Millville Madness: Stewart And Tomac Win At Spring Creek

Round nine of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship landed in Millville, Minnesota this weekend, and the Spring Creek Motocross facility hosted some of the best racing action we’ve seen all year. One championship dished up an opportunity to close the distance on its points lead, while another championship had the doors blown off and the red number plate change hands: Ryan Villopoto offered Ryan Dungey a chance to keep his title defense alive by making some uncharacteristic mistakes, Ken Roczen handed Tomac the points lead with a devastating moto one DNF, and we finally got to see a rider who isn’t named Ryan take a 450 moto win and overall. The Spring Creek National is always a favorite for many, and Saturday stamped another memorable race into the record books.

450 Moto One

When the gates dropped in 450 moto one, Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Barcia rocketed off the line to steal the first holeshot of the day, followed by his teammate Trey Canard and Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey. On the first lap, points leader Ryan Villopoto got kicked off his Monster Energy Kawasaki while going over a jump, and after what looked like a smaller version of the "Chadapult," Villopoto hopped to his feet and remounted his bike in last place. Dungey, who holds down a distant second in points behind Villopoto, couldn't take advantage of RV2's misfortune and use the opportunity to gain a handful of points back. During the race Dungey went down twice, putting himself outside of podium contention. Meanwhile up front, a three-way battle for the lead ensued, and a determined James Stewart took over the top spot around the halfway point of the race, after blasting through the infamous Spring Creek sand whoops and past race leader Barcia. With three laps to go and after a near crash from Barcia, Canard was able to move into second and pounce on Stewart. The two battled hard side-by-side for the remaining laps, but Canard couldn't lock in a pass and Stewart held on for his first win of the season. Barcia finished third, JGRMX's Josh Grant finished fourth, Dungey fifth, and Villopoto worked his way up to sixth.

450 Moto One Results

1. James Stewart
2. Trey Canard
3. Justin Barcia
4. Josh Grant
5. Ryan Dungey
6. Ryan Villopoto
7. Andrew Short
8. Broc Tickle
9. Jake Weimer
10. Chad Reed
11. Mike Alessi
12. Malcolm Stewart
13. Tyla Rattray
14. Justin Brayton
15. Jake Canada
16. Ben LaMay
17. Matthew Goerke
18. Michael Byrne
19. Zachery Freeberg
20. Akira Narita

450 Moto Two

James Stewart backed up his moto one win by taking the holeshot and the early lead in moto two. JGRMX's Josh Grant had an excellent start to the race and moved up fast into second place, but crashed on the first lap giving up the position to Ryan Dungey. Ryan Villopoto continued his day of bad luck and suffered from a bad start, having to work his way from outside the top 10 early in the race. Although Villopoto was making his way through the pack quickly, he made yet another mistake tipping over in a corner, giving up his hard earned fifth position to Mike Alessi. Back up front, Stewart and Dungey couldn't seem to figure out who was going to lead the race, and they kept trading the top position back and forth before Dungey was finally able to make a pass stick and put some distance between him and number 7. Just as in first-moto fashion, Canard had again found himself on the back of Stewart, and another heated battle between the two developed. When the checkered flag flew, Dungey took the win in front of his home crowd, Canard stole second away from Stewart who finished in third, Villopoto mustered up a fourth, and Barcia rounded out the top five. Stewart’s 1-3 moto scores on the day were enough to secure the overall win, which marks the first on the year for the former National Champion.

450 Moto Two Results

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Trey Canard
3. James Stewart
4. Ryan Villopoto
5. Justin Barcia
6. Mike Alessi
7. Chad Reed
8. Andrew Short
9. Jake Weimer
10. Broc Tickle
11. Phil Nicoletti
12. Zackery Freeberg
13. Tyla Rattray
14. Ben LaMay
15. Malcolm Stewart
16. Jake Canada
17. Broc Schmelyun
18. Justin Brayton
19. Evgeny Mikhaylov
20. Michael Byrne

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Overall Results
1. James Stewart (1-3)
2. Trey Canard (2-2)
3. Ryan Dungey (5-1)
4. Justin Barcia (3-5)
5. Ryan Villopoto (6-4)
6. Andrew Short (7-8)
7. Mike Alessi (11-6)
8. Chad Reed (10-7)
9. Jake Weimer (9-9)
10. Broc Tickle (8-10)
11. Josh Grant (4-35)
12. Tyla Rattray (13-13)
13. Malcom Stewart (12-15)
14. Ben LaMay (16-14)
15. Zachery Freeberg (19-12)
16. Jake Canada (15-16)
17. Phil Nicoletti (32-11)
18. Justin Brayton (14-18)
19.Broc Schmelyun (27-17)
20. Michael Byrne (18-20)
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 National Championship Points Standings (After 9 of 12 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto (413/12 moto wins)
2. Ryan Dungey (379/5 moto wins)
3. Justin Barcia (307)
4. James Stewart (269/1 moto win)
5. Trey Canard (263)
6. Mike Alessi (195)
7. Andrew Short (191)
8. Jake Weimer (184)
9. Broc Tickle (183)
10. Josh Grant (176)

250 Moto One

Wil Hahn has been quick off the gate since returning this season, and in moto one he grabbed yet another holeshot aboard his GEICO Honda, with the hometown rookie Jeremy Martin close behind in second. The 250 class points leader, Ken Roczen, managed a decent start and immediately worked his way into third, but fellow championship contender, GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac, buried himself off the start well outside of the top 10. Roczen quickly stole second away from Martin, but seemed to hit the eject button almost immediately after and was pitched from the bike and into the air. Roczen, who apparently knocked the wind out of his lungs, was slow to get back on the bike, and he eventually pulled off the track and out of the race. After regaining second, Martin stalked the race leader for nearly half of the race, and was able to make the pass and move into the lead in front of his hometown fans. Tomac, however, was not letting up, and after moving up into the top three, he advanced past second place Musquin and set his sights on Martin. With five minutes to go in moto one, Tomac launched off of a tabletop and over-jumped his way into first, appearing invincible. Tomac held onto the top spot to take the moto win and rocketed himself into the points lead in front Roczen with help of the German’s DNF. Martin finished second, Rockstar Energy Racing's Jason Anderson third, Musquin fourth, and Justin Bogle in fifth.

250 Moto One Results

1. Eli Tomac
2. Jeremy Martin
3. Jason Anderson
4. Marvin Musquin
5. Justin Bogle
6. Blake Baggett
7. Justin Hill
8. Wil Hahn
9. Adam Cianciarulo
10. Darryn Durham
11. Zach Osborne
12. Cole Seely
13. Alex Martin
14. Martin Davalos
15. Kyle Cunningham
16. Kyle Peters
17. Jimmy Decotis
18. Gannon Audette
19. Justin Starling
20. Jason Brooks

250 Moto Two

GEICO Honda's Wil Hahn had the jump again in moto two and lead the rest of the field into the first corner with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett hot on his tail. Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen was able to answer the call for the second race of the day after crashing hard in the first moto, and quickly worked his way past his teammate Marvin Musquin and MYPLASH/Star Racing/Yamaha's Jeremy Martin to move into third. In the beginning laps, Baggett began pressuring Hahn for the lead position, and with Roczen in tote the pair seized the top two spots dropping Hahn back to third. Roczen impressively seemed unaffected by the opening race, and didn't waste time to exchange places with Baggett and take over first. Meanwhile, a charging Eli Tomac was somehow now lurking behind in third after experiencing another terrible start, and once he reeled the front-runners in, it only took one lap to not only shut the door on Baggett, but also Roczen. For a few laps the German attempted to keep the GEICO Honda rider in sight, but Roczen soon settled into second as Tomac continued to turn laps almost two seconds quicker. Tomac won the moto and the overall, and further extended his newfound points lead to take home the red number plate. Roczen finished out a gritty performance in second, Baggett crossed the line in third, Musquin fourth, and Jason Anderson fifth.

250 Moto Two Results

1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Blake Baggett
4. Marvin Musquin
5. Jason Anderson
6. Justin Bogle
7. Jeremy Martin
8. Wil Hahn
9. Zach Osborne
10. Cooper Webb
11. Justin Hill
12. Adam Cianciarulo
13. Martin Davalos
14. Cole Seely
15. Darryn Durham
16. Alex Martin
17. Kyle Peters
18. Jimmy Decotis
19. Zack Williams
20. Jesse Wentland

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Overall Results
1. Eli Tomac (1-1)
2. Marvin Musquin (4-4)
3. Jason Anderson (3-5)
4. Jeremy Martin (2-7)
5. Blake Baggett (6-3)
6. Justin Bogle (5-6)
7. Wil Hahn (8-8)
8. Justin Hill (7-11)
9. Ken Roczen (35-2)
10. Zach Osborne (11-9)
11. Adam Cianciarulo (9-12)
12. Darryn Durham (10-15)
13. Cole Seely (12-14)
14. Martin Davalos (14-13)
15. Alex Martin (13-16)
16. Cooper Webb (37-10)
17. Kyle Peters (16-17)
18. Jimmy Decotis (17-18)
19. Kyle Cunningham (15-37)
20. Gannon Audette (18-36)
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 National Championship Points Standings (After 9 of 12 rounds):
1. Eli Tomac (405/9 moto wins)
2. Ken Roczen (378/7 moto wins)
3. Marvin Musquin (334/1 moto win)
4. Blake Baggett (295/1 moto win)
5. Zach Osborne (261)
6. Jason Anderson (238)
7. Justin Bogle (209)
8. Jeremy Martin (207)
9. Kyle Cunningham (183)
10. Cooper Webb (170)