Monday Kickstart – Red Bud MX 2012

Christian Craig returned from a broken wrist and scored a confidence-building third-place start in the first 450 moto behind Ryan Dungey and James Stewart. He missed the top ten in both motos, but we will see if he can build at Millville.


Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda's Tarah Gieger just missed an overall victory at Red Bud. After a second place finish in the first moto, she won the holeshot in the second and settled into short lead over Ashley Fiolek. Late in the race, however, she put the bike down, relinquishing her lead to Fiolek and surrendered multiple positions. Despite that, however, Gieger may be in the best position to win the championship. She is only nine points behind Patterson, who is nursing a broken hand, and has 18 over Fiolek. With two rounds left in the WM series, this may be her year.


Tommy Weeck garnered the replacement spot at Rockstar/ValliStar/Yamaha earlier last week, so he had a lot to prove at Red Bud. After bad luck in the first moto, he settled for a 19th place finish. He redeemed himself in grand fashion, though, in the second moto, finishing 8th and giving him 12th overall. Let's see how he does with two solid motos in a day.
What more can you say about Ryan Dungey this season? He is absolutely decimating the rest of the 450 class. His final laps in the moto are as fast as his first, his comfort level on his KTM is extraordinary, and his starts are Alessi-esque. He's got eight motos wins thus far this season, and he will have plenty more by year's end.