Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray won his third moto of the season en route to taking the overall at Millville.
The 2011 AMA 250 Motocross Championship witnessed more of the same in Millville, Minnesota as Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki ruled the podium once again. This time South African Tyla Rattray walked off with the overall victory after defeating Scotsman Dean Wilson in the final moto. Wilson has now placed second overall in the last six races, but the 19-year-old has yet to claim the overall as he still leads the series by 16 points. Blake Baggett rounded out the podium in third after two motos which bumped him down to second in the series just five points behind Rattray.
DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Kyle Cunningham nailed the holeshot, but Wilson took the lead away immediately out of the first turn. Behind the two frontrunners were Rattray, Cunningham’s Yamaha teammate Ryan Sipes and Baggett. It was an excellent start for Yamaha as the third DNA Shred Stix rider, Gareth Swanepoel, was inside the top-six with Fox/Smith Honda’s Lance Vincent, Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac and Suzuki’s Martin Davalos following. Baggett started pressuring Sipes for fourth in the opening laps as Planet Fitness/Fox Honda’s Wil Hahn and Suzuki City’s Malcolm Stewart both had poor starts outside the top-25. Durham and Vincent had a fight early on for eighth, which Vincent lost after going sideways and nearly losing it. Up front Rattray blasted by Cunningham for second to move within striking distance of Wilson. With 18 minutes remaining Baggett got by Sipes for fourth, but el chupacabra was still more than 13 seconds behind Wilson. Every time Rattray started closing on Wilson in the lead, the Scotsman picked up his lap times to stay out front.
Dean Wilson is still searching for his first overall win of the season after finishing second for sixth consecutive time.
In the second half of the race Tomac started pressuring Sipes for fifth. Just behind the two Durham also entered the mix as Tomac overtook Sipes. Just then Barcia had a hard crash through the whoop section. The Honda rider was slow getting up while holding his nose, and initial word is that he suffered a broken nose. Baggett fought past Cunningham for third, the Kawasaki rider bumping the final Yamaha off the podium. With Tomac still under pressure from Durham for fifth, Wilson started pulling ahead again. In the final laps Rattray upped his pace, and at one point nearly had Wilson. In the end, however, Wilson racked-up his fourth race victory of the season over Rattray, who rode extremely well with consistent lap times through difficult conditions. Meanwhile, Baggett made his way on the podium but couldn’t challenge the top-two. Teammates Cunningham and Swanepoel posted fourth and fifth, respectively, with Sipes falling significantly off the pace in the end to finish back in 13th. Tomac finished 29th after feeling ill and having to pull off track with just two laps left.
Cunningham had another great start in the second moto ahead of Rattray, with Barcia trailing the pair. From nowhere Wilson jumped up to third ahead of Eleven10 Mods Honda’s Alex Martin, who was running fourth at his home track (his parents own it). Baggett had a challenging start outside the top-20 as Rattray grabbed the lead from Cunningham on the second lap. Team green continued to push forward in the ranks with Wilson passing Cunningham for second. It was shaping up to be another battle between Pro Circuit riders.
Wilson was right on Rattray’s rear wheel halfway into the match, desperate for his first overall of the season. With the top-two chasing each other Cunningham dropped off the pace slightly as Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle crashed in eighth. Tomac, who recovered from his illness in Moto 1, had a bad start and struggled during the first half of Moto 2 to break into the top-five. Baggett was picking off rider left and right though as he passed three riders within three turns for ninth. Just a few laps later Baggett was up to fourth after passing Martin, who went off track during the pass. It was to be Rattray’s day, however, as the South African finished more than nine seconds ahead of Wilson for the overall. Wilson nabbed his sixth consecutive second-place finish, though he was rather annoyed by his failure to take the overall. For the second time on Saturday Baggett bumped Cunningham off the box in the final race, finishing third overall to give PC Kawasaki another sweep of the podium.
250 Motocross Millville Results:
1. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 2-1
2. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 1-2
3. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki) 3-3
4. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha) 4-4
5. Alex Martin (Honda) 7-5
6. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki) 6-9
7. Wil Hahn (Honda) 9-8
8. Gareth Swanepoel (Yamaha) 5-12
9. Gannon Audette (Yamaha) 15-10
10. Jason Anderson (Suzuki) 14-11
11. Martin Davalos (Suzuki) 10-15
12. Justin Barcia (Honda) 36-6
13. Eli Tomac (Honda) 29-7
14. Darryn Durham (Honda) 8-33
15. Malcolm Stewart (Suzuki) 11-31
250 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Dean Wilson, 305
2. Tyla Rattray, 289
3. Blake Baggett, 284
4. Kyle Cunningham, 199
5. Eli Tomac, 190
6. Broc Tickle, 170
7. Justin Barcia, 152
8. Gareth Swanepoel, 148
9. Martin Davalos, 128
10. Darryn Durham, 122