Ryan Dungey took his sixth consecutive win at his home track in Millville, Minnesota under hot and humid conditions. At the start it was Red Bull Honda replacement rider Kevin Windham taking the holeshot, but the veteran rider ultimately buckled under Dungey’s constant pressure after leading for close to half of the opening moto.
At the checkers it was the #5 bike of Dungey by more than 20 seconds over Muscle Milk JGR Yamaha rider Josh Grant. Red Bull Honda’s Andrew Short put in another impressive performance for the last spot on the podium in third. Although he managed a pretty decent start, Jagermeister KTM’s Mike Alessi quickly tangled with another rider and went on to take 15th. In what was another disappointing ride for Chad Reed, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider suffered a tweaked neck which put an early end to his day.
The sky quickly turned grey and threatened to unleash a storm in Moto 2 when Troy Lee Designs’ Ben Townley, Short and Ryan Sipes quickly took up positions at the front of the pack. Just behind were Windham and Dungey clawing at their rear wheels.
Windham was able to make quick work of Sipes, and soon after Dungey made a hard charge ahead of both Sipes and K-dub for third place. Just over halfway into the opening lap Townley went down and handed the lead over to Short. Before Short had any time to enjoy his lead, however, Dungey immediately went to work on the #29 bike.
Running fifth was Kyle Regal followed by Tommy Hahn just a bike-length behind in sixth. After getting a better start in Moto 2, Alessi was in seventh by Lap 3 with Josh Grant closely behind and looking to advance.
Honda’s Andrew Short had a great day at Millville where he finished second overall with a 3-3 score.
Up front the battle for the lead became intense as Short and Dungey went side by side. Just moments later the current champion was in the lead and well on his way to securing another moto victory. Meanwhile Alessi and Grant became tangled in a bitter fight for sixth-place, trading it back and forth until Grant flew by Alessi’s KTM 350 SX-F, which clearly couldn’t muster the horsepower it needed. After some mistakes by Grant, however, Alessi was able to regain his position, with the Yamaha rider falling back to 10th.
In the last few laps of the contest Regal made a few passes to move up to second behind Dungey, who at this point was over 40 seconds ahead of the field. In what was another intense feud, Hahn and Windham traded paint for fourth-place, with Hahn ultimately going down and giving it to the veteran.
Taking the overall at his home track in front of friends and family, Dungey ended Moto 2 with more than a 40-second gap on second-place rider Regal.
“I got a great start in the first moto and a not so great start in the second moto, so I had to put in some consistent laps,” said Dungey. “I grew up riding (at Spring Creek) and I definitely rode a lot here, but I haven’t really rode it since I turned pro and only came to race. It’s changed every year with the layout so I kind of look at it just like any other race. I got to know a lot of great people here so to come back and see them was great.”
Short posted another memorable performance of the ’10 season in second overall with a solid 3-3 score. After taking second-place in Moto 2, Regal ended the day in third for one of his strongest results of the season. Taking fourth overall after was Windham, who amazed onlookers as the veteran rider took a 5-4 result in his first outdoor appearance of 2010.
After going down early in the race, Townley managed an impressive recovery to finish fifth in Moto 2, and earned fifth overall. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the day came from Reed, who saw his second-place in the championship plummet to sixth after his miserable performance in Minnesota.
450 Motocross Millville Results:
1. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) 1-1
2. Andrew Short (Honda) 3-3
3. Kyle Regal (Honda) 8-2
4. Kevin Windham (Honda) 5-4
5. Ben Townley (Honda) 4-5
6. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 2-10
7. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha) 9-7
Despite falling and losing the lead in Moto 2, Ben Townley led an impressive comeback to finish fifth in the moto and fifth overall.
8. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha) 7-9
9. Brett Metcalfe (Honda) 16-6
10. Nick Wey (Kawasaki) 11-11
11. Mike Alessi (KTM) 15-8
12. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha) 10-13
13. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 14-12
14. Thomas Hahn (Suzuki) 6-28
15. Steven Clarke (Suzuki) 12-19
450 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Dungey, 318
2. Andrew Short, 229
3. Ben Townley, 223
4. Brett Metcalfe, 221
5. Josh Grant, 215
6. Chad Reed, 204
7. Mike Alessi, 196
8. Kyle Regal, 157
9. Ryan Sipes, 140
10. Kyle Chisholm, 134
Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel won a hard-fought battle against Geico Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard for the win in the opening moto of the 250 class. Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer took third with teammate Tyla Rattray and Geico Honda’s Blake Wharton rounding out the top-five finishers in fourth and fifth, respectively.
In Moto 2 it was the #341 bike of Nico Izzi taking the holeshot with Canard right beside him. After the first turn it was Canard followed by Dean Wilson, Eli Tomac, Izzi and Weimer. Rattray and Justin Barcia also secured solid starts and were in the fight for the top-five, while Pourcel suffered a poor start and struggled to advance from mid-pack.
While Canard and Wilson began separating themselves from the rest of the field, Weimer desperately defended his fifth-place position from the aggressive Rattray. Shortly afterward Weimer made the pass on Izzi for fourth, with Rattray tagging along to also make the pass and move into fifth.
By Lap 3 Rattray was on the move again, finally making his way around Weimer for fourth-place just behind Tomac. Meanwhile, Barcia refused to be denied the podium as he gradually made passes from his start in seventh-place.
With Wilson right behind Canard the two began pulling ahead of the pack it began raining in the middle of Moto 2. As the track became muddy and slick lap times started to slow, but Barcia continued making his way through the pack by passing Weimer for fifth. With the rain increasing riders began running out of tear-offs and resorted to yanking their goggles entirely.
In the final laps both Rattray and Barcia advanced ahead of Tomac who was running third. Shortly after, Rattray went down while in third, giving the final podium position to Barcia.
Wilson never could attempt a pass on Canard under the difficult track conditions, and the Honda rider eventually took the Moto 2 win along with the overall.
“The effort I put in today was good for me,” said a happy Canard. “I’m just excited about what’s going on and I hope to keep (the momentum) going.”
Wilson took a close second for the day after finishing Moto 2 just a few bike lengths behind Canard. Rattray had a strong outing where he finished third overall with two consistent fourth-place finishes. After being passed late in the second moto by his Kawasaki teammate, Weimer went on to take fourth overall. Pourcel’s terrific victory in the opening moto was quickly followed by an upsetting 10th-place in Moto 2, and the Frenchman had to settle for fifth at the end of the day.
250 Motocross Millville Results:
1. Trey Canard (Honda) 2-1
2. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 6-2
3. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 4-4
4. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 3-5
5. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki) 1-10
6. Blake Wharton (Honda) 5-7
7. Broc Tickle (Yamaha) 7-6
8. Justin Barcia (Honda) 16-3
9. Tommy Searle (KTM) 11-9
10. Alex Martin (Honda) 8-15
11. Eli Tomac (Honda) 13-11
12. Travis Baker (Yamaha) 9-16
13. Martin Davalos (Yamaha) 15-12
14. Darryn Durham (Honda) 39-8
15. Nico Izzi (Yamaha) 10-38
250 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Christophe Pourcel, 296
2. Dean Wilson, 264
3. Trey Canard, 252
4. Tyla Rattray, 248
5. Broc Tickle, 209
6. Justin Barcia, 201
7. Blake Wharton, 175
8. Eli Tomac, 174
9. Jake Weimer, 165
10. Martin Davalos, 147