second moto, I just had a hard time getting around guys early. I felt great though. I just need to get up front a little faster. I’m pumped on points lead. I was bummed that I lost it. I just need to keep the ball rolling.”


Mike Alessi was fifth in the first 450 moto, but got knocked down in moto two and had his bike run over a few times. He DNF’ed moto two and ended up 14th overall. Photo: Hoppenworld.

RESULTS: THUNDER VALLEY 450 CLASS
1. Ryan Dungey (Suz)…2-1
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)…1-2
3. Chad Reed (Hon)…3-3
4. Kevin Windham (Hon)…4-4
5. Andrew Short (KTM)…7-8
6. Tommy Hahn (Yam)…11-5
7. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)…9-7
8. Christian Craig (Hon)…6-15
9. Jake Canada (Kaw)…10-13
10. Justin Brayton (Yam)…14-10
Other notables:  11. Nick Wey (13-11); 12. Jimmy Albertson (12-12); 13. Ricky Dietrich (8-17); 14. Mike Alessi (5-37); 15. Davi Millsaps (24-6); 21. Fredrik Noren (21-8).


450 POINTS STANDINGS
(after 5 of 12 rounds)
1. Chad Reed (Hon)…223
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)..215
3. Ryan Dungey (Suz)…202
4. Kevin Windham (Hon)…148
5. Davi Millsaps (Yam)..145
6. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)…144
7. Ricky Dietrich (Yam)…109
8. Andrew Short (KTM)…102
9. Jake Weimer (Kaw)…100
10. Christian Craig (Hon)…97
Other notables: 14. Michael Byrne (69); 18. Mike Brown (31); 20. Christophe Pourcel (24); 21. Josh Grant (24); 22. Fredrik Noren (23); 27. Weston Peick (14); 29. Calle Aspegren (12).

RESULTS: THUNDER VALLEY 250 CLASS
1. Blake Baggett (Kaw)…1-1
2. Dean Wilson (Kaw)…2-2
3. Eli Tomac (Hon)…3-3
4. Darryn Durham (Hon)…4-6
5. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)…5-5
6. Ryan Sipes (Yam)…15-4
7. Malcolm Stewart (Suz)…13-7
8. Travis Baker (Hon)…(10-10
9. Justin Barcia (Hon)…9-12
10. Alex Martin (Hon)…11-13
Other notables: 12. Cole Seely (8-17); 15. Broc Tickle (7-35); 18. Matt Lemoine (17-14); 30. Bryce Vallee (28-30); 35. Sean Hackley (35-29).

250 POINTS STANDINGS
(after 5 of 12 rounds)
1. Dean Wilson (Kaw)…214
2. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)…206
3. Blake Baggett (Kaw)…194
4. Eli Tomac (Hon)…176
5. Justin Barcia (Hon)…137
6. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)…127
7. Broc Tickle (Kaw)…113
8. Gareth Swanepoel (Yam)…106
9. Darryn Durham (Hon)…94
10. Cole Seely (Hon)…89
Other notables: 13. Malcolm Stewart (76); 19. Jason Anderson (37); 20. Austin Howell (36); 25. Killy Rusk (11); 28. Ben Evans (7); 34. Les Smith (2); Shane Durham (1).

TIMED QUALIFYING RESULTS

FASTEST 450 QUALIFERS
1. Chad Reed…2:11.871
2. Ryan Dungey…2:12.0065
3. Ryan Villopoto…2:13.205

40th 450 QUALIFIER
40. Buddi Bruner…2:23.98

41st (FIRST 450 NON-QUALIFIER)
41. Kurtis Manderscheid…2:24.0321

FASTEST 250 QUALIFERS
1. Dean Wilson…2:14.282
2. Eli Tomac…2:14.578
3. Kyle Cunningham…2:15.486

40th 250 QUALIFIER
40. Dakota Tedder…2:25.261

41st (FIRST 250 NON-QUALIFIER)
41. Preston Mull…2:25.571

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