Racer X Holeshot Award

May 24, 2007 7:42am

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.

Lites Moto 1: Josh Grant

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.

MX moto 1: James Stewart

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)

MX moto 2: Davi Millsaps

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.