Hangtown 450 Moto 1 Report

Hangtown 450 Moto 1 Report

May 19, 2012 5:05pm

He’s back! After a three-year layoff (excluding a one-race effort in 2010), James Stewart made his triumphant return to the Lucas Oil Pro Motcross Championship with a resounding opening moto statement, quickly silencing the critics with a commanding moto 1 victory.

Chaparral Honda’s Andrew Short got a leg up on the field, grabbing the opening moto holeshot but was quickly amassed by Stewart. From there it was the James Stewart show, as he quickly opened up a sizable lead over the field. With Stewart running away, 2010 Champion Ryan Dungey was trying to regroup after getting buried mid-pack on the start.

Behind Stewart the battle for second was in full effect. Stewart’s former JGR running mate Davi Millsaps, and current Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Brett Metcalfe locked horns with Andrew Short early in the moto. Metcalfe made a quick charge to the front, getting by Millsaps and Short, but was run down late by a rejuvenated Millsaps. Meanwhile Dungey was slicing his way through the pack, picking off one contender after another. Dungey worked his way up to third as the first moto came to a close.

Brett Metcalfe rebounded from a sub-par SX season with a fourth in moto 1. Andrew Short slid back to fifth after running in second early in the moto. Broc Tickle, Mike Alessi, Tommy Hahn, Josh Grant and Jake Weimer would round out the top-10.


Other Notes:

- 39-year-old Ryan Hughes’ return to racing began on a rough note. Hughes would crash twice before pulling off. Ironically he would finish the moto, you guessed it, 39th.

- Tyla Rattray has some big shoes to fill replacing defending champion Ryan Villopoto. Well, things didn’t quite go Rattray’s way in his 450 debut. Rattray retired early in the moto with a reported broken hand.

450 Moto 1 Results:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Davi Millsaps
  3. Ryan Dungey
  4. Brett Metcalfe
  5. Andrew Short
  6. Broc Tickle
  7. Mike Alessi
  8. Tommy Hahn
  9. Josh Grant
  10. Jake Weimer
  11. Nico Izzi
  12. Robby Kiniry
  13. Kyle Chisholm
  14. Sean Collier
  15. Vince Friese
  16. Nick Wey
  17. Jimmy Albertson
  18. Michael Byrne
  19. Matt Lemoine
  20. Ben LaMay
  21. Billy Laninovich
  22. Les Smith
  23. Derek Anderson
  24. Justin Brayton
  25. Ryan Sipes
  26. Austin Howell
  27. Justin Sipes
  28. Kyle Regal
  29. Dusty Pipes
  30. Jason Thomas
  31. Preston Mull
  32. Sean Borkenhagen
  33. Dalton Carlson
  34. Michael Giese
  35. Dakota Kessler
  36. Josh Greco
  37. Blake Ballard
  38. Kevin Rookstool
  39. Ryan Hughes
  40. Tyla Rattray