Race Report:
AMA Toyota National Motocross Championship Presented by FMF.

Spring Creek Motocross Park, Millville, MN

This weekend’s round of AMA Toyota National racing at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, MN started off with great weather, but ended with severe rain and a muddy track that was difficult to even navigate around, let alone race on. Of course, the soggy conditions did nothing to stop Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael on his way to padding his points lead in the premier MX division even further, as RC posted 1-1 results in the nasty conditions.

In the first moto, Carmichael had to contend with a not-so-perfect start as well as a hard-charging Chad Reed, but it didn’t take the G.O.A.T. long to build an insurmountable lead over the rest of the field en route to scoring the 141st moto win of his career. In the second moto, a perfect holeshot guaranteed RC that he would only have to do battle with the slick and soggy track, and once again it seemed like an easy task for Ricky. “I was looking forward to coming here. I love this place; of all the tracks on the circuit, Millville is the closest to my practice track at home, so it’s always a really good one for me, said Carmichael after the race.

In the Motocross Lites division, Carmichael’s teammate Broc Hepler took the overall win with a 3-1 moto tally, topping Andrew Short and Mike Alessi, respectively. Since Hepler has missed the majority of the series due to injury, Alessi walked out the big winner in the points battle, extending the lead that he regained in Washougal slightly over series rival Ryan Villopoto.

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Motocross Lites Moto One

With heavy rain in the forecast and a thick cloud cover overhead, the 40 MX Lites-division competitors rocketed down the Millville start straight for their first moto. Taking the lead into the first turn was Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant, but it didn’t take last week’s winner Andrew Short long to get by Grant and proceed to check out from the competition. The pass left Grant to fend off charges from Alessi, who had Villopoto and Hepler directly behind him.

As Short held on to the lead, Villopoto quickly made his move on Alessi, who then set his sights on Grant. Series rookie Villopoto rode closely behind Grant for two laps, when on lap five he jumped past the #24 Honda over a huge step-up triple and moved into second where he stayed for the remainder of the moto. Alessi also eventually worked his way past Grant, as did Hepler, pushing Grant back to fifth.

“I am just excited to get the win here. Washougal went great for me, and to back it up with another one here at Millville feels good, said race winner Andrew Short after the race.

Results:

  1. Andrew Short (Hon)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  3. Broc Hepler (Suz)
  4. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  5. Josh Grant (Hon)
  6. Jason Lawrence (Suz)
  7. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  8. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
  9. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  10. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  11. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
  12. Troy Adams (Kaw)
  13. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  14. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  15. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
  16. J. Albertson (Yam)
  17. Danny Smith (Hon)
  18. J. Brayton (Yam)
  19. Josh Hill (Yam)
  20. Sean Collier (Yam)

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Motocross Moto One

Grabbing the first MX class holeshot of the day on his Team Solitaire Honda CRF450R was #44, Justin Buckelew. Of course, it didn’t take long for James Stewart, who fought Buckelew to the first turn, to take things over. Behind Stewart’s works Kawasaki was Chad Reed, Davi Millsaps, and Carmichael, all scrapping for positions early on in the moto. Stewart, who had posted the fastest practice times of the day, began pulling away from the field slightly, when on lap three James made a mistake and went down briefly. Stewart’s tumble allowed Reed to inherit the lead, with Carmichael breathing do his throat after getting by Millsaps.

For the next three laps, Reed held off all advances from Carmichael, and a great race developed as Reedy attempted to hold RC at bay. By lap six Chad could take no more; Carmichael finally went by Reed and checked out. Meanwhile, Reed had a problem with his YZ450F (his exhaust header fell off), forcing him to drop off the pace considerably. This left the door wide open for Stewart, who was putting on a maniacal charge through the pack to take over the second spot. At the checkers, it was Carmichael, Stewart, Reed, Millsaps, and Travis Preston in the top-five.

Results:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. James Stewart (Kaw)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  5. Travis Preston (Hon)
  6. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  7. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  8. Mike Brown (Suz)
  9. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  10. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  11. B. Tickle (Hon)
  12. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  13. Nick Wey (Hon)
  14. Robbie Reynard (Hon)
  15. Josh Summey (Hon)
  16. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  17. Heath Voss (Yam)
  18. S. Skinner (Hon)
  19. B. Modjewski (Hon)
  20. C. Whitcraft (Suz)

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Motocross Lites Moto Two

The rain that was threatening the Spring Creek MX facility throughout the day finally poured down to kick off the second moto of MX Lites competition. Once again it was Josh Grant snagging the holeshot, ahead of Alessi, Short, and the rest of the pack. As the moto went on, the downpour became worse and worse, turning the perfectly manicured course into a sloppy mess in a matter of a few minutes. Riders’ bikes were getting stuck in sections everywhere, and chaos ensued.

Up front, Broc Hepler overtook Grant and never looked back, leaving Josh to battle with Alessi. Once Alessi made his pass he attempted to chase down Hepler, but to no avail. Soon only the transponders were able to tell who was in which position, as every bike on the track became a muddy shade of brown. In the end, Lucas Oil-sponsored privateer rider Matt Goerke rode his Yamaha YZ250F into third, with first moto winner Short hanging on to fourth and Danny Smith rounding out the top-five.

“I knew it was going to be a long moto. It started raining hard, which I knew would work in my favor. I was actually glad it rained. My bike was set up well for it, and I was glad to finally put my Pennsylvania mud riding experience to good use, said Hepler following the race.

Results:

*Unofficial*

  1. Broc Hepler (Suz)
  2. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  3. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  4. Andrew Short (Hon)
  5. Danny Smith (Hon)
  6. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  7. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
  8. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
  9. Sean Collier (Yam)
  10. Josh Grant (Hon)
  11. Richie Owens (Yam)
  12. Bobby Kiniry (Hon)
  13. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
  14. Tucker Hibbert (Yam)
  15. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  16. Bryan Johnson (Yam)
  17. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  18. Josh Hill (Yam)
  19. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
  20. S. Sewell (Suz)

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Lites Overall Results

  1. Broc Hepler (Suz)
  2. Andrew Short (Hon)
  3. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  4. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  5. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  6. Josh Grant (Hon)
  7. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
  8. Danny Smith (Hon)
  9. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
  10. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)

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Lites Points Standings

  1. Mike Alessi (355)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (349)
  3. Andrew Short (323)
  4. Josh Grant (288)
  5. Brett Metcalfe (244)
  6. Andrew McFarlane (229)
  7. Broc Hepler (178)
  8. Nathan Ramsey (168)
  9. Matt Goerke (167)
  10. Troy Adams (152)

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Motocross Moto Two

The torrential downpour that began in the second Lites moto only got worse for the final race of the day, but thankfully for first moto winner Ricky Carmichael he was able to grab the holeshot this time around, leaving the remainder of the pack to battle it out in the slop behind him. Stewart was quick to take over the second spot, but as did almost every rider on the track, James got stuck in the quagmire of a track and eventually relinquished his runner-up position to privateer David Vuillemin. Behind Vuillemin was Kevin Windham in third, Mike Brown in fourth, and Josh Demuth in fifth. Perhaps the most astonishing part of the entire day was the fact that Carmichael actually lapped the entire field in the soggy second MX moto.

“My team did a good job; I think we went a little overboard getting ready for the mud, we were a little bit late getting down to the gate, but it ended up good. It was a great day and great second moto, said RC at the press conference. “The track was pretty bad, but I will say that it got better towards the end. We started breaking through some of that mud and slosh and got down there to some fresh dirt.

Results:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  4. Mike Brown (Suz)
  5. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  6. Travis Preston (Hon)
  7. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  8. Tim Ferry (Hon)
  9. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  10. Justin Buckelew (Hon)
  11. James Stewart (Kaw)
  12. Clark Stiles (Yam)
  13. Nick Wey (Hon)
  14. C. Whitcraft (Suz)
  15. B. Modjewski (Hon)
  16. Josh Woods (Suz)
  17. Mike Blose (Kaw)
  18. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
  19. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  20. A Woskob (Yam)

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Motocross Overall Results

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  4. James Stewart (Suz)
  5. Mike Brown (Suz)
  6. Travis Preston (Hon)
  7. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  8. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  9. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  10. Chad Reed (Yam)

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Motocross Points Standings

  1. Ricky Carmichael (439)
  2. Chad Reed (333)
  3. Kevin Windham (293)
  4. Davi Millsaps (289)
  5. Travis Preston (257)
  6. James Stewart (243)
  7. David Vuillemin (242)
  8. Nick Wey (218)
  9. Tim Ferry (191)
  10. Josh Demuth (137)

ler (178)

  • Nathan Ramsey (168)
  • Matt Goerke (167)
  • Troy Adams (152)
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    Motocross Moto Two

    The torrential downpour that began in the second Lites moto only got worse for the final race of the day, but thankfully for first moto winner Ricky Carmichael he was able to grab the holeshot this time around, leaving the remainder of the pack to battle it out in the slop behind him. Stewart was quick to take over the second spot, but as did almost every rider on the track, James got stuck in the quagmire of a track and eventually relinquished his runner-up position to privateer David Vuillemin. Behind Vuillemin was Kevin Windham in third, Mike Brown in fourth, and Josh Demuth in fifth. Perhaps the most astonishing part of the entire day was the fact that Carmichael actually lapped the entire field in the soggy second MX moto.

    “My team did a good job; I think we went a little overboard getting ready for the mud, we were a little bit late getting down to the gate, but it ended up good. It was a great day and great second moto, said RC at the press conference. “The track was pretty bad, but I will say that it got better towards the end. We started breaking through some of that mud and slosh and got down there to some fresh dirt.

    Results:

    1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    2. David Vuillemin (Yam)
    3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    4. Mike Brown (Suz)
    5. Josh Demuth (Hon)
    6. Travis Preston (Hon)
    7. Ryan Clark (Hon)
    8. Tim Ferry (Hon)
    9. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
    10. Justin Buckelew (Hon)
    11. James Stewart (Kaw)
    12. Clark Stiles (Yam)
    13. Nick Wey (Hon)
    14. C. Whitcraft (Suz)
    15. B. Modjewski (Hon)
    16. Josh Woods (Suz)
    17. Mike Blose (Kaw)
    18. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
    19. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
    20. A Woskob (Yam)

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    Motocross Overall Results

    1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    2. David Vuillemin (Yam)
    3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    4. James Stewart (Suz)
    5. Mike Brown (Suz)
    6. Travis Preston (Hon)
    7. Josh Demuth (Hon)
    8. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
    9. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
    10. Chad Reed (Yam)

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    Motocross Points Standings

    1. Ricky Carmichael (439)
    2. Chad Reed (333)
    3. Kevin Windham (293)
    4. Davi Millsaps (289)
    5. Travis Preston (257)
    6. James Stewart (243)
    7. David Vuillemin (242)
    8. Nick Wey (218)
    9. Tim Ferry (191)
    10. Josh Demuth (137)