Race Report – Millville

Words: Michael Antonovich
Photos: Kinman

The Lucas Oils AMA Outdoor Nationals came back from vacation and made its way to John Martin's Spring Creek MX Park a few weeks earlier than usual. Fans cluttered the two lane road outside the track as they waited to get inside and see the world's best terrorize the sand and hills, with some ditching the typical shorts and tee shirts for jeans or long sleeves. The overcast sky hung around and shed a few rain drops towards the end of practice, but held out and kept us from witnessing another mud bath, a la 2007. While we have to wait and see the amateur debuts until Unadilla, the racing still had plenty of buzz behind it to keep fans busy. Read on for all the details as we saw them from Millville, Minnesota and round seven of the outdoor series.

450 Moto One
As soon as the gate clanked to the ground for the first 450 moto of the day, the quiet hills of rural Minnesota became a booming amphitheatre of four stroke power. The field charged down the straight and into the narrow right-hander, with Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Chad Reed grabbing the holeshot with Job Gibbs Yamaha rider Josh Grant and Red Bull Honda's Ivan Tedesco close in tow. Reed's time up front would be relatively short lived, as Grant picked up where he left off and Red Bud and powered around Reed for the position. Around six seconds behind them in the early laps of the race, teammates Tedesco and Millsaps started a battle of their own with Millsaps gaining the edge before his Honda pulled off the track and into the mechanic's area. Red Bull Honda had a three man train until that point, until the wheels seemed to fall off and Motosport/Canidae Kawasaki's Tommy Hahn and CR22's teammate Michael Byrne both took the positions of the red riders. Byrne would show Hahn a wheel for numerous laps before making the pass for the final podium spot.
The lead of Grant and Reed was gigantic, at nearly a full minute over third place by moto's end, and regained attention when Reed closed the gap and looked like he could make a move for Grant's spot. It seemed like the opportunity would come on the last lap, but Grant held him off and took the checkered flag with a 1.738 second lead. Byrne pushed until the end over Hahn for third, and his Suzuki made its presence known after it broke off the Pro Circuit exhaust and increased the decibel level. In a notable lion heart ride, Suzuki City rider Matt Goerke came from a first lap fall to ninth, and his back and jersey showed evidence he may have been used for traction.

Moto One Results
1.    Josh Grant
2.    Chad Reed
3.    Michael Byrne
4.    Tommy Hahn
5.    Ivan Tedesco
6.    Andrew Short
7.    Justin Brayton
8.    Nick Wey
9.    Matt Goerke
10.    Josh Hill

450 Moto Two
After a disappointing first race, Ivan Tedesco was dead set on making a statement, and his holeshot was the perfect way to accomplish it. As he piloted his Red Bull Honda to the lead with Chad Reed and Jagermeister/MDK/KTM rider Justin Brayton close by, first moto winner Josh Grant found himself in a pile in the ground and in dead last. Grant remounted in a furious blitz from near fortieth position to tenth by motos end, passing nearly a dozen riders in just a handful of laps in wide open lines that others were ignoring. Grant's riding made him clearly a fan favorite by the conclusion, as the fences swarmed with people cheered his every pass.
Tedesco's teammate Davi Millsaps also suffered a DNF, due to bike problems, in the first moto, but he made an important pass on Brayton and locked himself into third, a clear improvement over the 33rd he started the day with. Fellow Factory Honda rider Andrew Short followed his lead, but Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Michael Byrne would get around both Short and Brayton and chased after Millsaps. The last lap battle was a nail biter, and to hold on to his spot, Davi dumped the clutch and left Byrne behind.
The win and overall was easily Chad Reed's, as the "Double Deuce" ran away from the pack like a rabbit from a hunter, and sailed over the finish and was nearly to the podium before runner up Tedesco. Chad will hold on to the lead for yet another weekend and his Suzuki will be outfitted with the red backgrounds yet again.

Moto Two Results

1.    Chad Reed
2.    Ivan Tedesco
3.    Davi Millsaps
4.    Michael Byrne
5.    Andrew Short
6.    Kyle Regal
7.    Justin Brayton
8.    Cody Cooper
9.    Nick Wey
10.    Josh Grant

450 Overall
1.    Chad Reed
2.    Ivan Tedesco
3.    Michael Byrne
4.    Josh Grant
5.    Andrew Short
6.    Justin Brayton
7.    Tommy Hahn
8.    Nick Wey
9.    Cody Cooper
10.    Davi Millsaps

450 Point Standings
1.    Chad Reed 287pts
2.    Andrew Short 250pts
3.    Ivan Tedesco 238pts
4.    Josh Grant 234pts
5.    Michael Byrne 183pts
6.    Cody Cooper 157pts
7.    Tommy Hahn 149pts
8.    Mike Alessi 142pts
9.    Ricky Dietrich 136pts
10.    Justin Brayton 127pts

250 Report on Page Two


250 Moto One
As soon as the track cleared, the 250 moto was on the line and ready to do battle on the sandy soil. They rushed the first turn with home state boy Ryan Dungey and his Rockstar/Makita Suzuki in charge, and he would go the entire 30 minutes without serious threat. Behind him, the runner up spot was open for numerous riders. The point leader Christophe Pourcel and his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki stole second away from Geico Powersports/Factory Connection Honda rider Justin Barcia and set his sights on the Target logos affixed to Dungey's helmet. Broc Tickle and his Division Seven/Star Racing Yamaha sliced through the pack after a dismal start, passing Geico Powersports/Factory Connection rider for a day Alex Martin and Muscle Milk/MDK/ KTM rider Tommy Searle in a storm to the top five.
Things heated up for the matching bikes of Barcia and teammate Brett Metcalfe, as the duo traded lines up and down the hills for third place. The rookie edged the veteran in the air on the last lap, but it still was nowhere close to the leader, as Dungey was over 20 seconds ahead of Pourcel and visibly coasted the remaining distance to the finish. On the podium, title rivals Dungey and Pourcel showed they were focused and determined to finish ahead of the other in the second battle of the day.
Moto One Results
1.    Ryan Dungey
2.    Christophe Pourcel
3.    Justin Barcia
4.    Brett Metcalfe
5.    Broc Tickle
6.    Jake Weimer
7.    Kyle Cunningham
8.    Alex Martin
9.    Tommy Searle
10.    Matt Lemoine

250 Moto Two
The final race of the day was the 250 class, and the track had transformed into a rough and rutted mess that was a bit sketchy to say the least. In prison break fashion, they funneled to the first turn with Justin Barcia leading and Brett Metcalfe touching his rear tire. Barcia rode many impressive laps yet again, but it was not enough to hold off the likes of Ryan Dungey and Christophe Pourcel. Ryan stalked the young Honda rider, and just on the other side of him, Pourcel was watching and waiting for a mistake by either. RD10 held his throttle open a fraction of a second longer on a downhill, would tap Barcia, and take off with the lead. Pourcel would also squeeze by and proceed to charge the track to cut Dungey's lead.  The two would relive the first moto lap after lap, going one-two, and Pourcel applied pressure to Dungey before realizing it was in vain and backed off. On the podium, it was clear that even though he still held the points lead, Pourcel was displeased with how his day went, leaving the area before Barcia and Dungey uncorked the champagne.
The battles on the track made up for a rather boring 450 final moto, as numerous riders shuffled, hit, and chopped each other for positions. The passes of Brett Metcalfe and Star Racing/Division Seven Yamaha's Darryn Durham was nearly frightening when they launched through the air; especially when Metcalfe saw himself coming close to Durham off the lip of a downhill. Metty was close to the edge of the track, but would go right past Durham and get the position. Tommy Searle's push from the dirt in turn one to eleventh also was notable, and it seemed like he had more steam in him when the day concluded.

Moto Two Results
1.    Ryan Dungey
2.    Christophe Pourcel
3.    Justin Barcia
4.    Brett Metcalfe
5.    Darryn Durham
6.    Broc Tickle
7.    Jake Weimer
8.    Kyle Cunningham
9.    Matt Lemoine
10.    Max Anstie

250 Overall
1.    Ryan Dungey
2.    Christophe Pourcel
3.    Justin Barcia
4.    Brett Metcalfe
5.    Broc Tickle
6.    Jake Weimer
7.    Kyle Cunningham
8.    Matt Lemoine
9.    Darryn Durham
10.    Tommy Searle

250 Point Standings
1.    Christophe Pourcel   299pts
2.    Ryan Dungey  296pts
3.    Brett Metcalfe 215pts
4.    Tommy Searle 213pts
5.    Justin Barcia 191pts
6.    Jake Weimer 182pts
7.    Tyla Rattray 175pts
8.    Broc Tickle 172pts
9.    Blake Wharton 158pts
10.    Trey Canard 139pts

The convoy of tractor trailers pulled out of the Millville and punched Washington State's Washougal MX into the GPS systems, as we trek across the country to the Northwest before back tracking to the east coast and the final rounds of the series. The action has been unlike what we expected when we started at Glen Helen, and who knows what the remaining weeks hold. Be sure to check back all this week for more pictures, stories, and interviews from Millville.