Monday Kickstart – Budds Creek

As always, Budds Creek delivered another excellent weekend of racing. Instead of the torrential downpour experienced last year, fans and riders were to treated some great, albeit, hot and humid weather. In the 450 Class, Ryan Dungey has once again established himself as the man to beat for the championship and extended his points lead further in Maryland. While Christophe Pourcel remains in control of the 250 Class championship, his less than stellar second moto ride allowed his teammate, Dean Wilson, to claim the overall win which was also the first of his career. That marks the fourth overall winner in as many rounds for the 250 Class. Here is a look back at some of the happenings in front of and behind the scenes at Budds Creek.

Warming up before go time is always important, even when there is 90 percent humidity and it is 90 degrees. Blake Wharton gets ready before practice on the stationary bike.

Warming up before go time is always important, even when there is 90 percent humidity and it is 90 degrees. Blake Wharton gets ready before practice on the stationary bike.

Eli Tomac is all business before practice gets underway. The rookie started off the season very strong, but since then has seemed to struggle with his finishes. Budds Creek was not the kindest round for the Geico Powersports/Honda rider, as he holeshot the first moto but then finished a disappointing 10th overall with 10-13 moto scores.

Eli Tomac is all business before practice gets underway. The rookie started off the season very strong, but since then has seemed to struggle with his finishes. Budds Creek was not the kindest round for the Geico Powersports/Honda rider, as he holeshot the first moto but then finished a disappointing 10th overall with 10-13 moto scores.

"Shhh! Don't talk to me while I'm pouring." With race bikes running on the very edge, even the small impurity can upset the way the motor runs. Here, Schnikey does some extra filtration while filling up Justin Barcia's scoot.

Trey Canard goes through his warm up routine every week before practice. Considering all of the hard work riders put in during the week, it would be a shame to have a pulled groin ruin a moto. Trey's seventh overall finish could have been much better if not for two poor starts. Canard had to work his way up from mid pack in both motos.

Trey Canard goes through his warm up routine every week before practice. Considering all of the hard work riders put in during the week, it would be a shame to have a pulled groin ruin a moto. Trey's seventh overall finish could have been much better if not for two poor starts. Canard had to work his way up from mid pack in both motos.

Blake Baggett is one of those riders that people keep saying is a big surprise, but there is no reason he should be. He may be on a less decorated team, but Baggett was a serious amateur standout, had top finishes in his pro debut last season, and already won a Supercross Lites main earlier this year. Last weekend Blake had some of the fastest lap times of the day, and he was looking good at Budds Creek until a nasty crash before the finish line jump resulted in a compound fracture in his arms. Ouch! The same section also claimed Davi Millsaps in the first 450 Class moto and he was flown to the nearest hospital with severe breathing problems.

Blake Baggett is one of those riders that people keep saying is a big surprise, but there is no reason he should be. He may be on a less decorated team, but Baggett was a serious amateur standout, had top finishes in his pro debut last season, and already won a Supercross Lites main earlier this year. Last weekend Blake had some of the fastest lap times of the day, and he was looking good at Budds Creek until a nasty crash before the finish line jump resulted in a compound fracture in his arms. Ouch! The same section also claimed Davi Millsaps in the first 450 Class moto and he was flown to the nearest hospital with severe breathing problems.

The Lucas Oil/TLD/Honda team has had a solid presence this season. Wil Hahn has obviously been working on his starts, and managed to hold onto fourth in the second moto. Cole Seely has improved greatly this season and came away from Maryland with an 11th overall.

The Lucas Oil/TLD/Honda team has had a solid presence this season. Wil Hahn has obviously been working on his starts, and managed to hold onto fourth in the second moto. Cole Seely has improved greatly this season and came away from Maryland with an 11th overall.

Mustard glazed barbeque chicken served TLD style? Yes please! The team chef is a vital part to any racing effort.

Mustard glazed barbeque chicken served TLD style? Yes please! The team chef is a vital part to any racing effort.

The Honda of Troy lids are some of the cooler looking helmets in the pits. Call us nostalgic, but it doesn't get much better than the fifth dragon.

The Honda of Troy lids are some of the cooler looking helmets in the pits. Call us nostalgic, but it doesn't get much better than the fifth dragon.

It has been great having Ben Townley back at the races. A true competitor, Ben is always looking for that extra edge wherever he can find it and is vocal about what is or is not working either on the track or with his machinery. Ben ran up front for both motos although he suddenly dropped of the pace the first time out. Moto two was a much different story though as he climbed a few positions to finish third for eighth overall.

It has been great having Ben Townley back at the races. A true competitor, Ben is always looking for that extra edge wherever he can find it and is vocal about what is or is not working either on the track or with his machinery. Ben ran up front for both motos although he suddenly dropped of the pace the first time out. Moto two was a much different story though as he climbed a few positions to finish third for eighth overall.

Tommy Hahn is in his element when it comes to outdoors as the rough tracks seem to suit his style. Unfortunately about ten minutes into the first moto, Tommy hit a breaking bump on the landing of a jump that twisted his front end and caused him to crash, which dislocated a previously injured shoulder and forced him to pull off. But that didn't stop the Rockstar/Suzuki rider, as he was able to come back for the second moto and finish 11th. Not bad.

Tommy Hahn is in his element when it comes to outdoors as the rough tracks seem to suit his style. Unfortunately about ten minutes into the first moto, Tommy hit a breaking bump on the landing of a jump that twisted his front end and caused him to crash, which dislocated a previously injured shoulder and forced him to pull off. But that didn't stop the Rockstar/Suzuki rider, as he was able to come back for the second moto and finish 11th. Not bad.

Chad Reed has yet to truly hit his stride this season. While he sits in a solid second place in the points standings, Reed still only has one moto win on the season and finished third overall at Budds Creek.

Chad Reed has yet to truly hit his stride this season. While he sits in a solid second place in the points standings, Reed still only has one moto win on the season and finished third overall at Budds Creek.

Although these fans are camped out in front of the Rockstar/Suzuki/Canidae rig, this line is actually for Ryan Dungey another 50 yards away under the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki tent. Dungey's fan base has grown immensely this year, for obvious reasons.

Although these fans are camped out in front of the Rockstar/Suzuki/Canidae rig, this line is actually for Ryan Dungey another 50 yards away under the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki tent. Dungey's fan base has grown immensely this year, for obvious reasons.

Check out this carbon seat mounting bracket attached to Dungey's gas tank. Considering you will never see this piece when the bike is ready to go, it shows that carbon is not all about bling but has some real-life benefits as well.

Check out this carbon seat mounting bracket attached to Dungey's gas tank. Considering you will never see this piece when the bike is ready to go, it shows that carbon is not all about bling but has some real-life benefits as well.

We never get sick of seeing works parts. The top fork nut, triple clamps, and titanium hardware are reserved for the uber-talented.

We never get sick of seeing works parts. The top fork nut, triple clamps, and titanium hardware are reserved for the uber-talented.

It is no secret that cycling has its benefits in moto. These bikes were found at the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rig but with all of the tricked out bikes around the pits, the bare stainless steel bike on the right with old school brakes and down-tube shifters is one of the most unique we have seen this season.

It is no secret that cycling has its benefits in moto. These bikes were found at the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rig but with all of the tricked out bikes around the pits, the bare stainless steel bike on the right with old school brakes and down-tube shifters is one of the most unique we have seen this season.

Ever wonder how the factory guys keep their stuff so clean? By washing every single part individually. The Monster Energy Kawasaki wheels get some love between practices.

Ever wonder how the factory guys keep their stuff so clean? By washing every single part individually. The Monster Energy Kawasaki wheels get some love between practices.

No, Nico Izzi isn't starting a freestyle career…yet. As a shorter rider, Nico prefers his seat cut down to allow him to move around on the bike.

No, Nico Izzi isn't starting a freestyle career…yet. As a shorter rider, Nico prefers his seat cut down to allow him to move around on the bike.

The DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha crew has been having a decent year so far. Here, Broc Tickle, who currently sits fifth in points, gets some feedback from team owner Bobby Regan. Riders and teams are always looking for the extra edge and good communication can only help, especially with the talent as deep as it is this season.

The DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha crew has been having a decent year so far. Here, Broc Tickle, who currently sits fifth in points, gets some feedback from team owner Bobby Regan. Riders and teams are always looking for the extra edge and good communication can only help, especially with the talent as deep as it is this season.

Max Anstie was having one of the best races of his young career in the first 250 Class moto, running in second and within striking distance of Christophe Pourcel. Unfortunately, with only a few laps remaining, the friendly British rider had a hard get-off and dropped several positions. Max hurt his ankle in the incident and was only able to complete two laps of the second moto before pulling off.

Max Anstie was having one of the best races of his young career in the first 250 Class moto, running in second and within striking distance of Christophe Pourcel. Unfortunately, with only a few laps remaining, the friendly British rider had a hard get-off and dropped several positions. Max hurt his ankle in the incident and was only able to complete two laps of the second moto before pulling off.

Every little bit helps. Check out this carbon-fiber brake line guide on Anstie's machine. Is it that much better than the stock piece? Probably not. Does it look a whole lot better? Hell yes!

Every little bit helps. Check out this carbon-fiber brake line guide on Anstie's machine. Is it that much better than the stock piece? Probably not. Does it look a whole lot better? Hell yes!

The gearing on Max Anstie's bike was changed to a 14-tooth counter shaft sprocket to allow his bike to pull each gear a little longer. This note was to remind him to keep the bike in first gear for the start, instead of the usual second. Apparently the new gearing worked as Max had a great start and ran up front for most of the moto.

The gearing on Max Anstie's bike was changed to a 14-tooth counter shaft sprocket to allow his bike to pull each gear a little longer. This note was to remind him to keep the bike in first gear for the start, instead of the usual second. Apparently the new gearing worked as Max had a great start and ran up front for most of the moto.

Nico Izzi seems to be regaining his composure out on the track, as he ran up front weekend in Mt. Morris. Unfortunately Budds Creek was not as kind to the Michigan native but do not count Nico out. He still has plenty of speed in him.

Nico Izzi seems to be regaining his composure out on the track, as he ran up front weekend in Mt. Morris. Unfortunately Budds Creek was not as kind to the Michigan native but do not count Nico out. He still has plenty of speed in him.

Mike Alessi had an excellent first moto, as he started and ended in second place, holding off Ryan Dungey's charge. Unfortunately the second moto was not quite as good for Mikey. While he ran in the front pack for a little while, he dropped significantly as the race continued and eventually finished 12th for fifth overall. If you have not seen it yet, check out the Pit Pass Video from Budds Creek where we did

Mike Alessi had an excellent first moto, as he started and ended in second place, holding off Ryan Dungey's charge. Unfortunately the second moto was not quite as good for Mikey. While he ran in the front pack for a little while, he dropped significantly as the race continued and eventually finished 12th for fifth overall. If you have not seen it yet, check out the Pit Pass Video from Budds Creek where we did "Wired" with Mike's mechanic, Kelly Lumgair.

Matt Goerke is hit or miss. One weekend he will run up front, while the next you would hardly know he is there. Never the less, the MotoConcepts/Yamaha rider is talented and the former Southwick winner currently sits 15th in points.

Matt Goerke is hit or miss. One weekend he will run up front, while the next you would hardly know he is there. Never the less, the MotoConcepts/Yamaha rider is talented and the former Southwick winner currently sits 15th in points.

Remember Weston Peick? Well he is still fighting the good fight as a privateer aboard a Rock River Yamaha. Weston overcame two poor starts to recover for 18th overall.

Remember Weston Peick? Well he is still fighting the good fight as a privateer aboard a Rock River Yamaha. Weston overcame two poor starts to recover for 18th overall.

That is a lot of positive support. There are some real racing fans in Maryland.

That is a lot of positive support. There are some real racing fans in Maryland.

Christophe Pourcel did his usual disappearing act in moto one, and essentially lead wire to wire. Unfortunately, he also did his usual

Christophe Pourcel did his usual disappearing act in moto one, and essentially lead wire to wire. Unfortunately, he also did his usual "strange" second moto where he was never really a factor. A fourth overall is still good enough to retain the points lead, but Pourcel still only has one overall win on the season.

Grant Langston may be going it along this season, but it is not without some support. Yamaha is still lending a hand here and there for the multi-time champion. While his results have been lackluster so far this season, it is still great to have Cool G on the circuit again.

Grant Langston may be going it alone this season, but it is not without some support. Yamaha is still lending a hand here and there for the multi-time champion. While his results have been lackluster so far this season, it is still great to have Cool G on the circuit again.

Getting your pro license? Good. Qualifying for your first National? Awesome! New Jersey local and Englishtown Raceway Park track manager, Bryan Wallace, was able to qualify for his first pro race in the 450 Class after just missing out last weekend. While he didn't score any points, at least the ice is broken.

Getting your pro license? Good. Qualifying for your first National? Awesome! New Jersey local and Englishtown Raceway Park track manager, Bryan Wallace, was able to qualify for his first pro race in the 450 Class after just missing out last weekend. While he didn't score any points, at least the ice is broken.

Now there is a name you probably haven't heard for a while. Mills has certainly had an up and down career, but either way, it is good to see the super-talented New Yorker back at the races. It was not long ago that Ryan was vying for podiums, but right now he is making it work as a privateer.

Now there is a name you probably haven't heard for a while. Mills has certainly had an up and down career, but either way, it is good to see the super-talented New Yorker back at the races. It was not long ago that Ryan was vying for podiums, but right now he is making it work as a privateer.

AMA rules do not allow anyone to step in front of the gate to prep a starting pad. But that doesn't mean you can't reach. Rider mechanics are artists when it comes to gate preparation.

AMA rules do not allow anyone to step in front of the gate to prep a starting pad. But that doesn't mean you can't reach. Rider mechanics are artists when it comes to gate preparation.

So far this season, Josh Grant has not had the performances that many expected, but that does not he is not moving. The JGRMX rider had one of his more consistent rides at Budds Creek, finishing 5-4 for fourth overall.

So far this season, Josh Grant has not had the performances that many expected, but that does not he is not moving. The JGRMX rider had one of his more consistent rides at Budds Creek, finishing 5-4 for fourth overall.

Alex Ewing gets bored on the starting line and likes to build little dirt castles. Actually, since the rules state that no starting blocks are allowed, a simple dirt pile is a great substitute.

Alex Ewing gets bored on the starting line and likes to build little dirt castles. Actually, since the rules state that no starting blocks are allowed, a simple dirt pile is a great substitute.

Budds Creek is one of those tracks that just makes you want to get out an ride. With excellent soil, long hills, big jumps, and off-cambers, moto doesn't get much better.

Budds Creek is one of those tracks that just makes you want to get out and ride. With excellent soil, long hills, big jumps, and off-cambers, moto doesn't get much better.

Matt Moss made his U.S. racing debut at Hangtown, but has yet to make much of a mark on the tour. As the second Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rider, Matt has some big shoes to fill, but there is a reason he is on the team. Once the Aussie is back up to speed, expect to see his finishes improve significantly.

Matt Moss made his U.S. racing debut at Hangtown, but has yet to make much of a mark on the tour. As the second Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rider, Matt has some big shoes to fill, but there is a reason he is on the team. Once the Aussie is back up to speed, expect to see his finishes improve significantly.

Have you ever had to race without goggles? Well imagine doing that but at a National pace while battling for a podium. Ryan Dungey lost his goggles only a few laps into the first moto and just kept on riding. After battling with, and nearly passing Mike Alessi, Dungey backed off the pace a tad to ease the pain on his face and settled third.

Have you ever had to race without goggles? Well imagine doing that but at a National pace while battling for a podium. Ryan Dungey lost his goggles only a few laps into the first moto and just kept on riding. After battling with, and nearly passing Mike Alessi, Dungey backed off the pace a tad to ease the pain on his face and settled third.

The east coast races always bring out some old-schoolers. Tony DiStefano made his annual appearance at the Budds Creek National along with some of his crew from his motocross schools. The first rider to win three consecutive 250cc National Titles (now the 450 Class), Tony D. has been conducting schools at Budds Creek following the pro race for well over 20 years.

The east coast races always bring out some old-schoolers. Tony DiStefano made his annual appearance at the Budds Creek National along with some of his crew from his motocross schools. The first rider to win three consecutive 250cc National Titles (now the 450 Class), Tony D. has been conducting schools at Budds Creek following the pro race for well over 20 years.

The crowd in Maryland was far lower than it has been in years past more than likely due to the economy. But it was still a pretty good turnout out and the fans were treated to some great racing and excellent weather.

The crowd in Maryland was far lower than it has been in years past more than likely due to the economy. But it was still a pretty good turnout out and the fans were treated to some great racing and excellent weather.

Jimmy Decotis has one of the best pre-race stares in the business. Decotis has not quite had the outdoor season that he was hoping for but he is still making the program each week. No doubt he is fast, the Mass. native just needs to prove it outdoors to stay on team managers' short lists for next season.

Jimmy Decotis has one of the best pre-race stares in the business. Decotis has not quite had the outdoor season that he was hoping for but he is still making the program each week. No doubt he is fast, the Mass. native just needs to prove it outdoors to stay on team managers' short lists for next season.

Andrew Short was on his game at Budds Creek and led the first moto door to door, taking his first moto win since Freestone in 2007…that's a long dry spell. Admittedly, Shorty just ran out of steam in the second go around but his finishes were still good enough for second overall. With the next round taking place in his native Colorado, Short may just have the right momentum for a nice homecoming present.

Andrew Short was on his game at Budds Creek and led the first moto door to door, taking his first moto win since Freestone in 2007…that's a long dry spell. Admittedly, Shorty just ran out of steam in the second go around but his finishes were still good enough for second overall. With the next round taking place in his native Colorado, Short may just have the right momentum for a nice homecoming present.

Check out this rutted single. This section is what greets riders before they head up and over Henry Hill and it challenged everyone throughout the day. Brett Metcalfe does his best to negotiate the tricky and extremely fast section on his way to sixth overall.

Check out this rutted single. This section is what greets riders before they head up and over Henry Hill and it challenged everyone throughout the day. Brett Metcalfe does his best to negotiate the tricky and extremely fast section on his way to sixth overall.

The Budds Creek crowd, while smaller than year's past, were really into the podium presentations and were especially vocal with their excitement for Andrew Short's win. Whatever the reason, Shorty has a strong East Coast following.

The Budds Creek crowd, while smaller than year's past, were really into the podium presentations and were especially vocal with their excitement for Andrew Short's win. Whatever the reason, Shorty has a strong East Coast following.

This down hill triple has been a part of the Budds Creek circuit, off and on, for the last few years. In the moring, the dirt on the landing was so soft the riders were almost stopping when they would land. While it wasn't a place where much passing was happening, it is still a spectacular jump to watch. Here Martin Davalos gets a little sideways on his way down from the three-story drop.

This down hill triple has been a part of the Budds Creek circuit, off and on, for the last few years. In the moring, the dirt on the landing was so soft the riders were almost stopping when they would land. While it wasn't a place where much passing was happening, it is still a spectacular jump to watch. Here Martin Davalos gets a little sideways on his way down from the three-story drop.

You bet it was hot in Maryland and the heat only became more intense as the day wore on. Following the second 250 Class moto, riders needed several minutes to cool down before heading up to the podium. Justin Barcia delivered his most consistent ride this season with a second overall. In the second moto, Barcia remained with in just a few seconds of Wilson throughout the race.

You bet it was hot in Maryland and the heat only became more intense as the day wore on. Following the second 250 Class moto, riders needed several minutes to cool down before heading up to the podium. Justin Barcia delivered his most consistent ride this season with a second overall. In the second moto, Barcia remained with in just a few seconds of Wilson throughout the race.

Dean Wilson was able to redeem his Freestone mistake at Budds Creek, taking the both his first moto win and overall win of his young career.

Dean Wilson was able to redeem his Freestone mistake at Budds Creek, taking the both his first moto win and overall win of his young career.

Even a rider from the very hot and humid town of Durban, South Africa is susceptible to the heat. Tyla Rattray has been the most consistent rider on the tour this season so far, and with his third overall at Budds Creek he currently sits second in points and 25 points behind Pourcel.

Even a rider from the very hot and humid town of Durban, South Africa is susceptible to the heat. Tyla Rattray has been the most consistent rider on the tour this season so far, and with his third overall at Budds Creek he currently sits second in points and 25 points behind Pourcel.