Ryan Villopoto Undefeated In California With A Win In Lake Elsinore
The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship came to a close Saturday in Lake Elsinore, Calif., as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto added an exclamation point to his season by dominating both motos to earn his eighth overall victory with 18 total moto wins. Jake Weimer matched his best finish in fourth overall and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray rounded out the top five. In the 250 class, Blake Baggett was first to the checkered flag in Moto 2, but was later docked one position and finished ninth overall. Martin Davalos scored another top-10 finish in 10th followed by Justin Hill in 11th, Darryn Durham in 14th, and Adam Cianciarulo in 18th after sitting out the second moto.
End on a High Note
With the championship already wrapped up, the two-time champion could have spent the weekend on the beach, but instead wanted to make sure no one doubted his dominance. Just like he did in at Round 1 at Hangtown, Villopoto bookended the season with another win, pushing through the 100-degree heat to win both motos convincingly. He captured eight overall victories over the 12 round series and chalked up 18 moto wins out of a possible 24.
“We had a great season which isn’t possible without my Monster Energy Kawasaki team,” said Villopoto. “We came in with a great setting and were able to adjust and continue to improve as the season went on. We had a couple off weekends, but we were able to break them down, learn from them and better ourselves the next weekend. That’s what makes a successful team.”
Weimer finished off the season with a great ride at Lake Elsinore as he fought forward to fourth overall. Coming from outside the top-10 in Moto 1, Weimer worked his way into eighth, but it was in the rough, triple digits conditions of the second moto where he was really impressive. Weimer picked off rider after rider as the 30-minute moto progressed and matched his best finish of the year in fourth. Weimer finished the season sixth overall in the championship.
“I’m really happy with today,” said Weimer. “These past few weeks we’ve been able to keep the ball rolling and finally find some consistency. It has been a tough season, but I’m excited we finished on a good note and can’t wait to carry this momentum into the off season and continue to progress.”
Although he did not have the season he would have liked, defending 250 class champion Baggett was looking to prove a point in Lake Elsinore. A crash kept him from the front in Moto 1, but he nearly grabbed the holeshot from the outside in Moto 2 and quickly moved into the lead. The No.1 led 14 laps and cruised to take his second moto win of the season, although following the race the race officials docked Baggett for jumping while the wheels of the ground flag was displayed due to a rider down. He finished ninth on the day and fourth overall in the championship.
“It’s a bummer, but it happens,” said Baggett. “The flag was thrown just as I was approaching the jump so it’s just one of those things. I know I rode well and it was a good way to finish off the season.”
Up and Down
After a challenging outdoor season, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team finished off strong with Tyla Rattray finishing fifth overall while the 250 class overcame difficult track conditions and misfortune to all finish within the top-15 overall, with the exception of Cianciarulo who sat out the second moto due to injury.
The End of a Long Season
After 17 Monster Energy Supercross rounds and 12 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross rounds, the Monster Energy Kawasaki riders are looking forward to the offseason. After a few weeks of down time, the riders will hit the supercross tracks to begin preparation for the Monster Energy Cup on October 19th at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
Source: Kawasaki Racing
Ryan Dungey Finishes 2nd Overall At Lake Elsinore Motocross
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey finished second overall and second in the series at the final race of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Lake Elsinore Motocross Park.
In the first moto, Ryan Dungey leaped off the start line to a fifth place start. By the halfway mark he had moved his KTM 450 SX-F into podium position and was sitting in third. He then set his sights on the second place ride of Josh Grant. With a few laps remaining, he was able to catch Grant and make a pass stick to take over the position. He went on to finish the moto in second place.
“It’s pretty hot here today and the track is rough but I felt pretty good the first moto. There are so many lines on this track and we just have to talk about how we can change it up for the second moto so I can knock a second off my lap time, and hopefully, battle for the lead,” stated Dungey.
Dungey launched off to a better start in the second moto and came around the first corner in fourth. He quickly caught the third place rider and made a pass before the end of the next lap. Dungey spent the next two laps catching up to Justin Barcia, and easily got around him in a rhythm section. Once in second, he settled in and finished the race with another podium position. His 2-2 moto scores earned him second overall for the day.
After twelve rounds in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series, Dungey finishes second in the overall point standings. He will now begin training for the Motocross Des Nations event where he will represent Team USA.
Source: KTM North America
Rockstar Energy Racing Lake Elsinore Motocross National Race Report
The last race of 2013 was not an easy one. While the entire series had much more mild weather than the norm, Lake Elsinore did not follow in that suit. It was the hottest race of the year and it took it’s toll on many riders, with the evidence being in late moto lap times. Not unlike many races this outdoor season, Rockstar Energy Racing experienced highs and lows again at the final round. The team did not finish where they necessarily wanted to, but there were positives and things to build on.
Ryan Sipes was still recovering from his crash a few weeks ago, although it did not show in his riding. Even though Sipes did not have an amazing day on paper, he made obvious strides in comparison to the past several weeks. With the soaring, near sweltering temperatures, Ryan rode very strong. In fact in the first moto, his fastest lap time came 3/4 of the way to completion.
Not only was he unyielding to the conditions, but also very consistent. He seemed to post times in the 2:14 range every lap. A very impressive thing to do on such a long, rough track. His second moto was more of the same. Charging through the last lap as other riders succumbed to the heat. Although he wasn’t able to crack the top ten in Southern California, one could make a case that he passed more riders than anyone else out there.
“It wasn’t a bad weekend aside from my starts. That part was bad. I feel good though. I’m safe, my lap times were good even coming from 76th place. Last race of the year, it was a good day and I’m happy.”
Ever since Jason Anderson picked up his first career MX podium in Millville, he has had struggles. As noted earlier in the year, Anderson made an indisputable leap forward in his speed the second moto at Washougal. Hence the podium a short time after. Unfortunately this creates growing pains for any rider, but that is just part of the game.
With more speed comes more mistakes. The key is to reach a certain level of comfort at that pace and with time, the blunders occur fewer and farther between. Jason would have certainly like to use a Mulligan on his first moto. With a bad start, bad luck with an initial lap pile-up and two more crashes on his own, there wasn’t much to celebrate when he returned to the team semi. In moto two however, Jason was well on the way to the most remarkable ride of his motocross career.
First off he had a start good enough to put him near the top five around the first turn. Then he quite simply put, was just hauling the mail. As Blake Bagget and Eli Tomac were gapping the riders in between Jason and themselves, he was running lap times on par with their’s while making passes. Much to his dismay, after moving into 3rd place, Anderson caught a handle bar to the ribs, knocking the wind out of him to an extent that he has never experienced and forcing him to retire.
“Had some bad luck today but I was riding really well. I’m just looking forward to next season.”
Michael Leib was not able to overcome the injury to his hand that took place in the opening moto in Utah. He tried to tough it out in practice and even made an attempt to race the first moto. The pain was too much for him to overcome though which is not surprising when finding out that the hand was actually broken. All he could do was try his best and that’s what he did.
Rockstar Energy Racing will now shift focus to major changes on the near horizon. Switching manufacturers and hitting the drawing board to dial in completely new machines. There will be very little time to rest now with the MEC coming in October and the whole circus hitting the road again in January.
Source: Rockstar Energy Racing
Ken Roczen Earns 2nd At Season Finale At Lake Elsinore Motocross Park
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen took a moto win on his way to a 2nd place overall finish in the 250 Motocross class at the final round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Lake Elsinore Motocross Park. His teammate, Marvin Musquin, rebounded from two first lap crashes to finish 7th overall.
Ken Roczen put his KTM 250 SX-F out front early at the start of moto one. He rounded the first corner in 2nd position and took over the lead before the riders got to the first jump. Roczen went on to lead every lap of the race as he pulled out to a 12 second lead to take a dominating win over rival Eli Tomac.
“It feels great to get a win here,” stated Roczen. “I have been working really hard and training in the heat the past few weeks and I felt strong the whole moto. I was happy to pull away out front and hope to repeat for the second moto.”
Roczen’s teammate, Marvin Musquin, did not have as good of luck in moto one. Although he got off to a good start, he suffered a crash after coming up short on a double jump early in the race which lost him multiple positions. He eventually recovered and came around the next lap in 14th. He charged hard for the remainder of the race, continuing to pick up positions all the way to the final lap. On the last lap, he passed Cole Seely to claim his final position which placed him 9th for the moto.
In the second moto, Roczen pulled another good start and was sitting 5th after the first corner. Within the first lap he had already moved into 3rd before he suffered a crash after he clipped the rear wheel of Zach Osborne’s bike coming out of a corner. He dropped back to 14th place. Two laps later he had already made progress and was sitting in 11th. He continued to charge forward throughout the moto to eventually work his way up to 7th place. His 1-7 moto results earned him 2nd overall for the day.
Unfortunately, Musquin suffered another crash on the opening lap of moto two and was in 22nd position after lap one. He put together a solid performance to move his KTM into the top ten by the end of the moto. His 9-10 moto finishes placed him 7th overall for the day.
Source: KTM North America
Lake Elsinore Overview And Point Standings
2013 AMA Pro Motocross Lake Elsinore Image Gallery (Click for full size images)
Overall Results – 450MX Class
|1||2||Ryan Villopoto||Kawasaki KX 450F||1||1||50|
|2||1||Ryan Dungey||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||2||2||44|
|3||51||Justin Barcia||Honda CRF450R||5||3||36|
|4||12||Jake Weimer||Kawasaki KX 450F||8||4||31|
|5||28||Tyla Rattray||Kawasaki KX 450F||7||6||29|
|6||41||Trey Canard||Honda CRF450R||4||10||29|
|7||800||Mike Alessi||Suzuki RMZ 450||12||5||25|
|8||24||Brett Metcalfe||Kawasaki KX 450F||10||8||24|
|9||29||Andrew Short||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||6||12||24|
|10||20||Broc Tickle||Suzuki RMZ 450||11||11||20|
|11||33||Josh Grant||Yamaha YZ 450F||3||38||20|
|12||10||Justin Brayton||Yamaha YZ 450F||14||9||19|
|13||35||Ryan Sipes||Suzuki RMZ 450||13||14||15|
|14||32||Malcolm Stewart||Honda CRF450R||9||18||15|
|15||46||Weston Peick||Suzuki RMZ 450||33||7||14|
|16||57||Ben LaMay||Yamaha YZ 450F||16||13||13|
|17||27||Nicholas Wey||Kawasaki KX 450F||17||17||8|
|18||26||Michael Byrne||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||23||15||6|
|19||49||Phil Nicoletti||Yamaha YZ 450F||15||37||6|
|20||71||Zackery Freeberg||Honda CRF450R||22||16||5|
|21||62||Matthew Goerke||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||18||34||3|
|22||595||Evgeny Mikhaylov||KTM 450 SX-F||21||19||2|
|23||63||Derek Anderson||Kawasaki KX 450F||20||20||2|
|24||83||Austin Howell||Suzuki RMZ 450||19||32||2|
|25||982||Akira Narita||Honda CRF450R||29||21||0|
|26||621||Vann Martin||Kawasaki KX 450F||24||22||0|
|27||98||Chris Plouffe||Kawasaki KX 450F||26||23||0|
|28||980||Yutaka Hoshino||Kawasaki KX 450F||28||24||0|
|29||84||Chris Blose||Yamaha YZ 450F||27||25||0|
|30||168||Tucker Hibbert||Honda CRF450R||30||26||0|
|31||901||Eeli Takatalo||KTM 450 SX-F||37||27||0|
|32||228||Daniel Meynet||Kawasaki KX 450F||39||28||0|
|33||95||Tevin Tapia||Kawasaki KX 450F||25||29||0|
|34||867||Fredrik Noren||Suzuki RMZ 450||35||30||0|
|35||415||Nicholas Schmidt||Honda CRF450R||31||31||0|
|36||240||Bryce Stewart||Yamaha YZ 450F||38||33||0|
|37||548||Broc Schmelyun||Kawasaki KX 450F||32||35||0|
|38||869||Robert Lind||Yamaha YZ 450F||34||36||0|
|39||66||Kellian Rusk||Honda CRF450R||40||39||0|
|40||181||Dustin Pipes||Suzuki RMZ 450||36||40||0|
Rider Point Standings – 450MX Class ( Race 24 of 24 )
- Ryan Villopoto – 563 / 2013 Champion
- Ryan Dungey – 507
- Justin Barcia – 411
- Trey Canard – 332
- James Stewart – 289
- Jake Weimer – 275
- Andrew Short – 262
- Broc Tickle – 236
- Mike Alessi – 229
- Josh Grant – 228
Manufacturer Cup Point Standings – 450MX Class ( Race 24 of 24 )
- Kawasaki – 563
- KTM – 525
- Honda – 460
- Suzuki – 432
- Yamaha – 329
Overall Results – 250MX Class
|1||17||Eli Tomac||Honda CRF250R||2||1||47|
|2||94||Ken Roczen||KTM 250 SX-F||1||7||39|
|3||175||Cooper Webb||Yamaha YZ 250F||4||3||38|
|4||77||Jeremy Martin||Yamaha YZ 250F||3||5||36|
|5||338||Zach Osborne||Honda CRF250R||5||4||34|
|6||19||Will Hahn||Honda CRF250R||6||6||30|
|7||25||Marvin Musquin||KTM 250 SX-F||9||10||23|
|8||34||Justin Bogle||Honda CRF250R||8||11||23|
|9||1||Blake Baggett||Kawasaki KX 250F||33||2||22|
|10||40||Martin Davalos||Kawasaki KX 250F||11||9||22|
|11||317||Justin Hill||Kawasaki KX 250F||13||8||21|
|12||43||Cole Seely||Honda CRF250R||10||12||20|
|13||36||Jessy Nelson||Honda CRF250R||12||14||16|
|14||44||Darryn Durham||Kawasaki KX 250F||15||13||14|
|15||38||Kyle Cunningham||Yamaha YZ 250F||7||35||14|
|16||677||Matthew Bisceglia||Honda CRF250R||16||15||11|
|17||127||Shane McElrath||Honda CRF250R||18||17||7|
|18||292||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki KX 250F||14||40||7|
|19||244||Ryan Zimmer||Honda CRF250R||20||16||6|
|20||21||Jason Anderson||Suzuki RMZ 250||17||32||4|
|21||157||Jacob Baumert||Kawasaki KX 250F||22||18||3|
|22||460||Jake Mohnike||Yamaha YZ 250F||23||19||2|
|23||50||Kyle Peters||Honda CRF250R||19||30||2|
|24||397||Brandon Scharer||Suzuki RMZ 250||25||20||1|
|25||846||Trevor Reis||Honda CRF250R||24||21||0|
|26||72||Dakota Tedder||Kawasaki KX 250F||36||22||0|
|27||348||Jason Brooks||Kawasaki KX 250F||26||23||0|
|28||99||Preston Mull||Honda CRF250R||21||24||0|
|29||256||Matas Inda||Kawasaki KX 250F||31||25||0|
|30||761||William Clason||Honda CRF250R||28||26||0|
|31||273||Conner Elliott||Yamaha YZ 250F||32||27||0|
|32||556||Brady Kiesel||Honda CRF250R||30||28||0|
|33||874||Zack Williams||Honda CRF250R||27||29||0|
|34||416||Austin Burns||Honda CRF250R||29||31||0|
|35||329||Chad Gores||Honda CRF250R||35||33||0|
|36||37||Alex Martin||Yamaha YZ 250||34||34||0|
|37||290||Colt Nichols||Kawasaki KX 250F||37||36||0|
|38||452||Sean Hackley, Jr.||KTM 250 SX-F||40||37||0|
|39||620||Brad Nauditt||Honda CRF250R||39||38||0|
|40||80||Michael Leib||Suzuki RMZ 250||38||39||0|
Rider Point Standings – 250MX Class ( Race 24 of 24 )
- Eli Tomac – 552 / 2013 Champion
- Ken Roczen – 493
- Marvin Musquin – 411
- Blake Baggett – 395
- Zach Osborne – 356
- Jeremy Martin – 300
- Justin Bogle – 291
- Jason Anderson – 260
- Cooper Webb – 255
- Kyle Cunningham – 228
Manufacturer Cup Point Standings – 250MX Class ( Race 24 of 24 )
- Honda – 554
- KTM – 520
- Kawasaki – 424
- Yamaha – 386
- Suzuki – 265