A dominant performance by Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chad Reed gave the Australian a clean sweep of the AMA Pro Motocross rounds in Washougal, Washington.
Motocross 450, Moto1
Reed was on top of his game at the Washougal MX Park.
Reed led from start to finish taking the Moto 1 victory. Canidae Kawasaki’s Thomas Hahn slipped past Suzuki rider Matthew Goerke on Lap 2 and pursued Reed for the remainder of the race, but ultimately finished three-and-a-half seconds behind the championship points leader.
Honda’s Clement Desalle also overtook Goerke on Lap 2 and remained in third for the rest of the race to finish 18 seconds back from Reed. The Belgian was followed over the line by Goerke and Yamaha’s Josh Grant, who had made forward progress after ending Lap 1 in eighth.
Australian Jake Moss powered his Troy Lee Designs Honda to sixth with a consistent ride throughout the race. He was followed by Honda Factory rider Andrew Short and James Albertson (Valli Motorsports Yamaha). Justin Brayton was the top KTM rider in ninth, with trouble-causing Jason Lawrence rounding out the top ten.
Motocross 450, Moto 2
Josh Grant led the front of the pack for 13 of the 16 laps in Moto 2, followed closely by Jason Lawrence in second. However, neither could stop the determined Reed from taking the race win.
Reed emerged from a messy scramble for the holeshot in seventh and quickly dispatched Antonio Balbi (Honda) on Lap 2 and then Georke on Lap 3 to move into fifth. Davi Millsaps then slipped out of third on Lap 5 as Michael Byrne and Reed gained a position. Two laps later Reed rode around Millsaps into third and then similarly disposed of Lawrence on Lap 11. The same unstoppable drive allowed Reed to assume the lead two laps later and power to an eight-second victory over Yamaha’s Grant.
Lawrence and Byrne maintained their positions to claim third and fourth respectively. Suzuki City’s Jared Browne made a phenomenal recovery from 12th on Lap 1 to take fifth. He was helped in part by a mistake by Millsaps on Lap 14 that dropped the Honda rider two places to finish in seventh behind Jason Lawrence’s teammate Nicholas Wey.
Justin Brayton had another top 10 ride for Muscle Milk KTM with eighth, with Yamaha privateers Ben LaMay and James Albertson rounding out the top ten.
Balbi dropped out of the race after running in a steady seventh when his Honda CRF450R started coughing smoke on Lap 8.
1. Chad Reed (Suzuki RMZ 450
2. Josh Grant (Yamaha YZ 450F
3. Jason Lawrence (Yamaha YZ-450F
4. Justin Brayton (KTM 450 SX-F
5. Michael Byrne (Suzuki RMZ-450
6. James Albertson (Yamaha YZ450F
7. Nicholas Wey (Yamaha YZ 450F),13-6
8. Thomas Hahn (Kawasaki KX 450F
9. Ivan Tedesco (Honda CRF450R
10. Clement Desalle (Honda CRF450R
450 Overall Points Standings:
1. Chad Reed – 337
2. Josh Grant – 272
3. Andrew Short – 267
4. Ivan Tedesco – 258
5. Michael Byrne – 207
6. Thomas Hahn – 171
7. Cody Cooper – 157
8. Justin Brayton – 152
9. Nicholas Wey – 149
10. Michael Alessi - 142
Motocross 250, Moto 1
Geico Powersports Honda’s Blake Wharton claimed the early lead in Moto 1 of Motocross 250, but Ryan Dungey was hot on the heels of the Texan. On Lap 7 the Minnesota native muscled his way into first and defended the position on the way to his third consecutive race win.
Meanwhile, Wharton lost another position as Kyle Cunningham made a charge into second on Lap 14. The Canidae Kawasaki rider finished 3.527 seconds behind Dungey, with Wharton a further four seconds back in third.
Brett Metcalfe followed up his Geico Powersports Honda teammate with fourth; a remarkable feat considering the Australian was in 11th after Lap1.
An epic dual for fifth played out between the Yamaha equipped Darryn Durham and KTM’s Tommy Searle. Durham passed Searle on Lap 7 and held the British rider in his roost for the remainder of the moto to finish just under four-tenths ahead.
Championship points leader Christophe Pourcel got caught up in the madness of 40 rider strong holeshot and ended Lap 1 way down in 24th. The Frenchman began to tear through the pack on his Kawasaki KX250F and finessed his way up to ninth by the end of Lap 9. His progress was then halted when Brock Tickle put on a stiff challenge. The two passed KTM’s Max Anstie as they jockeyed for position, but then Pourcel was slowed as Anstie retaliated. Pourcel eventually regained eighth but finished 13 seconds behind Tickle. Pourcle’s Monster Kawasaki teammate Jake Weimer rounded out the top ten behind Anstie.
Motocross 250, Moto 2
Christophe Pourcel’s Moto 2 start was the polar opposite of his first race catastrophe. Holding the lead at the end of Lap 1 the Kawasaki rider staved off the advance of his Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Jake Weimer for the entirety of the race to take the win by over 11 seconds.
Weimer maintained second-place after taking the position from Wharton on Lap 5, who in turn finished with another third-place result to give the Texan second overall for the weekend.
Metcalfe found himself in a familiar fourth followed by Moto 1 winner Ryan Dungey in fifth. Tommy Searle mixed-it-up with Dungey mid-race, but couldn’t keep the same pace and finished seven seconds pack in sixth.
The other major players from Moto 1 rounded out the top ten in Moto 2, with Justin Barcia (Honda) taking seventh, followed by Broc Tickle (Yamaha), Max Anstie (KTM), and Darryn Durham (Yamaha).
1. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki RM Z250
2. Blake Wharton (Honda CRF250R
3. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki KX 250F
4. Brett Metcalfe (Honda CRF250R
5. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki KX 250F
6. Tommy Searle (KTM 250 SXF
7. Broc Tickle (Yamaha YZ 250F
8. Darryn Durham (Yamaha YZ 250F
9. Max Anstie (KTM 250 SXF), 9-9
10. Kyle Cunningham (Kawasaki KX 250F
250 Overall Points Standings:
1. Christophe Pourcel – 337
2. Ryan Dungey – 337
3. Brett Metcalfe – 251
4. Tommy Searle – 243
5. Jake Weimer – 215
6. Justin Barcia – 210
7. Broc Tickle – 199
8. Blake Wharton – 198
9. Tyla Rattray – 175
10. Trey Canard - 139