THE AFTERMATH: WASHOUGAL NATIONAL
James Stewart returned for a second time and finished one moto for the second time. The blisters story is getting all the play, but that doesn’t account for James barely making the top ten before the blisters kick in. He has some work to do in the off-season.
The first 250 gate drop. How many of these riders can you name?
Alex Martin got his first-ever moto win at Budds Creek last year, but didn’t win the overall. He got his first overall at Glen Helen this year, but without a moto win. At Washougal, he put the two together a 1-2 for the overall victory.
Northwest native Justin Hill returned to action and was flying. He finished 8-4 for fifth overall.
Joey Savatgy was out to gain in the points chase that he once led. Bar banging with Cooper Webb hurt Joey and innocent bystander Jeremy Martin. Oddly enough, Webb’s brake check on Savatgy worked to Cooper’s favor.
Marvin Musquin has been a solid rider in the 450 class. While still a rookie, he may have the pace of the top dogs when they return from injury…next year.
It is easy to miss riders like R.J. Hampshire in the stacked 250 class, but the Geico Honda rider has put up a great fight throughout the season. Unfortunately, 18-14 at Washougal wasn’t a season highlight.
Justin Brayton had a good first moto, but a DNF in the second moto forced him to walk away with only eight points. Justin is still eighth in 450 points.
Joey Savatgy (37) chased Alex Martin (26) in the first moto.
This is the first 450 moto start. While it looks like BTO riders Andrew Short (29) and Justin Brayton (10) have it, Phil Nicoletti (34) swept around them from the outside.
Ken Roczen (94) rarely goes down without a fight, but in the second 450 moto he sat up momentarily to let Eli Tomac by. He said he wanted to see Eli’s lines, but Eli didn’t give him much of chance of that. Ken is obviously going into conservation mode, because the only way he can lose this title is to injury.