That changed when Chad Reed put his hat into the ring for the outdoors, and also when Alessi injured, and then re-injured, his knee.
Despite a mysterious stomach ailment, Reed has managed to grow his points lead almost every week since the departure of his teammate Alessi, but this weekend in Millville, Minnesota, Reed felt a lot better – and it showed.
In moto two, it was Tedesco with the start, although Reed quickly worked his way through the front few riders to lead the charge by lap three. From there, Reed was never headed, as Grant was working his way forward from an early fall and Tedesco held tough in second. Behind them finished Davi Millsaps, Byrne, Short and the rest of the field.
Reed took the overall with a 2-1 score over Tedesco, Byrne, Grant and Short, and extended his points lead to 37 in the process.
Since then, the two have fought tooth and nail at basically every National. And until Millville, Pourcel had won at least one moto at every race.
Millville, though, is Dungey’s hometown race, and he got it started with a big holeshot in the first moto that eventually led to a 34-second lead at the finish over rival Pourcel, with GEICO Powersports Honda’s Justin Barcia third, his teammate Brett Metcalfe fourth, and Division 7/Star Racing Yamaha’s Broc Tickle fifth.
In moto two, Barcia got the start, but soon Dungey and Pourcel were on him, and once Dungey found a way by, so did Pourcel.
Pourcel kept the pressure on Dungey for most of the race until overcooking it into a corner and going down. From that point on, Dungey led to the finish, followed at a distance by Pourcel, then Barcia, Metcalfe (duplicating the top four from moto one) and Darryn Durham, who edged out his teammate Tickle for fifth in the moto.
Dungey scored his first 1-1 finish of the season over Pourcel, Barcia, Metcalfe and Tickle, and pulled to within three points of his title rival as they head into Washougal.