Saturday, 21 July 2012 10:03
Round 8 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series at Washougal MX in Washougal, Washington! Can Ryan Dungey keep his winning streak going, and can Blake Baggett maintain his series points lead? Mike Alessi wins first 450 moto, Dungey second, Justin Barcia wins first 250 MX Lites moto …
:: Revisit Washougal MX race 2011! ::
The track is in perfect condition, as is the weather. The promoter put down lots of water overnight, and it’s cool this morning. The weather conditions for later today – mostly sunny, with temps in the high 70′s. Perfect.
250 Class qualifying - It’s two-time World Motocross Champion of MX2, racing on the Red Bull KTM, and originally from France – Marvin Musquin on top with quickest lap of 2 minutes 8 seconds. Rounding out the top ten qualifiers from a total of 49: Blake Baggett, Kenny Roczen, Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac, Wil Hahn, Jason Anderson, Justin Bogle, Ryan Sipes and Travis Baker.
450 Class qualifying – Ryan Dungey is continuing to be what he’s been – the class of the class in 450 AMA Motocross. Today, he leads all qualifiers – his quickest lap was 2 minutes 5 seconds. Second quickest – Mike Alessi at 2 minutes 7 seconds. Then Tommy Hahn, Josh Grant, Andrew Short, Jimmy Albertson, Broc Tickle, Kyle Chisholm, Justin Brayton, Christian Craig, Tyla Rattray and Jake Weimer – the top racers out of the 56 riders trying to make it into the afternoon’s racing.
450 Class Moto 1 – The leader at the end of the first lap? Mike Alessi. He’s followed by Josh Grant, Jake Weimer, Ryan Dungey, Andrew Short, Justin Brayton, and … 2001 125cc AMA National Champion Mike Brown! Josh Hill is back racing, riding a Kawasaki, and in 12th.
On lap three – something has happened to Josh Grant. He’s on the ground, now up, and walking.
The running order ten minutes into this 30 minute plus two lap race – Mike Alessi, Ryan Dungey, Jake Weimer, Andrew Short, Justin Brayton, Mike Brown, Ben LaMay, Broc Tickle, Tommy Hahn, and Vince Friese tenth.
This race has turned into a two-man race – Alessi leading, Dungey right behind. Quite a ways back, Jake Weimer is third, Andrew Short fourth, then Justin Brayton, Tommy Hahn, Broc Tickle, Mike Brown, Kyle Chisholm, and Ben LaMay.
20 plus minutes into this race, Alessi and Dungey are putting on a good show. Alessi leading the entire race so far, Dungey right behind. It’s almost like they are connected together.
Lap 12 – Dungey makes a couple of mistakes, and gives Alessi some breathing room. Instead of being right behind him, Dungey is now about six seconds behind …
Surprisingly … or maybe not, Dungey has closed right back up to Alessi! He’s less than one second behind on lap 14 … and closing.
Alessi and Dungey are battling now, and have for this entire race. After 17 laps, on a beautiful outdoor motocross track here in the Pacfic Northwest, Mike Alessi has won this race! His first moto win of the season, and for the MotoConcepts race team. Ryan Dungey finishes in second … but still has a huge lead in the series points standings. Third is this moto Jake Weimer, then Andrew Short, Justin Brayton, Broc Tickle, Tommy Hahn, Kyle Chisholm, Weston Peick, and Christian Craig round out the top ten.
250 Class Moto 1 – It’s Marvin Musquin with the holeshot! Number 38 on the KTM! The end of the first lap sees Marvin leading, Justin Barcia is second, Eli Tomac third, Blake Baggett fourth, and Kenny Roczen fifth.
The top five guys in the series are all up front! And will this be the race that Marvin breaks thru and wins his first race in the USA? We can predict what he would say if he wins – “Red Bull gives me wings!” : )
15 minutes into this race – Marvin Musquin is leading Justin Barcia by 1.5 seconds. Eli Tomac is right behind them. And Ken Roczen is right behind Eli. Fifth place is Blake Baggett. They are all within six seconds of each other.
Lap 12 – Justin Barcia squeezes by Marvin on the inside of a tight left hand corner and takes over first place. As they start lap 13 – it’s Barcia first, Musquin second, Tomac third, Roczen fourth, Baggett fifth.
Barcia’s teammate Eli Tomac then moves past Musquin as well. It’s GEICO Honda first and second now with Barcia and Tomac, and then Red Bull KTM running third and fourth (Musquin and Roczen). Blake Baggett is fifth. They are all still within six seconds of each other!
Lap 14 – something has happened to Baggett – he’s coming around now in sixth place (Wil Hahn has moved into fifth). The top four (Barcia, Tomac, Musquin, and Roczen) are now quite a distance ahead of the rest.
This 30 minute plus 2 lap race will go 16 laps total. And Justin Barcia is the winner! Teammate Eli Tomac is second. Marvin Musquin third, Kenny Roczen fourth. Wil Hahn is fifth, Blake Baggett is sixth.
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