Another history-making ride as he claims KTM’s first-ever U.S. 450 Motocross class win.
LAKEWOOD, ColoRADo – Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned his first overall win of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in the 450 Motocross class after sweeping both motos at the third round of the series held at Thunder Valley MX Park.
Dungey’s victory marks the first for the KTM brand in the 450 Motocross class. This is the second milestone Dungey has accomplished for the European manufacturer this season.
Dungey earned KTM its first Supercross win at the Phoenix Supercross race earlier this season and now gave KTM its first 450 Motocross overall win just a few months later.
At the start of the first moto, Dungey jumped off the line to a 6th place start. He used the first lap to quickly pass two riders to move up to 4th place.
On the second lap he made a nice pass on Jake Weimer to take over 3rd position. As he started the third lap he caught up to James Stewart and both of them made a pass on Tommy Hahn to take over 1st and 2nd place respectively after the finish line jump. A few corners later, Stewart suffered a crash and Dungey was able to move around and take the lead.
Dungey went on to lead the remaining laps to win by a gap of 22 seconds at the end of the moto.
Dungey followed up his first moto win with a second victory in the next moto. This time, Dungey nailed the holeshot and put his KTM up front early. He led every lap of the 16 lap race and took the moto win and 1st overall for the day. Dungey’s win at Thunder Valley moved him and his KTM 450 SX-F into 1st place in the overall point standings.
Ryan Dungey Earns First Motocross Win of the Season
Kawasaki Supercross Report
Irvine, Calif. (June 4, 2012) – At a stormy Round 3 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Thunder Valley MX in Lakewood, Colo., Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer finished second overall with a 2-4 moto result.
The podium finish advanced Weimer from fourth to second in the 450 Class championship standings. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett held onto the coveted red plate for another weekend and extended his points lead with a 3-1 moto result to secure second overall. His teammate Ivan Tedesco put together a solid ride to finish 11th in the 250 Class with a 14-8 moto result. In the 450 class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle had a tough time in the first moto, but came back with a vengeance in the second moto, grabbing third to finish 11th overall on the weekend.
Finding His Rhythm
Weimer came to Thunder Valley sitting fourth in the championship points and knew he needed to get a podium soon to remain in the hunt for the title. In the first moto he got a great start on his KX™450F and came around the first lap in second place. Although he got shuffled around the first few hectic laps, getting bumped down to fourth at one point, by the seventh lap Weimer had settled back into second.
With the chaos behind him, he found his rhythm and clicked off the remaining eight laps to finish second. In Moto 2, Weimer got another great start and came around the first lap in third. He continued to ride with smooth precision the first 20 minutes of the race, but by the 11th lap he started to feel the elevation and fellow Kawasaki rider Tickle was able to slip past him. Weimer held on to fourth until the checkers to secure second overall on the weekend and was bumped from fourth to second in the championship points.
“It felt great landing my first 450 Class outdoor podium,” said Weimer. “It was pretty tough out there. After it rained between motos I thought the track was going to be worse, but the rain actually improved the track conditions. I have been feeling a little under the weather the last couple days and the elevation out here seemed to make things even more difficult. Overall, I’m happy with my result, I made progress and that’s the name of the game. Now I just want to rest and recover so I am ready to go at High Point next weekend. This week I will also be moving from California back out to Florida for the remainder of the outdoor season.”
Eyes on the Prize
Since the Hangtown National, Baggett has been working hard to ensure the coveted red plate stays where it began the season, under the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki tent. In the first moto, Baggett had a rough start and found himself at the back of the pack rounding the first turn. However, he was able to work some magic on his KX™250F and passed more than 25 racers on the first lap.
Jake Weimer Career Best Runner-Up Finish at Thunder Valley Motocross
Team Suzuki Racing News Flash
Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s Brett Metcalfe had plenty to celebrate after round three of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood on Saturday as team mate James Stewart crashed and failed to score after injuring his wrist.
Metcalfe raced his 2012 Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a solid fifth-place overall, which included a podium finish in the first moto, but Stewart crashed while leading the first moto after a lapse of concentration when an individual crossed the track in front of him.
To say that Stewart suffered bad luck would be an understatement of epic proportions: Having won the first four motos of the season, he came into the Colorado event ready to race and he qualified fastest.
In the first 450 moto, Stewart got a decent start and charged ahead on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to take the lead, but as he attempted to negotiate one of the fastest sections of the course, he unexpectedly encountered a person walking across the track.
Immediately distracted, Stewart went down hard and injured his wrist and, hoping to minimise the damage, he did not race the second moto.
Said Stewart: “I had a good start to the day. Practice was good and we made some small adjustments to the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. In the first moto, my start was not what I wanted, but I was able to make some fast moves to get to the front of the pack. I had about a two-second lead and I was finding some rhythm. Then, as I came off a jump, there was a guy running across the track toward the inside of the turn where my line was. It blew my concentration; I took my eyes off the landing and then it was too late to do anything. Now, I’m just going to train this week and see how my wrist feels, but I want to make sure we’re 100 per cent for Mt. Morris.”
Metcalfe was eager to get back into the mix at Colorado after a tough time at the previous race. He worked with the team all week on setting up the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Feeling comfortable on the bike, Metcalfe qualified fourth and had a great first moto, picking up a podium finish thanks to a third-placed result. In the second moto, he got a good start but got caught up with some riders who crashed in his path. As a result, the Australian had to work his way through the field to 10th. Overall, however, Metcalfe finished the day in a very respectable fifth.
2012 Thunder Valley Motocross: Metcalfe podiums, Stewart is forced out
Team Suzuki Motocross Update
Rockstar Energy Suzuki Racing teams prevailed at round three of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood at the weekend despite gusting winds and severe lightning that were daunting enough to delay some of the racing.
Topping out the 250 class was Rockstar Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton. Because of the inclement weather, the first 250 moto was delayed and, although the track didn’t suffer too much, the hold-up was mentally tough on the racers. But Wharton came through, scoring sixth and ninth in the motos to finish the day in seventh overall.
Said Wharton: “The track was very technical. Add in the weather and it made for some wild conditions. I was happy with the first moto, but I didn’t ride the way I should’ve in the second. I fell down twice. I know I can be way further up there, but I guess you have these weekends where you learn. But I’m already looking forward to next weekend. I like High Point. It’s a neat track and it suits me.”
Rockstar Energy Racing team-mate Jason Anderson turned in a concentrated effort in the 250 class but suffered get-offs. Doing his best to rally, Anderson wound-up 13th overall via 12th and 15th-placed moto results.
“I struggled quite a bit and had a couple of crashes,” said Anderson. “It was kind of a bummer. But I know we’ll come back strong for next weekend. I raced at High Point last year and I like the track, so it should be a good weekend.”
For Rockstar Energy Racing 250 rider Hunter Hewitt, the Lakewood race was one in an ongoing series of motocross growth experiences. Every round so far, including this one, has seen Hewitt’s results improve. Finishing 15th in the first moto and 16th in the second, Hewitt ended up 15th overall.
“This weekend was definitely another step in the right direction,” said Hewitt. “In the last few races, I’ve been around 17th or 18th, but this weekend I ended up 15th so I’ve been progressively building each weekend. It’s been a long time since I’ve raced motocross and it’s slowly but surely getting better. I’ll go home and train and be ready for High Point, which is a track I like.”
Rockstar Energy Suzuki strong at 2012 Lakewood Motocross
Thor’s Jake Weimer didn’t let the elevation of the mile-high city bother him as he rode to a 2-4 moto finish, capturing his first podium finish in the 450 class.
With his great ride at the Thunder Valley MX Park in Lakewood, Colo, he jumped from fourth to second in the championship standings.
Also running well was Thor’s Brett Metcalfe, who scored a third-place finish in the first moto behind Weimer, but a bad start in the second moto forced him to put together a come-from-behind finish.
He raced from 26th on the opening lap to an impressive 10th-place finish in Moto 2, finishing the day fifth overall. Thor’s Broc Tickle came back from a mechanical in the first moto to score a season-best third-place finish in Moto 2, moving him up to 11th overall despite the DNF in the opening moto.
In the 250 class, riders faced extreme weather conditions prior to the opening moto. After an hour delay, officials started the 250 class moto on a freshly soaked track. Although the conditions were tough, Thor’s Blake Baggett came through the pack to finish just a half-second back of second place at the checkered.
With a third-place finish going into the second moto, Baggett took over the lead on Lap 7 and was looking like he had the overall, but changes in position behind him forced him to settle for second overall. With his solid finishing positions, Baggett now leads the 250 class by 16 points. Teammate Ivan Tedesco came back from a tough first moto to finish 14-8 and 11th overall.
The AMA Pro Motocross Championships headed to the heart of Texas for Round 2 at Freestone County Raceway in Wortham, Texas for heated racing and hot temperatures.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett put in two strong rides to finish second overall with a 2-2 moto score and retains the red plate signifying his points lead. Teammate Ivan Tedesco had his work cut out for him after going down in the first corner of both motos, but rallied through to finish 19th overall.
In the 450 class, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer finished 3-6 on the day for fourth overall after also coming back from a first turn crash. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle finished a strong seventh in Moto 1, but was unable to finish Moto 2. In the WMX class, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Meghan Rutledge rode to a consistent 3-3 for third overall.
After going 1-1 last weekend at the season opener, Baggett felt confident coming into Freestone and knew that not even the heat could stop him from being up front. In the first moto, Baggett came around the first corner just outside the top-10 and slowly started picking off riders. By the halfway point, he had made his way into the top-five and was holding nothing back. One of the only riders to use the wall obstacle as a jump, Baggett launched his KX™250F into the sand whoops each lap, jumping over second place to claim the position. In Moto 2 he got shuffled back in the first turn and again started making his way to the front. Unable to air out the wall jump, Baggett started making up time elsewhere and was able to secure second place on the final lap. His 2-2 moto score allowed him to maintain the points lead and will continue sporting the red plate.
“It was a gnarly hot day,” said Baggett. “I’m happy I was able to salvage a 2-2 considering my starts. There was a lot of carnage that second moto, so I’m glad I made it out and was able to withstand the heat. We’re leaving with the points lead and hopefully I can keep the red plate for the next 10 rounds.”
As the lone Kawasaki KX™450F under the Monster Energy Kawasaki tent, Weimer knew it was his time to show his potential. He showed he had done his homework in Moto 1 as he easily made his way into third and pushed hard all the way to the checkered flag to claim his first ever 450 Class podium. In Moto 2, Weimer had a great start, but as the riders came together around the tight right-hander, he lost the front end after coming together with another rider. Getting up in 40th place, Weimer started charging.
Monster Energy Kawasaki Beats the Heat to Podium in Texas Motocross
Torrance, CA: Honda Red Riders took on round two of the AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and Women’s Motocross Championship this weekend at Freestone Raceway in Worthman, TX. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac dominated both 250 motos to take the overall win. For the second week in a row, Ashley Fiolek put together a solid performance, chalking up her first overall victory of the season on her Honda CRF250R.
Tommy Hahn put together another solid ride aboard his Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R, placing 9-7 for seventh overall. “Overall I think today was another good day for me,” said Hahn. “Since I am from Texas, I am pretty used to the heat so that wasn’t a huge factor for me. I tried to just focus on getting good starts and riding solid through both motos, which I think I did. Each race I get more and more comfortable with the bike and am looking forward to the rest of the season.” Justin Brayton put in a respectable ride, going 14-14 for 13th overall.
In the 250 class, Eli Tomac put in a commanding performance aboard his GEICO Honda CRF250R, winning both motos for the overall round victory. “Today was an awesome day for me,” said Tomac. “I have had a tough time with this track in the past. It ruined my 2010 season both physically and mentally, so I am happy I was finally able to get it together and come out on top.”
Despite getting less-than-desirable starts in both motos, teammate Justin Barcia put together impressive rides, charging through the pack to finish 4-5 for fifth overall. “Today was a super tough day and I really had to work for that top-five finish,” said Barcia. “I got a bad jump in moto one and then went down in the first turn of moto two, so I had to work my way through everyone in both races. It definitely isn’t the finish I was looking for but I am happy I was able to finish in the top five and salvage valuable points.”
In the Women’s Motocross Championship, it was Ashley Fiolek on top of the podium. In moto one Fiolek grabbed the holeshot but eventually fell back to second, where she would finish. She grabbed the holeshot again in moto two and rode her way to victory with an impressive lead. “I am so happy with how today went,” stated Fiolek. “I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to race because I had food poisoning last night, which is why I missed the first practice. I didn’t feel 100 percent but I liked the track so I’m grateful everything came together pretty well.” Teammate Sayaka Kaneshiro placed 6-5 for fifth overall, despite going down in the first turn of moto one.
Eli Tomac and Ashley Fiolek Dominate at 2012 Freestone Motocross