Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Rattray Extends Points Lead with Win
Irvine, Calif. -- Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyla Rattray captured his second overall victory of the season with a 2-1 moto finish at a hot and humid Round 4 at Budds Creek in Mechanicsville, Md. His 250 class victory pushed him two more points in front of teammate Dean Wilson who captured his third podium finish with a 1-3 moto result for second overall. Broc Tickle earned his best moto finish with a third place in Moto 1 and would finish fifth overall with a 3-9. Blake Baggett put in a hard charge in the final moto, coming from 34th on Lap 1 to finish with a 7-7 for seventh overall. Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto lead his Kawasaki KX(tm)450F to the Moto 1 victory, and tied for the overall after a third place-result in Moto 2, finishing second on the day after the tie-breaker. Villopoto's teammate Jake Weimer put together eighth overall with a 10-7 moto finish.
Earning the points lead and the red number plate at High Point, Rattray's focus at Budds Creek was about remaining consistent. After four rounds, Rattray hasn't missed the podium and has claimed two overall wins aboard his Kawasaki KX(tm)250F. In both motos, he settled into his finishing position on the opening lap and ended the day with an impressive 2-1 moto result.
"I know that championships are often won with consistency and that has been my main goal from the start," said Rattray. "It was great to get a win for my wife and my daughter on father's day weekend. Each week, I'm just going out, trying my best, and I know I can finish strong. We'll see how next week goes in the altitude."
Finishing close behind his teammate, Wilson once again looked strong and was very close to his first overall win of the season. He started the day with his third moto win, but had to come from outside the top-10 in the second moto to finish 1-3 for second overall.
"It's been a little frustrating because I know I am capable of winning the overall," said Wilson. "I know it will come and at least I have been able to be pretty consistent. I am right there in the points and I'll just keep giving it my best each week. Maybe next weekend I'll be lucky enough to get my first of the year."
Coming off a win at High Point, Villopoto started the day strong with a dominating Moto 1 victory. Despite stalling the bike late in the moto, he still won by over eight seconds. Early in the second moto, Villopoto developed a stomachache, but still rode through the pain to finish third and end the day in the runner-up position.
"I felt great in the first moto," said Villopoto. "I had a little moment, but was able to hold on to the lead. In the second moto, I didn't feel good at all, but pushed as hard as I could to make sure I didn't lose any points to Chad (Reed). I really wish I could have left here another three points closer, but we'll make it up next week."
Making Up Ground
Making his move toward the front of the pack, Tickle put in another season-best ride with a podium finish in the first moto. The second moto was more difficult than Tickle would have wanted, starting outside the top-15. He battled the heat and rough track to finish the day with a 3-9 and tie his season best with fifth overall.
"It was a pretty good day overall with the podium in the first moto," said Tickle. "I'm definitely getting my confidence back and know I can ride at the front. I wasn't feeling that great all week so I took a few days off from riding and it seemed to do me a lot of good. I am excited to get back where I know I should be."
Making strides in his first year aboard the Kawasaki KX450F, Weimer continued to turn out top-10 performances in both motos. The first moto saw him come back from 14th to finish 10th. In the second moto, he got a better start and finished seventh for eighth overall.
"Each weekend I'm feeling better and better," said Weimer. "This weekend wasn't how I wanted to finish, but it is a tough track and I need to work on a few things for next week at Thunder Valley."
Hard Charger Contender
Baggett had his work cut out for him in both motos with tough opening laps on the difficult track. In the first moto he made a charge from 13th to finish seventh. He got a better start in the second moto, but went down hard halfway through the first lap. He remounted and came around in 34th, but didn't allow the crash to put him out of a good finish. Baggett picked off riders throughout the entire 30 minutes plus two laps to make his way up to seventh.
"The day really didn't go how I wanted it to, but I feel like I made the best of what I had," said Baggett. "I really am not too fond of this place with my crash last year. I'm just happy to get through it and move on. I tried to make the best of the position I put myself in and we'll go after another win next weekend."
KX250F 50th Win
Since the Kawasaki KX250Fs racing debut in 2004, the riders that have mounted the motorcycle have shown a vast amount of success. Rattray's overall win on Saturday put the KX250F at an impressive 50 overall wins in 88 starts since 2004. With only 12 rounds per year, the KX250F has won more than 50 percent of the races.
The fifth round of the AMA Motocross Championship series brings the riders 6182 feet above sea level to Thunder Valley MX in Lakewood, Colo. The site of the 2010 Motocross of Nations proves to be a challenging location with elevation that will affect both bike and rider.
"The track has some pretty tough parts that will be challenging, but usually we have a lot of fun when we race there," said Wilson, who finished second overall last year. "It will be different without the humidity, but then we have to deal with the elevation."
AMA Motocross Series
Budds Creek - Mechanicsville, Md.
June 18, 2011
AMA 450 Motocross Class Results (Moto Finishes)
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda, 3-1
2. RYAN VILLOPOTO, SEATTLE, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 1-3
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 2-2
4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 4-4
5. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 5-5
6. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 6-6
7. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 7-9
8. JAKE WEIMER, RUPERT, IDAHO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 10-7
9. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 9-8
10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda
AMA 250 Motocross Results (Moto Finishes)
1. TYLA RATTRAY, WILDOMAR, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 2-1
2. DEAN WILSON, MENIFEE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 1-3
3. Justin Barcia, New Jersey, N.J., Honda, 6-2
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 6-3
5. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 3-9
6. Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha, 9-4
7. BLAKE BAGGETT, GRAND TERRACE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 7-7
8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 4-15
9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Suzuki, 10-10
10. Nico Izzi, Rochester, N.Y., Honda, 8-13
AMA 450 Motocross Class Points Standings
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda, 183
2. RYAN VILLOPOTO, SEATTLE, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 168
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 155
4. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 130
5. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 118
6. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 112
7. JAKE WEIMER, RUPERT, IDAHO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 93
8. Ricky Dietrich, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 92
9. Christian Craig, Hemet, Calif., Honda, 76
10. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 75
AMA 250 Motocross Points Standings
1. TYLA RATTRAY, WILDOMAR, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 174
2. DEAN WILSON, MENIFEE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 170
3. BLAKE BAGGETT, GRAND TERRACE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 144
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 136
5. Justin Barcia, New Jersey, N.J., Honda, 116
6. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 114
7. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 99
8. Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha, 91
9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Suzuki, 75
10. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda, 72