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
WORTHAM, Texas – Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned his second podium finish of the season with a pair of 2nd place finishes placing him in the runner-up spot at the second round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held at Freestone Raceway.
The hot temperatures and demanding terrain was an obstacle for most, but Ryan Dungey came prepared. He rocketed his KTM 450 SX-F off the line at the start of the first moto to round the first corner in 3rd.
He moved around Nico Izzi on the second lap to take over 2nd place. From that point on it was a 17 lap race to the finish as he trailed James Stewart by less than a bike length throughout most of the moto as he challenged for the lead.
On the final lap, a few lappers came into play and halted Dungey’s momentum. Although he did not grab the lead, he was able to put in a tremendous ride for 2nd place.
The temperatures continued to rise but Dungey prevailed. His conditioning paid off and he jumped out to a better start in the second moto.
He was in 2nd place off the start and began his chase to track down Stewart. The two riders pulled away out front never more than a second between them. Dungey and Stewart continued to better each others lap times throughout the entirety of the race.
Dungey’s fitness came into play as he continued to push each lap to pressure Stewart. The two frontrunners were able to pull out over a minute ahead of the 3rd place rider. At the end of the battle Dungey maintained his 2nd place position and earned 2nd overall for the day. After two rounds, Dungey sits 2nd in the overall series point standings.
Next Race: Thunder Valley, Lakewood, CO – June 2, 2012
Ryan Dungey takes 2nd at Freestone Motocross National
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart raced to his fourth-consecutive race victory on the RM-Z450 at the 2012 Lucas Oils AMA Motocross Championship second round at Freestone in Texas at the weekend.
Sporting the points leader’s red number plate for the first-time ever, Stewart was a force to be reckoned with in Texas: In the first moto, he got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450, took the lead on the first lap and went on to gap the field and take the win.
In the second moto, he again got out front in short order, but this time the pressure from the competition was more intense.
Said Stewart: “It was a good race. It was warm, but I was able to get two good starts and I actually led every lap. We made a few changes to the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 after the first moto and the team’s just gelling. We had an hour and 10 minutes worth of battle and I was able to get the job done.
Now, we’re going to Colorado, and Lakewood is not one of my better tracks. But we’re going in there with the red plate. Also, it’s at altitude so it’ll be another tough race, but the team has a really good set-up for me with the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and we’ll do our best to put it on the podium.”
Yoshimura Suzuki team mate Brett Metcalfe suffered some bad luck in both motos but rallied before the day’s end. In the first moto, the Australian got a good start but an error resulted in his having to work his way back to 13th. In the second moto, Metcalfe led going into the first turn but ran wide and settled into seventh. He then turned it up a notch but suffered a minor get-off. Undaunted, Metcalfe remounted and charged through the field to 10th to give him an eighth-place finish overall.
James Bubba Stewart Dominates 2012 Freestone Motocross