Kawasaki/Racer X Race ReportSunday, August 13, 2006 | 8:44 PM
In this article…
- Ryan Villopoto
- Michael Byrne
- Broc Hepler
- Kevin Windham
- Chad Reed
- Matt Goerke
- James Stewart
- Davi Millsaps
- Josh Grant
- Ricky Carmichael
- Andrew Short
- Josh Demuth
Everything is coming together for the AMA/Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF. The rivalries, the battles, the points, it’s all coming together, and the first set of motos at the Unbound Energy/Honda National at Millville only raised the drama to another level. After an exciting first set of motos, the fans braced themselves for a big showdown in the second half of the day. But then the skies opened and the track quickly turned into a quagmire.
And that ended that, because the mud motos turned the race into a one-sided Suzuki affair, with Ricky Carmichael destroying the 450 class and Broc Hepler making his way back to the front with a win in the 250F class.
But the first motos were so good!
James Stewart looked very game at
RC knew the start would be super-important for the muddy second 450 moto, so he went out and got one.
Other favorites struggled big. Reed
crashed on the first lap and lost his gloves and goggles, then got stuck on the
off-camber twice. He finished 27th. Davi Millsaps finished fourth in
moto one but was way back in moto two. It was a wild moto, which culminated
In the first 250F moto, Josh Grant grabbed the Racer X holeshot but Andrew Short went past him and picked up right where he left off at Washougal—with the lead. Grant, Ryan Villopoto, Hepler and Alessi were all swapping the next spots, with RV getting second and Hepler passing Alessi late to get to third. This put Villopoto into the 250F points lead by just one point.
Everything started as usual for moto two as Grant grabbed another Racer X holeshot. This time Hepler was on the gas early and he got around Villopoto and Grant early to take the lead. Short moved into second and was about to attempt a run at Hepler, but then the skies opened up and it started raining really, really hard. Everyone’s lap times dropped quite a bit, but Hepler handled it with some ease.
As the rain continued to fall, Short and Villopoto struggled and started moving backwards. Alessi got into second which allowed him to pick up huge points over Villopoto. Star Racing’s Matt Goerke put in a great ride in the mud from out of the pack to finish third. But there was still plenty of controversy, as a protest regarding stuff like outside assistance in the mud hung over the final results. The AMA says everything will be official by Monday.
This much is already official: the racing is fun to watch in both classes. Maybe next time the rain will stay away and we’ll pick up the same battles at Broome-Tioga next weekend.