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Moto 1s at Southwick

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SOUTHWICK: 450 MOTO 1 REPORT

By Jordan Roberts

As this being the last year at Southwick (at least for the foreseeable future), the first 450 moto sure gave the fans a memorable experience. The action started in the first turn with James Stewart edging out a holeshot over Andrew Short and Phil Nicoletti, while championship contender Ryan Dungey sat back around tenth. 450 points leader Ryan Villopoto went down in the first turn with Justin Brayton, Bobby Kiniry and a few others. Villopoto wasn’t the last rider to exit the first turn, but starting the race 38th out of 40 riders doesn’t exactly help one’s odds. He went down again halfway into the first lap after being caught up in a collision between Ryan Sipes and Evgeny Mikhaylov. Since Villopoto wasn’t at the core of the crash, he was able to remount and continue his charge much quicker than Sipes and Mikhaylov.

As the riders came back around for the second lap, the top three riders held their position, but two Aussies swapped for fourth and fifth positions. Chad Reed held onto fourth until Brett Metcalfe—who is racing this round due to a break in the Canadian motocross schedule—passed him to claim the position. It didn’t take long for Metcalfe to move up on Nicoletti to challenge him for third, nor did it take long for Villopoto to move inside the top fifteen. It took eight and a half minutes into the race before the cream started rising to the top. Not only were Metcalfe and Villopoto making moves, but Trey Canard and Dungey were also pushing each other forward while battling for fifth. Metcalfe and Dungey were able to advance while Villopoto continued his rampage and progressed up to 10th place.

One lap later, Trey Canard swapped on the face of an extremely rutted jump and was ejected off the bike and over the bars. He pulled into the mechanics area with extremely mangled bars and picked up a fresh pair of goggles before heading back out onto the track. Canard rode one full lap before pulling back in and calling it quits. Just as he pulled off the track, race leader James Stewart swapped on the same jump and went down hard. He too would DNF the race and Andrew Short inherited the lead. Metcalfe moved into second after Stewart’s crash, but Dungey caught and eventually passed him for the position. In other news, Villopoto had made his way up to fifth… fifth!

Barcia was the rider to separate Villopoto from Metcalfe’s podium position, and he looked fully prepared to challenge Metcalfe before Villopoto could close in. Dungey had also begun to challenge Andrew Short for the lead. It was a toss-up who would make the first move, but Dungey was the one to strike first. Fortunately for Short, he had a nice cushion between himself and the three-way battle that had erupted for third with just two laps to go. Barcia cut to the inside of a left-hander to pass Metcalfe. Villopoto also passed him just a few corners later, but was unable to get Barcia for the podium position before the checkered flag.

Dungey, Short and Barcia rounded out the podium, with Villopoto and Metcalfe rounding out the top five for a very exciting first moto at The ‘Wick.

450 Moto 1 Results
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Andrew Short
3. Justin Barcia
4. Ryan Villopoto
5. Brett Metcalfe
6. Phil Nicoletti
7. Chad Reed
8. Mike Alessi
9. Jake Weimer
10. Tyla Rattray
11. Broc Tickle
12. Les Smith
13. Josh Grant
14. Derek Anderson
15. Michael Byrne
16. Robby Marshall
17. AJ Catanzaro
18. Frederik Noren
19. Nick Wey
20. Malcolm Stewart

SOUTHWICK: 250 MOTO 1 REPORT

By Chase StalloThe 250 Class has featured four different overall winners—Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett—through five rounds, leaving many questions on the table for round six of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross from Southwick, Massachusetts.

Starts have killed Eli Tomac’s momentum this season, but Southwick told a much different story. Tomac’s GEICO Honda teammate Wil Hahn secured his third holeshot in as many races in moto 1, but a mechanical would lead to a DNF for Hahn will battling for a top five position. New England based privateer Jimmy Dectois, who is racing his first National following a brief stint in Europe, had the crowd on their feet as he rounded the first corner in second. Decotis would have bike problems late in the race leading to a 29th place finish.

Tomac made a quick dash to the front, getting by both Hahn and Decotis before the first lap reached its conclusion. It was all Eli Tomac from there, as even a late tip over didn’t hinder his run to the top. His win marked his first moto 1 win of the season and his second consecutive moto win (won Budds Creek moto 2).

With Tomac running away, points leader Ken Roczen was slicing through the pack, coming from outside the top ten to hook onto the fender of Blake Baggett for second late in the race. Roczen closed the gap to within less than a second, but a late mistake left him on the ground and off the pace of Baggett.

Baggett outlasted Roczen for second with Justin Bogle, Zach Osborne, Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb, Cole Seely, Adam Cianciarulo and Marvin Musquin (who came from outside the top twenty) rounding out the top ten.

250 Moto 1 Results

1. Eil Tomac

2. Blake Baggett

3. Ken Roczen

4. Justin Bogle

5. Zach Osborne

6. Jason Anderson

7. Cooper Webb

8. Cole Seely

9. Adam Cianciarulo

10. Marvin Musquin

WMX Moto 1 Results

1. Jessica Patterson
2. Mackenzie Tricker
3. Jacqueline Strong
4. Sara Pettersson
5. Marissa Markelon
6. Taylor Higgins
7. Sayaka Kaneshiro
8. Lindsey Palmer
9. Sarah Whitmore
10. Brianna DeGray

 

 
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