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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Baggett Gets His Fifth Overall Win of the Season

July 25, 2011

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett earned a series-high fifth overall win with a 1-3 moto result at Washougal MX in Washougal, Wash. at the eighth round of the AMA Motocross Championship series. Teammates Tyla Rattray and Dean Wilson joined Baggett on the 250 overall podium in second and third, respectively, with Wilson taking the Moto 2 win. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto thrilled hometown fans with his 450 class Moto 1 victory and eventually finished the day second overall with a 1-2 moto result. Teammate Jake Weimer charged in the first moto to come back from 36th to finish 15th and then improved during the second moto to finish eighth for 12th overall. Challenging Weimer for the Hard Charger honor was the come-from-behind effort of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle who moved from 39th to 16th in the first moto of the 250 class to end the day with a 16-9 for 10th overall.


Back On Top
With less than half the season left coming into Washougal, Baggett knew he had to get a win in order to get closer to the points leader as the season starts to wind down. In the first moto, he took control of the lead early and ran away with his eighth moto win of the season. The second moto wasn’t going to come as easy as the first with a ninth place start. Despite going down twice, Baggett was able to catch the front-pack and finish third for the overall win.

“I didn’t know I had the overall when I came to the podium,” said Baggett. “Erin Bates (of Speed) came over to interview me and told me I was the winner. I thought Tyla might have been able to get by Dean and that would have put him first. It’s great to get another win and hopefully I made a few points up in the standings. It will be nice to get some down time before going to Unadilla, another new track for me.”

New Points Leader
As the series heads into a two-week break, Villopoto will be able to enjoy his newfound points lead after a hard-fought 1-2 finish in his home state of Washington. The first moto saw Villopoto grab the holeshot and lead wire-to-wire, while the second moto also saw him grab the holeshot before a red flag came out less than five minutes into the race. On the restart, Villopoto was second on the start and remained there until the finish for second overall.

“It’s hard to say how the race would have gone if the red flag wouldn’t have come out,” said Villopoto. “You start getting into a groove and then you have to stop. I’m bummed for Trey (Canard) and hope he gets better. On the restart, Ryan (Dungey) edged me by a wheel on the holeshot and I wasn’t able to get up to him. I would have liked to have walked out of here with a little more of a points gap, but I’ll take the lead.”

There At The End
Rattray nearly came away with the overall win with a 2-2 finish that was only one point off the overall winners moto score. While he didn’t get the number one spot in Washington, he gained three points on his teammate Wilson in the point standings, which is something encouraging that he will take away from his race at Washougal.

“It wasn’t the final score I wanted and I was less than a second behind Dean when I came across the finish,” said Rattray. “I am not happy to lose out when I came so close, but I did gain some points on him and hopefully I can get closer and closer each race. I know it’s going to go down to the wire and every point will count.”

Still Points Leader
While he maintained the points lead once again with his seventh podium finish of the season, Wilson had to work harder than normal for that podium spot in Washington. In the first moto, he started outside the top-15 before making his way up to finish fifth. The situation was different in the second moto as he led from wire-to-wire aboard his Kawasaki KX™250F.

“It’s not often that a 1-3 wins the overall and I know that because I’ve scored that this season and haven’t won an overall yet, but I’m still up on the podium and that is a big deal when counting championship points,” said Wilson. “I can’t say that I’m not bummed that I haven’t been able to get an overall, but if I have to be on the podium in second or third to win the championship, then that’s what I’ll need to do.”

Come Back
Although the result wasn’t what Weimer was looking for, he continued to show that he could turn good lap times. In the first moto, he crashed on the opening lap and made his way from 36th to 15th. In the second moto he was able to put his fast laps into good use as he finished the moto inside the top 10 and ended the day 12th with a 15-9 moto result.

“It’s been frustrating week after week to have something happen in a moto that pushes me out of contention for a good overall,” said Weimer. “I know I can be up there and I’ll have to keep working to make sure I can at least prove to myself that I am capable of being a top guy.”

Hard Charger
While it looked like Weimer might have had a chance at the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger award, Tickle might have edged him out with his impressive second moto performance. He entered the second moto with a ninth-place finish from the first moto, but after a crash in the first moto and then getting hit by another rider, he started the second lap in 39th. He went to work and went out to prove that he didn’t want to give up as he picked off riders all the way up to 16th place for a top-10 overall finish.

“I seem to have an okay moto and then something happens in the other moto,” said Tickle. “Not sure how I can change that except for maybe getting the holeshot, but I didn’t want to give up. It was a hard second moto and the track was the most challenging of the day. I wish I could have broken into the top-15 that moto, but I think I rode well and I am pretty sure my team saw that.”

Still Keeping It Alive
The win streak that Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki started at the first round was carried into the ninth round with the impressive performance of Baggett. Once again the riders were able to sweep the podium for the fifth time this season.

“I’m actually really happy for the whole team and that everyone has been riding great,” said Mitch Payton, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team Owner. “Broc is getting left out a little bit, but he has been riding great. Today he went from last to finish almost in the top-15. I know he can be up there. They are doing such a good job and they all make me proud.”

Two Weekends Off
After eight rounds of racing, the AMA Motocross Championship series will take two weekends off as the motocross focus shifts to the up-and-coming amateurs at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, taking place at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. The series will pick back up on August 13 at Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y.
Results

AMA Motocross Series
Washougal MX – Washougal, Wash.
July 23, 2011

AMA 450 Motocross Class Results (Moto Finishes)

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 2-1
2. RYAN VILLOPOTO, SEATTLE, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 1-2
3. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki,4-3
4. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda, 7-4
5. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 6-5

AMA 250 Motocross Results (Moto Finishes)
1. BLAKE BAGGETT, GRAND TERRACE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 1-3
2. TYLA RATTRAY, WILDOMAR, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 2-2
3. DEAN WILSON, MENIFEE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 5-1

4. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 3-7
5. Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha, 7-4

AMA 450 Motocross Class Points Standings
1. RYAN VILLOPOTO, SEATTLE, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 341
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 340
3. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda, 332
4. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 247
5. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 193

AMA 250 Motocross Points Standings
1. DEAN WILSON, MENIFEE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 346
2. TYLA RATTRAY, WILDOMAR, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 333
3. BLAKE BAGGETT, GRAND TERRACE, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 329

4. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 233
5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 201

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