Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey captured his seventh overall victory of the ’10 season at the Washougal Retro National.
Once again taking a page out of Mike Alessi’s playbook, Short grabbed the holeshot in Moto 1and tried to break free from the pack. In hot pursuit was his stand-in teammate, Kevin Windham, followed by Brett Metcalfe and Dungey. TLD Honda’s Ben Townley experienced a difficult day after crashing during the opening lap in the whoops and injuring his shoulder, putting a quick end to his Washougal experience. Just five laps in Dungey made a hard charge to secure the lead ahead of Short and Windham, while GEICO Powersports Honda’s Metcalfe made an impressive push toward the front of the pack to take third at lap six. Josh Grant moved up to fourth as K-dub began his slow decent back to a ninth palce finish. With just five minutes left Dungey crashed entering a turn, but managed to quickly recover and went on to earn his sixth consecutive moto win. Rounding out the Moto 1 podium was Short followed by Metcalfe.
Brett Metcalfe had to fight back through the pack in the second moto to earn his third place overall finish.
In Moto 2 the #29 bike of Short once again snared the holeshot while Dungey took an inside line to secure third-place. During the opening laps Short received tremendous pressure from Windham while Dungey rapidly approached the veteran from behind. Just a few laps later Dungey successfully passed Windham and began working on the five-second gap separating him from Short in first place. With the overall victory on the line, Dungey shot around Short for the lead on lap eight and instantly pulled away. The championship leader eventually took the win by more than 17 seconds, and earned his seventh straight overall victory in the 450 class. Rockstar’ Energy’s Tommy Hahn put on an impressive ride as he charged from sixth to third. Short rounded out his day behind Dungey with two second-place finishes and was followed by Metcalfe, who was third in the overall results after his 3-5 score.
With his latest win Dungey has now increased his lead to a monstrous 95 points ahead of Short who trails in second.
“The second moto I had a good start. Then over in the back section they watered the back side of a tabletop, and I lost the back end,” said Metcalfe about his difficult second moto. “I came from 25th, and all I could think about was riding aggresive and hard as I could.”
“Dungey is pretty far gone I think. There’s a pretty good battle for second,” said Short about the points race. “Metcalfe is right there behind me, so i still have a lot of racing and a lot of points to take advantage of.”
450 Motocross Washougal Results:
1. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) 1-1
2. Andrew Short (Honda) 2-2
3. Brett Metcalfe (Honda) 3-5
After getting another of his trademark holeshots, Andrew Short took second in both motos to finish in second-place behind Dungey.
4. Thomas Hahn (Suzuki) 7-3
5. Nick Wey (Kawasaki) 10-6
6. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha) 5-11
7. Kevin Windham (Honda) 9-9
8. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha) 8-10
9. Daniel Reardon (Yamaha) 12-7
10. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha) 11-8
11. Mike Alessi (KTM) 6-13
12. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 4-16
13. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 17-4
14. Weston Peick (Yamaha) 16-12
15. Ben Evans (Kawasaki) 15-18
450 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Dungey, 368
2. Andrew Short, 273
3. Brett Metcalfe, 257
4. Josh Grant, 238
5. Ben Townley, 223
6. Mike Alessi, 219
7. Chad Reed, 204
8. Ryan Sipes, 166
9. Kyle Chisholm, 158
10. Kyle Regal, 157
Rocketing up front in the first 250 main was GEICO Powersports Honda rider Canard and Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson. Just three laps into the contest, Wilson fell and dropped back to 22nd-place. The #38 bike of Canard put in a consistent ride to take the win in the first moto ahead of Frenchman Christophe Pourcel who, after getting a poor start in the middle of the pack, advanced all the way up to second place by the closing laps. In the process he silenced critics who claim that when he gets a poor start autopilot is engaged. Taking the final podium spot in third was Pourcel’s Kawasaki teammate, Jake Weimer. This was the first trip to the podium this season from Weimer. Rounding out the top-five finishers in Moto 1 were Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray in fourth followed by GEICO Powersports Honda rider Blake Wharton in fifth.
In the final moto of the day Wilson along with Canard and Pourcel all charged toward the first turn with Canard taking the lead. Teammates Pourcel and Rattray were hot on the heels of the Honda rider, but as the race wore on Canard’s
Jake Weimer finally made an appearance on the box in Moto 1, but his hopes of a podium finish went out the window in Moto 2.
lead ahead of the Kawasaki duo increased after each lap. It seems a rock had hit Pourcel’s clutch cable making his clutch inoperable. The crafty East Coast SX Champ rode most of the corners in first gear and rowed through the gearbox by chopping the throttle. Canard went on to take the moto win by an 11-second margin over Pourcel and Rattray and earned his third straight overall victory of the ’10 season. Pourcel had to settle for second overall after his consistent performances in both motos, while Rattray rounded out the overall podium in third.
With Canard’s victories in the last three rounds he has advanced into second-place in the 250 championship ahead of Wilson.
“During the second moto, I had no clutch. I think I hit a rock on the first lap, and my cable went out. I couldn’t get anything; I was just trying and trying,” Pourcel said about his clutch troubles. “So then I went first gear in all the small corners to keep my speed. It was kind of crazy to slow down I was just shifting all my gears down. I was fun to just ride like that.”
250 Motocross Washougal Results:
1. Trey Canard (Honda) 1-1
2. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki) 2-2
3. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 4-3
4. Blake Wharton (Honda) 5-4
5. Dean WIlson (Kawasaki) 6-6
Frenchman Christophe Pourcel had a hard-earned second-place finish in Moto 1 and Moto 2 behind Canard.
6. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 3-11
7. Eli Tomac (Honda) 7-9
8. Tommy Searle (KTM) 10-7
9. Vince Friese (Yamaha) 12-12
10. Martin Davalos (Yamaha) 22-5
11. Nico Izzi (Yamaha) 9-18
12. Darryn Durham (Honda) 38-8
13. Tommy Weeck (Honda) 15-14
14. Travis Baker (Yamaha) 8-37
15. Les Smith (Honda) 17-13
250 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Christophe Pourcel, 340
2. Trey Canard, 302
3. Dean Wilson, 294
4. Tyla Rattray, 286
5. Justin Barcia, 212
6. Blake Wharton, 209
7. Broc Tickle, 209
8. Eli Tomac, 200
9. Jake Weimer, 195
10. Martin Davalos, 163