The second round of the Lucas Oil Outdoor Motocross Series offered, yet again, another unpredictable day of racing to go with the extremely hot in temperatures in Wortham, Texas. In the 250 class, all eyes were on Eli Tomac, who was coming off a huge debut win at Hangtown, as well as Christophe Pourcel, who was the preseason favorite to win the championship. In 450 action, it was anyone’s game, as Chad Reed and Mike Alessi both had good performances in the opening round, and most of us were also wondering how the likes of both Ryan Dungey and Ben Townley would fare. Townley had an impressive showing at the USGP just one week ago at Glen Helen, while Dungey had a rough weekend at Hangtown after winning the Supercross series. So how’d it all go down?

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Moto 1

When the gate dropped at the start of the first 250 class moto, Eli Tomac was fastest off the line and led the other 39 riders through turn one. At the completion of lap one, the order was Tomac, Cole Seeley, Blake Wharton, and Christophe Pourcel. Nizo Izzi, Trey Canard and Darryn Durham came next.
By lap three, Tomac enjoyed a four-second lead over Seeley, while Pourcel appeared to be turning up the heat in third. Pourcel took over second on lap five. Behind the Frenchman, Seeley fought hard to withstand the new pressure being applied by Izzi. Izzi found his way past Seeley at the 15-minute mark, as did Canard a few laps later. Sadly, Izzi went down soon therafter and dropped out of the lead pack.

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As the laps wound down, Pourcel closed to within striking distance of Tomac, but an off-track excursion allowed the rookie to pull back away. Canard, meanwhile, took over third place over a hard-charging dean Wilson. Though Pourcel gave up eight seconds with his mistake, he proceeded to put his head down and reel Tomac back in rapidly, taking over the lead at the 22-minute mark. Wilson, meanwhile, was on a tear and found his way past Canard in the brutal finish line whoop section for third.
At the checkered flag, Pourcel enjoyed a comfortable lead over Tomac, while Wilson, Canard, Weimer and Tyla Rattray followed in procession soon after.

Results
1. Christophe Pourcel (Kaw)
2. Eli Tomac (Hon)
3. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
4. Trey Canard (Hon)
5. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
6. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
7. Blake Wharton (Hon)
8. Broc Tickle (Yam)
9. Wil Hahn (Hon)
10. Justin Barcia (Hon)

Moto 2

When the 30-second board went sideways at the start of the final 250 moto, all eyes were on Pourcel and Tomac. When the gate dropped, Tomac snared his second holeshot of the day ahead of Dean Wilson and Blake Wharton, but Pourcel was mired at the start and completed lap one in 14th. Wilson did his best to stick to Tomac’s rear fender, but the Hangtown winner slowly inched away from the Canadian. While Wilson had control over second and Wharton held down third, a battle for the remainder of the top 10 spots waged between Canard, Rattray, Hahn, Tickle, Anstie Pourcel and Barcia.
Wilson caught fire at the halfway point and closed back in on Tomac, knowing well that a pass could equal the overall win. Wilson made the pass in the far section of the course at the 20-minute mark and immediately began to pull a lead. At the same time, Wharton crashed out and handed control over third to Canard. Shortly after Wilson took over the lead, Rattray caught fire and passed not only Canard, but began to hound Tomac for second.
At the 25-minute mark, Wilson enjoyed a 14 second lead over Rattray, who displaced an over-heated Tomac. The rookie got so hot, that he peeled off his goggles in an effort to let more air into his helmet, then began to drop off the leaders’ pace. Tomac’s slowing allowing a hard-charging Tickle and Anstie to move forward. Canard was next to feel the effects of the scorching Texas heat, and he too began to slow.
Up front, Wilson started to cruise, unaware that Rattray was on a mission and gaining fast. On the last lap, Wilson actually pulled over and let Rattray past, incorrectly assuming that his teammate was a lap down. When Rattray thrust his fist into the air over the next-to-last jump on the track, the grave reality of what had just happened set in on Wilson and he was so devastated that he slowed even further, allowing Tickle to nip him at the line.
Further back, Pourcel had worked up to fifth, and his 1-5 scores were good enough for a surprising overall win. Rattray was second, ahead of a heartbroken Wilson, who completed a 1-2-3 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki sweep.

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Results

1. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
2. Broc Tickle (Yam)
3. Dean Wilson (Kaw)
4. Max Anstie (Yam)
5. Christophe Pourcel (Kaw)
6. Wil Hahn (Hon)
7. Trey Canard (Hon)
8. Justin Barcia (Hon)
9. Martin Davalos (Yam)
10. Blake Baggett (Suz)

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250 Class (Overall)

  1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki (1-5)
  2. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (6-1)
  3. Dean Wilson, Canada, Kawasaki (3-3)
  4. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha (8-2)
  5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (4-7)
  6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (2-11)
  7. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (9-6)
  8. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (5-12)
  9. Max Anstie, England, Yamaha (15-4)
  10. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (10-8)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 86
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 77
  3. Dean Wilson, Canada, Kawasaki, 69
  4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 68
  5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 61
  6. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki, 58
  7. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 56
  8. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 54
  9. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 50
  10. Max Anstie, England, Yamaha, 40

450 Class on Page 2

450 CLASS

Moto 1

At the drop of the gate, Geico Powersports Honda’s Brett Metcalfe grabbed the holeshot with Michael Byrne and Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey chasing him down. Dungey slid into the second place spot immediately. Lucas/TLD/Honda’s Ben Townley made the move on Tommy Hahn in the third lap, moving into the third spot. Dungey reeled in Metty, but Metty didn’t let him by easily. Meanwhile, Davi Millsaps and Chad Reed moved up through the pack, while Townley began to distance himself from fourth place Hahn.
Dungey finally made his move on Metty, and wasted no time ditching him. Townley, though, was more than willing to ride with Metty, as he slowly gained time on the Geico Honda rider. Hahn, too, didn’t want to miss out on the podium, and kept Townley in his sights. Millsaps and Reed fought to join the party. Off the pace, Mike Alessi looked a bit fatigued or at least sluggish. His old rival, Josh Grant meanwhile, decided top five was far more favorable than top ten. Townley, by this point, had made the pass on Metcalfe; Hahn and Reed followed suit. Reed, just before the two lap board, really turned it on, catching the whole field and finishing second. Dungey took the win convincingly…with a 27- second margin of victory.

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One name missing from the preceeding is Andrew Short. Unfortunately for the now-Texan, the Honda Red Bull Racing crew had some issues with Shorty’s CRF450R and could not get it fired up beofre the start of the moto. Sadly, Shorty was forced to watch the first moto, in stead of participate.

Results

1. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
2. Chad Reed (Kaw)
3. Ben Townley (Hon)
4. Tommy Hahn
5. Josh Grant (Yam)
6. Kyle Regal (Hon)
7. Brett Metcalfe (Hon)
8. Michael Byrne (Yam)
9. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
10. Davi Millsaps (Hon)

Moto 2

Brett Metcalfe and his Geico Powersports Honda ripped another holeshot (Geico Honda won all four holeshots on the day), but this time with Mike Alessi breathing down his throat. Ben Townley, however, went down in a heap just before entering the first turn, and thus did not get to mix it up in the front like he had in the first moto It was nearly 30 seconds before he could remount and get back in the race.Andrew Short, looking for some redemption from a DNS in the first moto, chased down Alessi from the get-go. Chad Reed, also got a decent start and honed in on the leaders, but he would have to deal with Kyle Regal first. Alessi and Short wasted no time before going to battle. The two traded positions back and forth, but Alessi got the best of Shorty, and Metcalfe as well, taking over the lead. Alessi couldn’t keep pressure at bay for long, and Dungey took over with Metty, Shorty, Regal, and Reed in close proximity.
When the two lap board came out, Regal had just made the move on Metcalfe, simultaneously Reed did the same around Shorty. From the Dungey inched his way farther and farther form the rest of the field, eventually checking out completely. When the checkers flew Dungey took another big win. Regal scored a second, and Reed salvaged third.

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Results

1. Ryan Dungey (Suz)
2. Kyle Regal (Hon)
3. Chad Reed (Kaw)
4. Brett Metcalfe (Hon)
5. Mike Alessi (KTM)
6. Andrew Short (Hon)
7. Matt Goerke (Yam)
8. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)
9. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
10. Josh Grant (Yam)

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450 Class (Overall)

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (1-1)
  2. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki (2-3)
  3. Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda (6-2)
  4. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda (7-4)
  5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha (5-10)
  6. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Suzuki (4-12)
  7. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (12-5)
  8. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda (3-16)
  9. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha (9-9)
  10. Michael Byrne, Newnan, Ga., Yamaha (8-11)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 87
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 76
  3. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 68
  4. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 66
  5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 60
  6. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 55
  7. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda, 54
  8. Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda, 51
  9. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Suzuki, 43
  10. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 37

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When everyone in Freestone County was near heat stroke, the gate dropped for the first WMX moto. Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ashley Fiolek snatched up the holeshot, with Jessica “JP$” Patterson nipping at her heels. Meanwhile, a three bike pile-up, including that of Sara Whitmore’s stacked up around the first turn. Fiolek and Patterson immediately resumed their now-typical battle for WMX supremacy, while Lucas/TLD/Honda’s Tarah Geiger settled into the thrid position, Vicki Golden in tow. Patterson picked up where she left off at Hangtown. Lap after lap, JP$ inched farther from the defending champ.

Moto 1 Results

1. Jessica Patterson
2. Ashley Fiolek
3. Tarah Geiger
4. Vicki Golden
5. Sara Price
6. Elizabeth Bash
7. Erica Cook
8. Tatum Sik
9. Alexah Pearson
10. Mariana Balbi

Fiolek grabbed yet another holeshot aboard her factory Honda, and much like the first moto, Patterson tenaciously chased her down. About seven minutes into the moto, Patterson overtook the defending champ and didn’t look back.With Gieger in third and Vicki Golden fourth, the top four seperated themselves from the rest of the pack. For better or for worse, the second moto was basically a carbon copy of the first for the the top three ladies.

Moto 2 Results

1. Jessica Patterson
3. Tarah Geiger
2. Ashley Fiolek
5. Sara Price
6. Elizabeth Bash
7. Sayaka Kaneshiro
8. Jacqueline Strong
9. Shelbie Brittain
10. Erica Cook

WMX Class (Overall)

  1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (2-2)
  3. Tarah Gieger, Winter Gardens, Fla., Honda (3-3)
  4. Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha (4-4)
  5. Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki (5-5)
  6. Erica Cook, Natalia, Texas, Yamaha (7-10)
  7. Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha (10-8)
  8. Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (8-11)
  9. Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, Mich., KTM (12-9)
  10. Shelbie Brittain, Rockwall, Texas, Kawasaki (11-12)