Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Notes: Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National MORGANTOWN, W.V. (June 23, 2010) - The exceptional rookie season for Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey continued last weekend at the MotoTees.com Budds...
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Notes: Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National
MORGANTOWN, W.V. (June 23, 2010) - The exceptional rookie season for Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey continued last weekend at the MotoTees.com Budds Creek National as the 2010 AMA Supercross champion captured his third consecutive overall victory in Southern Maryland to extend his early season points lead. This weekend, round five of the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship commences with the Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National from Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood, Colo. Dungey, along with rookie 250 Class competitor and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Dean Wilson, who became the fourth different overall winner in the class last weekend, enter the Mile High City with the momentum from a pair of stellar performances. The world's best attack one of the most visually stunning facilities on Saturday, June 26.
Since coming slow out of the gates to kick-off the 2010 season, Dungey and the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki squad have been virtually unstoppable. Dungey's third place finish in the opening moto at Budds Creek was his first non-moto win in four motos, but he bounced back in the final moto to re-assert himself at the front of the field and take his fifth win in the last six motos. He currently sits 36 points ahead of Chad Reed and doesn't appear to be slowing down.
"Budds Creek was a good weekend for me and for the team that's for sure," said Dungey. "The bike has been set up perfectly the last three weeks and it is really paying off in our results. Moto 2 the bike kept getting better as the track kept getting rougher. Goose and the rest of the team have really put in their homework back in California. The bikes been good off the starts, in the rough stuff and especially the cornering. I crashed in the first moto and I don't really know what happened. The next thing I know I was on the ground. I had to rip off my goggles and go at it without them after that. I got roosted a couple times pretty good once I got up to second place so I'm pretty lucky I didn't take a rock to the eye or anything worse. We made up for it in Moto 2 and got our third overall in a row. We will go back to work this week and show up in Colorado looking to keep it going."
Matt Moss continues to improve in his first season on American soil and picked up his best effort of 2010 with a 16th-place finish last weekend. However, he is looking for more.
"This weekend was OK for me, but I wasn't very happy with my starts and my position overall," said Moss. "It seemed that I was struggling to get where I was. This weekend in Colorado, I'm going there to get top 10 and nothing else! I know I can do it, I just have to get it done. I'm really looking forward to Thunder Valley."
Monster Energy Kawasaki
Monster Energy Kawasaki heads to Thunder Valley ready to stay on the podium with Chad Reed. After suffering from his worst career finish just two weeks ago, the Australian rider and reigning 450 Class champion finished third overall last weekend and is excited to head to the Denver area for this week's event. His rebound effort last week helped return him to second in the championship.
"Thunder Valley is a good track," said Reed. "We keep making improvements on my bike and it's getting better every week. Since the race is in the daytime this year, the heat is going to play a factor, but that is good for me."
Nick Wey is also ready for Thunder Valley. After working too hard during the week before Budds Creek, Wey has lightened his training program to make sure he is at his best on Saturday.
"I think I overdid it in the Florida heat last week," said Wey. "I hadn't trained in the summer down there and I kind of wore myself out. This week I'm still going to work, but I'm going to make sure I don't over do it."
GEICO Powersports Honda
Brett Metcalfe has been one of the most consistent riders in the premier class, putting together an impressive rookie 450 Class campaign to this point. At Budds Creek he ran among the top contenders in both motos before going 6-6 and finishing the round sixth overall. Despite dropping to third in the standings, he still sits just four points behind Reed for that runner-up position.
Mike Alessi returned to the podium last weekend in Budds Creek when he finished second in the opening moto. In Moto 2, he wasn't able to maintain the momentum and fell back to a 12th-place effort. As a result, he finished fifth overall but still holds on to the fourth spot in the standings. Last season at Colorado, he attempted to return from a devastating knee injury only to find more trouble. He will be looking for much better luck on Saturday and the chance to turn his season around.
Honda Red Bull Racing
Andrew Short made a long awaited return to the top of the podium last weekend, taking the win in Moto 1. Despite missing an entire moto at Freestone, he has been exceptionally strong, sitting fifth in the standings. He returns to his hometown race this weekend and is eager to continue his stellar riding that has brought him a pair of runner-up efforts the past two weeks and perhaps grab his first career victory in front of family and friends.
"It's awesome to win again," said Short. "The last time I won a moto was at the Colorado motocross race in 2007 so this has been a long time coming. I can't wait to be on home soil this week and race in front of my Colorado home crowd. I'm feeling really motivated so it should be a lot of fun."
Josh Grant put forth a solid effort at Budds Creek last weekend, finishing fourth overall with fifth and fourth place results. Last season at Thunder Valley, Grant went 5-5 on the evening and finished sixth overall.
In just his second race of the 2010 season, Justin Brayton improved with a 10th overall at Budds Creek and continues to get stronger as the season goes on.
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda
The bad luck that has characterized a significant portion of Ben Townley's 2010 season returned at Budds Creek. The New Zealand native was running at the front of the field in Moto 1, only to encounter an issue with his motorcycle. He bounced back effectively in Moto 2 to salvage an eighth-place result.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki
Similar to Townley, Tommy Hahn's strong riding hasn't translated into accurate results for the Texas native. A tough weekend overall for the Suzuki rider resulted in a 17th place finish at Budds Creek, but he still secures the 10th spot in the standings.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
Mitch Payton's Pro Circuit squad has been exceptionally strong so far in 2010. Dean Wilson earned his first career win last week on his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki and now that he has one win under his belt, he is ready to get his second.
"Winning really helps your confidence," said Wilson. "Even from Texas I knew I could win, but you're not really certain until you do it. Now that I got one, I want to stay on the top of the box."
Wilson's biggest challengers in becoming the first rider to repeat as a winner in the 250 Class are his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates Christophe Pourcel and Tyla Rattray, who have also scored wins and several podiums.
"I fought hard to get on the podium at Budds Creek," said Rattray. "You always want to back up a win with another good result and I know I did. I've got a good bike and the endurance to handle the heat his weekend, so it should be a good race."
GEICO Powersports Honda
Justin Barcia showed he had the skills and speed to battle up front on a consistent basis aboard his GEICO Powersports Honda CRF250R, going 3-2 at Budds Creek and finishing the race second overall.
Trey Canard posted 7-8 moto results for seventh overall and teammate Blake Wharton, fresh off his first career podium at High Point, finished in ninth. Eli Tomac grabbed the Moto 1 holeshot at Budds Creek, but managed only a mid-pack start in the second moto and settled for 10th overall.
DNA Shred Stix/Star Yamaha
Broc Tickle quietly posted another solid sixth place finish at Budds Creek and currently sits fifth in the 250 Class standings. He is arguably the most underrated competitor in the class and will look to break onto the podium this weekend at Thunder Valley.
The women's motocross class returns to action this weekend for round three of the 2010 MotorcylceUSA.com Women's Motocross Championship and the Able Planet National from Thunder Valley. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha's Jessica Patterson leads the way with an undefeated record through two rounds this season, but defending two-time champion and Honda Red Bull Racing rider Ashley Fiolek is hot on her heels. Additionally, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda's Tarah Gieger, MotoConcepts Yamaha's Vicki Golden and Mariana Balbi, as well as Monster Energy Kawasaki's Sara Price have all run strongly this season and will be equally as eager to break Patterson's run and make their presence felt in the quest for this championship.
The nation's fastest females will lay it all on the line at the start of each moto in hopes of capturing the $250 MotorcylceUSA.com Holeshot Award while Rekluse will provide its best sponsored female with the Top Rekluse Rider award and $100 in prize money.