Frenchman Christophe Pourcel (shown) won the opening moto but was unable to clinch the overall when Ryan Dungey claimed the victory in Moto 2.
Christophe Pourcel picked up at Glen Helen where he left off in the Supercross season with a win in the opening moto of 250 motocross action. The Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki pilot bested Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard but was unable to repeat the performance in Moto 2. Dungey snared the overall victory with a win in the second outing for Rockstar Makita Suzuki. The rider from Belle Plain, Minnesota was trailed by European Tyla Rattray and Justin Barcia in the final outing. Pourcel claimed second overall behind the RM-Z rider with Rattray third and Tommy Searle fourth, a phenomenal showing from the European contingent. Trey Canard was fifth on his Geico Powersports Honda.
Ryan Villopoto has shaken out the rookie nerves in the Supercross season and is back in his winning ways now that the 450 class is outdoors. He claimed the victory at Glen Helen and looks very strong as the crew begins their run at a championship.
The big boys were ready to roll, only this year it is without the biggest names in the sport. With Ricky Carmichael retired for good it seemed as though James Stewart would have an easy time of it, but JS has elected to sit out the outdoor season! That left Chad Reed to make the biggest waves in the early going by posting the fastest practice time at the notoriously rough Glen Helen circuit. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider went 4-3 for fourth overall in his first outdoor National since 2006. Instead it was Monster Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto who claimed the overall victory with a two-moto sweep which leaves him with a clean 50 points. RV won with an easy 18-second margin over Josh Grant in Moto 1 and nearly three seconds over Reed’s teammate, Mike Alessi, in Moto 2.
Alessi finished second overall with Grant third and Reed just off the podium. Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps rounded out the top-5.