2006 Motocross Budds Creek Results

June 18, 2006
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael dominated the action in Motocross this afternoon with a pair of runaway victories over Yamaha’s Chad Reed. RC was over 24 seconds ahead of Reed at the end of the first, but the Australian had almost a minute on the next-best rider, American Honda’s Davi Millsaps.
Jason Thomas was a nice addition to the top-five this weekend. Stewarts no-show was good for someone at least. - Budds Creek
Ricky Carmichael swept the day on his Makita Suzuki, but it was the appearance of Subway/Coca-Cola’s Jason Thomas in the top-five that gave race fans a breath of fresh air.

“This win is special, since this year the competition has been tough,” explained Carmichael. “Chad definitely stepped it up this weekend. He always rides well at Budds Creek and I knew it was going to be tough. This track has changed a lot since I first came here. It isn’t nearly as deep as it was and the turns kind of slot themselves into a single groove. It’s actually getting like this at most of the tracks we go to. The dirt just seems to be fading away or something. We just tried to put ourselves in a good position and it turned out to be a great weekend for Makita Suzuki. Now, I think we are all looking forward to the weekend off.”

There was much of the same in Moto 2 once Carmichael and Reed settled into their 1-2 running order. About that time things were looking good for Davi Millsaps who ran in third for the first half of the race. A problem on Lap 10 allowed Sobe/Samsung/Honda’s Kevin Windham to take over third and moved MDK/Motorsports/Honda’s Nick Wey into fourth. David Vuillemin finished fifth on his Motoworld Yamaha.

Wey was stellar with a pair of fourths and a fourth-place overall result. Right behind him was Jason Thomas whose season-first top-five catapulted him into 10th overall.

Motocross Results:
1. Ricky Carmichael (Suzuki) 1-1
2. Chad Reed (Yamaha) 2-2
3. Kevin Windham (Honda) 5-3
4. Nick Wey (Honda) 4-4
5. Jason Thomas (Honda) 8-6
6. Timmy Ferry (Honda) 7-7
7. Travis Preston (Honda) 6-8
8. Josh Summey (Honda) 9-9
9. Davi Millsaps (Honda) 3-30
10. Ryan Clark (Honda) 13-10

Overall Standings:
1. Ricky Carmichael, 192
2. Chad Reed, 172
3. Nick Wey, 122
4. Davi Millsaps, 121
5. Kevin Windham, 117
6. Travis Preston, 115
7. David Vuillemin, 102
8. James Stewart, 82
9. Josh Summey, 76
10. Jason Thomas, 65
Motocross Lites
The effort of Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto was perhaps more impressive than what took place in the premier class. In the first moto Villopoto came from as far down as 10th on the second lap and methodically reeled in the front runners before taking over the lead with four laps remaining. Makita Suzuki’s Broc Hepler finished second in his first race back with Red Bull KTM’s Nate Ramsey third.

“I was actually surprised at how well I did and I’m pretty happy with how it went,” said Hepler. “I felt good out there and I think I’ll be better for the next race. I don’t think my conditioning is too bad – it’s not where I would like it to be, but it is pretty good, for the amount of time I’ve had off. So we will just go out there and do the best we can and hopefully I will pick a few things up right away. I will just try my hardest to get my Makita Suzuki RM-Z250 back up on the podium.”

In the second moto, Villopoto only had to work past four riders before taking the lead away from Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi on lap nine. Alessi grabbed the lead on the first lap and rode his brains out trying to keep it, but the Kawasaki rider was not to be denied. Unfortunately for Alessi, both Villopoto and Short got past him and then to make matters worse, Sobe/Samsung/Honda’s Josh Grant did the same with three laps to go. Villopoto’s sweep pulled him to within seven points of his nemesis Alessi in the points chase.

Both Alessi and Short overcame dismal finishes in their first moto appearance with impressive rides in the second. Shorty is now tied with Grant for third at 135 points apiece.

Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Brett Metcalfe was fifth in both motos, good enough for fourth overall.

Motocross Lites Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) 1-1
2. Broc Hepler (Suzuki) 2-6
3. Josh Grant (Honda) 7-3
4. Brett Metcalfe (Yamaha) 5-5
5. Andrew Short (Honda) 13-2
6. Andrew Mcfarlane (Yamaha) 8-7
7. Nate Ramsey (KTM) 3-16
8. Mike Alessi (KTM) 16-4
9. Sean Collier (Yamaha) 9-11
10. Steve Boniface (Honda) 6-14

Overall Standings:
1. Mike Alessi, 153
2. Ryan Villopoto, 146
3. Andrew Short, 135
4. Josh Grant, 135
5. Brett Metcalfe, 133
6. Andrew McFarlane, 121
7. Nate Ramsey, 88
8. Matt Goerke, 81
9. Grant Langston, 61
10. Sean Collier, 54

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