Monday Kickstart – Budds Creek

As always, Budds Creek delivered another excellent weekend of racing. Instead of the torrential downpour experienced last year, fans and riders were to treated some great, albeit, hot and humid weather. In the 450 Class, Ryan Dungey has once again established himself as the man to beat for the championship and extended his points lead further in Maryland. While Christophe Pourcel remains in control of the 250 Class championship, his less than stellar second moto ride allowed his teammate, Dean Wilson, to claim the overall win which was also the first of his career. That marks the fourth overall winner in as many rounds for the 250 Class. Here is a look back at some of the happenings in front of and behind the scenes at Budds Creek.

Warming up before go time is always important, even when there is 90 percent humidity and it is 90 degrees. Blake Wharton gets ready before practice on the stationary bike.
Warming up before go time is always important, even when there is 90 percent humidity and it is 90 degrees. Blake Wharton gets ready before practice on the stationary bike.
Eli Tomac is all business before practice gets underway. The rookie started off the season very strong, but since then has seemed to struggle with his finishes. Budds Creek was not the kindest round for the Geico Powersports/Honda rider, as he holeshot the first moto but then finished a disappointing 10th overall with 10-13 moto scores.
Eli Tomac is all business before practice gets underway. The rookie started off the season very strong, but since then has seemed to struggle with his finishes. Budds Creek was not the kindest round for the Geico Powersports/Honda rider, as he holeshot the first moto but then finished a disappointing 10th overall with 10-13 moto scores.
“Shhh! Don’t talk to me while I’m pouring.” With race bikes running on the very edge, even the small impurity can upset the way the motor runs. Here, Schnikey does some extra filtration while filling up Justin Barcia’s scoot.
“Shhh! Don’t talk to me while I’m pouring.” With race bikes running on the very edge, even the small impurity can upset the way the motor runs. Here, Schnikey does some extra filtration while filling up Justin Barcia’s scoot.
Trey Canard goes through his warm up routine every week before practice. Considering all of the hard work riders put in during the week, it would be a shame to have a pulled groin ruin a moto. Trey’s seventh overall finish could have been much better if not for two poor starts. Canard had to work his way up from mid pack in both motos.
Trey Canard goes through his warm up routine every week before practice. Considering all of the hard work riders put in during the week, it would be a shame to have a pulled groin ruin a moto. Trey’s seventh overall finish could have been much better if not for two poor starts. Canard had to work his way up from mid pack in both motos.
Blake Baggett is one of those riders that people keep saying is a big surprise, but there is no reason he should be. He may be on a less decorated team, but Baggett was a serious amateur standout, had top finishes in his pro debut last season, and already won a Supercross Lites main earlier this year. Last weekend Blake had some of the fastest lap times of the day, and he was looking good at Budds Creek until a nasty crash before the finish line jump resulted in a compound fracture in his arms. Ouch! The same section also claimed Davi Millsaps in the first 450 Class moto and he was flown to the nearest hospital with severe breathing problems.
Blake Baggett is one of those riders that people keep saying is a big surprise, but there is no reason he should be. He may be on a less decorated team, but Baggett was a serious amateur standout, had top finishes in his pro debut last season, and already won a Supercross Lites main earlier this year. Last weekend Blake had some of the fastest lap times of the day, and he was looking good at Budds Creek until a nasty crash before the finish line jump resulted in a compound fracture in his arms. Ouch! The same section also claimed Davi Millsaps in the first 450 Class moto and he was flown to the nearest hospital with severe breathing problems.