Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey and Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel both split wins in 250 MX at Hangtown.
Round 2 of the 2009 Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross championship held at Hangtown in Sacramento, California was a race of firsts. In the 250 class it was 2009 East Coast Lites champion and Pro Circuit Kawasaki pilot Christophe Pourcel who won his first outdoor national over Geico Honda’s Justin Barcia (his best finish as well). Third place went to Barcia’s senior teammate, Trey Canard who finished ahead of European racer Tyla Rattray and Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe.
Just like last weekend, Barcia was the man out in front until just after the 30-minute mark. With three laps to go Pourcel caught up to him and passed him around the outside with Barcia being unable to retaliate. Last weekend’s winner Ryan Dungey suffered a bad start but managed to make some headway and eventually finished in seventh place.
Things got a whole lot better for Dungey in Moto 2 when the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider won the race over Canard and Pourcel. Fourth place would go to Metcalfe while Geico Honda’s Blake Wharton finished in sixth followed by Star Racing Yamaha’s Broc Tickle and Rattray.
Pourcel had this to say after the race: “The track got some good lanes and was a lot of fun to ride. I’m happy to have
the chance to race on it. Barcia was awesome at the beginning of the moto and it surprised me so I just let him go and waited for him to get tired. I think it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want to make a mistake and risk losing this championship so early in the season.”
Hangtown 250 Motocross Results:
1. Christophe Pourcel (1-3) Kawasaki KX250F
2. Trey Canard (3-2) Honda CRF250R
3. Ryan Dungey (7-1) Suzuki RM-Z250
4. Brett Metcalfe (5-4) Honda CRF250R
5. Tyla Rattray (4-7) Kawasaki KX250F
6. Broc Tickle (6-6) Yamaha YZ250F
7. Blake Wharton (9-5) Honda CRF250R
8. Jake Weimer (8-8) Kawasaki KX250F
9. P.J. Larsen (10-10) Kawasaki KX250F
10. Justin Barcia (2-29) Honda CRF250R
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mike Alessi completed the Suzuki motocross sweep by clenching the overall 450 win at Hangtown.
In the 450 class it was Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mike Alessi who took the Moto 1 win, which was his first in outdoor motocross as well. It didn’t come easy though. Alessi crashed on the first lap but managed to immediately remount and get back into the race.
His mistake allowed a KTM privateer to get out in front before Red Bull Honda racing’s Ivan Tedesco moved past. Tedesco would continue to lead but as the laps wound down Alessi managed to creep back to the front and pass Tedesco. The final podium position would be occupied by Tedesco’s teammate Andrew Short. Last weekend’s winner and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto finished in sixteenth after aggravating an old knee injury. The injury is serious enough that Villopoto will not be riding in Moto 2 and will be out for the rest of the season in order to ready for the 2010 Supercross season.
In 450 Moto 2 it was JGR Yamaha’s Josh Grant who just barely nipped out Alessi for the holeshot. Grant would hold onto the lead before nearly falling over halfway through the race. The mistake would allow Alessi to pull within striking distance and the two riders battled for the next lap before Grant moved secured his position up front. Grant would remain unchallenged winning his first 450 outdoor win over Alessi and Reed. Fourth would go to Tedesco followed by Reardon. Short would finish in sixth.
“It means a lot getting my first-ever 450 Motocross overall win,” said an elated Alessi. “It’s great, I felt like I was riding my own race and it feels good to finally win. I rode a really consistent race, and rode really smart and I never really put myself in a position where I was riding over my head at all, so it’s just awesome to come out with the overall.”
Hangtown 450 Motocross Results:
1. Mike Alessi (1-2) Suzuki RM-Z450
2. Ivan Tedesco (2-4) Honda CRF450R
3. Chad Reed (6-3) Suzuki RM-Z450
4. Andrew Short (3-6) Honda CRF450R
5. Josh Grant (9-2) Yamaha YZ450F
6. Daniel Reardon (7-5) Honda CRF450R
7. Matthew Goerke (5-9) Suzuki RM-Z450
8. Justin Brayton (8-10) KTM 450SX-F
9. Thomas Hahn (11-8) Kawasaki KX450F
10. Cody Cooper (4-23) Yamaha YZ450F