Washougal: Dungey 1-1, Canard 1-1

Cycle News Staff | July 24, 2010

If it sounds familiar, that’s because it is. For the second week in a row, Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard came away with the overall wins in their respective classes at the eighth round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Washougal MX Park in Washington. And both riders went 1-1 on the day, which happened to be the hottest day of the year in the Washougal area. Temperatures reached the mid-90s.For Dungey, it was his 12th moto victory and seventh overall win in the 450cc class this year, once again, building on his already large points lead in the class. No one is even close to him now, as his lead in the 450cc-class series has ballooned to nearly 100 points over Andrew Short, who finished second overall on the day.Dungey had to make a few passes in both motos before he could take home the Washougal number-one trophy, and, just like he’s done many times in the past, the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider did it by taking his time, making his passes when the timing was right and eventually taking the checkered flag in first place with time to spare in both motos.Dungey now has earned 368 points to Short’s 273 as the series starts a two-weekend break, resuming again at Unadilla, where James Stewart is expected to make his return.Short, meanwhile, continues to tear up the starts, taking the holeshot in both motos, but the Honda Red Bull rider couldn’t hold off Dungey the whole way either times. He would take second place in both motos.Another Honda rider, GEICO Powersport’s Brett Metcalfe finished the day on the podium. He rode among the leaders the whole way in the first moto but had to come from behind after crashing early in the second moto. He rode from way back to finish fifth, which gave him just enough points to stay ahead of Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Tommy Hahn for the day.Hahn finished second in the first moto and was pressuring Short for second when the checkered flag came out in the second moto. His 7-3 gave him fourth for the day.Rounding out the top five overall was Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Nick Wey who put in one of his best rides of the season. He finished 10th in the first moto but improved on that by four positions in the second moto.Ryan Sipes, on the Motoconcepts Yamaha, went 5-9 for sixth, while Honda Red Bull’s Kevin Windham, who admitted afterwards that fatigue got the best of him today, finished seventh overall with a 9-9.Kyle Chisholm, Dan Reardon and Kyle Cunningham rounded out the top 10 overall.Jagermeister/KTM’s Mike Alessi had another disappointed outing. A so-so start in the first moto left him in sixth place, but the second moto was even worse for the 350cc-mounted rider. Alessi was caught up in a second-turn pileup in the second moto and got up in near last place. He fought his way up to 13th for 11th overall.Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR Yamaha’s Josh Grant had a tough day, as well. He did finish fourth in the first moto, but a crash in the second moto left him in 16th place. His 4-16 gave him 12th overall.A few notable riders had even worse days. Kyle Regal, who has been riding extremely well as of late, fell in practice and hit his head then decided at the last minute that he wasn’t feeling good enough to race.Ben Townley also pulled out after crashing early in the first moto. He went down in the whoops and suffered a concussion and an injured shoulder.In the 250cc class, Canard, on the GEICO Powersports Honda, recorded his third overall win in a row and made it look almost easy. He got out in front early in both motos and never looked back. If he had, he wouldn’t have seen anyone. Canard finished with big leads in both motos.Series points leader Christophe Pourcel finished second overall with a pair of two’s. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider got off to a bad start in the first moto and had to work his way to the front, using up a lot of energy on this hot day.Pourcel got off the line much better in the second moto, but just didn’t have enough in the tank to catch Canard. He again lost significant points to Canard but still leads the class championship by 38 points over Canard.Pourcel’s teammate Tyla Rattray joined Canard and Pourcel on the podium, his steady 4-3 giving him third overall.GIECO Honda’s Blake Wharton rode well in the heat and finished a consistent 5-4 to get fourth overall, nipping Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson by virtue of his better second-moto finish (both riders earned 30 points on the day).Wilson might have done better had he not fallen in the first moto. He went 6-6 on the day.Wilson’s teammate Jake Weimer suffered a similar fate. He finished a strong third in the first moto only to fall while running near the front in the second moto. His 3-11 gave him sixth overall.Eli Tomac, Tommy Searle, Vince Friese and Martin Davalos rounded out the top 10 overall.Results:450cc Class1. Ryan Dungey (Suz) 1-12. Andrew Short (Hon) 2-23. Brett Metcalfe (Hon) 3-54. Tommy Hahn (Suz) 7-35. Nick Wey (Kaw) 10-66. Ryan Sipes (Yam) 5-117. Kevin Windham (Hon) 9-98. Kyle Chisholm (Yam) 8-109. Dan Reardon (Yam) 12-710. Kyle Cunningham (Yam) 11-811. Mike Alessi (KTM) 6-1312. Josh Grant (Yam) 4-1613. Justin Brayton (Yam) 17-414. Weston Peick (Yam) 16-1215. Ben Evans (Kaw) 15-18250cc Class

1. Trey Canard (Hon) 1-12. Christophe Pourcel (Kaw) 2-23. Tyla Rattray (Kaw) 4-34. Blake Wharton (Hon) 5-45. Dean Wilson (Kaw) 6-66. Jake Weimer (Kaw) 3-117. Eli tomac (Hon) 7-98. Tommy Searle (KTM) 10-79. Vince Friese (Yam) 12-1210. Martin Davalos (Yam) 22-511. Nico Izzi (Yam) 9-1812. Darryn Durham (Hon) 38-813. Tommy Weeck (Hon) 15-1414. Travis Baker (Yam) 8-3715. Les Smith (Hon) 17-13