MECHANICSVILLE, MD. (June 18, 2011) - Chad Reed scored his third Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross victory of the season Saturday at the Budds Creek Motocross National - round four of the 12-race series. Reed rode his Two Two Motorsports Honda to a 3-1 moto finish to nail down the win. Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto was second via a 1-3 finish. Ryan Dungey was Mr. Consistency at Budds Creek, scoring a 2-2 for third overall.

 

Reed can rightfully now be called Sir. He was honored this week in his home country being named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) as part of the Queen's Birthday celebrations.

Even though Reed earned the overall victory, the championship picture didn't change much. Both Reed and Villopoto scored the same number of championship points and Reed continues to lead by 15 points, 183 to 168. Dungey remains in shooting distance in third with 155 points.

South African Tyla Rattay continued his early-season success, taking the win in 250 Motocross by way of a 2-1 and expanding his series lead. Rattray got stronger as the day went on scoring second in the first moto and capping it off with a convincing win aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki.

Rattray's teammate and series rival Dean Wilson went 1-3 to score second Saturday, this after crashing hard in practice and injuring his left hand. Justin Barcia rode to third (6-2) on his GEICO Honda in spite of suffering through a bout of mononucleosis.

For Reed the win Saturday continues a season of exceeding expectations.

"I didn't ride as well as I wanted in that first moto," admitted Reed, who won Budds Creek in 2009 as well. "I decided to conserve my energy a bit and really give everything in that second moto and it paid off. The track was really tricky and picking lines was important. If you went with a wrong line it could cost you a lot of time. I'm happy with how the season is playing out so far. Obviously we have a long way to go, but I really couldn't ask for a much better start to the first four rounds."

For Rattray he said consistency was the key to his 250 Motocross victory today.

 

"I knew Dean (Wilson) would be my main competition," said Rattray, who scored his first victory at Budds Creek. "He rode a great race in the first moto. In the second moto I came out strong and Justin (Barcia) was pushing me. I put in some hard laps and he was still right there. I was kind of surprised. Finally I think I broke him with about five minutes to go."

Rattray added two points to his series lead over teammate Wilson. He now leads 174 to 170.

Fast qualifier Blake Baggett had a sub-par day. The winner of last week's race in Mt. Morris, Pa, finished seventh overall (7-7) after getting a terrible start in the first moto and then crashing big early in the second moto, barely missing being hit by on oncoming pack of riders. Baggett fell to a distant third in the standings with 144 points.

The series moves to Lakewood, Colorado next Saturday, June 25.

450 Motocross Results and Standings

1. Chad Reed              Honda CRF450R        (3-1)

2. Ryan Villopoto       Kawasaki KX450F     (1-3)

3. Ryan Dungey          Suzuki RMZ 450        (2-2)

4. Kevin Windham      Honda CRF450R        (4-4)

5. Mike Alessi             KTM 450 SX-F           (5-5)

6. Brett Metcalfe         Suzuki RMZ 450        (6-6)

7. David Millsaps        Yamaha YZ 450F       (7-9)

8. Jacob Weimer          Kawasaki KX450F     (10-7)

9. Andrew Short         KTM 350 SX-F           (9-8)

10. Josh Grant             Honda CRF450R        (8-10)

 

1. Chad Reed              Honda CRF450R        183

2. Ryan Villopoto       Kawasaki KX450F     168

3. Ryan Dungey          Suzuki RMZ 450        155

4. David Millsaps        Yamaha YZ 450F       130

5. Brett Metcalfe         Suzuki RMZ 450        118

6. Kevin Windham      Honda CRF450R        112

7. Jacob Weimer          Kawasaki KX450F     93

8. Ricky Dietrich         Yamaha YZ 450F       92

9. Christian Craig        Honda CRF450R        76

10. Andrew Short       KTM 350 SX-F           75

 

 

250 Motocross Results and Standings

1. Tyla Rattray            Kawasaki KX 250F    (2-1)

2. Dean Wilson           Kawasaki KX 250F    (1-3)

3. Justin Barcia            Honda CRF250R        (6-2)

4. Eli Tomac                Honda CRF250R        (5-5)

5. Broc Tickle              Kawasaki KX 250F    (3-9)

6. Gareth Swanepoel   Yamaha YZ 250F       (9-4)

7. Blake Baggett         Kawasaki KX 250F    (7-7)

8. Kyle Cunningham   Yamaha YZ 250F       (4-15)

9. Martin Davalos       Suzuki RMZ 250        (10-10)

10. Nico Izzi               Honda CRF250R        (8-13)

 

1. Tyla Rattray            Kawasaki KX 250F    174

2. Dean Wilson           Kawasaki KX250F     170

3. Blake Baggett         Kawasaki KX 250F    144

4. Eli Tomac                Honda CRF250R        136

5. Justin Barcia            Honda CRF250R        116

6. Kyle Cunningham   Yamaha YZ 250F       114

7. Broc Tickle              Kawasaki KX 250F    99

8. Gareth Swanepoel   Yamaha YZ 250F       91

9. Martin Davalos       Suzuki RMZ 250        75

10. Cole Seely             Honda CRF250R        72


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