Dungey Goes 1-1 at RedBud

Shan Moore | July 3, 2010

BUCHANAN, Mich. – Ryan Dungey added to his already comfortable lead in the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship standings by going 1-1 at the RedBud National – round six of the series in Buchanan, Michigan. It was the second race in a row that the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider has ridden to double moto wins and it marked his fifth overall victory in the class, giving him a whopping 64-point lead in the series standings. Dungey’s day wasn’t without its challenges, however, as the Minnesota native fought back serious bids from Red Bull Honda’s Andrew Short, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Ben Townley and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Chad Reed over the course of the opening moto. In fact, Townley looked to have the first race in the bag before throwing it way midway through the final lap, giving Dungey a clear path to the win. In the second moto, Dungey battled briefly with Short before pulling away to a safe lead on the deeply rutted course and eventually the win.“Today was really competitive. Reed and Townley were right there so I had to really dig deep,” said Dungey. “I think the championship is what we’re going for overall in the end. There’s still a lot of racing left and I just need to be on top of my game every single moto.”Reed rode to a consistent 2-2 finish for second overall while Townley rebounded from his first moto crash to claim third overall, turning a 4-3 score into his second straight podium finish.After battling for the lead in both motos, Short finished the day with 3-5 moto finishes for fourth overall, while GEICO Powersports Honda’s Brett Metcalfe was a solid fifth after going 5-4.In the 250 division, GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard claimed his first ever national outdoor overall win with a 4-1 performance, making him the fifth different winner this season in the 250 division. Canard suffered a poor start in moto one but eventually worked his way into fourth behind Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammates Dean Wilson, Tyla Rattray, and Christophe Pourcel. At the finish, Pourcel took the win, with Rattray second, Wilson third and Canard fourth. In moto two, Canard came out on top of a fierce battle with Wilson to take with win, the two riders making contact when Canard took the lead. Wilson held on for second, giving him second overall for the day. Meanwhile, Pourcel continued his pattern of poor second moto finishes, ending the second moto in fifth place for third overall.Canard was obviously thrilled to get the win.”This win has been three years coming,” said Canard. “To be here and win is amazing, especially at RedBud in front of these fans. It’s just awesome. I didn’t want to have to make a hard pass on Dean for the win, but I really wanted it.”Rattray crashed hard in the moto and eventually finished 11 for the moto, giving him sixth overall.Despite finishing third, Pourcel still maintains a 33-point cushion over Wilson in the championship standings.

450 Class

1. Ryan Dungey (Suz) 1-1

2. Chad Reed (Kaw) 2-2

3. Ben Townley (Hon) 4-3

4. Andrew Short (Hon) 3-5

5. Brett Metcalfe (Hon) 5-4

6. Josh Grant (Yam) 6-6

7. Kyle Regal (Hon) 7-7

8. Ryan Sipes (Yam) 8-8

9. Mike Alessi (KTM) 10-9

10. Nick Wey (Kaw) 9-12250 Class

1. Trey Canard (Hon) 4-1

2. Dean Wilson (Kaw) 3-2

3. Christophe Pourcel (Kaw) 1-5

4. Justin Barcia (Hon) 5-3

5. Blake Wharton (Hon) 6-4

6. Tyla Rattray (Kaw) 2-11

7. Broc Tickle (Yam) 7-6

8. Jake Weimer (Kaw) 11-7

9. Martin Davalos (Yam) 10-8

10. Eli Tomac (Hon) 12-9

Shan Moore | Contributing Editor

Moore covers all facets of off-road racing for Cycle News – from AMA Supercross and Motocross to GNCC and National Hare Scrambles events.