Race Report: Washougal 2012

By Michael Antonovich
Photos by Chris Kinman

The Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship trekked across the country from Minnesota to the forests of Washington State for round eight of the 2012 series at Washougal Motocross Park. The day saw a brief shake-up in the running order as Mike Alessi broke Ryan Dungey’s lock on the 450 class with a moto win, though Dungey would go on to claim the overall. Justin Barcia’a consistent 1-2 moto finishes allowed him to close the points gap between and point leader Blake Baggett for the Lites division title.

450 Moto One

MotoConcepts Racing's Mike Alessi grabbed the holeshot in his usual fashion in the first moto of the day, with longtime rival Josh Grant in tow on his DNA Energy/Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki. After getting around Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer for third, Ryan Dungey set his sights on second place Grant. As Dungey closed in, Grant faltered in a technical section of the track and was thrown to the ground, which allowed the Red Bull KTM racer to take second place. With lap times around a half a second faster than Alessi, Dungey was quickly on the privateer's back fender and searching for a way to take control of the race. This search, along with Alessi's efforts to keep the Dungey at bay, forced the current points leader off of the track and nearly into the spectator fence before the KTM rider washed out in a right hand sweeper a few turns later.

After remounting six seconds down of Alessi, Dungey stormed around the Washington forest, making up over four seconds in one single lap. However, just as it was in the earlier stages, Dungey would find his ever moved blocked by Alessi and went off the track in the same section yet again. These errors on the final lap would keep him from closing on the leader enough to make another strike and Alessi would take the moto win, snapping Dungey's 10-moto win streak.

450 Moto One Results

1. Mike Alessi (Suz)
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
4. Andrew Short (Hon)
5. Justin Brayton (Hon)
6. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
7. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
8. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
9. Weston Peick (Suz)
10. Christian Criag (Hon)
11. Mike Brown (KTM)
12. Ben LaMay (Yam)
13. Michael Byrne (Suz)
14. Vince Friese (Suz)
15. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
16. Kevin Rookstool (Hon)
17. Josh Grant (Kaw)
18. Robert Bell (Kaw)
19. Derek Anderson (Kaw)
20. Austin Howell (Suz)

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450 Moto Two

Ryan Dungey launched out of the gate in the second moto to take the holeshot, and while Mike Alessi was in a close second, there would be no fight for the lead. Dungey steadily pulled away from the field over the course of 16 near flawless laps and finished over 31 seconds ahead of runner-up Alessi at the final flag. Andrew Short would round out the podium for the second moto, with his 4-3 scores giving him third overall for the day.

Josh Grant rebounded from his first moto tumble to climb back into sixth place in the second race, which would boost his 17th place first moto ride for 10th overall. Jake Weimer's outing would be rather rough, as two separate incidents would have him down to eight place at one point before ultimately finishing fifth in the second moto. Swedish privateer Fredrik Noren made his presence known in the second moto as he fought off better-known racers for the eighth spot. Consistent scores allowed Tommy Hahn, Kyle Chisholm, Christian Craig, and Weston Peick to fill out the top-10 overall results.

450 Moto Two Results

1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Mike Alessi (Suz)
3. Andrew Short (Hon)
4. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
5. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
6. Josh Grant (Kaw)
7. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
8. Fredrik Noren (Hon)
9. Christian Craig (Hon)
10. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
11. Weston Peck (Suz)
12. Derek Anderson (Kaw)
13. Kevin Rookstool (Hon)
14. Vince Friese (Suz)
15. Les Smith (KTM)
16. Ben LaMay (Yam)
17. Michael Byrne (Suz)
18. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
19. Josh Hill (Kaw)
20. Preston Mull (Hon)

Overall
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Mike Alessi (Suz)
3. Andrew Short (Hon)
4. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
5. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
6. Tommy Hahn (Hon)
7. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
8. Christian Craig (Hon)
9. Weston Peick (Suz)
10. Josh Grant (Kaw)
11. Justin Brayton (Hon)
12. Vince Friese (Suz)
13. Ben LaMay (Yam)
14. Fredrik Noren (Hon)
15. Kevin Rookstool (Hon)
16. Michael Byrne (Suz)
17. Derek Anderson (Kaw)
18. Mike Brown (KTM)
19. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
20. Les Smith (KTM)
450 Class Championship Points Standings (After 8 of 12 rounds)
1. Ryan Dungey (383/11 moto wins)
2. Mike Alessi (303/ 1 moto win)
3. Jake Weimer (280)
4. Andrew Short (247)
5. Broc Tickle (183)
6. Justin Brayton (183)
7. Josh Grant (169)
8. James Stewart (151/ 4 moto wins)
9. Brett Metcalfe (142)
10. Kyle Chisholm (137)

250 Moto One

After notching the top times in qualifying, Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin led the Lites field into the first turn. Musquin would have fast company in Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racer Blake Baggett, but the Lites class point leader would be passed by GEICO Powersports Honda teammates Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac in the early moments of the race. As the two Honda racers dueled for second place, Musquin began to distance himself from the rest of the pack. The distance between the three would vary throughout the first half of the race, as Musquin would pull away one lap, with Barcia then closing in on the next. Baggett would make numerous mistakes as he attempted to stay close to the top three, the most critical of which would put him on the ground and down to sixth behind Roczen. He would come back into the battle by posting the fastest laps of the moto, but another incident would send him off the track and, after spending a substantial amount of time trying to get back inside the lane, down to sixth place.

Just past the halfway point of the moto, Barcia closed in on Musquin and dove to the inside of a left-hand turn to take the lead. Tomac would follow suit shortly after, which established the finishing order for the first moto.

250 Moto One Results

1. Justin Barcia (Hon)
2. Eli Tomac (Hon)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Ken Roczen (KTM)
5. Wil Hahn (Hon)
6. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
7. Blake Wharton (Suz)
8. Ryan Sipes (Yam)
9. Justin Bogle (Hon)
10. Jason Anderson (Suz)
11. Malcolm Stewart (KTM)
12. Alex Martin (Hon)
13. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
14. Travis Baker (Hon)
15. Ivan Tedesco (Kaw)
16. Kelli Rusk (Hon)
17. Tevin Tapia (KTM)
18. Martin Davalos (Suz)
19. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
20. Jason Potter (Hon)

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250 Moto Two

Justin Barcia charged into the first turn at the head of the field to claim the holeshot in the second Lites moto of the day, with Justin Bogle and Blake Baggett right behind. Barcia notched the fastest laps of the early portion of the race as the rest of the pack worked for their places in line. Baggett pulled even with Bogle for second place after railing an outside line on the top section of the track, and would make his pass for the spot when the two blitzed across the whoop section that lay just before the finish line. Over the course of the next laps, the gap between first and second would fluctuate depending on each rider's lap time, before Baggett began to turn faster laps than Barcia more consistently. Just before the final two laps began, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider leapt into the lead. Although he was pushed back into second place, Barcia's 1-2 finishes were enough for the overall and the GEICO Powersports Honda rider calmed his pace.

250 Moto Two Results

1. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
2. Justin Barcia (Hon)
3. Eli Tomac (Hon)
4. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
5. Justin Bogle (Hon)
6. Blake Wharton (Suz)
7. Ken Roczen (KTM)
8. Ryan Sipes (Yam)
9. Jason Anderson (Suz)
10. Wil Hahn (Hon)
11. Malcolm Stewart (KTM)
12. Martin Davalos (Suz)
13. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
14. Jake Canada (Hon)
15. Travis Baker (Hon)
16. Kelli Rusk (Hon)
17. Tevin Tapia (KTM)
18. Austin Ullrich (Kaw)
19. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
20. Gannon Audette (KTM)

Overall
1. Justin Barcia (Hon)
2. Eli Tomac (Hon)
3. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
4. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
5. Ken Roczen (KTM)
6. Blake Wharton (Suz)
7. Justin Bogle (Hon)
8. Wil Hahn (Hon)
9. Ryan Sipes (Yam)
10. Jason Anderson (Suz)
11. Malcolm Stewart (KTM)
12. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
13. Travis Baker (Hon)
14. Martin Davalos (Suz)
15. Kelli Rusk (Hon)
16. Alex Martin (Hon)
17. Tevin Tapia (KTM)
18. Jake Canada (Hon)
19. Ivan Tedesco (Kaw)
20. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
250 Class Championship Points Standings (After 8 of 12 rounds)
1. Blake Baggett (355pts/8 moto wins)
2. Justin Barcia (344/4 moto wins)
3. Eli Tomac (323/4 moto wins)
4. Ken Roczen (305)
5. Marvin Musquin (256)
6. Wil Hahn (218)
7. Blake Wharton (185)
8. Jason Anderson (168)
9. Jessy Nelson (144)
10. Travis Baker (134)


WMX
The women of professional racing returned to the track this weekend at Washougal, including Jessica Patterson with her freshly bolted and screwed hand. The two other stars of the WMX, Ashley Fiolek and Tarah Gieger, were also there to keep JP$ honest.

With a freshly bolted up hand, Jessica Patterson returned to the racetrack to fight for yet another title.

In the first moto, we saw Fiolek blast out of the gate first with her Honda Muscle Milk CRF250R, much like she does at most races she lines up for. Patterson, weak hand and all, settled into second place and put in a strong moto while Gieger and her Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda finished comfortably in third.

Honda Muscle Milk's Ashley Fiolek went 1-1 on the day to secure the overall victory.

The second moto was quite reminiscent of the first as Fiolek, again, got out to an early start. Patterson fought her way past the Honda rider, but some bad luck forced Patterson to return the lead to Fiolek. JP$ fell back into the pack and, in turn, Gieger assumed Patterson’s former position in second.

Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda's Tarah Gieger is the most consistent women in racing, and it may just be what it takes to win the championship in the end.

 

RESULTS
1. Ashley Fiolek 1-1
2. Tarah Gieger 3-2
3. Mariana Balbi 4-3
4. Jessica Patterson 2-8
5. Sara Pettersson 5-4
6. Jacqueline Strong 9-5
7. Hailey Larson 8-6
8. Kasie Creson 7-7
9. Alexah Pearson 6-9
10. Amanda Brown 10-11
11. Sade Allender 13-10
12. Brianna DeGray 12-13
13. Sarah Whitmore 11-14
14. April Zastrow 14-12
15. Ashley Boham 15-15
16. Jackie Ives 17-16
17. Tressa Rau 19-17
18. Rachel Karlgaard 18-18
19. Jessie Wharton 16-25
20. Meghan McClain 20-19