AMA Motocross Budds Creek Results

August 22, 2009
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David Millsaps - 2009 AMA Motocross Unadilla
Davi Millsaps is finding some speed as this 2009 season winds down.

Davi Millsaps was only fifth-fastest in the morning practice session, but the Red Bull Honda rider figured out some better lines for the first moto when he scored his first race win of the season. Millsaps nailed the holeshot and just pinned it for a wire-to-wire victory. Jeff Alessi tapped some of his brother’s starting prowess and came off the gate in second. He ran in that position for the first six laps before Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chad Reed slipped past. It was the beginning of the end for Alessi who faded rapidly, eventually landing in 20th. Cody Cooper was also looking for a podium spot early on, but Jake Moss went by followed by several others after a mistake on Lap 6. After some serious shuffling, Matt Goerke would take the third position by holding off Red Bull Honda’s Ivan Tedesco.

Yamaha-mounted Kyle Regal was the hero in Moto 2, despite that he didn’t even finish on the podium. Regal started 17th and made his way to fourth to match his first moto score and pin down fourth overall in front of Tommy Hahn. Hahn actually finished second to close out the day, but his 12th in the first moto relegated him to fifth overall. Tedesco picked up third place for a 5-3-3 result while his teammate, Millsaps, spent from the exhaustive first outing, pulled through with sixth which was good enough for second overall. Reed captured the victory with a 2-1 final score and pulled far enough ahead in the championship standings to wrap up the title with two rounds to go.

“I feel like (my career) is complete,” said Reed. “I also feel like I got a lot more fight in me, but it’s a step in the right direction. This is what hard work is all about. I want to thank everyone at Rockstar Makita Suzuki for putting this together. It was a last minute deal and just like in all racing, we had our ups and downs but came out on top in the end.”
Josh Grant made an attempt at returning to action but wound up with a dismal, and likely painful, result. Fresh off mashing his ankles at X Games 15, Grant finished 18th with 13-37 moto scores.

450 Results:

Chad Reed - 2009 AMA Motocross Unadilla
A victory at Budds Creek put Chad Reed out of touch and locked in the 450-class title.

1. Chad Reed, Suz (2-1)
2. Davi Millsaps, Hon (1-6)
3. Ivan Tedesco, Hon (5-3)
4. Kyle Regal, Yam (4-4)
5. Tommy Hahn, Kaw (12-2)
6. Michael Byrne, Suz (6-5)
7. Tim Ferry, Kaw (9-8)
8. Andrew Short, Hon (7-10)
9. Matt Goerke, Yam (3-27)
10. Jimmy Albertson, Yam (11-12)

450 Overall Points Standings:
1. Reed, 434
2. Short, 330
3. Tedesco, 322
4. Grant, 280
5. Byrne, 276

Jake Weimer - 2009 AMA Motocross Unadilla
Jake Weimer (19) is trying to prove that he deserves getting chosen for the 2009 MXoN. A victory today seems pretty convincing.

250 Class

His selection for the 2009 Motocross of Nations apparently stoked Jake Weimer’s fire as he tore off a 2-1 moto tally for the top overall podium position. The Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider is holding down fourth in the championship standings, only 10 points out of third place behind Brett Metcalfe. Metty didn’t have the best day with trouble in Moto 1 that landed him in 18th, but he stampeded his way back into the top-10 overall in Moto 2 with a runner-up finish behind Weimer.

“I’ve had glorious moments in the mud like today and I’ve had the worst days of my life,” said Weimer. “You just never know how it’s going to go. I got a good start and kept my goggles on so it worked out.”

It was a battle of Mitch Payton’s warriors in the first moto where Weimer led for the first six laps. After that it was his teammate Christophe Pourcel who claimed the front position and held on for the opening victory. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey started eighth but managed to reach the front duo as time expired. The RM-Z250 rider needs to start finishing in front of Pourcel if he hopes to regain the championship lead, but that wouldn’t happen in the second moto either as he got an even worse start and finished fourth. Dungey’s 38 points for the day allowed Pourcel to inch further away as the Frenchman picked up 45 of his own and extended his run for the title to 13 points.

Pourcel started in second in Moto 2 with Weimer right behind him. Jake would make the pass immediately and never looked back, setting his sights on Metcalfe. It took almost the entire race to track the Geico Honda rider down, but a last-lap pass put Weimer into the front and the overall win. Austin Stroupe is rediscovering his speed and building stamina as he gets back in the swing after missing most of the season. He rode his Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX250F to fifth place overall behind Justin Barcia on one of the Geico-sponsored CRF250R machines.

250 Results:

Christophe Pourcel - 2009 AMA Motocross Unadilla
Christophe Pourcel is trying to keep this season from being a Rockstar Makita Suzuki sweep.

1. Jake Weimer, Kaw (2-1)
2. Christophe Pourcel, Kaw (1-3)
3. Ryan Dungey, Suz (3-4)
4. Justin Barcia, Hon (4-7)
5. Austin Stroupe, Kaw (8-8)
6. Brett Metcalfe, Hon (18-2)
7. Matt Lemoine, Yam (14-5)
8. Ryan Sipes, KTM (11-9)
9. PJ Larsen, Kaw (10-10)
10. Tyla Rattray, Kaw (6-15)

250 Overall Points Standings:
1. Pourcel, 432
2. Dungey, 419
3. Metcalfe, 312
4. Weimer, 302
5. Searle, 282

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