Race Report:
AMA Toyota National Motocross Championship Presented by FMF: Washougal MX Park, Washougal, WA.

Partly cloudy skies greeted racers for round eight of the AMA Toyota National Motocross Series at Washougal Motocross Park in Washougal, Washington. And while the temperatures may have been on the cool side, the racing action was intense, as Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael and Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart, once again, put on a riding clinic for the rest of the Motocross class field. For the better part of each moto, Stewart and RC swapped positions while they pulled away from everyone else, and when it was all said and done, a mistake by the G.O.A.T. handed Stewart the win. It was Stewart’s second victory of the season and first since his horrific crash at Unadilla a few weeks ago.

In the Motocross Lites class, Team Honda’s Andrew Short had an excellent day, as he trounced the field in both motos on his way to a perfect 1-1 moto tally. On the other end of the spectrum was local favorite Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. RV had a so-so day as he had bike problems in the first that forced him to retire to the pits after only a few laps. In the end, the Kawasaki rider finished the day sixth overall, while Alessi took over the points lead after finishing third overall. Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant finished in the runner-up position.

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Motocross Lites Moto One

When the gate hit the dirt, and the pack thundered to the first turn, it was Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Gosselaar with the holeshot. Behind him, Team Honda’s Andrew Short and Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant followed close behind. After only a few laps, Short took over the lead while Grant soon dropped into second behind his fellow Honda rider. Meanwhile, Team Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi took over third, and soon began to set his sights on taking over the points lead when his championship rival, Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, dropped out of the race.

As the race progressed, Short and Grant opened up a comfortable lead over Alessi, while the rest of the field remained relatively the same. At the end of the race, Short took the checkers by a slim margin over Grant. Alessi completed the podium in third.

Results:

  1. Andrew Short (Hon)
  2. Josh Grant (Hon)
  3. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  4. Broc Hepler (Suz)
  5. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  6. Troy Adams (Kaw)
  7. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  8. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  9. Matt Walker (Yam)
  10. Danny Smith (Hon)
  11. Bobby Kiniry (Hon)
  12. Sean Collier (Yam)
  13. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
  14. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
  15. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
  16. Jason Lawrence (Suz)
  17. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  18. Justin Brayton (Yam)
  19. Ryan Morais (Suz)
  20. Brian Gray (Suz)

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Motocross Moto One

This race was a battle-royal from the beginning. The holeshot went to Team Honda’s Davi Millsaps, while Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed, Stewart, Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Kevin Windham and Carmichael tucked in behind. By the end of the first lap, Reed was into the lead while Stewart and Carmichael quickly took over second and third respectively. A few laps later, Reed made a mistake that allowed both Stewart and RC to get by. From there, the two riders put on a show as they swapped the lead position numerous times—some of which were pretty rough passes—before Ricky finally took command of the position on the 13th lap. After that, RC pulled out to a comfortable lead while Stewart finished up second, with Reed third.

After the race, RC apologized for bumping Stewart in the midst of battle, “Like I said before, it was definitely cheap—what I did—I ran it in on him,” RC said. “He definitely got me back, though. I don’t do anything if I don’t think I have it coming ba.”

Results:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. James Stewart (Kaw)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  5. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  6. Travis Preston (Hon)
  7. Timmy Ferry (Hon)
  8. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  9. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  10. Daniel Sani (Hon)
  11. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  12. Nick Wey (Hon)
  13. Clark Stiles (Yam)
  14. Mike Brown (Suz)
  15. Yoshitaka Atsuta (Hon)
  16. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  17. Jeff Dement (Suz)
  18. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  19. Heath Voss (Yam)
  20. Jeff Gibson (Hon)

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Motocross Lites Moto Two

This moto was all about first moto winner Short, as the Honda pilot took the holeshot and ran away from everyone. Behind him, Grant moved into second, followed by Team Red Bull KTM teammates Alessi and Nathan Ramsey. After a few laps, Short had a comfortable lead while Grant dropped back—after making a mistake—allowing Alessi to take over second. Meanwhile, local hero Villopoto was making an impressive charge to the front. By the halfway point, the young Kawasaki rider had taken over second and began setting his sights on Short out front. Unfortunately, for Villopoto, however, it was too little too late, as Short already had a big enough lead and Ryan couldn’t touch him.

In the end, Short took another moto win, while Villopoto crossed the line second with Grant third. As for Alessi, he finished up fourth for third overall and, with the podium finish, took over the points lead.

“I’m pretty much out of the points and winning is the best thing I can do,” Short said after the race. “I just need to keep that goal in mind now, and hopefully keep going 1-1.”

Results:

  1. Andrew Short (Hon)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  3. Josh Grant (Hon)
  4. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  5. Troy Adams (Kaw)
  6. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
  7. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
  8. Jason Lawrence (Suz)
  9. Martin Davalos (Yam)
  10. Danny Smith (Hon)
  11. Paul Carpenter (Hon)
  12. Sean Collier (Yam)
  13. Kelly Smith (Hon)
  14. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  15. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)
  16. Jake Weimer (Hon)
  17. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  18. Brian Gray (Suz)
  19. Bobby Kiniry (Hon)
  20. Ryan Morais (Suz)

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Lites Overall Results:

  1. Andrew Short (Hon)
  2. Josh Grant (Hon)
  3. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  4. Troy Adams (Kaw)
  5. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  6. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  7. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
  8. Danny Smith (Hon)
  9. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
  10. Chris Gosselaar (Kaw)

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Lites Points Standings:

  1. Mike Alessi (315)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (312)
  3. Andrew Short (280)
  4. Josh Grant (261)
  5. Andrew McFarlane (229)
  6. Brett Metcalfe (226)
  7. Nathan Ramsey (168)
  8. Troy Adams (143)
  9. Matt Goerke (136)
  10. Broc Hepler (133)

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Motocross Moto Two

The start of this moto was a far cry from the first, as Stewart took the holeshot, but made a mistake and allowed Reed to take over the point-position. Stewart, however, passed the Aussi back before the end of the first lap. Behind them, RC was attempting to make up time in order to battle for the lead once again. By the seventh lap, he moved into second and slowly began moving up to Stewart. It didn’t take long before RC was on Stewart’s rear fender, and once that happened the two battled for the remainder of the moto. Then, with only a few laps remaining, Carmichael made a costly mistake over a single jump and Stewart went by as the champ hit the dirt, “He was swapping going up there, and I thought he might save it, but he didn’t,” Stewart said of RC’s crash.

From there, the Kawasaki rider rode unchallenged as Carmichael finished the moto out in second for second overall. Reed completed the overall podium with another third-place finish.

After it was all said and done, Ricky was completely bummed about the mistake that ultimately cost him the race. “I just had a bad weekend, and I’m just really disappointed in myself,” Ricky said. “It’s frustrating, but that’s the way it goes—you learn from stuff like that.”

Stewart, on the other hand, was happy to finally get another win. And after his string of crashes, it was well needed.

Results:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Timmy Ferry (Hon)
  5. Travis Preston (Hon)
  6. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  7. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  8. Mike Brown (Suz)
  9. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  10. Daniel Sani (Hon)
  11. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  12. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  13. Josh Summey (Hon)
  14. Kuraudo Toda (Suz)
  15. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  16. Heath Voss (Yam)
  17. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  18. Antonio Jorge Balbi (Hon)
  19. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  20. Jeff Dement (Suz)

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Motocross Overall Results:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  5. Timmy Ferry (Hon)
  6. Travis Preston (Hon)
  7. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  8. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  9. Daniel Sani (Hon)
  10. Michael Byrne (Kaw)

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Points Standings:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (389/6 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (313)
  3. Davi Millsaps (269)
  4. Kevin Windham (261)
  5. Travis Preston (226)
  6. James Stewart (211/2 wins)
  7. David Vuillemin (206)
  8. Nick Wey (202)
  9. Timmy Ferry (178)
  10. Josh Summey (129)

de a costly mistake over a single jump and Stewart went by as the champ hit the dirt, “He was swapping going up there, and I thought he might save it, but he didn’t,” Stewart said of RC’s crash.

From there, the Kawasaki rider rode unchallenged as Carmichael finished the moto out in second for second overall. Reed completed the overall podium with another third-place finish.

After it was all said and done, Ricky was completely bummed about the mistake that ultimately cost him the race. “I just had a bad weekend, and I’m just really disappointed in myself,” Ricky said. “It’s frustrating, but that’s the way it goes—you learn from stuff like that.”

Stewart, on the other hand, was happy to finally get another win. And after his string of crashes, it was well needed.

Results:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Timmy Ferry (Hon)
  5. Travis Preston (Hon)
  6. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  7. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  8. Mike Brown (Suz)
  9. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  10. Daniel Sani (Hon)
  11. Michael Byrne (Kaw)
  12. Ryan Clark (Hon)
  13. Josh Summey (Hon)
  14. Kuraudo Toda (Suz)
  15. Josh Demuth (Hon)
  16. Heath Voss (Yam)
  17. Kyle Lewis (Hon)
  18. Antonio Jorge Balbi (Hon)
  19. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  20. Jeff Dement (Suz)

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Motocross Overall Results:

  1. James Stewart (Kaw)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  5. Timmy Ferry (Hon)
  6. Travis Preston (Hon)
  7. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  8. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  9. Daniel Sani (Hon)
  10. Michael Byrne (Kaw)

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Points Standings:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (389/6 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (313)
  3. Davi Millsaps (269)
  4. Kevin Windham (261)
  5. Travis Preston (226)
  6. James Stewart (211/2 wins)
  7. David Vuillemin (206)
  8. Nick Wey (202)
  9. Timmy Ferry (178)
  10. Josh Summey (129)