The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships rolled through Mechanicsville, Maryland, on Saturday for the Red Bull Budds Creek National -- round five of the 2012 series. Fresh off of back-to-back wins at Thunder Valley and High Point, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey once again spent his day all alone up front, as he led nearly every lap en route to two dominant motos wins.
In the ultra-competitive 250 class, the Red Bull KTM duo of Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin finished the day in second and fifth place, respectively, and remained in the championship hunt as the series enters a two-week hiatus before returning for the Red Bull RedBud National on July 7.
Here’s how all the action unfolded as picture-perfect weather and one of the most challenging tracks on the circuit greeted the world’s best motocross racers in Maryland.
Without the healthy competition from series rival James Stewart, who’s currently nursing an injured hand at home, Dungey was in a league of his own at Budds Creek. After narrowly missing the holeshot by just a few bike lengths to start 450 moto number one, Dungey immediately took over the lead on the opening lap and proceeded to check out to a 43-second win ahead of Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle.
In moto two, Dungey chased Mike Alessi around the track for the first few laps but patiently worked his way into the lead midway through lap four. With no reason to push the envelope, RD rode a more conservative pace than he did in moto one but still crossed the finish line 33 seconds ahead of Tickle, who once again occupied the runner-up position.
The victory was Dungey’s third-straight overall (with six straight moto wins), and he now holds down a very comfortable 54-point lead in the championship points chase.
|450 MOTO 1 RESULTS||450 MOTO 2 RESULTS||OVERALL RESULTS|
|1.||Ryan Dungey||1.||Ryan Dungey||1.||Ryan Dungey|
|2.||Broc Tickle||2.||Broc Tickle||2.||Broc Tickle|
|3.||Jake Weimer||3.||Mike Alessi||3.||Mike Alessi|
|4.||Mike Alessi||4.||Jake Weimer||4.||Jake Weimer|
|5.||Justin Brayton||5.||Josh Grant||5.||Justin Brayton|
|6.||Andrew Short||6.||Brett Metcalfe||6.||Brett Metcalfe|
|7.||Ryan Sipes||7.||Davi Millsaps||7.||Josh Grant|
|8.||Brett Metcalfe||8.||Justin Brayton||8.||Davi Millsaps|
|9.||Davi Millsaps||9.||Kyle Regal||9.||Andrew Short|
|10.||Josh Grant||10.||Andrew Short||10.||Ryan Sipes|
250 Moto 1
- The 250 program kicked off the day at Budds Creek in front of a live TV audience, and when the gates dropped, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen jumped out to the immediate lead.
- Behind Roczen, Marvin Musquin rounded lap one in the fifth spot and quickly began gapping the riders behind him.
- After leading the first 25 minutes, Roczen gave way to a hard-charging Justin Barcia on lap 12, and moments later made a mistake that allowed Blake Baggett by for second.
- With Barcia and Baggett now setting the pace up front, Roczen regrouped from the third spot and on the final two laps began slowly reeling the leaders back in.
- Dropping the quickest lap time of the entire moto (2:02.818) on the 17th and final lap, Roczen was able to close the gap on Baggett but unfortunately crossed the line a mere half bike length behind him in third.
- After trading positions with Honda’s Eli Tomac twice throughout the moto, Musquin eventually finished strong in fourth.
- Series rookie Jessy Nelson continued to impress aboard his Red Bull-backed TLD Honda, as he battled his way to a solid top-10 finish.
250 Moto 2
- Roczen and Musquin jumped out to great starts, ripping around the dirt in first and second place, respectively.
- Like he did in moto one, Roczen sprinted during the opening few laps, stretching out a seven-second lead before the rest of the pack could respond.
- Still searching for his first outdoor moto win in the U.S., Roczen looked smooth and in control throughout the first 20 minutes of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto, but moto one runner-up Baggett was quickly closing in.
- After getting caught up behind a lapped rider on lap 14, Roczen’s pace slowed considerably, allowing Baggett to sneak into the lead.
- Unable to match Baggett’s late-moto pace, Roczen settled into the second spot before eventually finishing with 3-2 moto scores for second overall on the day.
- After battling inside the top-five all day long at Budds, Musquin finished moto number two in fourth, securing fifth overall honors for the day.
|250 MOTO 1 RESULTS||250 MOTO 2 RESULTS||OVERALL RESULTS|
|1.||Justin Barcia||1.||Blake Baggett||1.||Blake Baggett|
|2.||Blake Baggett||2.||Ken Roczen||2.||Ken Roczen|
|3.||Ken Roczen||3.||Eli Tomac||3.||Justin Barcia|
|4.||Marvin Musquin||4.||Marvin Musquin||4.||Eli Tomac|
|5.||Eli Tomac||5.||Justin Barcia||5.||Marvin Musquin|
|6.||Wil Hahn||6.||Jason Anderson||6.||Jason Anderson|
|7.||Jason Anderson||7.||Wil Hahn||7.||Wil Hahn|
|8.||Ivan Tedesco||8.||Jake Canada||8.||Jake Canada|
|9.||Blake Wharton||9.||Phil Nicoletti||9.||Travis Baker|
|10.||Jessy Nelson||10.||Travis Baker||10.||Phil Nicoletti|
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