Race Report – Red Bud National

words: Anton
shots: Kinman

The Lucas Oil AMA National Championship made its annual Independence Day trip to Buchanan, Michigan, and the world famous Red Bud Track and Trail for the sixth round of the summer series. Since the initial gate drop at Hangtown, there have been a select group of riders who have been in the mix each week and today was no different. The Monster Energy Pro Circuit domination of the Lites class continued with Blake Baggett’s first place finishes in both motos, while his teammate Dean Wilson’s second place finish allowed him to hold the point lead for another week. TwoTwo Motorsports’ owner/lone rider Chad Reed again finished on top of the podium over Ryan Villopoto and defending champion Ryan Dungey. While we cannot replicate the shrill blasts of air horns and countless “Red Buuuddd” chants, we can give you a recap of the day’s events.
Moto 1
Davi Millsaps lifted his Muscle Milk Toyota Yamaha’s front wheel over the holeshot stripe over the Monster Energy Kawasaki of Jake Wiemer in the first 450 moto of the day, the key to him leading TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed and Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Ryan Dungey for the majority of the first moto. In the last third of the race, small bobbles by Millsaps would allow both Reed and Dungey to get past him for first and second place and then build a sizable detachment of fifty-two seconds over the 18 bike.

1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey
3. David Millsaps
4. Brett Metcalfe
5. Justin Brayton
6. Andrew Short
7. Josh Grant
8. Mike Alessi
9. Ryan Villopoto
10. Christian Craig

Moto 2
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto had an extremely difficult first moto, after a crash had him scored in dead last on the first lap, running the duration of the event visor-less, and then losing his silencer in the waning minutes. The second moto was quite the opposite, as the newly crowned Supercross champion took both the holeshot and the early lead over Ryan Dungey. Dungey was never able to close the already expansive lead Villopoto had created, and his frustration was evident both during the race and on the podium. Red Bull KTM’s 450 entry of Mike Alessi kept the first moto winner of Chad Reed at bay for nearly fourteen minutes before Reed would make the move and take the third position and the overall for the day.

1. Ryan Villopoto
2.Ryan Dungey
3. Chad Reed
4. Mike Alessi
5. Brett Metcalfe
6. Kevin Windham
7. Justin Brayton
8. Andrew Short
9. Jacob Weimer
10. Christian Craig

1. Chad Reed (1-3)
2. Ryan Dungey (2-2)
3. Ryan Villopoto (9-1)
4. Brett Metcalfe (4-5)
5. Mike Alessi (8-4)
6. Justin Brayton (5-7)
7. Andrew Short (6-8)
8. Davi Millsaps (3-13)
9. Kevin Windham (12-6)
10. Christian Craig (10-10)
450 Class Championship Standings (After 6 of 12 rounds)
1. Chad Reed (268/4 wins)
2. Ryan Villopoto (252/1 win)
3. Ryan Dungey (246/1 win)
4. Brett Metcalfe (178)
5. Davi Millsaps (173)
6. Kevin Windham (172)
7. Andrew Short (130)
8. Christian Craig (119)
9. Mike Alessi (115)
10. Jake Weimer (112)