Round four of the 2006 Toyota AMA Motocross Series was a hot one at
Budds Creek, Maryland, with RC and RV—Ricky Carmichael and his young
clone Ryan Villopoto—taking the four moto wins. But neither grabbed one
of the four Racer X Holeshot Awards, as four different and very diverse
riders each took one of our $500 checks.
the first 250F moto, the youngest rider on the racetrack, Red Bull
KTM’s Zach Osborne, led his teammate Nathan Ramsey
past the white line
on the exit of the tight first turn. Their better-known KTM teammate,
holeshot artist and series points leader Mike Alessi
, was left in a
first-turn pileup that also claimed Southwick
overall winner Andrew
Short. Young Osborne would lead for half the race, before nerves and
heat got the better of him. Here’s betting that one day, the lessons he
learned here will be worth much more than the $500 check he snagged.
the second moto, Mike Alessi
avenged his first-moto crash with a
holeshot ahead of the Hondas of Josh Grant
and Andrew Short
him his fourth $500 Racer X Holeshot Award in eight motos this year,
but then had a tangle with a hard-charging Ryan Villopoto
, who muscled
him out in a corner and motored off with the win. Alessi maintains the
points lead, but his 16-4 wiped out much of his cushion.
huge cheer went up across the Potomac Valley when #84 Barry Carsten, 40
years old (and twice as old and then some as Zach Osborne) grabbed the
$500 Racer X Holeshot Award with an amazing jump off the gate.
Unfortunately, Carsten did not score any points, but his ride at the
front of the 450 pack was one of the highlights of the hot afternoon.
the final 450 moto, we had another one of those close calls as Antonio
Balbi, the visiting prospect from Brazil, edged out fellow Honda riders
(Solitaire) and Jeff Gibson
(Subway/Coca-Cola Honda) for the
Racer X cash. Alas, Balbi was not able to stay in the top 20 and maybe
better his 18th in the first moto.