TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed earned another overall at Red Bud and increased his lead in the championship.
TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed collected his fourth overall victory of the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship at Red Bud over Fourth of July weekend. The Aussie was met by fierce opposition from Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, who recorded second overall with 2-2 moto scores. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto just squeezed on the box after a dominating performance in the final moto, which saw him record the fastest lap of the day on his way winning his fourth moto of the season.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer got the holeshot ahead of Muscle Milk JGR Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps, Reed and Dungey. Despite an excellent start Weimer couldn’t keep up with the front pack and was quickly passed by Millsaps, Reed and Dungey. Meanwhile, Villopoto was nowhere to be seen after getting tangled in the first lap with MotoConcepts Yamaha’s Tommy Hahn. The 2011 SX champ emerged without a visor on his helmet down in 37th as Hahn pulled off the track and out of the race. Honda’s Kevin Windham also had a bad start outside the top-30 as Reed began to pressure Millsaps for the lead. The Aussie made a mistake, however, which allowed Millsaps some breathing room. Suzuki’s Michael Byrne had a short race after his chain broke and forced him back to the pit.
With 17 minutes remaining the top-three riders all closed-in on each other as RV2 was putting in some fast laps to move up to 24th. Only two seconds separated the top-three as Reed soon after snatched the lead from Millsaps at the halfway mark. Dungey also quickly got past Millsaps to settle in just behind Reed, the moto turning into another classic battle between Reed and Dungey.
As Villopoto moved up to 17th his teammate Weimer was forced to call it quits with a mechanical problem. Windham also maintained steady progress throughout the moto and was up to 16th as Reed pulled slightly ahead of Dungey in the lead with nearly a four-second advantage. But in the final three minutes Dungey cut that margin down, and with the white flag out the two went at it for the win. Just when it appeared Reed had enough distance over Dungey, RD5 flew through Red Bud’s sand whoops ahead of the Aussie. Forced to take the outside line, Dungey couldn’t maintain his momentum as Reed cut back in to reclaim the top position.
Reed secured his sixth moto win of the season just ahead of Dungey. Though Millsaps couldn’t hold the competition off for the win, he posted his third podium of the season ahead of Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe and Muscle Milk Toyota’s Justin Brayton. Villopoto eventually collected valuable points by finishing ninth after climbing all the way back from 37th. Windham grabbed 12th across the finish line.
The second contest witnessed Villopoto fly out of the gate for the holeshot ahead of Dungey, Reed, Alessi, Metcalfe, Grant, Millsaps and Brayton. In a shocking move Alessi passed Reed for third in the opening lap and would not back down. Meanwhile, Hahn was stuck outside the top-20 as RV2 and RD5 started pulling ahead of the field. Villopoto was showing a lot of aggressive riding and looked determined to comeback from his disappointing first moto. In his quest to further his lead, Villopoto set the fastest lap of the day with a blistering time of 2:10.767.
A small battle erupted between Grant and Metcalfe for fifth. But it was downhill from here on for Grant as the Honda rider was unable to continue with his injured knee. In one of his best showings so far this season Alessi held Reed off until late in the moto. Up front Villopoto’s lead was up to nine seconds ahead of Dungey as Reed remained more than 20 seconds behind in third.
There was no stopping RV as he collected moto win No. 4 more than four seconds ahead of Dungey. Reed made it on the podium in third which granted him the overall, the Aussie now 16 points ahead in the series after Villopoto’s struggle in the first moto.
450 Motocross Red Bud Results:
1. Chad Reed (Honda) 1-3
2. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) 2-2
3. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) 9-1
4. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki) 4-5
Ryan Villopoto remains 16 points behind Chad Reed after crashing in the first moto and finishing ninth.
5. Mike Alessi (KTM) 8-4
6. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 5-7
7. Andrew Short (KTM) 6-8
8. Davi Millsaps (Yamaha) 3-13
9. Kevin Windham (Honda) 12-6
10. Christian Craig (Honda) 10-10
11. Nick Wey (Yamaha) 14-14
12. Josh Grant (Honda) 7-32
13. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 36-9
14. Travis Sewell (Yamaha) 13-17
15. Michael Byrne (Suzuki) 40-11
450 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Chad Reed, 268
2. Ryan Villopoto, 252
3. Ryan Dungey, 246
4. Brett Metcalfe, 178
5. Davi Millsaps, 173
6. Kevin Windham, 172
7. Andrew Short, 130
8. Christian Craig, 119
9. Mike Alessi, 115
10. Jake Weimer, 112