Ryan Dungey made up for his slow start by proving his strength and speed in the Texas heat with a 1-1 sweep.
Brett Metcalfe jumped out to an early lead at Freestone in the opening 450 moto with a massive holeshot. The GEICO Powersports Honda rider led until Lap 7 when Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey chased him down and motored past for a convincing win. The Aussie eventually faded in the Texas heat to seventh-place. Ben Townley tried to chase down the 2010 Supercross Champ, but the Kiwi would eventually succumb to Monster Kawasaki’s Chad Reed and have to settle for third. Reed crossed the finish line almost 25 seconds adrift of Dungey.
Moto 2 looked much the same with Metcalfe out front early with another holehot with Mike Alessi in hot pursuit. Alessi would take his turn at the front on Lap 4, but his time out in front would be short lived as he went down three laps later. Dungey took over the lead once again after Number-800 hit the dirt. Metcalfe held onto second in the brutal heat until Kyle Regal made his way past the GEICO rider with a surprising late race charge. At the end Reed knocked Metcalfe off the podium.
Brett Metcalfe nailed the start in both motos, ending up with two holeshots for the day. The 450-class rookie faded as the Texas heat punished the field.
Once the points were tallied it was Dungey, Reed and Regal on the overall podium with Metcalfe and Josh Grant in fourth and fifth, respectively.
“It feels good to come back strong and get a win,” said Dungey. “We had a tough weekend at the opening round but we went back and worked hard to get better and were able to get a win. I want to be at the front of the pack and challenge for wins and the championship so it feels good to get that first one out of the way.”
“Man, it was tough. The lines turned out great, but it was super rough. I though passed were going to come a little bit easier,” said Regal about his second moto. “Reedy got by me, and I stuck my head down and found some new lines. It paid of towards the end of the race, and I made the passes back.”
450 Overall Results:
1. Ryan Dungey, Suzuki (1-1)
2. Chad Reed, Kawasaki (2-3)
3. Kyle Regal, Honda (6-2)
4. Brett Metcalfe, Honda, (7-4)
5. Josh Grant, Yamaha (5-10)
6. Tommy Hahn, Suzuki, (4-12)
7. Mike Alessi, KTM (12-5)
8. Ben Townley, Honda (3-16)
9. Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha (9-9)
10. Michael Byrne, Yamaha, (8-11)
11. Kyle Cunningham, Yamaha (13-8)
12. Nick Wey, Kawasaki (11-13)
13. Andrew Short, Honda (39-6)
14. Matt Goerke, Yamaha (38-7)
15. Heath Harrison, Kawasaki (15-14)
450 Overall Standings:
1. Chad Reed, 87
2. Ryan Dungey, 76
3. Mike Alessi, 68
4. Brett Metcalfe, 66
5. Josh Grant, 60
6. Davi Millsaps, 55
7. Ben Townley, 54
8. Kyle Regal, 51
9. Tommy Hahn, 43
10. Andrew Short, 37
Rookie sensation Eli Tomac powered through the first 11 laps of Moto 1 before giving in to the pressure of Christophe Pourcel. The Frenchman’s Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate Dean Wilson made a charge from a 13th-place start to come across the line third three seconds back from Tomac. Tomac’s GEICO Powersports Honda teammate, Trey Canard finished out the 35-minute moto in fourth place.
“It was a tough race,” said Wilson. “I felt really good, and I just tried to be smart. I didn’t try to ride over my head and it worked out well for me.”
Tomac again jumped out front when the gate dropped in Moto 2 with Wilson hounding him for the first eight laps. Wilson made the pass and began to distance himself from the field. At the same time Pro Circuit’s Tyla Rattray moved stalked his teammate, moving through the pack from sixth to second. Right behind Ratray, Broc Tickle made his move to third.
Then Wilson made a huge mistake. The Canadian racer misunderstood the info on his pitboard and thought he had a massive lead on the last lap. When he looked back he saw Rattray, and thought he was a lap down. Hoping to help his teammate gain more points he slowed and let him past. When he saw his teammate pump his fist on the finishline jump, he knew he had just let second place by. Throwing his hands up in disgust as he rolled up to the finish line caused Wilson to slow just enough to allow Broc Tickle to beat him to the flag by about four feet. Wilson was emotional as he realized he just threw away his first Outdoor National win. The rookie mistake knocked him from first to third in the last 500 yards of the day.
THe GEICO Squad was all about holeshots this weekend. Rookie Eli Tomac matched Metcalfe’s feat of going two for two.
Wilson’s 3-3 was good enough for third overall behind Rattray’s 6-1 for second and Pourcel’s winning 1-5 score, making it a Pro Circuit podium sweep.
“I was surprised to get the overall,” said Pourcel. “I fell in the second moto and just rode as good as I could to get a good finish. It’s good for the championship and I will go to High Point next weekend and try to win again.”
Tomac fell to 11th in the second moto which put him in sixth overall. He’s in second place overall for the title chase with 77 points. Pourcel leads with 86 and Wilson is third with 69.
250 Overall Results:
1. Christophe Pourcel, Kawasaki (1-5)
2. Tyla Rattray, Kawasaki, (6-1)
3. Dean Wilson, Kawasaki, (3-3)
4. Broc Tickle, Yamaha, (8-2)
5. Trey Canard, Honda (4-7)
6. Eli Tomac, Honda (2-11)
7. Wil Hahn, Honda, (9-6)
8. Jake Weimer, Kawasaki, (5-12)
9. Max Anstie, Yamaha, (15-4)
10. Justin Barcia, Honda (10-8)
11. Martin Davalos, Yamaha, (13-9)
12. Tommy Searle, KTM (12-13)
13. Blake Wharton, Honda, (7-34)
14. Matt Lemoine, Suzuki, (14-15)
15. Phillip Nicoletti, KTM (16-14)
250 Overall Standings:
1. Christophe Pourcel, 86
2. Eli Tomac, 77
3. Dean Wilson, 69
4. Trey Canard, 68
5. Broc Tickle, 61
6. Tyla Rattray, 58
7. Jake Weimer, 56
8. Justin Barcia, 54
9. Wil Hahn, 50
10. Max Anstie, 40