Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto demolished the field in 450 Moto 1 at Budds Creek, beating Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey by over 50 seconds at the checkers. Smartop’s Mike Alessi trailed an additional 14 seconds back in third.
Alessi grabbed his first Motorcycle-Superstore.com Holeshot of the year, crossing the white line by half a wheel ahead of Dungey, but Villopoto was charging hard from fourth and within the first turns had assumed the lead. RV ticked-off one faultless lap after another but Dungey did well to keep up with the Kawasaki ace, placing himself just over one second behind Villopoto at one point mid-race. Dungey lost significant time as the contest wound down though thanks to a hard crash from which he was slow to recover. The 2012 Nationals champ remounted and slowly regained speed though, and thanks to the huge gap he had on Alessi, was able to remain in the runner-up position.
Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia battled past Rockstar Energy Racing’s Ryan Sipes in the latter half of the race to finish fourth. Barcia’s teammate, Trey Canard, trailed Sipes in sixth followed by JGRMX’s Justin Brayton in seventh. Villopoto’s teammate, Jake Weimer, scored eighth with Troy Lee Designs’ Malcolm Stewart trailing in ninth.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart got another dose of bad luck early in the race, coming down hard off a jump and falling outside the top-10. He battled to recover position through the race, finishing in 11th at the checkers. Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray also crashed, though unlike Stewart the South African rider was unable to continue after his incident.
“I feel like we’ve made good progress with the bike, the last couple of weeks we’ve been doing a lot of testing and it was good to see everything pay off today,” said Ryan Dungey after winning the 450 overall at Budds Creek.
Dungey fired back in Moto 2, taking advantage of a good start to run out front in the opening turns and stretch a gap on the field. RV, meanwhile, was stuck outside the top-five and had to fight through the ranks before he could contend for the front. By the time RV finally made it to the runner-up position, Dungey had built a sizable gap which he maintained to the checkers, beating Villopoto by 17 seconds. Malcolm Stewart put his best ride of the year so far to round out the podium.
Alessi came across the white line for a second time, earning four total Motorcycle Superstore.com Holeshot award points for the round. Dungey slipped past the Suzuki rider in the first turns and never looked back. RV had to run down some of the biggest names in the sport after the start, pushing past Two Two Motorsports’ Chad Reed, James Stewart, Malcolm Stewart, Alessi and Brayton, a task that took the Kawasaki ace close to 10 minutes to accomplish. Dungey was untouchable though, running smooth, fast laps which made it impossible for RV to cut the gap.
Canard finished in fourth, followed by RCH Racing’s Broc Tickle in fifth. N-Fab privateer Phil Nicoletti came across the finish line in sixth followed by Brayton in seventh. Barcia struggled in Moto 2 and finished eighth with BTO Sports’ Andrew Short trailing in ninth and Weimer rounding out the top-10.
Alessi crashed hard late in the race and pulled out of competition. James Stewart also went down, but was able to remount and return to the race. There wasn’t much time left in the moto for Stewart after his incident though and he was only able to recover to 13th by the checkers.
Dungey’s moto win gives him the overall victory at Budds Creek, marking his second of the season. Villopoto remains the overall points leader in the series, and he holds a 16 point advantage over Dungey. Barcia is third and Canard remains fourth.
Budds Creek 450 Motocross Results 2013:
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM) 2-1
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) 1-2
3. Trey Canard (Honda) 6-4
4. Malcolm Stewart (Honda) 9-3
5. Justin Barcia (Honda) 4-8
6. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 7-7
7. Broc Tickle (Suzuki) 10-5
8. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 8-10
9. Phil Nicoletti (Yamaha) 15-6
10. Andrew Short (KTM) 12-9
11. Mike Alessi (Suzuki) 3-34
12. James Stewart (Suzuki) 11-13
13. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 14-11
14. Chad Reed (Honda) 13-12
15. Ryan Sipes (Suzuki) 5-22
450 Championship Points 2013:
1. Ryan Villopoto, 240
2. Ryan Dungey, 224
3. Justin Barcia, 179
4. Trey Canard, 153
5. Mike Alessi, 136
6. James Stewart, 122
7. Tyla Rattray, 95
8. Ryan Sipes, 95
9. Broc Tickle, 94
10. Jake Weimer, 93