2008 AMA Outdoor Motocross Nationals – Freestone

AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF
Freestone Country Raceway, TX
Round 3 of 12-June 8, 2008

After spending a couple of weeks under the sunny skies of Southern California, the 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Nationals has begun their migration to the other side of the country. The third stop on the circuit was Freestone County Raceway, which is owned and operated by the Miller family. With the temperature well over 100 degrees throughout Sunday afternoon, it was survival of the fittest this weekend.

As the action in the Lites class got under way, it was once again another knock-down, drag-out battle between Monster Energy/Pro Circuit’s Ryan Villopoto, teammate Austin Stroupe, and Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey. RV2 had it easy in the opening moto as he grabbed the holeshot and never looked back, taking an easy win over Dungey and Stroupe. In moto number two, however, Villopoto found himself buried in back of the pack while Stroupe and Dungey were out in front. Unfortunately for them, Villopoto was able to make quick work of the field and move into the top-10 before the conclusion of lap number one. The defending outdoor champion, RV wasted no time as he found his way around fellow teammate Stroupe, and then gave chase to Dungey. The Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki pilot did all he could to hold off the flying red head, however, his endeavors were not enough as Villopoto went on to take the win in moto number 2 and the overall.

In the Motocross class, Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Mike Alessi emerged with, yet again, holeshots in both motos. Although Alessi put forth valiant efforts in each moto, he was unable to procure the speed of Stewart. James would claim his third overall victory this weekend and continue his dominance, however, he went about it the hard way in Freestone. Curious to know what exactly went down this weekend at round three of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championships? Read on for all of the details…

MOTOCROSS LITES MOTO 1

As temperatures started reaching into the 100-degree range, the gate dropped for the first moto of the day in the Lites class. As the 40-rider field rounded its way around the sharp right handed first turn, it was a sea of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasakis running one, two, and three. With Ryan Villopoto grabbing the holeshot, teammates Austin Stroupe and Brett Metcalfe were left to follow suit. Unfortunately, for the newly crowned East Coast Lites Supercross champion, Trey Canard suffered a terrible start, and he was left in 39th place before the end of lap number one. Meanwhile, back up front, MDK/KTM’s Ryan Sipes made his way round Metcalfe for third place as they put lap one in the books. Just behind Metcalfe were Team Solitaire’s Bobby Kiniry and Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey. While Villopoto was slowing checking out, Sipes had a bike problem two laps into the half hour moto and was forced to watch from the sidelines. Sipes’ misfortune allowed Metty and Kiniry to move up; however, Metcalfe would find himself on the ground on lap seven and drop back to ninth place (where he would later finish). At the half way mark, RV2 was all but gone out in front, but a battle was ragging for the second position between Dungey (who sat in second) and Stroupe (who sat in third). About 25 seconds behind Stroupe, was Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence and Geico Powersports’ Jake Weimer. Once the checkered flag flew, it was Villopoto, Dungey, Stroupe, Weimer (who was able to find his way around J-Law), and Lawrence rounding out the top five. Weimer’s teammate, Canard, had a rough time of it as he fell on lap two and spent quite a while trying to get his CRF250R started. Canard would eventually pull off the track with only a couple of laps too and would not line up for the second moto.

1. Ryan Villopoto (KAW)
2. Ryan Dungey (SUZ)
3. Austin Stroupe (KAW)
4. Jake Weimer (HON)
5. Jason Lawrence (YAM)
6. Thomas Hahn (KAW)
7. Andrew McFarlane (KAW)
8. Robert Kiniry (HON)
9. Brett Metcalfe (KAW)
10. Broc Tickle (YAM)

MOTOCROSS MOTO 1

In the Motocross class it was none other than Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Mike Alessi who snagged the holeshot over Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s James Stewart and Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps. Only half of a lap into the moto, Stewart wasted no time as he made his way around Alessi for the lead. A hard charging Alessi would do his best to pressure Bubba, and it worked as James made a mistake that put him back to fifth place. The number seven machine was quick to retaliate, however, and quickly sliced his way around Andrew Short and Millsaps. Next on the list for Stewart was Alessi, and by the time the riders reached lap seven, Stewart found his way around Alessi and began to check out. Behind the top-two riders, Millsaps and Short were in a battle of their own. Shorty was able to move around Davi to take over third place. After losing a spot to Short, Millsaps tipped over in a corner, which allowed Australian native, Cody Cooper, to take over the fourth spot. Behind the leaders, Stewart’s teammate, Tim Ferry, was working his way up through the pack after suffering poor start and had made his way up to ninth place just after the halfway point. At the conclusion of the first Motocross class moto, it was Stewart, Alessi, Short, Cooper, Millsaps, and Ivan Tedesco.

1. James Stewart (KAW)
2. Mike Alessi (SUZ)
3. Andrew Short (HON)
4. Cody Cooper (SUZ)
5. Davi Millsaps (HON)
6. Ivan Tedesco (HON)
7. Tim Ferry (KAW)
8. Michael Byrne (SUZ)
9. Charles Summey (YAM)
10. Antonio Balbi (HON)

MOTOCROSS LITES MOTO 2

Once the gate dropped for the second Lites moto of the day, Ryan Sipes launched out of the first turn first with a big holeshot over Stroupe and Dungey. Moto one winner, Villopoto, was around 20th place after the second turn, but he was able to pass a dozen riders by the time he finished the opening lap to move inside the top 10. Back up front, Sipes was able to hold on to the lead for two laps before making a mistake that dropped him back to third place. Stroupe was able to capitalize on the mistake made by Sipes to take over lead, and Dungey moved into second place and was beginning to put pressure on the 51 machine. With three laps in the books, it was Stroupe, Dungey, Sipes, Davalos, and Villopoto. A few minutes before the half waypoint, Dungey was all over Stroupe and RV2 made his way into third place, and he was quickly closing in on the two leaders. Dungey and Villopoto were able to find there way around Stroupe and the two riders proceeded to put on quite a show for the fans. However, once the defending champion was able to move around Dungey it was all over and RV2 put quite a bit of distance between himself the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rider. Behind the three leaders, Sipes was running a solid moto until he once again had another mechanical issue and was forced to pull off the track 25 minutes into the moto. After a poor start, Villopoto was able to take over the lead and capture the overall on the day with Dungey and Stroupe rounding out the podium.

1. Ryan Villopoto (KAW)
2. Ryan Dungey (SUZ)
3. Austin Stroupe (KAW)
4. Jake Weimer (HON)
5. Thomas Hahn (KAW)
6. Wil Hahn (YAM)
7. Dan Reardon (HON)
8. Broc Tickle (YAM)
9. Brett Metcalfe (KAW)
10. Matt Lemoine (YAM)

Motocross Lites Overall Results:

1. Ryan Villopoto 1-1
2. Ryan Dungey 2-2
3. Austin Stroupe 3-3
4. Jake Weimer 4-4
5. Thomas Hahn 6-5
6. Dan Reardon 11-7
7. Broc Tickle 10-8
8. Brett Metcalfe 9-9
9. Andrew McFarlane 7-12
10. Wil Hahn 16-6
11. Robert Kiniry 8-14
12. Jason Lawrence 5-28
13. Kyle Chisholm 14-13
14. Matt Lemoine 18-10
15. Jake Moss 13-15
16. Tucker Hibbert 21-11
17. Matt Goerke 12-23
18. Philip Nicoletti 15-25
19. Adam Miller 15-25
20. Michael Willard 31-17

Motocross Lites Overall Points:

1. Ryan Villopoto 141
2. Ryan Dungey 126
3. Austin Stroupe 120
4. Brett Metcalfe 96
5. Jason Lawrence 95
6. Jake Weimer 89
7. Broc Tickle 56
8. Thomas Hahn 54
9. Dan Reardon 53
10. Trey Canard 47

MOTOCROSS MOTO 2

In moto two, it was more of the same as Alessi took another holeshot over the rest of the field. In the opening laps, Mikey led the way over Stewart and Red Bull Honda’s Ivan Tedesco. Mike’s brother, Jeff Alessi, was running in the fourth position at the end of lap one. Jeff took advantage of a mistake by Hot Sauce to take over the third spot, but Yamaha’s Josh Hill was right behind the 801 machine and eventually made his way around the Honda rider to take over third place. Hill would remain in third place for a few laps until he had a high-speed get-off in the back section of the track and dropped outside of the top 10. With the mistake by Hill, Millsaps was able to move around Jeff for fourth and then to third place after Josh’s bobble. Up front, Stewart was able to make his way around Mikey to take over the lead, and just like moto one, Bubba checked out from everybody to take the win and the overall. Tedesco had found his way into third place, but then he took a soil sample that left him with a DNF and a visit with Doc Bodnar. With the premature departure of Hot Sauce, Tim Ferry was able to find his way around Millsaps and move into the third position as the temperature increased to over 108 degrees. At the conclusion of the moto two, Stewart once again continued his dominance; Alessi hung on for second, and Ferry finished a distant third place. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne put in his best ride of the season as he rounded out the top five and Sean Hamblin made his way through the pack after a so-so start to capture eighth place.

1. James Stewart (KAW)
2. Mike Alessi (SUZ)
3. Tim Ferry (KAW)
4. Davi Millsaps (HON)
5. Michael Byrne (SUZ)
6. Andrew Short (HON)
7. Jeff Alessi (HON)
8. Sean Hamblin (YAM)
9. Nick Wey (KTM)
10. Robbie Reynard (SUZ)

Motocross Class Overall Results:

1. James Stewart 1-1
2. Mike Alessi 2-2
3. Andrew Short 3-6
4. Tim Ferry 7-3
5. Davi Millsaps 5-4
6. Michael Byrne 8-5
7. Jeff Alessi 13-7
8. Charles Summey 9-11
9. Nick Wey 14-9
10. Antonio Balbi 10-13
11. Cody Cooper 4-21
12. Jimmy Albertson 11-14
13. Robbie Reynard 16-10
14. Shaun Skinner 12-15
15. Ivan Tedesco 6-35
16. Sean Hamblin 29-8
17. Matt Boni 36-12
18. Jason Thomas 19-16
19. Michael Blose 15-37
20. Chris Blose 37-17

Motocross Overall Points:

1. James Stewart 150
2. Timmy Ferry 114
3. Mike Alessi 111
4. Davi Millsaps 110
5. Ivan Tedesco 83
6. Michael Byrne 78
7. Andrew Short 71
8. Jeff Alessi 62
9. Nick Wey 59
10. Cody Cooper 57

9. Andrew McFarlane 7-12
10. Wil Hahn 16-6
11. Robert Kiniry 8-14
12. Jason Lawrence 5-28
13. Kyle Chisholm 14-13
14. Matt Lemoine 18-10
15. Jake Moss 13-15
16. Tucker Hibbert 21-11
17. Matt Goerke 12-23
18. Philip Nicoletti 15-25
19. Adam Miller 15-25
20. Michael Willard 31-17

Motocross Lites Overall Points:

1. Ryan Villopoto 141
2. Ryan Dungey 126
3. Austin Stroupe 120
4. Brett Metcalfe 96
5. Jason Lawrence 95
6. Jake Weimer 89
7. Broc Tickle 56
8. Thomas Hahn 54
9. Dan Reardon 53
10. Trey Canard 47

MOTOCROSS MOTO 2

In moto two, it was more of the same as Alessi took another holeshot over the rest of the field. In the opening laps, Mikey led the way over Stewart and Red Bull Honda’s Ivan Tedesco. Mike’s brother, Jeff Alessi, was running in the fourth position at the end of lap one. Jeff took advantage of a mistake by Hot Sauce to take over the third spot, but Yamaha’s Josh Hill was right behind the 801 machine and eventually made his way around the Honda rider to take over third place. Hill would remain in third place for a few laps until he had a high-speed get-off in the back section of the track and dropped outside of the top 10. With the mistake by Hill, Millsaps was able to move around Jeff for fourth and then to third place after Josh’s bobble. Up front, Stewart was able to make his way around Mikey to take over the lead, and just like moto one, Bubba checked out from everybody to take the win and the overall. Tedesco had found his way into third place, but then he took a soil sample that left him with a DNF and a visit with Doc Bodnar. With the premature departure of Hot Sauce, Tim Ferry was able to find his way around Millsaps and move into the third position as the temperature increased to over 108 degrees. At the conclusion of the moto two, Stewart once again continued his dominance; Alessi hung on for second, and Ferry finished a distant third place. Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Michael Byrne put in his best ride of the season as he rounded out the top five and Sean Hamblin made his way through the pack after a so-so start to capture eighth place.

1. James Stewart (KAW)
2. Mike Alessi (SUZ)
3. Tim Ferry (KAW)
4. Davi Millsaps (HON)
5. Michael Byrne (SUZ)
6. Andrew Short (HON)
7. Jeff Alessi (HON)
8. Sean Hamblin (YAM)
9. Nick Wey (KTM)
10. Robbie Reynard (SUZ)

Motocross Class Overall Results:

1. James Stewart 1-1
2. Mike Alessi 2-2
3. Andrew Short 3-6
4. Tim Ferry 7-3
5. Davi Millsaps 5-4
6. Michael Byrne 8-5
7. Jeff Alessi 13-7
8. Charles Summey 9-11
9. Nick Wey 14-9
10. Antonio Balbi 10-13
11. Cody Cooper 4-21
12. Jimmy Albertson 11-14
13. Robbie Reynard 16-10
14. Shaun Skinner 12-15
15. Ivan Tedesco 6-35
16. Sean Hamblin 29-8
17. Matt Boni 36-12
18. Jason Thomas 19-16
19. Michael Blose 15-37
20. Chris Blose 37-17

Motocross Overall Points:

1. James Stewart 150
2. Timmy Ferry 114
3. Mike Alessi 111
4. Davi Millsaps 110
5. Ivan Tedesco 83
6. Michael Byrne 78
7. Andrew Short 71
8. Jeff Alessi 62
9. Nick Wey 59
10. Cody Cooper 57