The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has moved to the Pacific Northwest for round nine of the 2014 season at Washougal MX in Washougal, Washington. An area known for weather, storms dumped over an inch and a half of rain in the days leading up to the race and has created a number of wet spots in some of the dark areas of the course. Still, this could make for a perfect course later in the day, when temperatures are expected to be in the 80 degree range.
2014 Washougal MX | 450 Timed Qualifying
Ryan Dungey looked to be on a new level during practice at Washougal, as he aggressively piloted his Red Bull KTM around the course to a 2:13.401 lap at the end of the final 450 session. With his title chances on the line, Dungey will need to do all he can to make up points in this last four rounds and asserting his dominance early could help later in the day.
Trey Canard shot to second on the charts with a 2:14.144 lap on his final lap of the morning. The Team Honda Muscle Milk rider has been strong throughout the season and is still searching for his first victory of the year.
GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac led much of the final 450 practice, but the late charges by his competition shuffled his 2:14.448 back to third place. There is plenty of buzz around Tomac in the pits, are rumors of a switch to Monster Energy Kawasaki are going hand in hand with speculation over Ryan Villopoto's possible retirement.
Ken Roczen has been noticeably off in recent weeks, and by "off" we mean not wining motos but still landing on the podium. The Red Bull KTM rider was fourth overall on the morning with a 2:14.574, and was the last rider in the class to break the 2:15 barrier.
Josh Grant's first session time of 2:16.412 was incredibly quick for the conditions, and carried the JGRMX/Toyota/NFAB/Yamaha rider to fifth on the morning. However, we saw Grant being taken to the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit following the final practice. Check out @TWMXDOTCOM on Twitter for information as it comes available.
Other news from the 450 Class…
Hometown racer Tommy Weeck claimed seventh on the morning with a 2:17.816. Weeck knows the Washington course very well and could be a dark horse for the day.
Weston Peick is the lone rider under the RCH/Soaring Eagle/Suzuki tent after the announcement of Ivan Tedesco's retirement Friday afternoon. He was fourteenth overall in practice.
Brett Cue is making his bid for the Washougal National, but the popular rider came up short of making the top forty in the morning. Ranked fifty-second on the charts, he is set to line up for the LCQ.
1. Ryan Dungey 2:13.401
2. Trey Canard 2:14.144
3. Eli Tomac 2:14.448
4. Ken Roczen 2:14.574
5. Josh Grant 2:16.412
6. Ryan Sipes 2:17.380
7. Tommy Weeck 2:17.380
8. Brett Metcalfe 2:18.024
9. Ben Lamay 2:18.169
10. Justin Brayton 2:18.604
2014 Washougal MX | 250 Timed Qualifying
Marvin Musquin has always ridden well at Washougal, and the Red Bull KTM rider nabbed the top qualifying spot in the 250 class with a 2:14.082 time in his second session of the morning. After spending some of the summer healing from injuries, this could be the best track for Musquin to make an impact on the series this year.
After a rough few weeks, Justin Bogle appears to be returning to his early season form. The GEICO Honda rider was second fastest of the 250 class with a 2:15.587 lap in his final practice session.
Joey Savatgy is doing everything he can to land with a team for 2015, and the Rockstar Energy Racing KTM rider nabbed third on the charts with a 2:16.166 time.
Jeremy Martin was near the front of the pack again in practice, with a 2:16.174 lap putting the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider fourth overall on the morning. After last weekend's win and troubles by Blake Baggett, Martin looks set to take the 250 title barring catastrophe.
Jason Anderson is in the final races of his 250 career, and they are coming at tracks the Rockstar Energy Racing KTM rider has historically performed well at. A 2:16.496 put him fifth overall on the morning.
Other news from the 250 Class…
Zach Bell needs to improve in the final rounds of the season. The GEICO Honda rider is coming to the end of his contract with the team and needs results to improve his chances of resigning or heading somewhere else. He was tenth fastest on the morning.
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda did not change their graphics and color for this year's Washougal round, a first for the team in some time. Instead, the bike are in the standard red/white/blue trim.
1. Marvin Musquin 2:14.082
2. Justin Bogle 2:15.587
3. Joey Savatgy 2:16.166
4. Jeremy Martin 2:16.174
5. Jason Anderson 2:16.496
6. Christophe Pourcel 2:17.395
7. Blake Baggett 2:17.593
8. Cole Seely 2:17.871
9. Dean Wilson 2:18.176
10. Zach Bell 2:18.229