2015 Washougal MX | Race Report | 450 Class

By Michael Antonovich

Photos by Ryne Swanberg

The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continued on with round nine taking place at Washougal MX Park. A staple of the pro circuit, the Washington track challenged riders with deceivingly slick soil and massive, shadow-casting trees which have become even more difficult with the day’s persistent rain. As we prepare for the final few motos of the year, the importance of each lap intensifies .For the 450 class, the title has been practically awarded to Ryan Dungey, thanks to his trademark consistency through the first part of the summer, so our attention has turned to the rest of the field, where a handful of riders vie for runner-up results.

450 Moto One

AutoTrader/Toyota/Yamaha bikes ushered the field through the first turn, with Justin Barcia barely edging teammate Phil Nicoletti for the holeshot and early lead. Barcia was able to slip away quickly from the competition to win the moto in dominating fashion, but Nicoletti dropped back to fourth place after passes by Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Christophe Pourcel and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey. These two eventually squared off for second place during the middle moments of the moto, with Dungey taking the spot thanks to a smooth move on the slick track.

RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing rider Ken Roczen suffered a poor start in the frst moto, and this forced the defending champion to fight through the pack for the duration of the race. He ended the moto in ninth place and lost valuable points to Barica in the season standings.

1. Justin Barcia
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Christophe Pourcel
4. Phil Nicoletti
5. Blake Baggett
6. Jason Anderson
7. Ken Roczen
8. Trey Canard
9. Fredrik Noren
10. Vince Friese
11. Josh Grant
12. Weston Peick
13. Kyle Chisholm
14. Justin Brayton
15. Tommy Hahn
16. Broc Tickle
17. Jesse Wentland
18. Killy Rusk
19. Andrew Short
20. Sergey Astaykin
21. Nick Schmidt
22. Kevin Rookstool
23. Ben LaMay
24. Noah McConahy
25. Jake Loberg
26. Austin Ullrich
27. Kinser Endicott
28. John Short
29. Mike Alessi
30. Jason Brooks
31. Deven Raper
32. Chris Howell
33. Collin Jurin
34. Kyle Cunningham
35. Dwight Dillon
36. Dustin Pipes
37. Tommy Weeck
38. Austin Politelli
39. Ronnie Stewart
40. Dylan Bauer

450 Moto Two

Justin Barcia blasted out of the gate to take the holeshot in moto two, with Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen getting behind him almost instantly. These three broke away from the rest of the field after a series of quick laps and waged war on one another for the prime spots in the running order. Dungey fended off a charge from Roczen in the early laps and managed to close on Barcia for the lead, which brought him within a second of the leader at the halfway point of the moto. After feeling the pressure from the championship leader, Barcia managed to inch back ahead and build a four second lead over the field. Just when it seemed like his position was safe, a small mistake in a turn sent him to the ground and allowed Dungey to take the lead. He would take the moto win over Barcia by just over six seconds and the overall victory.

A fifth place finish by Christophe Pourcel finalized the day’s podium, with the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider claiming third overall thanks to consistent scores.

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Justin Barcia
3. Ken Roczen
4. Weston Peick
5. Christophe Pourcel
6. Phil Nicoletti
7. Fredrik Noren
8. Josh Grant
9. Trey Canard
10. Vince Friese
11. Kyle Chisholm
12. Blake Baggett
13. Andrew Short
14. Tommy Hahn
15. Justin Brayton
16. Killy Rusk
17. Ben LaMay
18. Tommy Weeck
19. Mike Alessi
20. Broc Tickle
21. John Short
22. Noah McConahy
23. Kevin Rookstool
24. Sergey Astaykin
25. Dustin Pipes
26. Collin Jurin
27. Austin Ullrich
28. Kinser Endicott
29. Dylan Bauer
30. Jake Loberg
31. Deven Raper
32. Chris Howell
33. Austin Politelli
34. Nick Schmidt
35. Ronnie Stewart
36. Dwight Dillon
37. Jason Anderson
38. Jesse Wentland
39. Jason Brooks
40. Kyle Cunningham

Overall Results
1. Ryan Dungey | 2-1
2. Justin Barcia | 1-2
3. Christophe Pourcel | 3-5
4. Ken Roczen | 7-3
5. Phil Nicoletti | 4-6
6. Weston Peick | 12-4
7. Fredrik Noren | 9-7
8. Trey Canard | 8-9
9. Blake Baggett | 5-12
10. Josh Grant | 11-8
11. Vince Friese | 10-10
12. Kyle Chisholm | 13-11
13. Jason Anderson | 6-37
14. Tommy Hahn | 15-14
15. Justin Brayton | 14-15
16. Andrew Short | 19-13
17. Killy Rusk | 18-16
18. Broc Tickle | 16-20
19. Ben LaMay | 23-17
20. Jesse Wentland | 17-38
21. Tommy Weeck | 37-18
22. Mike Alessi | 29-19
23. Sergey Astaykin | 20-24
24. Kevin Rookstool | 22-23
25. Noah McConahy | 24-22
26. John Short | 28-21
27. Austin Ullrich | 26-27
28. Kinser Endicott | 27-28
29. Jake Loberg | 25-30
30. Nick Schmidt | 21-34
31. Collin Jurin | 33-26
32. Dustin Pipes | 36-25
33. Deven Raper | 36-25
34. Chris Howell | 32-32
35. Dylan Bauer | 40-29
36. Jason Brooks | 30-39
37. Austin Politelli | 38-33
38. Dwight Dillon | 35-36
39. Ronnie Stewart | 39-35
40. Kyle Cunningham 34-40

Point Standings
1. Ryan Dungey 400 points | 8 moto wins
2. Justin Barcia 331 points | 3 moto wins
3. Ken Roczen 331 points | 2 moto wins
4. Blake Baggett 275 points
5. Christophe Pourcel 247 points
6. Jason Anderson 242 points
7. Broc Tickle 226 points
8. Phil Nicoletti 209 points
9. Weston Peick 198 points
10. Fredrik Noren 187 points

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