Four motos, four different moto winners—and four different holeshots! The opening round of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championships at Hangtown had a dozen different story lines to follow, but this piece is about the holeshots. MDK Motorsports, Moto-Tees and Racer X combined to hand out $750 per moto in holeshot bonuses, with MDK handing out $500 checks each time, while Moto-Tees added $250 for each 450 moto, and Racer X posted $250 per Lites’ holeshot.
To no one’s surprise, Sobe No Fear/Samsung Honda’s Josh Grant
grabbed the first-moto holeshot at Hangtown
for the fourth year in a row! He then held the lead for more than half the moto before the intense pressure from Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders Ryan Villopoto
and Ben Townley, and Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey
Lites moto 2: Ben Townley
In the second Lites moto, it was Townley
all the way. The 22-year-old New Zealander hit the fast, sweeping first turn with the lead and never looked back. His overall win marked the first ever for a Kiwi on the AMA Toyota Motocross circuit.
In the first AMA Motocross moto, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart
pulled a monster holeshot, leading everyone past the line and right in front of the camera lens of Carl Stone. But just like last year, he made a mistake in the Grand Prix section which cost him many valuable positions. But James recovered, met up with Ricky Carmichael
out front, and it was on! (If you’re not going to High Point this weekend, make sure you watch this race on Speed TV, Sunday afternoon at 6:00 p.m. EST/3:00 p.m. West
Finally, as you can see by this photo, Team Honda had a great start to the second moto, with Davi Millsaps
leading his teammate Andrew Short
across the line. Millsaps would go on to have his best-ever outdoor moto, finishing second to Ricky Carmichael
and serving notice that he is a podium threat outdoors.
Here’s a special thanks to MDK Motorsports for adding $2000 to the holeshot bonus at Hangtown, and to Carl Stone for manning the line and making these photos.