2008 AMA Outdoor Motocross Nationals – Hangtown

AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF Hangtown-Sacramento, CA
Round 2 of 12-June 1, 2008

The AMA Motocross series headed north this weekend to Sacramento, where the Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club hosted the 40th annual Hangtown MX Classic under picture-perfect, sunny skies. The Motocross class turned out to be another James Stewart romp, as Stewart took off early in both motos to continue his thus-far flawless outdoor season with another 1-1. In the Lites class, Ryan Villopoto easily handled the competition, brining his moto win streak to three.

MOTOCROSS LITES MOTO ONE
When the gate dropped on the opening MX Lites moto, Villopoto took immediate control and led Austin Stroupe, Ryan Dungey and the rest. Trey Canard went down on lap one and was near the back of the pack upon the completion of lap one. Six seconds ahead by the third lap, it was obvious that RV was on a mission. Stroupe looked solid in second, ahead of Dungey and his Rockstar Makita teammate Nico Izzi in fourth. Fifth through ninth at five laps down wasBrett Metcalfe, Branden Jesseman, Broc Tickle and Jake Weimer. By mid-moto, Villopoto had stretched his lead to a commanding 13 seconds over Dungey, who in turn enjoyed a four-second lead on Stroupe. Behind the lead trip came Metcalfe, Izzi and Jesseman. Jason Lawrence was next, but the YoT rider didn’t look as tangy as he did in the first moto of the season at Glen Helen. Still, Lawrence moved forward, displacing Jesseman and Izzi, who appeared to be fading badly. At the finish it was a long-gone Villopoto over Dungey, Stroupe, Metcalfe and Lawrence.

MOTOCROSS MOTO ONE
No one was surprised when the number-seven Kawasaki of Stewart rocketed out into the lead with a massive holeshot. Behind the fast-vanishing Stewart came Davi Milsaps, Steve Boniface, Ivan Tedesco, New Zealander Cody Cooper and Tim Ferry. About seven seconds further back, Sean Hamblin led factory riders Michael Byrne, Ben Townley and Andrew Short aboard his Tuf Powersports Yamaha. Tedesco forced his way past Boniface just past the mechanic’s area at the start of lap five and took control of third. Once passed by Hot Sauce, Boniface immediately dropped off the lead pack’s pace and was also passed by Ferry and Cooper. At the halfway point, Stewart enjoyed a 17-second lead over Millsaps, who found himself being challenged by a hard-charging Ferry. Behind them, Cooper had found his way past Tedesco and into fourth. Boniface still held down sixth, but Townley and Hamblin were closing rapidly. As the race wound down, Ferry muscled past Millsaps and took control of the runner-up position. Millsaps began to lose touch with Ferry soon after surrendering the position, and began to come under fire from Cooper on his Suzuki City RM-Z450. Cooper passed Millsaps and moved into podium position, but a spill in the mechanic’s corner on that same lap saw his chances for podium pie dashed. With Cooper down, Millsaps re-assumed third, but Tedesco was charging hard and began to hound his Red Bull Honda teammate. Millsaps seem to catch a second wind and try as he might, Tedesco was unable to move past. Boniface held solid control of fifth, ahead of Jeff Alessi, Townley and Cooper as the white flag came out. At the checkers, the order remained the same, with Stewart winning his third-consecutive moto.

LITES MOTO TWO
Just as he did the moto prior, Ryan Villopoto jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in the second Lites outing. Said eventual runner-up in the moto, Jason Lawrence, following the race, “I just need to go faster.” That pretty much sums up RV’s speed; in fact, his second-moto lap times were only a second off of Stewart’s, anbetter than those of the rest of the MX class! Behind Villopoto and J-Law was, at times, a three-way battle between Dungey, Stroupe, and Metcalfe. After a while, Dungey began to distance himself from the pair of Monster/Pro Circuit riders, leaving the two to scrap it out for fourth. Stroupe got the spot, relegating fifth to Metcalfe. Trey Canard followed in sixth after another incredible charge through the pack, from outside the top-ten.

Motocross Lites Overall Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto 1-1
2. Ryan Dungey 2-3
3. Jason Lawrence 5-2
4. Austin Stroupe 3-4
5. Brett Metcalfe 4-5
6. Trey Canard 11-6
7. Jake Weimer 7-10
8. Branden Jesseman 6-12
9. Ryan Sipes 12-7
10. Dan Reardon 15-8
11. Matt Goerke 14-9
12. Kyle Cunningham 10-13
13. Broc Tickle 9-14
14. Kyle Chisholm 18-11
15. Nico Izzi 8-38
16. Justin Brayton 17-16
17. Jake Moss 19-15
18. Thomas Hahn 13-34
19. Wil Hahn 16-35
20. Sean Borkenhagen 22-17

Motocross Lites Overall Points:
1. Ryan Villopoto – 91
2. Ryan Dungey – 82
3. Austin Stroupe – 80
4. Jason Lawrence – 79
5. Brett Metcalfe – 72
6. Jake Weimer – 53
7. Trey Canard – 47
8. Kyle Cunningham – 40
9. Branden Jesseman – 36
10. Broc Tickle – 32
11. Dan Reardon – 29
12. Matt Lemoine – 27
13. Ryan Sipes – 27
14. Matt Goerke – 27
15. Nico Izzi – 26
16. Thomas Hahn – 23
17. Kyle Chisholm – 21
18. Jake Moss – 19
19. Justin Brayton – 19
20. Andrew McFarlane – 16

MOTOCROSS MOTO TWO
No James Stewart holeshot this moto; in the second race Davi “Big Treat” Millsaps manhandled his Red Bull Honda CRF450R to the front of the pack around turn one, while Bubba was just out of striking distance in fourth. Between the pair sat Millsaps’ teammates Ivan Tedesco and Andrew Short in second and third, respectively. It didn’t take James long to make his move on all three Red Riders, and by the end of lap one he was already beginning to check out from the field, so the race soon became for second place honors (though Millsaps did pass Stewart once, momentarily).
Way behind all of the action and mired in mid-pack was Tim Ferry, but by the end of the moto Red Dog would eventually crawl his way up to second after an amazing charge from behind. Tedesco followed him to the checkers in third, while Mike Alessi overcame a bad first moto to deliver a solid fourth in moto number two. Davi was fifth, and for the second moto in a row, privateer rider Steve Boniface was sixth, giving him fifth overall.

Motocross Class Overall Results:
1. James Stewart 1-1
2. Tim Ferry 2-2
3. Ivan Tedesco 4-3
4. David Millsaps 3-5
5. Steve Boniface 6-6
6. Ben Townley 8-7
7. Mike Alessi 16-4
8. Michael Byrne 9-10
9. Josh Hill 11-9
10. Andrew Short 14-8
11. Jeff Alessi 7-15
12. Nick Wey 10-14
13. Cody Cooper 13-12
14. Sean Collier 5-21
15. Ryan Clark 37-11
16. Chris Blose 17-16
17. Sean Hamblin 15-18
18. Charles Summey 12-35
19. Juss Laansoo 38-13
20. Michael Blose 32-17

Motocross Overall Points:
1. James Stewart – 100
2. Tim Ferry – 80
3. David Millsaps – 76
4. Ivan Tedesco – 68
5. Mike Alessi – 67
6. Steve Boniface – 49
7. Michael Byrne – 49
8. Ben Townley – 42
9. Jeff Alessi – 40
10. Nick Wey – 40
11. Cody Cooper – 39
12. Andrew Short – 36
13. Sean Hamblin – 35
14. Josh Hill – 28
15. Antonio Balbi – 20
16. Sean Collier – 16
17. Charles Summey – 16
18. Bobby Bonds – 13

w Short 14-8
11. Jeff Alessi 7-15
12. Nick Wey 10-14
13. Cody Cooper 13-12
14. Sean Collier 5-21
15. Ryan Clark 37-11
16. Chris Blose 17-16
17. Sean Hamblin 15-18
18. Charles Summey 12-35
19. Juss Laansoo 38-13
20. Michael Blose 32-17

Motocross Overall Points:
1. James Stewart – 100
2. Tim Ferry – 80
3. David Millsaps – 76
4. Ivan Tedesco – 68
5. Mike Alessi – 67
6. Steve Boniface – 49
7. Michael Byrne – 49
8. Ben Townley – 42
9. Jeff Alessi – 40
10. Nick Wey – 40
11. Cody Cooper – 39
12. Andrew Short – 36
13. Sean Hamblin – 35
14. Josh Hill – 28
15. Antonio Balbi – 20
16. Sean Collier – 16
17. Charles Summey – 16
18. Bobby Bonds – 13