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)

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)

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)