Grant celebrated his first career 450 win this 4th of July.
Josh Grant took the overall win in Round 6 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan. The Fourth of July weekend also saw Chad Reed returning to form after a poor showing at Thunder Valley, and the Red Bull Honda duo of Ivan Tedesco and Andrew Short continuing to mount pressure in the 450 class.
Short led for the majority of Moto 1 followed closely by Reed; with the Australian finally overtaking the Honda rider on the 11th lap to ride to a win. A mistake by Short with two laps to go allowed third-placed Grant to slip into second and challenge Reed for the win. Short maintained third but ultimately crossed the finish-line 12 seconds behind the front two riders. Tedesco got the better of Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ricky Dietrich on the third-lap to capture fourth, but then lost the position to New Zealand’s Cody Cooper on lap 12. A mistake by Cooper with two laps to go allowed Tedesco and Dietrich to slip past and take fourth and fifth. On the same lap the eighth-placed Tommy Hahn dropped out of the race. Yamaha riders Jason Lawrence and Josh Hill were also unable to finish the race, leaving on the 5th and 1st laps respectively.
Yamaha’s Grant rode to his first career 450 AMA Motocross win in Moto 2 after passing Honda’s Ivan Tedesco on the fifth lap and increasing his lead thereafter to over five seconds. Tedesco would receive a strong challenge for second from Reed, who passed Short on Lap 8 and finally caught up to the Honda factory rider on the final lap. In a side-by-side finish Tedesco just barely managed to fend off the Australian as he crossed 0.05 seconds in front. Over 25 seconds behind the front group came Short in fourth, trailed by Cooper 10 seconds later with fifth. The off-road rider Dietrich took a respectable sixth as the replacement for Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. Michael Byrne (Suzuki), Nick Wey (Yamaha), Tyler Bowers (Honda), and Lawrence (Yamaha) would finish out the top-10 riders for the race.
Chad Reed - Rockstar Makita Suzuki - 2nd Overall
“These guys are riding good this weekend, and my problem is me. I’ve got to do what I know how to do, that’s basically what it comes down to. It’s good to get a moto win on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450, but I want to ride to my fullest and do my best. It’s amazing to be at Red Bud on the 4th of July but I wish I could go out there and tear it up, but I can’t right now. I hate to complain when I’m winning motos, but right now, I’m just thankful I got the holeshot in the first moto and I just have to keep trying to be there at the end. In the second moto, I got a great start but I gave out too much at the beginning. I just left my run for too late at the end, and these guys are riding well and it’s a challenge. We’ll be back and be ready for the next race.”
1. Josh Grant (Yamaha YZ450F
2. Chad Reed (Suzuki RM-Z450
3. Ivan Tedesco (Honda CRF450R
4. Andrew Short (Honda CRF450R
5. Cody Cooper (Yamaha YZ450F
6. Ricky Dietrich (Kawasaki KX450F
7. Michael Byrne (Suzuki RM-Z450
8. Tyler Bowers (Honda CRF450R) 8-9
9. Nick Wey (Yamaha YZ450F
10. Justin Brayton (KTM 450 SX-F
450 Overall Points Standings:
1. Chad Reed - 240
2. Andrew Short - 219
3. Ivan Tedesco - 200
4. Josh Grant - 198
5. Michael Byrne - 145
6. Mike Alessi - 142
7. Cody Cooper - 135
8. Tommy Hahn - 123
9. Ricky Dietrich - 119
10. Nick Wey - 101
Jake Weimer is on a roll, taking his second overall 250 win.
Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer took the overall win in the Motocross Lites class in an action-packed 4th of July weekend at RedBud MX after Moto 1 and Moto 2 winners Ryan Dungey and Christophe Pourcel both failed to impress in consecutive heats.
Weimer led for the first two laps of Moto 1 before Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Dungey overtook him and maintained the advantage until the finish. The two were neck-and-neck for the majority of the race but Dungey ultimately crossed the finish-line almost three seconds ahead of the Idaho resident. Brett Metcalfe kept third ahead of his Geico Powersports Honda teammate, Justin Barcia, for 13 straight laps until the hard-charging Georgia native finally bested him on the final lap to steal third. KTM’s Tommy Searle and Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray were the next group of riders across after running close for the last half of the race. Points leader, Pourcel, had a terrible start that left him in 24th after the first lap, but by Lap 7 he had worked his way through the pack to ninth. Ultimately the Kawasaki rider would take a lonely eighth behind Canidae Kawasaki’s Kyle Cunningham. Will Hahn and Matt Lemoine would round-off the top-10 for Moto 1.
Pourcel and Searle would dominate Moto 2 after passing the holeshot winning Martin Davalos on the fifth lap, with Pourcel hanging on for the win. Searle's second-place was the closest the KTM rider has come to a moto victory this season. "I felt really good in the second moto," commented Searle following the race. "I feel I am improving each race and know that I am getting closer to earning a win. I would love to put my Muscle Milk/MDK/KTM on the top spot of the podium."
Weimer – Monster Energy Kawasaki – 1st Overall
“I went through all of my tear-offs early in the second moto. I didn’t get a good start and I was behind a lot of guys and the roost was pretty bad. I was charging up for third and getting roosted. Then it started raining a little and that’s when I just settled down and concentrated on finishing fourth. I had a pretty good idea I was going to get the overall win about halfway through the second moto. I wanted to be smart, but keep pushing and with the track as rough as it was, it was easy to make mistakes. When you’re racing for an overall you have to be smart. You’re not just racing for yourself; you’re also racing for your team. I’m happy to come away with the overall. Last weekend was really nice for me, going 2-1 and getting the win. After a win there is always a little extra pressure. People question whether you can do it again. It isn’t everyday you get an overall win finishing 2-4. Luckily for me it happened today. I had a consistent day where I didn’t make any major mistakes. I got a good start in the first moto and I felt good.”
Davalos continued to lose ground and would be overtaken by Metcalfe and Weimer on Lap 7. Metcalfe finished 10 seconds ahead of Weimer for a comfortable third. Davalos hung on to fifth in front of England’s Max Anstie. Justin Barcia led the next group of rider across to take seventh, followed by Moto 1 winner, Dungey, in eighth. Honda’s Blake Wharton and Yamaha’s Broc Tickle took the final two spots in the top-10.
1. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki KX250F
2. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki KX250F
3. Tommy Searle (KTM 250 SX-F
4. Brett Metcalfe (Honda CRF250R
5. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki RM-Z250
6. Justin Barcia (Honda CRF250F
7. Kyle Cunningham (Kawasaki KX250F
8. Matt Lemoine (Yamaha YZ250F
9. William Hahn (KTM 250 SX-F) 9-14
10. Martin Davalos (KTM 250 SX-F) 20-5
250 Overall Points Standings:
1. Christophe Pourcel - 255
2. Ryan Dungey - 246
3. Tommy Searle - 191
4. Brett Metcalfe - 179
5. Tyla Rattray - 175
6. Blake Wharton - 156
7. Jake Weimer - 153
8. Justin Barcia - 151
9. Boc Tickle - 141
10. Trey Canard - 139
Check out the Monster Energy RedBud Recap from Round 6 of AMA Pro Motocross: