Millville, MN, (July 14, 2012) – Ryan Dungey dominated the field en route to his fifth overall victory of the season and his 10 consecutive moto win at round seven of the Lucas Oil AMA National Motocross Championship in Millville, Minnesota.
Riding in front of a partisan hometown crowd, Dungey put his Red Bull KTM into the lead on lap six of the opening moto, passing MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi to do so, and then pulled away to an easy win, beating Monster Energy Kawasai’s Jake Weimer to the checkered flag by just over 23 seconds. Meanwhile, Alessi came home with third for the moto, with Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Brayton in fourth and Chaparral L&Mc Racing’s Andrew Short in fifth.
In moto two, Dungey grabbed the holeshot and quickly pulled away, as Alessi ran second ahead of JGR Toyota Yamaha’s Kyle Regal, who ran third for three laps before giving way to Weimer.
Dungey would eventually stretch his lead to an amazing 48 seconds over Alessi by the end of the race, while Weimer finished third another 10 seconds back. Brayton was fourth again, with Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle in fifth and Short in sixth.
Alessi ended the day in second overall behind Dungey with a 3-2 score, with Wiemer taking third overall with a 2-3 tally. Brayton was fourth overall (4-4) and Short was fifth (5-6).
The 250 race was a barnburner, with Blake Baggett coming from eighth in the opening moto to take the first moto win over GEICO Powersports Honda teammates Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac, while Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen finished a close fourth after running second for much of the race.
Barcia led the first 12 laps of the race before Baggett finally came by to take the lead and the win.
In moto two, GEICO Powersports Honda’s Eli Tomac jumped into the lead, and led for five laps before Baggett went around to temporarily take the lead. After taking the lead, however, Baggett lost the front end while landing from a jump and went down, allowing Tomac to retake the lead.
Baggett was in seventh when he got back underway, and would work his way all the way back up to fourth by the end of the race.
Tomac finished out the moto in first, giving him the overall win with a 3-1 tally, while Barcia finished the day in second overall with a 2-3 score.
Baggett was third overall after going 1-4, edging out Roczen, who was 3-4 on the day.
With seven rounds in the books, Baggett maintains the 250-class points lead with 315 points, compared to 297 for Barcia and 281 for Tomac.
1. Ryan Dungey 1-1
2. Mike Alessi 3-2
3. Jake Weimer 2-3
4. Justin Brayton 4-4
5. Andrew Short 5-6
6. Broc Tickle 12-5
7. Les Smith 11-9
8. Cole Thompson 15-7
9. Tyla Rattray 6-28
10. Christian Craig 14-14
1. Eli Tomac 3-1
2. Justin Barcia 2-2
3. Blake Baggett 1-4
4. Ken Roczen 4-3
5. Blake Wharton 6-5
6. Wil Hahn 5-7
7. Marvin Musquin 7-6
8. Justin Bogle 10-8
9. Jason Anderson 8-10
10. Jake Canada 9-13