Race Report – Red Bud National

words: Anton
shots: Kinman

450 CLASS
The Lucas Oil AMA National Championship made its annual Independence Day trip to Buchanan, Michigan, and the world famous Red Bud Track and Trail for the sixth round of the summer series. Since the initial gate drop at Hangtown, there have been a select group of riders who have been in the mix each week and today was no different. The Monster Energy Pro Circuit domination of the Lites class continued with Blake Baggett's first place finishes in both motos, while his teammate Dean Wilson's second place finish allowed him to hold the point lead for another week. TwoTwo Motorsports' owner/lone rider Chad Reed again finished on top of the podium over Ryan Villopoto and defending champion Ryan Dungey. While we cannot replicate the shrill blasts of air horns and countless "Red Buuuddd" chants, we can give you a recap of the day's events.
Moto 1
Davi Millsaps lifted his Muscle Milk Toyota Yamaha's front wheel over the holeshot stripe over the Monster Energy Kawasaki of Jake Wiemer in the first 450 moto of the day, the key to him leading TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed and Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Ryan Dungey for the majority of the first moto. In the last third of the race, small bobbles by Millsaps would allow both Reed and Dungey to get past him for first and second place and then build a sizable detachment of fifty-two seconds over the 18 bike.

Results
1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey
3. David Millsaps
4. Brett Metcalfe
5. Justin Brayton
6. Andrew Short
7. Josh Grant
8. Mike Alessi
9. Ryan Villopoto
10. Christian Craig

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Moto 2
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto had an extremely difficult first moto, after a crash had him scored in dead last on the first lap, running the duration of the event visor-less, and then losing his silencer in the waning minutes. The second moto was quite the opposite, as the newly crowned Supercross champion took both the holeshot and the early lead over Ryan Dungey. Dungey was never able to close the already expansive lead Villopoto had created, and his frustration was evident both during the race and on the podium. Red Bull KTM's 450 entry of Mike Alessi kept the first moto winner of Chad Reed at bay for nearly fourteen minutes before Reed would make the move and take the third position and the overall for the day.

Results
1. Ryan Villopoto
2.Ryan Dungey
3. Chad Reed
4. Mike Alessi
5. Brett Metcalfe
6. Kevin Windham
7. Justin Brayton
8. Andrew Short
9. Jacob Weimer
10. Christian Craig

Overall
1. Chad Reed (1-3)
2. Ryan Dungey (2-2)
3. Ryan Villopoto (9-1)
4. Brett Metcalfe (4-5)
5. Mike Alessi (8-4)
6. Justin Brayton (5-7)
7. Andrew Short (6-8)
8. Davi Millsaps (3-13)
9. Kevin Windham (12-6)
10. Christian Craig (10-10)
450 Class Championship Standings (After 6 of 12 rounds)
1. Chad Reed (268/4 wins)
2. Ryan Villopoto (252/1 win)
3. Ryan Dungey (246/1 win)
4. Brett Metcalfe (178)
5. Davi Millsaps (173)
6. Kevin Windham (172)
7. Andrew Short (130)
8. Christian Craig (119)
9. Mike Alessi (115)
10. Jake Weimer (112)

250 CLASS

Moto 1

When the forty small bore bikes came stampeding around the first turn, it was Justin Barcia just edging out his Geico Honda teammate of Wil Hahn for the holeshot. Barcia would set the pace for the opening laps before a fall would hand the lead over to DNA Shred Stix rider Ryan Sipes. With Sipes alone out front, all eyes were on the second place battle taking place between Blake Baggett and Dean Wilson. The two had destroyed the lead that the Yamaha rider had established while still fighting tooth and nail for a multitude of laps, with Baggett getting by both Wilson and Sipes in short order to commandeer the top spot just after the midway point of the moto.
Results
1. Blake Baggett
2. Dean Wilson
3. Ryan Sipes
4. Kyle Cunningham
5. Tyla Rattray
6. Darryn Durham
7. Broc Tickle
8. William Hahn
9. Cole Seely
10. Lance Vincent

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Moto 2
Blake Baggett picked up where he left off in the first moto, as he made his way around Wil Hahn on the first lap and once again tore off with a massive lead. Dean Wilson found himself in second place behind his teammate, and while it looked like another close race was bound to happen, the opportunity to pass never came. Seventeen second behind Wilson was another Mitch Payton managed rider, as Tyla Rattray's third place result was able to give Pro Circuit yet another podium sweep. Ryan Sipes' chances of a podium finish were dashed when he was collected in an opening lap crash, but still managed to claw his way back up to fourteenth place.
Results
1. Blake Baggett
2. Dean Wilson
3. Tyla Rattray
4. Kyle Cunningham
5. Broc Tickle
6. William Hahn
7. Martin Davalos
8. Malcolm Stewart
9. Nico Izzi
10. Cole Seely

Overall
1. Blake Baggett (1-1)
2. Dean Wilson (2-2)
3. Tyla Rattray (5-3)
4. Kyle Cunningham (4-4)
5. Broc Tickle (7-5)
6. Wil Hahn (8-6)
7. Ryan Sipes (3-14)
8. Martin Davalos (11-7)
9. Cole Seely (9-10)
10. Scott Champion (13-13)
250 Class Championship Standings (After 6 of 12 rounds)
1. Dean Wilson (258)
2. Blake Baggett (244/4 wins)
3. Tyla Rattray (242/2 wins)
4. Eli Tomac (176)
5. Kyle Cunningham (163)
6. Broc Tickle (143)
7. Justin Barcia (137)
8. Gareth Swanepoel (120)
9. Cole Seely (112)
10. Martin Davalos (111)


WMX

WMX Moto 1
Factory Honda superstar Ashley Fiolek lead wire to wire in the first ever WMA race at Red Bud over DNA Shred Stix's Jessica Patterson and Troy Lee Honda 's Tarah Gieger. Only a handful of riders were able to complete the uphill double that seemed to be pivotal in cutting lap times. The list included Fiolek, Patterson, Geiger, and Vicki Golden.
WMX Moto 2
Once again, Ashley Fiolek was the first to the line with Patterson in tow, which allowed the second moto to be much closer than the first. Patterson looked poised to make a pass for the lead on multiple occasions, but lappers would spoil her chances. The gray skies overhead looked like they could have opened at any moment, but held off for the fifteen minutes that concluded the day at Red Bud.

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Overall
1. Ashley Fiolek (1-1)
2. Jessica Patterson (2-2)
3. Tarah Gieger (3-3)
4. Vicki Golden (4-4)
5. Sayaka Kaneshiro (6-6)
6. Jacqueline Strong (5-7)
7. Marissa Markelon (9-5)
8. Kasie Creson (8-8)
9. Lindsey Palmer (7-10)
10. Jackie Ives (10-11)
WMX Class Championship Standings (After 4 of 8 rounds)
1. Ashley Fiolek (185/2 wins)
2. Jessica Patterson (177/2 wins)
3. Tarah Gieger (148)
4. Jacqueline Strong (108)
5. Kasie Creson (98)
6. Marissa Markelon (97)
7. Vicki Golden (95)
8. Sayaka Kaneshiro (83)
9. Lindsey Palmer (83)
10. Alexah Pearson (79)