Ryan Dungey Finishes 2nd at the Hangtown Motocross Classic

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SACRAMENTO, California – Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned 2nd overall at the first round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series aboard his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition motorcycle.

Ryan Dungey suffered a poor start in the first moto to come around the step-up jump in 12th place but was able to move his KTM into 10th by the end of the first lap. From there he continued to pick up one or two positions while turning some of the fastest laps of the race in order to move up to 4th place by the halfway mark.

He put a pass on Andrew Short to takeover the 4th place spot and soon began to reel in Brett Metcalfe. With four laps to go, he was able to make a pass stick on Metcalfe and move into 3rd place. He rode a mistake free race to the end in order to secure a podium spot at the finish.

When the gate dropped for the second moto, Dungey had a much better start than the first. He launched his KTM 450 SX-F off the line to earn a 2nd place start. He and James Stewart pulled away from the group and began a chase for the number one spot. Dungey stayed within a few bike lengths of Stewart throughout the moto and at one point had the gap to less than one second.

Unfortunately, in the final three laps, Dungey encountered some lappers that caused him to lose two additional seconds to Stewart and put him out of contention for the win. However, he was still able to finish in a strong spot and took home 2nd place at the conclusion of the second moto. His 3-2 results earned him 2nd overall for the day.

Ryan Dungey: “I really enjoyed racing here today. I had some good luck and some bad luck but I’m glad to be on the podium and finish safely. I feel like my fitness was there today and I just need to get up front and out of traffic earlier to get my KTM up front. I am looking forward to the next round at Freestone Raceway.”

Next Race: Freestone, Wortham, TX – May 26, 2012

Ryan Dungey Finishes 2nd at the Hangtown Motocross Classic

Blake Baggett Eclipses the Field at Hangtown Motocross Opener

Irvine, Calif. (May 19, 2012) – A day before a solar eclipse hit Prairie City OHV Park, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett stole the show at Round 1 of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Sacramento, Calif. Baggett commanded his first win of the season with a perfect 1-1 moto result.

Teammate Ivan Tedesco skillfully powered his new KX™250F to finish fourth overall with a 6-5 result. In the 450 Class, Broc Tickle looked more confident on his Kawasaki, going 6-7 to earn sixth overall. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer charged back from a crash in the first moto to finish eighth overall with a 10-6 result. Teammate Tyla Rattray and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson pulled off early due to injuries.

Stealing the Show
After winning the Hangtown Motocross Classic season opener last year, Baggett knew he could contend for the podium again. Come race time he did not disappoint and gave it all he had to secure his second-consecutive win at the season opener. In the 250 Class Moto 1, Baggett was just inside the top ten coming around the first lap and immediately began picking off riders. He fought his way to the front and on the final lap had two racers to best to take the win. He powered past the leader with only three turns remaining in the moto to steal the win and the crowd went wild. In the second moto he was able to get to the front within the first ten minutes of the race and never looked back. He finished the day with a 1-1 result to command the first win of the season aboard his KX250F.

“The track was pretty rough,” said Baggett. “This track is always pretty gnarly so we knew what to expect coming here. I definitely think last year the track was much more rutted, this year there weren’t nearly as many ruts. Everything went really good once the racing began. I got an okay start in the first moto and faded back to eighth. I was able to get back towards the front and with two laps to go it was on. I was able to get both (Ken) Roczen and (Justin) Bacia on the last lap to take the win. It was a super intense race and by far one of the gnarliest battles I’ve had. You really have to watch it on television to even understand it. I have always liked the track here at Hangtown; you can get into a good flow in these hills if you find the right lines.”

Full Circle
The newest member of the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, Tedesco proved he still has what it takes to be a threat in the 250 class. Although he hadn’t competed on a KX250F in seven years, he appeared to have not missed a beat since he last earned an outdoor championship on a 2005 KX250F. In the first moto, Tedesco was able to maneuver into third coming around the first corner and rode solid to finish sixth. In Moto 2, he got another good start and powered his way to fifth to secure fourth overall on the weekend.

Blake Baggett Eclipses the Field at Hangtown Motocross Opener

Baggett Repeats Impressive 2011 Hangtown Motocross Performance

Thor’s Blake Baggett once again took advantage of the rough terrain that Hangtown MX provides, winning the opening round Lucas Oil Pro Motocross for the second year in a row.

motocross, motocross racing, hangtown motocross, 2012 hangtown motocross, 2012 motocross racing, thor racing, thor motocross, blake bagget, kawasaki, blake bagget kawasaki This year’s performance was even better than last year, earning a perfect 1-1 result in the 250 class. In the opening moto, Baggett started sixth and took his time making his way to the front.

As the riders got the white flag, Baggett was in third and was able to pass both riders in front of him for the most impressive final lap seen in years. The second moto was a different story as Baggett took over the lead on the fifth lap and proceeded to gap the field, winning by nearly nine seconds.

Also in the 250 class, Ivan Tedesco made his return to the division for the first time since winning the 125 class title in 2005. He didn’t disappoint, ending the day just off the podium with a 6-5 moto result.

Reigning champion Dean Wilson started out the first moto inside the top 10, but after his shoulder injury flared up again, he pulled in and made the difficult decision to get the necessary surgery needed to correct his injury.

In the 450 class, Thor riders all finished inside the top 10 with impressive rides during both motos. Brett Metcalfe proved he is a motocross specialist, earning a 4-5 moto result, which put him in a three-way tie for third, but after the details were sorted he ended the day fifth overall. Finishing just behind him in sixth overall during his 450 class debut, Broc Tickle proved he belongs with the big bikes with a 6-7 moto result.

Possibly putting in the most impressive ride of the day, Jake Weimer came back in the first moto from 40th on the opening lap, to make it all the way to 10th. The second moto he got out to a better start, finishing sixth for eighth overall.

James Bubba Stewart Dominates the 2012 Hangtown Motocross Opener

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart raced his RM-Z450 to victory in both 450 motos to take the overall win in round one of the AMA Motocross Championship at Hangtown in Sacramento, California at the weekend.

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The first moto saw him get a great start and take the lead on the first lap and from there, he slowly but surely created a gap and led all laps to take the win.

In the second moto, Stewart got shuffled around a bit on the start but quickly made short shrift of the competition. Taking the lead, he rode a calculated, efficient race and again gapped the field while remaining in his comfort zone. Anything but victory was simply out of the question.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Stewart. “The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was really fast and consistent. In the first moto I got a great start and I was in the lead on the first lap. I rode my own race, and got a good gap and was able to win that one. In the second moto, I had to work for it. I had to come around some guys, then I was able to stay there and keep the pace. As the day went on, the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was just better and better and better. I have to give it up to the team for all their hard work. I don’t want to get over-confident, but to start off like this – knowing this is one of my worst tracks – and know we can keep building, makes it so good.”

Likewise, Australian team mate Brett Metcalfe turned in a promising performance in both motos. In the first one, Metcalfe got a good start on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and worked his way up to second before fatigue set in and he finished fourth. In the second moto, Metcalfe again ran in a podium position before finishing fifth. At the end of the day, Metcalfe – who is in a three-way tie for third in Championship points – was happy to finish fifth overall.

James Bubba Stewart Dominates the 2012 Hangtown Motocross Opener