After a break in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, which allowed racers and teams to rest, regroup, and review the first five races of the season, racing returned to Red Bud (How about that alliteration?). The coveted track offers incredible dirt, big-ass jumps, droves of crazy fans, and humid, intense heat. With dangerously high temps sucking the hydration from the riders–and everyone else at the track–keeping cool was an absolute necessity. As for the gate lineup itself, James Stewart and Tyla Rattray both made their respective return to the 450 class.

250 Moto 1
When the gates dropped for 250 moto one, Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin had pulled the holeshot on the field of riders. Musquin had been on a tear all day during qualifiers, and it was showed because he was kept Justin Barcia behind him for a couple laps. Although the Frenchman effortlessly flowed around the track, Barcia was able to make the pass shortly after. Once Silky got into the lead, it was Musquin, Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, and Kyle Peters within the top five.
Barcia slowly started to pull away from Musquin lap after lap, but not too far behind him was a hard charging Blake Baggett. With each lap, Baggett kept gaining some ground on the field of riders by consistently jumping Larocco's Leap. Before you know it, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider was on the rear tire of Barcia's bike. The two battled it out for a few laps before lappers got in the way of the Geico Honda rider, allowing Baggett to move into the lead. Once up front, Baggett never looked back and took an easy win.

1. Blake Baggett
2. Justin Barcia
3. Ken Roczen
4. Marvin Musquin
5. Eli Tomac
6. Wil Hahn
7. Blake Wharton
8. Kyle Peters
9. Gareth Swanepoel
10. Jason Anderson

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250 Moto 2
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda rookie Jessie Nelson grabbed the holeshot aboard his CRF250R when the gates dropped for the second 250 moto. Blake Baggett and Justin Barcia get around the youngster relatively quickly, then the two immediately resumed their battle from the first moto. Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen both suffered terrible starts, leaving Roczen in ninth and Tomac in eleventh. Roczen clawed his way up a few positions to seventh, but it was Tomac who blitzed through the pack to fourth by the halfway point of the moto.
Late in the moto, Baggett bested Barcia once again to regain the lead and began to stack on the distance between Barcia and him. Tomac, meanwhile, found his way around his teammate, Wil Hahn, then tracked to Marvin Musquin. He chased Musquin down and with just two laps to go, Tomac found his way around the Frenchman.
When the checkers flew, Blake Baggett took the win and the overall, with Barcia and Tomac behind him to round out the podium.

1. Blake Baggett
2. Justin Barcia
3. Eli Tomac
4. Marvin Musquin
5. Wil Hahn
6. Ken Roczen
7. Gareth Swanepoel
8. Tommy Weeck
9. Jessie Nelson
10. Travis Baker

Overall
1. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
2. Justin Barcia (Hon)
3. Eli Tomac (Hon)
4. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
5. Ken Roczen (KTM)
6. Wil Hahn (Hon)
7. Gareth Swanepoel (Yam)
8. Blake Wharton (Suz)
9. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
10. Travis Baker (Hon)
11. Kyle Peters (Yam)
12. Tommy Weeck (Yam)
13. Jason Anderson (Suz)
14. Malcolm Stewart (KTM)
15. Jake Canada (Hon)
16. Zack Freeberg (KTM)
17. Phil Nicoletti (Hon)
18. Jacob Hayes (KTM)
19. Kelli Rusk (Hon)
20. Dakota Tedder (Kaw)
250 Class Championship Points Standings (After 6 of 12 rounds)
1. Blake Baggett (272/6 moto wins)
2. Justin Barcia (253/3)
3. Eli Tomac (236/3)
4. Ken Roczen (235)
5. Marvin Musquin (189)
6. Wil Hahn (161)
7. Blake Wharton (125)
8. Jason Anderson (121)
9. Jessy Nelson (109)
10. Jake Canada (105)

450 Moto 1
The start of the first 450 moto served up a giant pileup in sweeping left turn, claiming many riders including MotoConcepts' Mike Alessi and Chaparral/L&Mc/Honda's Andrew Short. The likes of Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, and Christian Craig avoided the crash and settled immediately into the lead respectively. Dungey, however, picked up exactly where he left off at Budds Creek and checked out immediately. Stewart, on the other hand, showed that has little time back on the bike fading a bit throughout the moto after a crash early on that allowed chasers to get by him. Jake Weimer took over where Stewart left off, settling into second place while Craig faded back into the field.
As time ticked away, Dungey continued to build on his giant lead, clearly having little issue with the intense heat. 30-plus seconds behind, Justin Brayton, Tyla Rattray, and Broc Tickle clamored to secure podium-level points to take with into the second moto. Although Stewart showed some signs of rust, he still managed to hold onto sixth place. Privateer Cole Thompson raised eyebrows clicking off fast laps all moto long, sealing himself seventh place, finishing just behind James Stewart, and Tyla Rattray’s first outing on his KX450F since his crash at Hangtown yielded him some encouraging results. But at moto’s end, it was all Dungey, all day. Another checkered flag for the Red Bull KTM team.

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Jake Weimer
3. Justin Brayton
4. Tyla Rattray
5. Broc Tickle
6. James Stewart
7. Cole Thompson
8. Robert Kiniry
9. Josh Grant
10. Michael Byrne

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450 Moto 2
Mike Alessi scored the holeshot of the final 450 moto of the day, but Dungey's pace was too much for the MotoConcepts rider. Dungey, once again, stepped into the lead and took off. Alessi, however, did hold his ground for second place for the duration of the moto, solidifying a spot on the podium. James Stewart looked cool and collected in third, keeping Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Brayton at bay, and improving on his first moto score. When the dust settled, Dungey had staked on yet another 1-1 performance and increased his sizable points lead. Tyla Rattray’s solid performance earned him fourth overall, so he is a safe bet for a podium performance next week in Millville with another week of seat time under his belt.

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Mike Alessi
3. James Stewart
4. Justin Brayton
5. Tyla Rattray
6. Andrew Short
7. Josh Grant
8. Cole Thompson
9. Broc Tickle
10. Michael Byrne

Overall
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Justin Brayton (Hon)
3. James Stewart (Suz)
4. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)
5. Mike Alessi (Suz)
6. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
7. Cole Thompson (Hon)
8. Josh Grant (Kaw)
9. Andrew Short (Hon)
10. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
11. Michael Byrne (Suz)
12. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)
13. Christian Craig (Hon)
14. Bob Kiniry (Yam)
15. Nick Wey (Kaw)
16. Derek Anderson (Kaw)
17. Les Smith (KTM)
18. Ben LaMay (Yam)
19. Kyle Regal (Yam)
20. Matt Lemoine (Kaw)
450 Class Championship Points Standings (After 6 of 12 rounds)
1. Ryan Dungey (286/8 moto wins)
2. Mike Alessi (214)
3. Jake Weimer (202)
4. Andrew Short (178)
5. Broc Tickle (162)
6. James Stewart (151/4)
7. Brett Metcalfe (142)
8. Josh Grant (137)
9. Justin Brayton (131)
10. Kyle Chisholm (100)

WMX Moto 1
An ailing Ashley Fiolek jumped out to her ritualistic holeshot with Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda's Tarah Gieger in tow. Rockstar Suzuki's Jessica Patterson lined up to gut out the race despite her severely injured hand, but it was clear she was anchored by the wounded limb.
Mariana Balbi and Kacey Creson took the helm of the rest of the field, but Balbi had some trouble and fell back to 11th. Creson took over the final podium spot, but it was all Fiolek and Gieger out front.

1. Ashley Fiolek
2. Tarah Gieger
3. Kasie Creson
4. Sara Petterseon
5. Jacqueline Strong
6. Alexah Pearson
7. Sarah Whitmore
8. Sade Allender
9. Brianna DeGray
10. Shelby Rolen

WMX Moto 2
Tarah Gieger stole the holeshot from Ashley Fiolek in the second moto, and even managed to hold her off for much of the race. However, Gieger went down and forfeited what could've been her first overall win of the season. Fiolek, instead, walked away with 1-1 scores for the overall. Gieger's fall pushed her back to sixth while Mariana Balbi benefited with a second-place finish in her stead. Patterson, again, toughed out a few points with her broken hand, and we are told she will have it plated during the WMX break.

1. Ashley Fiolek
2. Mariana Balbi
3. Kasie Creson
4. Sara Pettersson
5. Jacqueline Strong
6. Tarah Gieger
7. Alexah Pearson
8. Sarah Whitmore
9. Sade Allender
10. Brianna DeGray

Overall
1. Ashley Fiolek (Hon)
2. Sara Pettersson (KTM)
3. Tarah Gieger (Hon)
4. Kasie Creson (Hon)
5. Jacqueline Strong (KTM)
6. Mariana Balbi (Hon)
7. Alexah Pearson (KTM)
8. Sarah Whitmore (KTM)
9. Sade Allender (Hon)
10. Brianna DeGray (KTM)
11. Amanda Brown (Hon)
12. Shelby Rolen (Yam)
13. Jackie Ives (Yam)
14. Jessica Patterson (Suz)
15. Taylor Levic (Kaw)
16. April Zastrow (Hon)
17. Mariah Andrew (Hon)
18. Brittany Marcotte (Hon)
19. Meghan McClain (Hon)
20. Bryanna Marcotte (Suz)
WMX Class Championship Points Standings (After 6 of 8 rounds)
1. Jessica Patterson (201/4 moto wins)
2. Tarah Gieger (192/1)
3. Ashley Fiolek (175/4)
4. Mariana Balbi (155)
5. Jacqueline Strong (148)
6. Kasie Creson (146)
7. Sara Pettersson (139)
8. Sayaka Kaneshiro (137)
9. Alexah Pearson (100)
10. Sade Allender (99)