Racer X Race Report: RedBud

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Race Report: RedBud

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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen started the year off with a bang with 1-1 scores at the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, but their competitors have begun to make inroads on them through the last few rounds. As the second half kicks off, they answered back with overall wins at the Red Bull RedBud National in front of the typically-massive Michigan crowd.

For Roczen, the battle for 250 supremacy will wage on, as GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac was still darned fast all day and earned second overall, tying Roczen on points for the day and leaving with second overall. But the 450 class now features a totally different picture, with Villopoto profiting in more ways than one.

Photos by Simon Cudby

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Josh Grant secured the Motorcycle-Superstore.com holeshot in 450 moto one. Grant would hold Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart and Ryan Dungey for a few laps before finishing the moto in third.

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Ryan Villopoto didnt get a good start in moto one, but he made a strong charge to the front, picking off Dungey, Canard and Grant to get the lead.

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Dungey also got around Canard and Grant and was running in second when he stalled his bike and could not restart it. His DNF left him credited with 34th in the moto.

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James Stewart came through the pack in moto one to grab a spot inside the top three, and then inherited second when Ryan Dungey's bike broke.

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Justin Barcia came from outside the top thirty in moto one to finish ninth. He was down in the first turn.

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James Stewart grabbed the holeshot in the second moto, and led Dungey and Villopoto for the first part of the moto.

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Dungey had a horrible gate pick after his 34th in moto one, but still managed to get a good start. He was passed by Villopoto early, but then found his stride and got around Stewart, and then pressed Villopoto for the lead. The Ryans were close down the stretch, but then Dungey suffered a big crash late, which knocked him back behind Stewart for third place. Combined with his first-moto DNF, Dungey finished 11th overall on the day.

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Villopoto fended off a valiant challenge from Dungey in the second moto to finish off the day with a 1-1 sweep.

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Grant finished fifth in the second moto and third overall on the day, his first podium since Steel City last year.

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Trey Canard was solid all day en route to fourth overall on the day via 5-6 moto scores.

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In the first 250 moto of the day, Wil Hahn (19) would secure his fourth Motorcycle-Superstore.com holeshot on the season. That's four holeshots in his first four gate drops this summer!

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Eli Tomac quickly took over the lead from Hahn, leaving the Red Bull KTM duo to fight for second as he cruised to the moto win.

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Roczen and Musquin got around Hahn, and were locked at the hip for much of the first 250 moto. Roczen eventually made the pass on his teammate for second.

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MyPlash/Star Racing Yamaha rookie Jeremy Martin finished a career best fourth in the first moto, and even started pressuring Musquin late in the race. Jason Anderson, meanwhile, was running strong in moto one until broke spokes ended his race.

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GEICO Honda's Zach Osborne grabbed the holeshot in the second moto and lead briefly before sliding back to fifth in the moto.

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Roczen was aggressive early in the moto, quickly passing Osborne and Martin to take the early lead away.

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Tomac followed suit and got to second, setting up the Roczen/Tomac battle everyone is waiting for. But moments after taking second from his teammate, Osborne, Tomac crashed, and Osborne had nowhere to go and ran into him. Tomac would remount in ninth.

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After Tomac fell back to ninth, the KTM of Musquin and the Yamaha of Martin would battle for second.

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Tomac put on a blistering run to the front, throwing down lap times two to three seconds faster than his competition. Tomac eventually worked his way up to second, but would lose out on the overall.

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Musquin passed Martin at one point, but went down, putting Martin back in third for the moto.  That gave him third overall, his first podium of the season.

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Roczen ran away from the field in the second moto en route to the overall via 2-1 scores. He and Tomac tied on points for the day, so Kenny retains the red plate.

450 Overall Results
1. Ryan Villopoto 1-1 Kaw
2. James Stewart 2-2 Suz
3. Josh Grant 3-5 Yam
4. Trey Canard 5-6 Hon
5. Justin Barcia 9-4 Hon
6. Justin Brayton 6-8 Yam
7. Malcolm Stewart 8-7 Hon
8. Andrew Short 4-12 KTM
9. Jake Weimer 7-13 Kaw
10. Broc Tickle 11-11 Suz
11. Ryan Dungey 34-3 KTM
12. Chad Reed 13-10 Hon
13. Ryan Sipes 12-14 Suz
14. Les Smith 14-15 KTM
15. Mike Alessi 37-9 Suz
16. Phil Nicoletti 10-38 Yam
17. Nick Wey 17-16 Kaw
18. Ben LaMay 19-17 Yam
19. Mike Brown 15-35 KTM
20. Cole Thompson 16-34 KTM

450 Point Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto         333
2. Ryan Dungey            291
3. Justin Barcia          249
4. Trey Canard            200
5. James Stewart          184
6. Mike Alessi            170
7. Andrew Short      137
8. Broc Tickle            135
9. Josh Grant            131
10. Jake Weimer      131
11. Malcolm Stewart       127
12. Tyla Rattray          119
13. Phil Nicoletti        116
14. Ryan Sipes            111
15. Justin Brayton        107
16. Chad Reed             93
17. Clement Desalle       58
18. Kevin Strijbos        45
19. Les Smith             45
20. Weston Peick          36

Click HERE for full point standings.

250 Overall Results
1. Ken Roczen 2-1
2. Eli Tomac 1-2
3. Jeremy Martin 4-3
4. Marvin Musquin 3-4
5. Zach Osborne 10-5
6. Kyle Cunningham 7-8
7. Cooper Webb 6-9
8. Cole Seely 5-11
9. Blake Baggett 8-10
10. Justin Bogle 12-7
11. Wil Hahn 9-12
12. Adam Cianciarulo 11-15
13. Jason Anderson 34-6
14. Darryn Durham 18-13
15. Jesse Wentland 15-16
16. Kyle Peters 14-18
17. Brady Kiesel 13-39
18. Justin Hill 40-14
19. Jacob Baumert 17-19
20. Mitchell Oldenburg 16-24

250 Point Standings
1. Ken Roczen             312
2. Eli Tomac              305
3. Marvin Musquin         260
4. Blake Baggett          247
5. Zach Osborne      212
6. Jason Anderson         176
7. Jeremy Martin          162
8. Kyle Cunningham        158
9. Justin Bogle      145
10. Cooper Webb      140
11. Cole Seely            130
12. Justin Hill      116
13. Darryn Durham         95
14. Joseph Savatgy        89
15. Blake Wharton         85
16. Marin Davalos         73
17. Wil Hahn              52
18. Adam Cianciarulo 48
19. Alex Martin      48
20. Dilan Epstein         37

Click HERE for full point standings.

 

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