Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – Round 9 0f 12 – Spring Creek – July 27, 2013
— James Stewart Captures First Victory of 2013 at Spring Creek
— Eli Tomac’s Streak Reaches 4 Motos with 250 Moto 2 Win at Spring Creek
The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its lone visit to Minnesota on Saturday for the ninth round of the season from Millville’s Spring Creek MX Park. With temperatures cooler than usual in the Midwest, the Red Bull Spring Creek National produced plenty of exciting race action for the 31st annual event.
After a five-year winning streak at Spring Creek, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey missed the center of the podium on Saturday. However, a Moto 2 win in the 450 Class gave Dungey’s hometown fans a reason to cheer for the Minnesota native. In the end, it was Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart who captured the overall win at the Red Bull Spring Creek National, his first of the 2013 season.
The iconic Spring Creek MX Park hosted its 31st Lucas Oil Pro Motocross National on Saturday.
As the gate dropped for Moto 1 of the 450 Class, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia grabbed the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot down the championship’s longest start straight, where he battled with his teammate Trey Canard for the early lead. Red Bull KTM’s Dungey began the moto with the lead pack but a couple mistakes in the early moments caused the reigning champion to drop back as far as 11th place in the first moto.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart jumped in behind Canard and Barcia off the start, where he quickly took over the lead position from the Honda-backed duo. Barcia and Canard flip-flopped for second place, but Canard eventually made the pass on his teammate for second. Canard closed the gap on Stewart’s lead towards the end, but it wasn’t enough to keep the 2008 450 Class Champion from securing the Moto 1 win. Canard maintained the second-place position, while Barcia and Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Josh Grant finished third and fourth, respectively.
Meanwhile, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto was forced to work his way through the pack after a crash on the opening lap that left the points leader in 28th position. Villopoto ultimately made his way up to sixth place, where he finished just ahead of Dungey in Moto 1.
Following his Moto 1 win, Stewart carried considerable momentum into the second moto as he grabbed the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot and led Dungey early on. The two former 450 Class Champions went head-to-head for the lead spot, but it was ultimately Dungey who settled into the front position.
The real battle in Moto 2 came in the runner-up position between Canard and Stewart as the outcome would likely determine the 450 Class overall winner. After a back and forth battle to the end, Canard was able to best Stewart for second place in Moto 2. But Stewart’s 1-3 moto score was enough to top Canard’s 2-2 finishes en route to his first overall victory of the season.
“Things just came together today but it was probably the hardest two motos I’ve ridden since last year,” James Stewart said. “We’re just building for next year so any little bit helps. I want to finish this thing [season] and get a couple more wins to carry the momentum into next season.”
Dungey maintained the lead through the end of Moto 2, finishing 5-1 to salvage third place overall for the day.
Villopoto finished fifth overall with a moto score of 4-6 for the day, despite a valiant comeback effort in both motos. Round 9 marks the first time this season that Villopoto hasn’t finished atop the overall podium, but the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider maintains the 450 Class points lead heading into the tenth round.
GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn grabbed the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot in Moto 1 of the 250 Class, where he led the opening lap. Millville native Jeremy Martin got off to a second place start where he settled in behind Hahn early on. GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle and Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen went back and forth behind MYPLASH/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Martin, where a three-way battle ensued. Roczen eventually passed Bogle, and then Martin, for the second place position, but Roczen experienced a crash that forced the Red Bull KTM rider to pull out of the first moto.
Martin moved past Hahn to take over the lead in front of his hometown friends and family but a hard-charging Eli Tomac quickly caught up to Martin from behind. Tomac took over the lead and carried it through the finish, while Martin claimed a career-best finish of second place.
Hahn came out charging in Moto 2 of the 250 Class, grabbing his second straight Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot of the day. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett and Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen pushed to the front early on, where the duo took turns leading the race. However, Tomac came from behind to interject himself into the lead battle about halfway through Moto 2.
Tomac eventually moved past Roczen for the lead, where he maintained his position to capture his second moto win of the day and fourth consecutive moto win this season. Roczen finished second in Moto 2, posting a moto score of 35-2 to salvage ninth overall for the day.
Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin proved that consistency pays off as he captured a pair of fourth place finishes to capture second overall for the day. Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson captured a career best third overall with 3-5 finishes for the day Hometown favorite Jeremy Martin put in an impressive ride to finish fourth overall for the day with a 2-7 moto score.
Tomac’s 1-1 sweep at Spring Creek was enough to claim the 250 Class points lead atop Roczen, who now sits 27 points behind in second.
Round 10 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to New Berlin, NY for the Built Ford Tough Unadilla National on Saturday, August 10.
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – Round 9 of 12 – Red Bull Spring Creek National Spring Creek MX Park – Millville, Minn. – July 27, 2013
450 Class (Moto Finish)
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki (1-3)
2. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (2-2)
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (5-1)
4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda (3-5)
5. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (6-4)
6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (7-8)
7. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, (11-6)
8. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda (10-7)
9. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki (9-9)
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (8-10)
450 Class Championship Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 413
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 379
3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 307
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 269
5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 263
6. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 195
7. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 191
8. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki, 184
9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 183
10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 176
250 Class (Moto Finish)
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (1-1)
2. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (4-4)
3. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki (3-5)
4. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-7)
5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (6-3)
6. Justin Bogle, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (5-6)
7. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (8-8)
8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki (7-11)
9. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM (35-2)
10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda (11-9)
250 Class Championship Standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 405
2. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 378
3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 334
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 295
5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda, 261
6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 238
7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 209
8. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 207
9. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 183
10. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 170
— KTM Report
The Spring Creek National at Millville, Minnesota was a tough day out for the Red Bull KTM Factory Team but ended with Ryan Dungey in third in the 450 class and Marvin Musquin in second in the 250s.
Dungey, riding in front of his home crowd courageously fought his way back into contention after losing his chain in the sand whoops half way through his first moto. He had got away well in third at the start and was on the attack when he had to dismount and fix the chain, losing about 20 seconds in the process. He was in tenth when he re-entered the race and put in a great display of riding to finish fifth.
Then when the gate dropped in the second moto he was again top three and was soon locked in battle with James Stewart for the race lead. The two riders exchanged the lead back and forth in a thrilling exchange throughout the first half of the race before Dungey finally made it stick and began to pull away. He went on to win the moto by three seconds.
While Dungey’s 5-1 moto scores put him on the podium in third place, he also gained championship points on rival Ryan Villopoto, who finished behind him in fifth overall. Riders will now have a one-week break before heading to the next round in New Berlin, NY.
French rider Musquin’s set of fours in the two 250 class motos was enough on the day to give him second overall in what was an eventful day on the track at Spring Creek. His German teammate Ken Roczen was not so lucky. He failed to finish the first moto after a massive crash but came back strong to finish second in the second moto to finish ninth overall for the day.
Both riders got away well in the opening 250 moto and Roczen quickly moved into the top three. He was soon challenging Wil Hahn for the lead but while trying different lines he crashed badly that left him winded and doubled up on the track. He did get back on the bike but eventually had to retire from the race.
“Luckily, I walked away from that crash with no broken bones,” Roczen said later. “I know I will be feeling pretty banged up tomorrow, but I am thankful I was not seriously injured.” Meanwhile Musquin had better luck in the first moto and ran as high as third before he lost one spot near the end of the moto.
In the second moto Musquin launched off the line to a fourth place start while Roczen was two positions back. The two teammates battled for a few laps before Roczen made the pass and moved up to challenge Blake Baggett for the lead. He moved around Baggett and held the front spot for a few laps before Eli Tomac began to challenge for the position. Tomac made the pass and Roczen stuck with him for about five laps before he fell back with arm pump. Roczen was second at the flag and Musquin was fourth. They finished ninth and second overall respectively.