With a revamped Unadilla Sports Valley circuit welcoming riders after a week’s hiatus on the AMA Toyota Motocross calendar, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ben Townley is back in the Mx Lites championship hunt after winning with a 1-3 moto score this weekend.
Townley and championship rival Ryan Villoppotto, matched each other blow for blow in the Sunday qualification practice with both riders almost two seconds faster than the rest of the pack.
An excited crowd were expecting an epic battle between the two Kawasaki team-mates however it was Townley who got to the front of the pack in moto 1 and never looked back. Villopoto would go down early on and then retire with a broken radiator hose, leaving Townley to regain the MX Lites championship points lead.
The tables were turned in moto 2 when Townley rode into the back of a slower rider on the opening lap and went down. The resilient Kiwi remounted and charged through the pack to catch Ryan Dungey in second, on the last lap. ‘BT’ was all over the back of Dungey as he crossed the finish line in third to take the overall win.
“I got a good start in the first moto and was able to control the race pretty easily. I saw that ‘RV’ wasn’t out there so I just did what I had to do to bring it home. In moto 2 I ran into the back of someone in a tight rutted turn on the first lap and a whole bunch of guys got by me. I put my head down and tried to salvage as many points as possible and should have got by Dungey on the last lap but third was safe. admitted Townley.
Townley and Villopoto are now tied on points as the championship has officially reached the halfway mark. With 6 rounds of the 12 round series remaining the two Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki racers will be going head to head at Lakewood Colorado next weekend.
Motocross Lites (Moto Finish)
Ben Townley, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 1-3
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 2-2
Jason Lawrence, Murrieta, Ga., Yamaha, 4-4
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 6-5
Andrew McFarlane, Newport Beach, Calif., Suzuki, 9-7
Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Yamaha, 3-15
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 37-1
Robert Kiniry, Lafayette, N.Y., Kawasaki, 11-9
Robert Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha, 13-8
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Id., Honda, 7-14
Motocross Lites Point Standings:
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 263
Ben Townley, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 263
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 215
Jason Lawrence, Murrieta, Ga., Yamaha, 212
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 194
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 131
Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 121
Thomas Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 104
Andrew McFarlane, Newport Beach, Calif., Suzuki, 103
Broc Tickle, Cary, N.C., Yamaha, 96