TWMX Race Report: AMA Toyota National Motocross Championship Presented By FMF—Budds Creek MX Park, Budds Creek, MD

Mid 90s and 2 billion percent humidity—that’s the way it went down in Budds Creek, MD, this Father’s Day Sunday. With all the proud papas in the house, the 20,000 plus moto heads on hand piled into the beautiful Budds Creek MX Park facility to witness some outstanding racing action. A press release sent out earlier in the week by Kawasaki notified the moto community that James Stewart would be sitting out of the action at Budds in order to nurse injuries sustained at both High Point and Southwick. With that said, Ricky Carmichael, despite some impressive riding by Yamaha’s Chad Reed, had a relatively easy time piloting his Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 to clean moto sweeps to claim his third overall on the series. In the Lites class, it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto who rode the lights out at Budds, serving notice that his win at High Point a few weeks ago was not a fluke.

MOTOCROSS LITES MOTO ONE

With 40 Lites class maniacs rocketing down the start straight and funneling into the hairy right-hander that was turn one, our fingers were crossed for a clean start. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. While young KTM rookie Zach Osborne claimed the holeshot aboard his 250SX-F, fellow KTM rider Mike Alessi was bumped and sent into a first turn pile-up that also claimed Southwick winner Andrew Short. In turn two, another Lites class favorite, Josh Grant, also went down, leaving Osborne, Star Racing Yamaha’s Sean Collier, Martin Davalos, BooKoo Honda’s Steve Boniface, and Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Billy Laninovich to do battle up front as the pack rounded lap one. Osborne was extremely impressive early on as he proceeded to pull away from the rest of the field, leading the first eight laps of the race. Meanwhile, points leader Alessi was forced to begin a charge from the very back of the pack, while fellow title contender Ryan Villopoto started making up ground on the leaders after finishing the first lap in 15th. Also in the mix, the long lost Makita Suzuki rider Broc Hepler, in his first race back since last September, showed blazing speed as he matched Villopoto’s pace and charged toward the front after a mediocre start. By lap nine, Osborne began to fade, allowing Boniface to pass him for the lead. By this time, the hard-charging Villopoto had positioned himself in the second spot before making his move for the lead a lap and a half later. Laying down lap times that could not be matched, Villopoto rode his KX250F to nearly a ten second lead by the end of the moto. Behind the young Kawi phenom in second at the wave of the checkers was Hepler, showing that he’s ready to do battle for the remainder of the series.

MX LITES MOTO ONE RESULTS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  2. Broc Hepler (Suz)
  3. Nathan Ramsey (KTM)
  4. Kelly Smith (Hon)
  5. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
  6. Steve Boniface (Hon)
  7. Josh Grant (Hon)
  8. Andrew McFarlane (Yam)
  9. Sean Collier (Yam)
  10. Paul Carpenter (Hon)

MOTOCROSS MOTO ONE

Motocross class veteran Barry Carsten snatched the holeshot away from all of the factory-backed hotshots to start moto two, but unfortunately for Barry, his lead was short-lived as class favorites Carmichael and Reed moved into first and second, respectively, by the end of lap two. MX class rookie and factory Honda pilot Davi Millsaps moved into third by lap three, but he was unable to match the pace of the two leaders. Speaking of whom, RC never let go of his lead, and by moto’s end he had pulled a 25-second gap on Reed, who looked very strong all moto, but just couldn’t keep the G.O.A.T.’s pace for 35 minutes. Millsaps crossed the line another 50-seconds back of Reedy. Behind them, Nick Wey aboard his Motosport Outlet/MDK/Honda moved to fourth by lap four, and was challenged early on by Honda’s Travis Preston. NYK resisted the pressure, however, and TP eventually gave way to Kevin Windham, as well, finishing a distant sixth. K-Dub’s push to theront was damn impressive in its own right, as the likable Honda rider rounded lap one in 34th place.

MX MOTO ONE RESULTS

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  4. Nick Wey (Hon)
  5. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  6. Travis Preston (Hon)
  7. Tim Ferry (Hon)
  8. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  9. Josh Summey (Hon)
  10. Shaun Skinner (Suz)

MOTOCROSS LITES MOTO TWO

As the gate fell for Lites moto two, KTM-mounted Mike Alessi pulled one of his customary holeshots, while title challenger and moto one winner Villopoto suffered from another lackluster jump out of the gate. Looking as if Alessi had complete control of the moto for the first several laps, the Budds Creek fans watched Villopoto work his way passed heavy-hitters Short and Grant, eventually reeling in Alessi by lap eight. Feeling the heat, Alessi gave several looks back before giving up the ideal race line to Villopoto who took full advantage and gave Mike a friendly bump on his way by, causing the number 800 to go down. “All the trouble that he gave me and my dad in the amateurs… I just gave him a little love tap and he went down, said Villopoto on the podium after the race. While on the ground, Alessi also gave way to Short who eventually finished in a strong second place behind Villopoto. Although remounting in the third spot, Alessi could not hold off the charge of another amateur rival, Josh Grant, who charged passed to capture the third and final podium spot.

When the motos were tallied, it was Villopoto taking the overall with a clean moto sweep, Hepler, who showed great speed after his extended injury-induced vacation, took second, and Grant claimed the third spot. When the dust settled and the smoke cleared, Villopoto’s win and Alessi’s eighth overall caused quit a shake up in the championship points race. Having entered Budds Creek with a 25-point lead over Short, Mike left the venue with only a seven-point lead over Villopoto.

MX LITES MOTO TWO RESULTS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  2. Andrew Short (Hon)
  3. Josh Grant (Hon)
  4. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  5. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
  6. Broc Hepler (Suz)
  7. Andrew McFarlane (Yam)
  8. Troy Adams (Kaw)
  9. Matt Goerke (Yam)
  10. Jason Lawrence (Suz)

MX LITES OVERALL RESULTS

  1. Ryan Villopoto (1-1)
  2. Broc Hepler (2-6)
  3. Josh Grant (7-3)
  4. Brett Metcalfe (5-5)
  5. Andrew Short (13-2)
  6. Andrew McFarlane (8-7)
  7. Nathan Ramsey (3-16)
  8. Mike Alessi (16-4)
  9. Sean Collier (9-11)
  10. Steve Boniface (6-14)
  11. Matt Goerke (12-9)
  12. Troy Adams (14-8)
  13. Paul Carpenter (10-12)
  14. Kelly Smith (4-36)
  15. Jason Lawrence (19-10)
  16. Danny Smith (15-17)
  17. Robert Kiniry (11-31)
  18. Jay Marmont (26-13)
  19. Matt Walker (38-15)
  20. R. Marshall (17-20)

MX LITES SERIES POINTS STANDINGS

  1. Mike Alessi (153)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (146)
  3. Andrew Short (135)
  4. Josh Grant (135)
  5. Brett Metcalfe (133)
  6. Andrew McFarlane (121)
  7. Nathan Ramsey (88)
  8. Matt Goerke (81)
  9. Grant Langston (61)
  10. Sean Collier (54)

MOTOCROSS MOTO TWO

It was another privateer rider taking the second MX-class holeshot of the day, this time Honda-mounted Antonio Balbi. Jeff Gibson took over the lead before the end of lap one, but it was Reed who made quick work of the situation and took over the point position on lap two. Carmichael wasted little time moving into the second spot, and the race was on. RC proceeded to gobble up Reedy’s roost until lap four when the right opportunity presented itself. When it did, Ricky made an aggressive move, bumping elbows and footpegs with Reed on his way by. The rest, as they say, was history, and RC rode on to take another convincing moto win. Behind the G.O.A.T., Reed put in one of his best outdoor motocross performances to date, but even the hightened-paced Australian couldn’t keep the big number four in check. Millsaps, while in the middle of another strong third place performance, went down hard in the back section of the track on lap 10, and was unable to finish the moto. After another mediocre start, this time roughly around 15th, Windham worked his way first passed Preston and then by Wey, eventually finishing third in the moto and third overall on the day. Wey rode a solid moto, as well, collecting another fourth place for fourth overall.

MX MOTO TWO RESULTS

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. Chad Reed (Yam)
  3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  4. Nick Wey (Hon)
  5. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  6. Jason Thomas (Hon)
  7. Tim Ferry (Hon)
  8. Travis Preston (Hon)
  9. Josh Summey (Hon)
  10. Ryan Clark (Hon)

MX OVERALL RESULTS

  1. Ricky Carmichael (1-1)
  2. Chad Reed (2-2)
  3. Kevin Windham (5-3)
  4. Nick Wey (4-4)
  5. Jason Thomas (8-6)
  6. Tim Ferry (7-7)
  7. Travis Preston (6-8)
  8. Josh Summey (9-9)
  9. Davi Millsaps (3-30)
  10. Ryan Clark (13-10)
  11. Sean Hamblin (11-14)
  12. David Vuillemin (36-5)
  13. Clark Stiles (12-15)
  14. Josh Demuth (16-12)
  15. Antonio Balbi Jr. (18-13)
  16. Shawn Skinner (10-35)
  17. Juss Laansoo (29-11)
  18. Jeff Gibson (14-19)
  19. James Povolni (17-17)
  20. Justin Buckelew (19-16)
  21. MX SERIES POINTS STANDINGS

    1. Ricky Carmichael (192)
    2. Chad Reed (172)
    3. Nick Wey (122)
    4. Davi Millsaps (121)
    5. Kevin Windham (117)
    6. Travis Preston (115)
    7. David Vuillemin (102)
    8. James Stewart (82)
    9. Josh Summey (76)
    10. Jason Thomas (65)

    ss performances to date, but even the hightened-paced Australian couldn’t keep the big number four in check. Millsaps, while in the middle of another strong third place performance, went down hard in the back section of the track on lap 10, and was unable to finish the moto. After another mediocre start, this time roughly around 15th, Windham worked his way first passed Preston and then by Wey, eventually finishing third in the moto and third overall on the day. Wey rode a solid moto, as well, collecting another fourth place for fourth overall.

    MX MOTO TWO RESULTS

    1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    2. Chad Reed (Yam)
    3. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    4. Nick Wey (Hon)
    5. David Vuillemin (Yam)
    6. Jason Thomas (Hon)
    7. Tim Ferry (Hon)
    8. Travis Preston (Hon)
    9. Josh Summey (Hon)
    10. Ryan Clark (Hon)

    MX OVERALL RESULTS

    1. Ricky Carmichael (1-1)
    2. Chad Reed (2-2)
    3. Kevin Windham (5-3)
    4. Nick Wey (4-4)
    5. Jason Thomas (8-6)
    6. Tim Ferry (7-7)
    7. Travis Preston (6-8)
    8. Josh Summey (9-9)
    9. Davi Millsaps (3-30)
    10. Ryan Clark (13-10)
    11. Sean Hamblin (11-14)
    12. David Vuillemin (36-5)
    13. Clark Stiles (12-15)
    14. Josh Demuth (16-12)
    15. Antonio Balbi Jr. (18-13)
    16. Shawn Skinner (10-35)
    17. Juss Laansoo (29-11)
    18. Jeff Gibson (14-19)
    19. James Povolni (17-17)
    20. Justin Buckelew (19-16)
    21. MX SERIES POINTS STANDINGS

      1. Ricky Carmichael (192)
      2. Chad Reed (172)
      3. Nick Wey (122)
      4. Davi Millsaps (121)
      5. Kevin Windham (117)
      6. Travis Preston (115)
      7. David Vuillemin (102)
      8. James Stewart (82)
      9. Josh Summey (76)
      10. Jason Thomas (65)