High Point 450 Moto 2 Report

High Point 450 Moto 2 Report

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Josh Grant nailed the holeshot in the second 450 moto, but James Stewart took command of the lead soon after. Stewart put himself in a much better position than the first moto, where he struggled to keep himself inside the top fifteen without goggles. He wasn’t home free yet, though. Ryan Dungey followed Grant in third place, and right behind him was Ryan Villopoto.

Dungey was able to get by Grant after a few laps, and Villopoto made the move as well just a half lap later. Villopoto made a calculated pass on Dungey by slamming on the binders and cutting an inside line in the corner following the infield triple. Villopoto and Dungey charged for the next couple of laps to close up the gap Stewart had made. The three riders were in a race of their own—Grant had disappeared from the picture. The three past champions had such a close battle going that all of them were in the air as they crossed the finish line. This was the battle the fans were waiting for, but it ended before it really even began. Stewart slowed suddenly on Bradshaw Boulevard, appeared to be having bike issues and then rushed into the mechanics area. Stewart was unable to return to the track due to mechanical issues.

Without Stewart in the hunt, Villopoto and Dungey went toe-to-toe. Dungey was riding aggressively, but dropped back after making a couple of bobbles in corners. Villopoto was riding extremely smooth, so those mistakes cost Dungey any chance he would’ve had at the lead. Villopoto kept inching away until they brought out the checkered flag.

Josh Grant fell back quite a few spots, which left Mike Alessi as the next rider to inherit third place. Tyla Rattray moved up and stayed on Alessi for numerous laps, but couldn’t make anything happen. It didn’t matter, though. Rattray’s fourth place was enough to get him an overall podium position. Trey Canard also had a decent ride. He started outside of the top ten and moved up to fifth.

Villopoto took home another first-place trophy with perfect moto scores, while Dungey finished runner-up and Rattray secured third with 4-4 moto scores.

450 Moto 2 Results
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Mike Alessi
4. Tyla Rattray
5. Trey Canard
6. Ryan Sipes
7. Justin Barcia
8. Josh Grant
9. Jake Weimer
10. Justin Brayton
11. Broc Tickle
12. Malcolm Stewart
13. Chad Reed
14. Phil Nicoletti
15. Vince Friese
16. Ben LaMay
17. Nick Wey
18. AJ Catanzaro
19. Broc Schmelyun
20. Jacob Hayes
21. Derek Anderson
22. Cole Thompson
23. Chris Blose
24. Evgeny Mikhaylov
25. Michael Byrne
26. Vann Martin
27. Travis Sewell
28. Dusty Pipes
29. Seth Rarick
30. Mike Sottile
31. Tevin Tapia
32. Ronnie Stewart
33. Heath Harrison
34. Tony Archer
35. Austin Howell
36. James Stewart
37. Michael Stryker
38. Les Smith
39. Andrew Short
40. Shane Durham

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