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AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross race Report from Washougal

Washougal – Moto 1

Ryan Dungey took the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot and didn’t let any riders get by him, sealing the first moto win in Washougal.  Dungey is looking to extend his very impressive streak of 5 straight overall wins at the track riding 250 and 450 bikes.  Dungey has not been able to stand out in the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot race but looks very comfortable at Washougal and managed to take it in the first moto.  The Red Bull KTM rider needed to come out strong today after having a tough day at Redbud where he was unable to finish the first moto, allowing Ryan Villopto to distance himself in the points race.


The Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot was only Dungey’s 2nd of the season. (Photo: George Crosland)

Villopoto took a second place finish riding in his home state.  Villopoto came out 5th after the first lap and managed to pass Andrew Short early.  Justin Barcia was riding in second but got caught up in the clay on a turn and fell off his bike, allowing James Stewart and Villopoto to pass him for second and third place.  RV2 battled with Stewart but was able to make an aggressive pass on him on the tenth lap to put himself in good position to try and seal his first ever overall victory at Washougal.

Stewart had his best run of the season at Redbud (2-2) and continues to give us flashes of the old ‘Bubba’ as he has picked up speed throughout the season, finishing 3rd in this moto.  Barcia recovered from his fall to finish 4th in front of Josh Grant.


Mike Alessi (7th) had his best finish since Budds Creek. (Photo: George Crosland)

Andrew Short and Mike Alessi finished 6-7, followed by Weston Peick who is making his first appearance since Thunder Valley. As a privateer, Peick is only able to race events out West, but he clearly belongs in this field. Chad Reed and Jake Weimer rounded out the top-10.


Hopefully factory teams were taking note of Weston Peick’s ride. (Photo: George Crosland)

Dungey looks to continue his winning streak at Washougal in the second moto while Villopoto will be looking for his first win.  Can anyone take a moto from the two top dogs for the first time of the season? With Washougal being a very hard track to make passes, if someone can come out with a strong start anything can happen.


Ryan Dungey got his quest for another Washougal victory off to a great start. (Photo: George Crosland)


Ryan Villopoto wasn’t able to pass Stewart until around the midpoint of the moto. (Photo: George Crosland)


Josh Grant posted his third straight top-five moto finish. (Photo: George Crosland)

Washougal 450 Moto 1 Results

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Ryan Villopoto (-1.3 seconds)
3. James Stewart
4. Justin Barcia
5. Josh Grant
6. Andrew Short
7. Mike Alessi
8. Weston Peick
9. Chad Reed
10. Jake Weimer
11. Malcolm Stewart
12. Trey Canard
13. Broc Tickle
14. Ryan Sipes
15. Justin Brayton
16. Tyla Rattray
17. Ben LaMay
18. Phil Nicoletti
19. Austin Howell
20. Nick Wey

Washougal – Moto 2

Washington native Ryan Villopoto took the Moto 2 win and the overall victory at his home track of Washougal for the first time in his career.  Villopoto has seen tough days at the track but followed his second place finish in the first moto with the victory ahead of Ryan Dungey, earning his 5th overall win of the season.

Dungey and Villopoto made quick work of Josh Grant, passing him immediately after Grant earned the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot. The two battled close with Dungey holding the edge on Villopoto until the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider finally made the pass about ten minutes into the moto. With the win, Villopoto also ends Dungey’s remarkable streak of 5 consecutive wins at Washougal, with Dungey ending the day and the moto in 2nd overall.


Fans in the Pacific Northwest got to watch local boy Ryan Villopoto win the overall. (Photo: George Crosland)

James Stewart finished the day 3-3, landing on the podium in consecutive weeks for the first time this season.  Stewart is beginning to assert himself as the next best rider behind Villopoto and Dungey, but the gap in this one between 3rd (Stewart) and Dungey (2nd) was 41 seconds.

Jake Weimer crossed the finish line 4th to go 10-4 and finish 4th overall on the day, easily his best finish of the season. He was followed by Broc Tickle who tied his best moto finish of the year in 5th. Tickle has been pretty consistent throughout the season but has shown tremendous improvement in recent weeks.


James Stewart has kept his bike off the ground recently and is being rewarded with podium finishes. (Photo: George Crosland)

Mike Alessi was able to pass Josh Grant, Chad Reed, and Phil Nicoletti late to finish 6th. Thanks to this charge, Alessi was able to claim 5th overall on the day and seems to have put the struggles of recent weeks behind him.  Reed finished 7th followed by Nicoletti, Andrew Short, and Josh Grant, who couldn’t capitalize on his holeshot thanks to losing his rear brake.

Justin Barcia wasn’t able to manage a top-10 finish after finishing 4th in the first moto.  Barcia got tangled with Trey Canard as the two battled and Barcia crossed the finish 17th, while Canard finished 11th.  Barcia still has a comfortable edge over Stewart in the point standings, but Stewart has finished better than Barcia in 4 straight motos now. Canard has now fallen behind Stewart in the point standings after a disappointing day in which he finished outside the top ten in both motos.

Things didn’t start well for Weston Peick, but he put in a great ride after falling to the back of the pack and then charging his way up to 14th. His 8-14 put him 11th overall for the day at Washougal.


Ryan Dungey didn’t lose any points to Villopoto today but still faces an uphill battle. (Photo: Geroge Crosland)

Villopoto goes into Spring Creek 42 points ahead of Dungey, and Dungey will need to have a strong showing the rest of the season and hope for some good fortune for a chance to repeat as champion.

Washougal 450 Moto 2 Results

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey (-8.5 seconds)
3. James Stewart
4. Jake Weimer
5. Broc Tickle
6. Mike Alessi
7. Chad Reed
8. Phil Nicoletti
9. Andrew Short
10. Josh Grant
11. Trey Canard
12. Malcolm Stewart
13. Justin Brayton
14. Weston Peick
15. Ben LaMay
16. Michael Byrne
17. Justin Barcia
18. Mike Brown
19. Tucker Hibbert
20. Ricky Dietrich

Notables

21. Tyla Rattray
33. Ryan Sipes
39. Matt Goerke (DNF)

Washougal 450 Class Overall Results

1. Ryan Villopoto (2-1)
2. Ryan Dungey (1-2)
3. James Stewart (3-3)
4. Jake Weimer (10-4)
5. Mike Alessi (7-6)
6. Andrew Short (6-9)
7. Josh Grant (5-10)
8. Chad Reed (9-7)
9. Broc Tickle (13-5)
10. Justin Barcia (4-17)
11. Weston Peick (8-14)
12. Trey Canard (12-11)
13. Malcolm Stewart (11-12)
14. Phil Nicoletti (18-8)
15. Justin Brayton (15-13)
16. Ben LaMay (17-15)
17. Ryan Sipes (14-33)
18. Michael Byrne (23-16)
19. Tyla Rattray (16-21)
20. Mike Brown (25-18)

Updated 450 Class Point Standings

1. Ryan Villopoto, 380
2. Ryan Dungey, -42
3. Justin Barcia, -109
4. James Stewart, -156
5. Trey Canard, -161
6. Mike Alessi, -181
7. Andrew Short, -216
8. Jake Weimer, -220
9. Broc Tickle, -221
10. Josh Grant, -222

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