Villopoto's KX250F has the power to get out front early in the MX2 class, but can he beat the MX1 and MX3 fields as well?
Ricky Carmichael posted a 2:11.6-lap time during his seven-lap warm-up this morning in the first of two practice groups. RC was two seconds faster than the next MX1 rider, Tanel Leok of Estonia. The Monster Energy USA rider's MX2 teammate, Ryan Villopoto was third fastest and was within a few hundredths of a second off Leok's pace.
Group 2 was bested by South Africa's Grant Langston. GL was within a couple seconds of Carmichael's pace, but that will add up to a considerable amount by the end of 30+2. We saw yesterday that Langston would love to challenge the Goat, but actually being able to do so is something different altogether.
Ecuador's Martin Davalos got a bit of personal satisfaction by winning the B-Final, but it was Team Brazil that won biggest. Antonio Balbi Jr. took second place for the South American squad and his teammate Leandro Nunes DaSilva was third. The combined score of the Brazilians gave them the overall and subsequently qualified them for the Motocross of Nations races later this afternoon.
1. Martin Davalos - Ecuador (KTM)
2. Antonio Balbi Jr. - Brazil (Hon)
3. Leandro Nunes DaSilva - Brazil (Hon)
4. Roberto Castro - Costa Rica (Kaw)
5. Roman Morozov - Ukraine (Yam)