Stewart was strong off the start, earning the first Motorcycle-Superstore.com Holeshot point of the year, but was bar-to-bar with Villopoto through the first turns. Dungey also availed himself of the field and a close battle ensued for the top spot in the first half of Lap 1. RV was quick to gain the lead and from there was uncatchable. Dungey tousled with JGRMX rider Josh Grant in the opening minutes for third-place, but soon got past the Yamaha rider and then set his sights on Stewart. After eight minutes of racing, Dungey finally found a line past Bubba and proceeded to stretch a gap on the Suzuki rider.
Grant was strong in the initial laps, but went down early and fell back, opening the door for Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard to assume fourth-place, where he would hold to the checkers. Canard’s teammate and fifth-place finisher, Justin Barcia, powered through the ranks early on, moving up from ninth-place during the opening laps.
BTO Sport’s Andrew Short prevailed in one of the most heated battles on track for sixth-place, a fight which included Troy Lee Designs’ Malcolm Stewart, FMF’s Mike Alessi and Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson. Stewart, riding in place of Christian Craig, was enjoying a stellar performance until the final minutes when a mechanical issue forced him to pull off track and out of competition. Wilson also fell back after stalling his machine, as did Alessi who got tapped by backmarker Ryan Huffman of Motosport Hillsboro late in the race. Alessi went down briefly after the incident and was able to continue in the race, but ended the day finishing 12th.
450 podium at Hangtown with Ryan Villopoto (center) in first, Ryan Dungey (left) in second and James Stewart (right) in third.
Stewart ran out front early once again in Moto 2 and was able to hold there for over 10 minutes, but Dungey and Villopoto were bunched up right behind him. Dungey made a move from second-place and saw the front for a moment before briefly running off track and Villopoto was quick to capitalize, getting past both riders and gaining the lead as the contest neared mid-point.
Once RV got the front, he put down some remarkably fast laps, building a gap that would grow to over 20 seconds by the end of the race, sweeping the 450 motos at Hangtown. Dungey came across the finish in second, followed by Bubba in third.
Canard settled into fourth early in the race and held there to the checkers. Barcia followed in fifth and Alessi took sixth. Rockstar Suzuki’s Ryan Sipes finished in seventh, trailed by FLY’s Weston Peick in eighth and Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray in ninth.
Hangtown 450 Motocross Results 2013:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) 1-1
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 2-2
3. James Stewart (Suzuki) 3-3
4. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-4
5. Justin Barcia (Honda) 5-5
6. Ryan Sipes (Suzuki) 8-7
7. Andrew Short (KTM) 6-10
8. Mike Alessi (Suzuki) 12-6
9. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 9-9
10. Weston Peick (Suzuki) 13-8
11. Phil Nicoletti (Yamaha) 11-11
12. Broc Tickle (Suzuki) 14-12
13. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 7-24
14. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 17-14
15. Chad Reed (Honda) 10-38
450 Motocross Championship Points 2013:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 50
2. Ryan Dungey, 44
3. James Stewart, 40
4. Trey Canard, 36
5. Justin Barcia, 32
6. Ryan Sipes, 27
7. Andrew Short, 26
8. Mike Alessi, 24
9. Tyla Rattray, 24
10. Weston Peick, 21