TWMX Race Report: AMA Toyota National Motocross Championship Presented By FMF – Red Bud MX Park, Buchanan, MI

CARMICHAEL AND VILLOPOTO VICTORIOUS AT RED BUD

By Donn Maeda and Brendan Lutes

Under threatening skies, Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael trounced the field—which included his fiercest rival, James Stewart—to score his fourth Motocross National win of the season and further extend his already commanding points lead in the championship chase. In the Motocross Lites division, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto coupled a convincing runaway win in moto one with a come-from-behind second in the second go-round to earn his third overall win if the series.

MOTOCROSS LITES MOTO ONE:

When the gate dropped at the start of moto one, it was Villopoto who had the fastest reflexes and he led the pack through the first corner. For all intent and purposes, the race for the win was over, as the teenager from Poulsbo, Washington, dropped the hammer on his Kawasaki KX250F and raced away uncontested with an eventual lead of 12 seconds.  Second at the finish was Boost Mobile/Troy Racing/Yamaha’s Andrew McFarlane. The Australian held down the runner up spot throughout the race, fending off charges from several different riders aboard his YZ250F. McFarlane’s most notable pursuer was Rockstar Energy/Bill’s Pipes/Suzuki rider Jason Lawrence, who gated inside the top 10 and quickly sliced his way into third, overtaking riders like KTM’s Mike Alessi and Honda’s Josh Grant with little trouble. It all fell apart for Lawrence, however,  a few corners away from the white flag, as he dumped it in a corner and found himself with his leg trapped underneath his bike. “Man, I was already thinking about what I was gonna say on the podium and everything, joked Lawrence. “Next thing I know, I am trapped with my leg under my bike.Lawrence remounted in time to salvage a top-10 positon, coming hom an eventual sixth.

With Lawrence’s demise, Alessi inherited third in the moto, leading a hard-charging Grant home at the checkers. On the last lap, Alessi bobbled in a tricky shaded area of the track and Grant made several last-ditch efforts in the next few turns to make his way past. Rounding out the top five was Honda’s Andrew Short, who fell late in the race but was able to remount in time to lose no positions.

“After I got the holeshot, I had a clear track ahead of me and I just rode as hard as I could, said Villopoto. “Luckily, I was able to put a pretty good gap on those guys early in the race and I just settled into a pace to the finish.

MX LITES MOTO ONE RESULTS:

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

 

MOTOCROSS MOTO ONE:

To no one’s surprise, Carmichael exploded out of the gate with the holeshot in the opening moto. Hot on his heels, however, were Stewart, Chad Reed, Davi Millsaps and David Vuillemin; and the crowd gasped in eager anticipation of a showdown between the Motocross class’ elite. RC had other ideas, however, and never really gave Stewart the chance to strike. James managed to pull close to Carmichael’s rear wheel a couple times in the first few laps, but little by little, the champ edged away and eventually established what would be a 21-second advantage at the finish. Stewart seemed to have more trouble with lappers, and this undoubtedly aided Carmichael in the end.

Reed rode a lonesome race and finished third abod his factory Yamaha YZ450F. After losing touch with the lead due early on, Reed still enjoyed a very comfortable lead over Kevin Windham at the finish. Windham gated poorly, but put on an admirable charge through the field. After spending much of the race battling with DV12 and MDK Motorsport’s Nick Wey, Windham quickly reeled in four-placed Millsaps once he took over fifth. “With competition as stiff as it is, you cannot afford to get a poor start out there, said Windham. “I had to come from pretty far back, but I am starting to feel better as the season wears on.

Wey was sixth at the checkers, ahead of Moto XXX’s Tim Ferry, who is looking more and more comfortable on his Honda CRF450R. Vuillemin seemed to tire a bit in the closing stages of the moto and dropped to a distant eighth, well ahead of Honda’s Travis Preston and Kyle Lewis, who rounded out the top 10.

MX MOTO ONE RESULTS:

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

 

MOTOCROSS LITES MOTO TWO:

When the gate dropped for the start of this moto, it was Team Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda’s Josh Grant who jumped out to the early lead. Unfortunately for Grant, however, his time at the front quickly ended. The Honda rider led for two laps before bad luck struck relegating him back to seventh, and giving the lead to a determined Mike Alessi. From there, the Red Bull KTM rider began to build up a commanding lead, while his rival, Team Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, took over second from Team Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Andrew McFarlane. After that, things mellowed out considerably and Alessi cruised in for the moto win. McFarlane finished third, but was a somewhat distant third from second-place Villopoto.

In the overall, Villopoto took his third win of the year, while Alessi kept his championship hopes alive with a runner-up performance. The final podium position went to McFarlane; it was his second trip to the podium this season.

“I haven’t pulled a holeshot all year, and to do that in the first moto was great. I had a clear track and I could just ride my pace,” Villopoto said. “I didn’t get a good start in the second moto, but I came out in fifth, I think, and just started working my way up,” Villopoto said following the race. The points are now even tighter, as Alessi leads Villopoto by only five points.

 

MX LITES MOTO TWO RESULTS:

  1. Mike Alessi (KTM)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
  3. Ben Townley (Kaw)
  4. Andrew McFarlane (Yam)
  5. Josh Grant (Hon)
  6. Andrew Short (Hon)
  7. Brett Metcalfe (Yam)
  8. Troy Adams (Kaw)
  9. Kelly Smith (Hon)
  10. Danny Smith (Hon)

 

MX LITES OVERALL:

  1. Ryan Villopoto (1-2)
  2. Mike Alessi (3-1)
  3. Andrew McFarlane (2-4)
  4. Josh Grant (4-5)
  5. Ben Townley (8-3)
  6. Andrew Short (5-6)
  7. Brett Metcalfe (7-7)
  8. Troy Adams (9-8)
  9. Jason Lawrence (6-11)
  10. Paul Carpenter (12-12)
  11. Kyle Chisolm (10-14)
  12. Broc Hepler (13-13)
  13. Danny Smith (17-10)
  14. Sean Collier (11-18)
  15. Kelly Smith (27-9)
  16. Steve Boniface (15-16)
  17. Joaquim Rodrigues (14-17)
  18. Robert Kiniry (29-15)
  19. Richie Owens (16-38)
  20. Matt Goerke (18-24)

 

MX LITES POINTS STANDINGS:

  1. Mike Alessi (198)
  2. Ryan Villopoto (193)
  3. Josh Grant (169)
  4. Andrew Short (166)
  5. Brett Metcalfe (161)
  6. Andrew McFarlane (161)
  7. Nathan Ramsey (90)
  8. Matt Goerke (84)
  9. Troy Adams (74)
  10. Jason Lawrence (72)

 

MOTOCROSS MOTO TWO:

The start of this moto was nearly identical to the first. Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael pulled the holeshot once again, while Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart followed close behind.

Things changed, though, as the riders came into view for the second lap. Following a costly mistake on Carmichael’s part, Stewart moved into the lead, relegating Carmichael back to second. As the riders rode together around the track—only a few bike lengths apart—Carmichael searched for a way around the Kawasaki rider. On the fourth lap, RC finally moved around Stewart and began to set sail. Within only a few laps, the multi-time champion began to pull away. A few laps later, RC’s lead grew and quickly turned into something Stewart could not touch.

Meanwhile, Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed rode around in third after a horrible start, which saw him as far back as seventh. Reed spent most of the opening laps of the moto working his way up, but by the time he was into third, Carmichael and Stewart were long gone.

At the finish, Carmichael took his eighth moto victory and fourth overall win of the season. Stewart finished second overall, via a 2-2 moto tally, while Reed took home the final podium position with a 3-3 moto score.

“This track has always been good to me. The dirt is a lot like what is at my house—it’s just a good track for me,” Carmichael said following his dominating performance.

 

MX MOTO TWO RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
  2. James Stewart (Kaw)
  3. Chad Reed (Yam)
  4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
  5. Tim Ferry (Hon)
  6. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
  7. David Vuillemin (Yam)
  8. Nick Wey (Hon)
  9. Travis Preston (Hon)
  10. Kyle Lewis (Hon)

 

MX OVERALL RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (1-1)
  2. James Stewart (2-2)
  3. Chad Reed (3-3)
  4. Kevin Windham (4-4)
  5. Davi Millsaps (5-6)
  6. Tim Ferry (7-5)
  7. Nick Wey (6-8)
  8. David Vuillemin (8-7)
  9. Travis Preston (9-9)
  10. Kyle Lewis (10-10)
  11. Josh Demuth (12-11)
  12. Josh Summey (15-13)
  13. Jeff Gibson (16-14)
  14. Ryan Clark (14-16)
  15. Josh Woods (11-34)
  16. Robbie Reynard (22-12)
  17. Antonio Balbi (13-24)
  18. Jason Thomas (36-15)
  19. Shaun Skinner (19-17)
  20. Jeff Dement (20-18)

 

MX POINTS STANDINGS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael (242)
  2. Chad Reed (212)
  3. Kevin Windham (153)
  4. Davi Millsaps (152)
  5. Nick Wey (150)
  6. Travis Preston (139)
  7. David Vuillemin (129)
  8. James Stewart (126)
  9. Josh Summey (90)
  10. Tim Ferry (86)

Grant (169)

  • Andrew Short (166)
  • Brett Metcalfe (161)
  • Andrew McFarlane (161)
  • Nathan Ramsey (90)
  • Matt Goerke (84)
  • Troy Adams (74)
  • Jason Lawrence (72)
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    MOTOCROSS MOTO TWO:

    The start of this moto was nearly identical to the first. Team Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael pulled the holeshot once again, while Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart followed close behind.

    Things changed, though, as the riders came into view for the second lap. Following a costly mistake on Carmichael’s part, Stewart moved into the lead, relegating Carmichael back to second. As the riders rode together around the track—only a few bike lengths apart—Carmichael searched for a way around the Kawasaki rider. On the fourth lap, RC finally moved around Stewart and began to set sail. Within only a few laps, the multi-time champion began to pull away. A few laps later, RC’s lead grew and quickly turned into something Stewart could not touch.

    Meanwhile, Team Yamaha’s Chad Reed rode around in third after a horrible start, which saw him as far back as seventh. Reed spent most of the opening laps of the moto working his way up, but by the time he was into third, Carmichael and Stewart were long gone.

    At the finish, Carmichael took his eighth moto victory and fourth overall win of the season. Stewart finished second overall, via a 2-2 moto tally, while Reed took home the final podium position with a 3-3 moto score.

    “This track has always been good to me. The dirt is a lot like what is at my house—it’s just a good track for me,” Carmichael said following his dominating performance.

     

    MX MOTO TWO RESULTS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
    2. James Stewart (Kaw)
    3. Chad Reed (Yam)
    4. Kevin Windham (Hon)
    5. Tim Ferry (Hon)
    6. Davi Millsaps (Hon)
    7. David Vuillemin (Yam)
    8. Nick Wey (Hon)
    9. Travis Preston (Hon)
    10. Kyle Lewis (Hon)

     

    MX OVERALL RESULTS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael (1-1)
    2. James Stewart (2-2)
    3. Chad Reed (3-3)
    4. Kevin Windham (4-4)
    5. Davi Millsaps (5-6)
    6. Tim Ferry (7-5)
    7. Nick Wey (6-8)
    8. David Vuillemin (8-7)
    9. Travis Preston (9-9)
    10. Kyle Lewis (10-10)
    11. Josh Demuth (12-11)
    12. Josh Summey (15-13)
    13. Jeff Gibson (16-14)
    14. Ryan Clark (14-16)
    15. Josh Woods (11-34)
    16. Robbie Reynard (22-12)
    17. Antonio Balbi (13-24)
    18. Jason Thomas (36-15)
    19. Shaun Skinner (19-17)
    20. Jeff Dement (20-18)

     

    MX POINTS STANDINGS:

    1. Ricky Carmichael (242)
    2. Chad Reed (212)
    3. Kevin Windham (153)
    4. Davi Millsaps (152)
    5. Nick Wey (150)
    6. Travis Preston (139)
    7. David Vuillemin (129)
    8. James Stewart (126)
    9. Josh Summey (90)
    10. Tim Ferry (86)