Race Report: Washougal
2007 AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF

After last week’s scorching temperatures in Lakewood, Colorado, the competitors of the AMA National Motocross circuit welcomed the much cooler temperatures found in Washougal, Washington for this weekend’s race, round eight of the series. With overcast skies throughout the day but no rainfall, the conditions couldn’t have been better for a barnburner, and Washougal definitely didn’t disappoint.

In the Motocross class, it was business as usual for point leader James Stewart in the first moto after he took a convincing win, but a crash while running third in moto two led to a DNF for Bubba. This, along with Ricky Carmichael’s absence, helped create one of the wackiest podiums we’ve seen all year: Tim Ferry took his first overall victory of the season, while Grant Langston and Andrew Short rounded out the top-three.

In MX Lites action, local boy Ryan Villopoto easily swept the first moto, but his teammate and series rival Ben Townley capitalized on Villopoto’s first-turn crash and yet another spill later in the race in moto two, allowing him to take the overall win as well as the point lead. Team Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey was third.

LITES MOTO ONE

As the MX Lites riders funneled into the first turn for moto number one, it was Ryan Dungey who emerged with the first holeshot of the day and an early lead. Behind Dungey were Villopoto and Townley, with Bobby Kiniry and Brett Metcalfe close in tow. It didn’t take Villopoto long to make his move, and with a relatively easy outside pass on Dungey, RV took control of the moto. Townley was the next rider to go around Dungey (on lap two), but by then Villopoto had already begun pulling away slightly, enjoying about a four-second lead which he only extended from there. While Townley unsuccessfully attempted to catch his teammate, behind him a battle ensued for fourth between Metcalfe and Broc Hepler, with Hepler moving into the spot on lap four. As the riders began to spread out slightly, this would remain the running order for the rest of the race; Villopoto went on to collect his first-ever professional moto win at Washougal, some 18 seconds ahead of Townley, followed by Dungey, Hepler, and Metcalfe.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Ben Townley
  3. Ryan Dungey
  4. Broc Hepler
  5. Brett Metcalfe
  6. Josh Grant
  7. Martin Davalos
  8. Broc Tickle
  9. Chris Gosselaar
  10. Jason Lawrence

MOTOCROSS MOTO ONE

The first Motocross moto started with a fat James Stewart holeshot, with Short and Kevin Windham hot on Bubba’s tail. Just as it looked like another Stewart runaway was about to occur, though, James lost his front end and went down in a tight “S turn section, handing the lead over to Short, followed by Windham, Ferry, Stewart, and Langston. On lap two Stewart had had enough of eating roost from K-Dub’s rear wheel, and in one lap passed both Windham and Short to grab the lead and begin checking out from the pack. Meanwhile, Grant Langston also got by Windham, putting Langston into fourth behind Stewart, Short, and Ferry. Behind them all, Mike Alessi was recovering from a bad start and mounting a serious charge to the front. Alessi worked his way up from outside of the top-ten early in the moto to fifth by the checkers, passing both Windham and Davi Millsaps in a single lap. About 10 minutes were left in the 30-minute plus-two moto when Ferry began to whittle away at Short, and with just two laps remaining, Ferry made the pass for second. Short held on to take third, some 23 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Langston. Alessi rounded out the top-five.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Tim Ferry
  3. Andrew Short
  4. Grant Langston
  5. Mike Alessi
  6. Kevin Windham
  7. Davi Millsaps
  8. David Vuillemin
  9. Michael Byrn/li>
  10. Ivan Tedesco

LITES MOTO TWO

With precious championship points on the line, Villopoto and Townley banged bars all the way down the Washougal start stretch and into turn one, while just to the inside of them Dungey squeaked by to grab a monster of a holeshot. Just when it looked like the start of a great moto with all of the heavy hitters up front, the dust cleared in the first turn to reveal Villopoto picking his bike up in an effort to rejoin the race. The rest of the Lites field didn’t let the opportunity go to waste, either; both Hepler and Townley quickly made their moves on Dungey to take over the lead and try to make time on a struggling Villopoto. That’s how the first couple laps would play out—all three riders remained close to one another, with Josh Grant and Ryan Sipes just behind in fourth and fifth. By lap three Townley took over the lead. Villopoto, meanwhile, was slicing and dicing his way through the pack, and by lap five RV had already come from dead last to fifth! Villopoto struggled for a couple of laps to get by Grant, but once he did, he immediately began pulling major time on the top-three riders in front of him. Of course, the Washington fans were going absolutely bonkers for their hometown hero, and with about 15 minutes left in the moto, it looked like Villopoto might just continue on for the win. Hepler, who had been riding without goggles for much of the moto, battled hard for the second-place spot with Dungey in the late stages of the race, eventually succumbing to Dungey. From there, Hepler’s luck only got worse; his bike began smoking, eventually causing him to pull off and drop out of the moto. While all of this drama was playing out, Villopoto was still on his tear through the pack until he lost the front end on a slippery section of the track, causing him to go down for the second time in that race. Always the tough guy, though, Villopoto got right back up to finish a very close third behind Dungey, nearly making a pass for second on the final lap. At the finish line, it was Townley, Dungey, Villopoto, Grant and Metcalfe making up the top-five.

RESULTS:

  1. Ben Townley
  2. Ryan Dungey
  3. Ryan Villopoto
  4. Josh Grant
  5. Brett Metcalfe
  6. Martin Davalos
  7. Ryan Sipes
  8. Jake Weimer
  9. Tommy Hahn
  10. Joaquim Rodrigues

LITES OVERALL RESULTS:

  1. Ben Townley 2-1
  2. Ryan Villopoto 1-3
  3. Ryan Dungey 3-2
  4. Josh Grant 6-4
  5. Brett Metcalfe 5-5
  6. Martin Davalos 7-6
  7. Broc Tickle 8-11
  8. Jake Weimer 13-8
  9. Broc Hepler 4-35
  10. Joaquim Rodrigues 15-10

LITES SERIES POINTS STANDINGS:

  1. Ben Townley (357 points/5 wins)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (355/2 wins)
  3. Josh Grant (286/1win)
  4. Jason Lawrence (258)
  5. Ryan Dungey (254)
  6. Jake Weimer (162)
  7. Tommy Hahn (141)
  8. Andrew McFarlane (132)
  9. Josh Hill (128)
  10. Broc Tickle (127)

MOTOCROSS MOTO TWO

MX moto two was eerily similar to the Lites race that preceded it, with point leader James Stewart going down in a tangle in the first turn just like Villopoto had less than an hour earlier. Kevin Windham took advantage of Stewart’s absence, grabbing the holeshot and early moto lead ahead of Langston, Millsaps, Short, and Ivan Tedesco. With Stewart stuck back in 17th by lap’s end and Ferry in seventh, the boys up front wasted no time in waging a battle of their own, with Langston taking over the lead on lap two. Cool G immediately began to pull a gap on Windham, who was now facing pressure rearward from Honda teammates Millsaps and Short. Soon Millsaps began experiencing bike problems, leaving the door open for Short and Ferry to get by. Of course, it wasn’t long before Stewart had passed the rest of the pack and was now right there, hot on Short and Ferry’s heels. In one lap Bubba got ’em both and moved into third, but by now Langston had opened up a sizeable lead. With just a couple of laps remaining, Stewart looked to be playing things smart for the championship and not gaining much time on the leaders when disaster struck. James crashed violently, in the process dislocating his knee. Although the knee was popped right back in, the damage was done; Stewart was unable to remount and finish the moto, costing him valuable series points. At the white flag, it looked like the moto would finish like that; Langston first, Windham second, and Ferry third… Until Windham mistook the white flag for the checkers and pulled off a lap early! The mistake allowed Ferry to sneak by, which not only gave Tim second place in the moto, but also the overall win, as well. Because of Stewart’s DNF, Ferry is now just seven points back in the championship, with four more rounds of racing to go. According to Team Monster Kawasaki personnel, Stewart will have an MRI performed on the leg tomorrow. Stay tuned to transworldmx.com for breaking news on Stewart’s condition as it becomes available.

RESULTS:

  1. Grant Langston
  2. Tim Ferry
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Andrew Short
  5. Ivan Tedesco
  6. David Vuillemin
  7. Mike Alessi
  8. Kyle Lewis
  9. Troy Adams
  10. Gavin Gracyk

MOTOCROSS OVERALL RESULTS:

  1. Tim Ferry 2-2
  2. Grant Langston 4-1
  3. Andrew Short 3-4
  4. Kevin Windham 6-3
  5. Mike Alessi 5-7
  6. David Vuillemin 8-6
  7. Ivan Tedesco 10-5
  8. James Stewart 1-35
  9. Kyle Lewis 11-8
  10. Troy Adams 12-9

MOTOCROSS SERIES POINTS STANDINGS:

  1. James Stewart (290 points/1 win)
  2. Tim Ferry (283/1 win)
  3. Andrew Short (275)
  4. Grant Langston (256)
  5. Mike Alessi (254)
  6. Ricky Carmichael (241/5 wins)
  7. Kevin Windham (238/1 win)
  8. David Vuillemin (192)
  9. Davi Millsaps (186)
  10. Michael Byrne (148)

open for Short and Ferry to get by. Of course, it wasn’t long before Stewart had passed the rest of the pack and was now right there, hot on Short and Ferry’s heels. In one lap Bubba got ’em both and moved into third, but by now Langston had opened up a sizeable lead. With just a couple of laps remaining, Stewart looked to be playing things smart for the championship and not gaining much time on the leaders when disaster struck. James crashed violently, in the process dislocating his knee. Although the knee was popped right back in, the damage was done; Stewart was unable to remount and finish the moto, costing him valuable series points. At the white flag, it looked like the moto would finish like that; Langston first, Windham second, and Ferry third… Until Windham mistook the white flag for the checkers and pulled off a lap early! The mistake allowed Ferry to sneak by, which not only gave Tim second place in the moto, but also the overall win, as well. Because of Stewart’s DNF, Ferry is now just seven points back in the championship, with four more rounds of racing to go. According to Team Monster Kawasaki personnel, Stewart will have an MRI performed on the leg tomorrow. Stay tuned to transworldmx.com for breaking news on Stewart’s condition as it becomes available.

RESULTS:

  1. Grant Langston
  2. Tim Ferry
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Andrew Short
  5. Ivan Tedesco
  6. David Vuillemin
  7. Mike Alessi
  8. Kyle Lewis
  9. Troy Adams
  10. Gavin Gracyk

MOTOCROSS OVERALL RESULTS:

  1. Tim Ferry 2-2
  2. Grant Langston 4-1
  3. Andrew Short 3-4
  4. Kevin Windham 6-3
  5. Mike Alessi 5-7
  6. David Vuillemin 8-6
  7. Ivan Tedesco 10-5
  8. James Stewart 1-35
  9. Kyle Lewis 11-8
  10. Troy Adams 12-9

MOTOCROSS SERIES POINTS STANDINGS:

  1. James Stewart (290 points/1 win)
  2. Tim Ferry (283/1 win)
  3. Andrew Short (275)
  4. Grant Langston (256)
  5. Mike Alessi (254)
  6. Ricky Carmichael (241/5 wins)
  7. Kevin Windham (238/1 win)
  8. David Vuillemin (192)
  9. Davi Millsaps (186)
  10. Michael Byrne (148)