Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey pulled off the win at his home track in Minnesota to push the 2011 MX Championship even closer.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey claimed the overall victory at his home circuit of Millville, Minnesota during Round 7 of the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto earned second after being passed late in Moto 2, leaving him just one point ahead of Dungey in the championship standings. In his first 450 motocross ride Honda’s Trey Canard pulled out a terrific performance at Spring Creek, putting him on the podium in his first race since fracturing his femur. Absent from the overall podium was TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed, who had a scary moment in the second moto to finish fifth overall.
Reed was quickest out of the gates and nabbed the holeshot ahead of Dungey, Canard, Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer and Villopoto. MSR/TRSConsult.com Yamaha’s Nicky Wey had a tough start after crashing in the first turn behind a major first turn pile-up. MotoConcepts Yamaha’s Tommy Hahn, Honda’s Kevin Windham, FMF/TLD Honda’s Jimmy Albertson, JDR/J Star KTM’s Tye Simmonds, Red Bull KTM’s Andrew Short and Suzuki’s Michael Byrne were running eighth through 13th respectively in the opening lap as Villopoto made the pass on his teammate, Weimer, for sixth. Meanwhile, Muscle Milk Yamaha’s Justin Brayton was busy charging from the back of the pack after starting outside the top-30. Up next in RV2’s sites was Metcalfe, the Aussie crashing out shortly afterward and dropping down to sixth.
Up front Reed, Dungey and Canard were all closing in on each other in the top-three positions. Canard was looking good after setting the fastest time earlier in practice, but a few simple mistakes put Ice Trey behind Alessi. Dungey started picking up his pace as the moto neared the halfway mark. As Reed and Dungey made their way through the sand whoop section, RD5 nearly lost it over the handlebars. The hometown favorite then ran off the track, losing time on Reed in the process. Shortly afterward Reed tore off his goggles as Villopoto began attacking Canard. It wasn’t long before Villopoto nabbed fourth ahead of Canard as a 17-second lead opened up between first and third.
Meanwhile Reed continued pulling ahead of Dungey with a four-second lead as Dungey began to gradually fall off the pace in the closing laps. As the white flag waved the Aussie had more than nine seconds to spare as he went on to notch his seventh moto victory of the season ahead of RD5. Villopoto passed Alessi late in the race for third, the ’11 SX champ noticeably displeased with his performance. Canard rounded out the top-five finishers behind Alessi, putting in a strong debut ride in the premier class after recovering from his broken femur.
Though he looked strong in the second moto, Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto couldn’t hold back Dungey and finished second overall.
In the second heat of the day Villopoto took the holeshot ahead of Reed, Weimer and Dungey. After passing RV for the lead, Reed had one of the most terrifying moments of the season when he crossed-up off the face of a jump and was launched more than 30 feet into the air. Landing on the downhill slope of the jump, it appeared the Aussie had seriously been injured. However, Reed bounced back up, got on his bike and started racing again to the cheers of fans all around Millville.
Up front Villopoto was already more than four seconds ahead of Dungey and was looking strong. Canard continued to run in third with Weimer and Metcalfe both fighting for fifth. Shortly afterward Metcalfe snaked his way ahead of Weimer for fifth. But one of the most determined riders on the track was Reed. The TwoTwo Motorsports rider broke inside the top-20 to start earning precious points. In the final laps the gap between Villopoto and Dungey was cut down after RV2 made a mistake. Dungey turned up the heat and went bar to bar with Villopoto, each of his pass attempts being fended off by the team green rider. But in the most aggressive move seen by Dungey so far this season, Dungey put a hard block pass on RV for the lead and eventual win. The victory put Dungey on the top of the box at his home circuit, giving the Suzuki rider his second overall win of the season. Villopoto finished second overall, with Canard posting third overall to make the podium in his first race of the season.
After his horrific crash, Reed was noticeably shaken after the moto. The Aussie climbed all the way up to 14th after the incident, leaving him fifth overall for the day. The championship has become even tighter with Villopoto now just six points behind Reed. Meanwhile Dungey is only one point behind RV after his victory in Round 7.
450 Motocross Millville Results:
1. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) 2-1
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) 3-2
3. Trey Canard (Honda) 5-3
4. Mike Alessi (KTM) 4-4
In his first motocross race in the 450s Honda’s Trey Canard posted third overall with 5-3 moto scores.
5. Chad Reed (Honda) 1-14
6. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki) 6-5
7. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 8-6
8. Andrew Short (KTM) 7-9
9. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 12-7
10. Kevin Windham (Honda) 11-10
11. Jimmy Albertson (Honda) 10-11
12. Tye Simmonds (KTM) 9-12
13. Michael Byrne (Suzuki) 13-13
14. Tommy Hahn (Yamaha) 33-8
15. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 14-17
450 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Chad Reed, 300
2. Ryan Villopoto, 294
3. Ryan Dungey, 293
4. Brett Metcalfe, 209
5. Kevin Windham, 193
6. Davi Millsaps, 173
7. Andrew Short, 156
8. Mike Alessi, 151
9. Jake Weimer, 140
10. Christian Craig, 119