Coming into the Peterson CAT Washougal National there were two big storylines. Would Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto finally break through for the first career overall victory at his home track, and would we finally get to the long awaited duel play out between 250 Class Commandos Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen? The answers are yes and no, but you’ll have to read the report to find out which answer goes with which question.
Race Report by Aaron Hansel and Jordan Roberts
Photos by Simon Cudby
Ryan Dungey kicked off the day's racing by grabbing the holeshot in 450 moto one.
Barcia was running in second place for much of the first moto,
but a crash in a corner shuffled him back to fourth.
Barcia's crash handed second to James Stewart, but he was unable to track Dungey down.
Instead, Stewart was passed by a charging Ryan Villopoto,
who went to work on slowly reeling in Dungey.
Dungey responded and temporarily stabilized his gap over Villopoto,
but a surge in the final two laps saw Villopoto nearly snag the moto win from Dungey.
Josh Grant jumped out to an early lead in moto two,
but Dungey, Villopoto and Stewart would soon get by him.
Grant would eventually slide all the way back to tenth place with rear brake problems.
Villopoto rode behind Dungey for a while before making the pass and motoring away.
Jake Weimer put together a fantastic second moto, taking fourth.
Behind him was Broc Tickle, who tied his best moto finish of the year with a fifth.
A multi-rider battle broke out for positions 6-10 between
Reed, Grant, Alessi, Nicoletti and Short, with Alessi getting the best of the group.
While other riders were battling for top-ten positions,
Ryan Villopoto was stretching out his lead for the moto win.
Villopoto's second-moto win secured him his first overall win at Washougal, his home state track.
450 Overall: Villopoto, Dungey, Stewart
Justin Bogle nabbed the Motorcycle-Superstore.com holeshot in moto one and led one lap before surrendering the lead to teammate Eli Tomac.
Once he had the lead, Tomac proceeded to lay down ridiculously fast laps. He immediately opened a huge gap and won the moto by nearly twenty seconds.
Ken Roczen started in roughly twelfth place in the first moto, but quickly made moves through the pack.
Roczen closed on his teammate Marvin Musquin and made the pass at roughly the halfway point of the moto.
Musquin surged late in the moto and caught back up to Roczen.
Meanwhile, Bogle hung on for fourth.
After hounding Roczen like crazy in the final stages of the moto, a slight mistake at the end from Musquin gave Roczen the breathing room he needed to take second place.
Bummer of a day for Baggett, who was flying in the first moto. He had second in the bag until a mechanical failure took him out of the race. Baggett pushed his bike up a hill and tried to bump-start it, but it refused to fire.
Local boy Justin Hill made the Washougal crowd proud
by laying down his best performance of the year by far.
Hill battled up to fifth by the end of the moto.
Adam Cianciarulo also had a career best moto,
finishing sixth after starting outside the top fifteen.
Wil Hahn grabbed the holeshot in the second 250 moto but immediately muffed a turn, handing the lead to teammate Bogle, who led briefly before handing the lead over to Tomac.
When Roczen moved into second place on lap two behind Tomac, it looked like we would finally get to see the class heavyweights go at it. But it was not to be, as Tomac's pace was just too fast for Roczen at Washougal.
Interestingly enough, Tomac's margin of victory over Roczen was roughly twenty seconds in both motos, despite Roczen starting much better in moto two than in moto one.
Way behind Tomac and Roczen, there wasn't a whole lot going on until the second half of the moto. Zach Osborne had been dogging Justin Bogle for third for the whole moto, yet couldn't seem to make up any ground on him. Behind Osborne was Musquin, who was very slowly creeping up on both Osborne and Bogle. A little ways back was Jason Anderson, who was closing on all of them but had too much ground to make up to be a factor in the battle. But then something happened to Bogle, and he dropped spots to Osborne, Musquin and Anderson in one lap.
Elsewhere Baggett was having a few of his own problems. After initially looking like he would join the battle for third with Bogle, Osborne and Musquin, he started fading and was eventually passed by his teammate Justin HIll.
Tomac laid down convincing wins in both motos
250 Overall: Tomac, Roczen, Musquin.
450 Overall Results
1. Ryan Villopoto 2-1 Kaw
2. Ryan Dungey 1-2 KTM
3. James Stewart 3-3 Suz
4. Jake Weimer 10-4 Kaw
5. Mike Alessi 7-6 Suz
6. Andrew Short 6-9 KTM
7. Josh Grant 5-10 Yam
8. Chad Reed 9-7 Hon
9. Broc Tickle 13-5 Suz
10. Justin Barcia 4-17 Hon
11. Weston Peick 8-14 Suz
12. Trey Canard 12-11 Hon
13. Malcolm Stewart 11-12 Hon
14. Phil Nicoletti 18-8 Yam
15. Justin Brayton 15-13 Yam
16. Ben LaMay 17-15 Yam
17. Ryan Sipes 14-33 Suz
18. Michael Byrne 23-16 KTM
19. Tyla Rattray 16-21 Kaw
20. Mike Brown 25-18 KTM
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450 Point Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto 380
2. Ryan Dungey 338
3. Justin Barcia 271
4. James Stewart 224
5. Trey Canard 219
6. Mike Alessi 199
7. Andrew Short 164
8. . Jake Weimer 160
9. Broc Tickle 159
10 Josh Grant 158
11. Malcolm Stewart 146
12. Phil Nicoletti 132
13. Tyla Rattray 124
14. Justin Brayton 121
15. Chad Reed 119
16. Ryan Sipes 118
17. Clement Desalle 58
18. Weston Peick 56
19. Kevin Strijbos 45
20. Les Smith 45
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250 Overall Results
1. Eli Tomac 1-1 Hon
2. Ken Roczen 2-2 KTM
3. Marvin Musquin 3-4 KTM
4. Justin Bogle 4-6 Hon
5. Justin Hill 5-7 Kaw
6. Zach Osborne 14-3 Hon
7. Jason Anderson 11-5 Suz
8. Martin Davalos 7-9 Kaw
9. Cole Seely 9-10 Hon
10. Adam Cianciarulo 6-16 Kaw
11. Cooper Webb 12-11 Yam
12. Wil Hahn 10-13 Hon
13. Kyle Cunningham 8-15 Yam
14. Darryn Durham 13-14 Kaw
15. Blake Baggett 35-8 Kaw
16. Jeremy Martin 24-12 Yam
17. Kyle Peters 16-17 Hon
18. Tommy Weeck 15-18 Hon
19. Jacob Baumert 17-19 Kaw
20. Preston Mull 18-32 Hon
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250 Point Standings
1. Ken Roczen 356
2. Eli Tomac 355
3. Marvin Musquin 298
4. Blake Baggett 260
5. Zach Osborne 239
6. Jason Anderson 202
7. Justin Bogle 178
8. Kyle Cunningham 177
9. Jeremy Martin 171
10. Cooper Webb 159
11. Cole Seely 153
12. Justin Hill 146
13. Darryn Durham 110
14. Martin Davalos 99
15. Joseph Savatgy 89
16. Blake Wharton 85
17. Will Hahn 71
18. Adam Cianciarulo 68
19. Alex Martin 48
20. Dillan Epstein 37
Click HERE for full 250 point standings.