Race Report: Spring Creek 2012

By Michael Antonovich
Photos by Steve Emter

The second half of the 2012 Lucas Oil Motocross Championship began at the historic Spring Creek MX Park outside Millville, Minnesota. Rain earlier in the week caused humidity and temperatures to rise, but this did little to affect the best motocross racers on the planet. Ryan Dungey continued his winning ways at the Minnesota circuit with 1-1 scores, while Eli Tomac took another overall and tightened the points chase.

450 Class

Moto One

BTO Sports Palmetto Suzuki's Michael Byrne swung around the sandy right hand sweeper at the head of the field to take to holeshot in the first moto over Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jake Weimer. Weimer snatched the lead from Byrne in the opening lap, with MotoConcepts Racing team captain Mike Alessi now just behind him. Alessi quickly made his way around the factory Kawasaki rider, the third leader in just laps, and dashed away as hometown hero Ryan Dungey climbed through the pack on his Red Bull KTM. Dungey moved from seventh to third in the first three laps of the moto and took the lead around the 13-minute mark. As Dungey and Alessi focused more on the fight for the position, Weimer closed in on second place, something that would come to his benefit later. With only laps remaining, he worked around Alessi and took the runner-up spot. This would be the finishing order when the checkered flag flew after 16 laps around the circuit.

Moto One Results

1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
3. Mike Alessi (Suz)
4. Justin Brayton (Hon)
5. Andrew Short (Hon)
6. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
7. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
8. Josh Grant (Kaw)
9. Michael Byrne (Suz)
10. Jimmy Albertson (Suz)
11. Les Smith (KTM)
12. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
13. Ryan Sipes (Yam)
14. Christian Craig (Hon)
15. Cole Thompson (Hon)
16. Heath Harrison (Hon)
17. Vince Friese (Suz)
18. Mike Brown (KTM)
19. John Dowd (Kaw)
20. Ben LaMay (Yam)

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Moto Two

Ryan Dungey would take the holeshot in the second moto, and from then on, there was no battle for the lead. He would claim the overall, his third in as many years, at Spring Creek after another 16-lap dash. Jake Weimer's second moto start would not be as solid as his first, which created a tall order for him to overcome. Outside of the top five in the early laps, he picked off Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Brayton and then Michael Byrne. With the top three ahead of him, he pursued and passed the banged up Kyle Regal before settling into third behind Alessi. Brayton would take the fourth overall position for his second top-five finish in two weeks, and Andrew Short rounding out the top five thanks to 5-6 finishes.

Moto Two Results

1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Mike Alessi (Suz)
3. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
4. Justin Brayton (Hon)
5. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
6. Andrew Short (Hon)
7. Cole Thompson (Hon)
8. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
9. Les Smith (KTM)
10. Derek Anderson (Kaw)
11. Ronnie Stewart (Suz)
12. Mike Brown (KTM)
13. John Dowd (Kaw)
14. Christian Craig (Hon)
15. Jake Loberg (Kaw)
16. Vince Friese (Suz)
17. Jason Thomas (Suz)
18. Fredrik Noren (Hon)
19. Dalton Carlson (Yam)
20. Michael Byrne (Suz)

Overall
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Mike Alessi (Suz)
3. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
4. Justin Brayton (Hon)
5. Andrew Short (Hon)
6. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
7. Les Smith (KTM)
8. Cole Thompson (Hon)
9. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
10. Christian Craig (Hon)
11. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
12. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
13. Michael Byrne (Suz)
14. Josh Grant (Kaw)
15. Mike Brown (KTM)
16. Derek Anderson (Kaw)
17. Jimmy Albertson (Suz)
18. Ronnie Stewart (Suz)
19. John Dowd (Kaw)
20. Vince Friese (Suz)
450 Class Championship Points Standings (After 7 of 12 rounds)
1. Ryan Dungey (336/10 moto wins)
2. Mike Alessi (256)
3. Jake Weimer (244)
4. Andrew Short (209)
5. Broc Tickle (187)
6. Justin Brayton (167)
7. James Stewart (151/4 moto wins)
8. Josh Grant (150)
9. Brett Metcalfe (142)
10. Kyle Chisholm (113)

250 Class

Moto One

Geico Powersports Honda's Justin Barcia rocketed out of the gate to take the holeshot and early lead in moto one, with Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen a close second. The two rivals would stay close to one another for nearly the opening moments of the moto. After working his way to the front group two quickly, Barcia's teammate Eli Tomac stalked Barcia and Roczen as the two dueled. The battle and mistakes on both their parts allowed Tomac to make up massive amounts of time, as Tomac's lap times were lower than the two leaders. But as he waited for the right moment to strike, points leader Blake Baggett drew close aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. In typical Baggett fashion, he nailed the smoother lines in the later moments of the race and passed all three to take the lead. In no time, he put a sizeable gap between himself and the other three, finishing 6.798 seconds ahead of Barcia at the final flag.

Moto One Results

1. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
2. Justin Barcia (Hon)
3. Eli Tomac (Hon)
4. Ken Roczen (KTM)
5. Wil Hahn (Hon)
6. Blake Wharton (Suz)
7. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
8. Jason Anderson (Suz)
9. Jake Canada (Hon)
10. Justin Bogle (Hon)
11. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
12. Malcolm Stewart (KTM)
13. Travis Baker (Hon)
14. Kyle Peters (Yam)
15. Gareth Swanepoel (Yam)
16. Alex Martin (Hon)
17. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
18. AJ Catanzaro (KTM)
19. Jacob Hayes (KTM)
20. Mchael McDade (Hon)

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Moto Two

Justin Barcia again claimed the holeshot in the second moto, with Tomac and Baggett in tow. Tomac wasted no time and overtook Barcia for the spot, with Baggett eventually doing the same. A close race for the lead quickly ensued between Tomac and Baggett, with Baggett making numerous strikes for the position. Just after taking the lead, Baggett crashed in a tricky section of the track, mangling his bike and dropping him to seventh in the process. This gave control of the race back to Tomac and he would not relinquish the spot again. By moto's end, Tomac would be nearly 24 seconds ahead of Barcia and claimed the overall with 3-1 scores. Ken Roczen would net the final spot on the podium, but his 4-3 finishes were not enough to best Baggett's 1-4 motos for third overall on the day.

Moto Two Results

1. Eli Tomac (Hon)
2. Justin Barcia (Hon)
3. Ken Roczen (KTM)
4. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
5. Blake Wharton (Suz)
6. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
7. Wil Hahn (Hon)
8. Justin Bogle (Hon)
9. Alex Martin (Hon)
10. Jason Anderson (Suz)
11. Travis Baker (Hon)
12. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
13. Jake Canada (Hon)
14. Malcolm Stewart (KTM)
15. Michael McDade (Hon)
16. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
17. AJ Catanzaro (KTM)
18. Ryan Zimmer (Hon)
19. Joey Peters (Yam)
20. Kody Kamm (Hon)

Overall
1. Eli Tomac (Hon)
2. Justin Barcia (Hon)
3. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
4. Ken Roczen (KTM)
5. Blake Wharton (Suz)
6. Wil Hahn (Hon)
7. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
8. Justin Bogle (Hon)
9. Jason Anderson (Suz)
10. Jake Canada (Hon)
11. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
12. Travis Baker (Hon)
13. Alex Martin (Hon)
14. Malcolm Stewart (KTM)
15. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
16. Michael McDade (Hon)
17. AJ Catanzaro (KTM)
18. Kyle Peters (Yam)
19. Gareth Swanepoel (Yam)
20. Ryan Zimmer (Hon)
250 Class Championship Points Standings (After 7 of 12 rounds)
1. Blake Baggett (315/7 moto wins)
2. Justin Barcia (297/3)
3. Eli Tomac (281/4)
4. Ken Roczen (273)
5. Marvin Musquin (218)
6. Wil Hahn (191)
7. Blake Wharton (156)
8. Jason Anderson (145)
9. Jessy Nelson (128)
10. Jake Canada (125)