2010 AMA Pro Motocross Hangtown Results

May 22, 2010
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Round 1 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series kicked off with the 42nd running of the Rockstar Energy Hangtown Classic. With everyone impatient to see how things would shape up in the first race, reigning champion, Chad Reed, proved that he’s still up to the task despite missing most of the Supercross series. Reed opened with a dominant win in Moto 1 and backed it up with a solid third place in Moto 2, which was good enough for the overall win.

Mike Alessi racing with REM Motocross at Glen Helen.
It was Chad Reed who took the overall victory today, but Jagermeister KTM’s Mike Alessi proved that the new 350 SX-F machine is more than competitive with a victory in Moto 2 at Hangtown.

“It was a good time (today),” said Reed. “Supercross didn’t go the way we wanted it to. With everything that’s happened in my life the last two weeks, I think I’ve spent two days on a bike. So to win so easily in the first moto and get the finish I needed in the second feels great.”

Jagermeister KTM has to be pleased with the outing of Mike Alessi, who turned in a Moto 2 victory on the new 350 SX-F. Second overall, courtesy of fourth in the first race, means the 350 is here for good and can be expected to remain in contention for the title, despite the displacement disadvantage.

Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps enjoyed a return to the motocross roots with a 3-2-3 finish – a great omen for the rest of the season. Millsaps needs to put in a top-notch showing during the Nationals if he wants to keep his job for much longer. One man who wouldn’t mind taking that factory position is fellow CRF450R rider Brett Metcalfe, who finished fourth after switching to the 450 following the Supercross season. Metty secured a pair of top-five finishes (5-4), which just edged the 2-10 tally of JGR Yamaha racer, Josh Grant.

Ben Townley made his return to racing aboard a Lucas Oil Troy Lee Designs Honda and finished sixth in front of Ryan Sipes and 2010 Supercross champion, Ryan Dungey. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider struggled through the opening round with a lackluster 10-6 finish, immediately putting him 19 points behind the leaders.

450 Results:
1. Chad Reed, Kawasaki (1-3)
2. Mike Alessi, KTM (4-1)
3. Davi Millsaps, Honda (3-2)
4. Brett Metcalfe, Honda (5-4)
5. Josh Grant, Yamaha (2-10)
6. Ben Townley, Honda (6-7)
7. Ryan Sipes, Yamaha (7-8)
8. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki (10-6)
9. Ken DeDycker, Yamaha (8-11)
10. Andrew Short, Honda (15-5)

450 Overall Standings:
1. Chad Reed, 45
2. Mike Alessi, 43
3. Davi Millsaps, 42
4. Brett Metcalfe, 34
5. Josh Grant, 33
6. Ben Townley, 29
7. Ryan Sipes, 27
8. Ryan Dungey, 26
9. Ken DeDycker, 23
10. Andrew Short, 22


Christophe Pourcel - AMA Motocross Millville
Christophe Pourcel started out strong, but couldn’t collect the overall with Eli Tomac proving he’s worth the hype.

Eli Tomac proved that his decision to use WORCS racing as a precursor to his Pro Motocross debut was a wise one. The GEICO Powersports Honda rookie stunned the motocross world by claiming the overall victory in his first-ever professional motocross race. Apparently those two-hour races have done a masterful job of preparing his physical conditioning as the young Colorado native pushed himself onto the top podium position. Tomac and Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel tied with 45 points each, but the Honda rider’s second-moto win put him into the overall (3-1 beats a 1-3).

“I definitely didn’t expect this, it doesn’t seem real,” said Tomac after the race. “I felt like I had the speed to get a top five. In moto one, I just pulled the good old rookie mistake. I got tired and just washed out my front end. In moto two, I just followed Trey (Canard) and tried to keep close to him and then made the pass.”

Pourcel used the massive power output of his KX250F to win the opening moto in front of Tommy Searle, Tomac and his PC teammate, Jake Weimer. Tomac was able to take notes and do likewise in the second moto with a pass on teammate Trey Canard for the win. Turbo Trey would go on to finish second, but a seventh in Moto 1 dropped him to third overall.

East/West Supercross Lites Shootout winner, Jake Weimer, had a mediocre day, finishing 4-8 which was good enough to best young Justin Barcia for fourth overall. Landing off the podium is definitely not where the West Coast Lites champ wants to be, but there’s plenty of time left for him to find his groove. Dean Wilson was sixth and Tyla Rattray 10th, meaning four Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders finished in the top-10.

250 Results:
1. Eli Tomac, Honda (3-1)
2. Christophe Pourcel, Kawasaki (1-3)
3. Trey Canard, Honda (7-2)
4. Jake Weimer, Kawasaki (4-8)
5. Justin Barcia, Honda (5-7)
6. Dean Wilson, Kawasaki (10-4)
7. Broc Tickle, Yamaha (11-5)
8. Wil Hahn, Honda (13-6)
9. Tommy Searle, KTM (2-31)
10. Tyla Rattray, Kawasaki (8-16)

250 Overall Standings:
1. Eli Tomac, 45
2. Christophe Pourcel, 45
3. Trey Canard, 36
4. Jake Weimer, 31
5. Justin Barcia, 30
6. Dean Wilson, 29
7. Broc Tickle, 26
8. Wil Hahn, 23
9. Tommy Searle, 22
10. Tyla Rattray, 18

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