MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 6, 2011) – With two rounds down in the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, only one rider has stood atop the overall podium. TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed sits atop the 450 Class standings, carrying a two-race winning streak into Saturday’s Rockstar Energy High Point National presented by Centra Bank in Mt. Morris, Pa. After a weekend off, the world’s best riders are eager to take to the track, and continue the intense competition that has characterized the summer so far.
Reed’s biggest challenger to this point in the 2011 season has been defending champion Ryan Dungey. At the previous round of the championship from Wortham, Texas, Dungey appeared to be on his way to capturing his first win of the season for Rockstar/Makita Suzuki. However, misfortune struck in the final moto as Dungey ran out of fuel with two laps remaining, allowing Reed to assume the lead and sweep the day’s motos.
Now, Reed holds a 21-point advantage over Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, who has posted back-to-back podium efforts to start the season, with Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR’s Davi Millsaps in third. After his heartbreak in Texas, Dungey currently occupies fourth in the standings, 28 points out of the lead. With sole possession of the red number plate, signifying his position as the 450 Class points leader, Reed heads to the site of his first career victory in the premier division in 2009.
After a highly-competitive opening round, the 250 Class also featured a to-the-wire battle for the win in Texas. After a pair of grueling motos dominated by the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, South African rider Tyla Rattray secured his first win of the season. Behind him, his teammate and Scottish-born rider Dean Wilson grabbed his second consecutive runner-up result and now sits atop the standings for the first time in his young career. So far in 2011, only Mitch Payton’s Pro Circuit riders have taken the checkered flag, and they will look to continue the dominance this weekend.
High Point Raceway is an iconic piece of American Motocross history. Since hosting its first race in 1976, the facility has become a staple of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and has produced some of the most memorable races throughout the illustrious history of the sport.
Last season at High Point, Ryan Dungey headed to Mt. Morris fresh off his first career 450 Class victory. He posted a dominant effort in front of thousands of fans to win for the first time at the facility and move into the championship lead, which he held throughout the remainder of the season. In the 250 Class, Tyla Rattray used a pair of determined moto efforts to capture his first career overall win on U.S. soil.
The promoters of High Point Raceway are once again pulling out all the stops in the development of the layout for 2011. The Rockstar Energy High Point National marks the East Coast debut of American Motocross this summer and enthusiasts can count on seeing the intense air time, and ever-changing track conditions that have helped High Point Raceway become a favorite amongst riders and fans alike. As the finishing touches on Saturday’s track take place, fans can expect to see more spectacular racing than ever before at one of the sport’s most popular circuits.
The on-track action for the Rockstar Energy High Point National begins this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. EST with practice and qualifying. Opening ceremonies begin at 12:30 p.m. EST with motos kicking off at 1 p.m. EST.
Previous Round Results and Current Standings
Rockstar Energy Freestone National
Freestone Raceway – Wortham, Texas
May 28, 2011
Round 2 of 12
450 Class (Moto Finish)
- Chad Reed, Australia, Honda (1-1)
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (4-2)
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (3-5)
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki (9-3)
- Ricky Dietrich, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (8-4)
- Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (6-7)
- Christian Craig, Hemet, Calif., Honda (5-8)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-25)
- Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM (15-6)
- Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha (10-11)
450 Class Championship Standings
- Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 97
- Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 76
- Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 72
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 69
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki – 64
- Ricky Dietrich, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha – 53
- Christian Craig, Hemet, Calif., Honda – 47
- Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 45
- Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 44
- Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha – 40
250 Class (Moto Finish)
- Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (2-1)
- Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (1-3)
- Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha (3-4)
- Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (9-2)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (5-6)
- Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Suzuki (10-7)
- Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki (8-11)
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (14-8)
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (7-16)
- Gannon Audette, Cain, Ga., Yamaha (12-12)
250 Class Championship Standings
- Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki – 90
- Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki – 85
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 69
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 66
- Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 64
- Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 52
- Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha – 46
- Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Suzuki – 44
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 42
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 38
For more information on the 2011 tour, please log on to www.allisports.com/motocross.