Kawasaki’s Pourcel Takes 250 Win at Hangtown

June 17, 2009

Kawasaki rider Christophe Pourcel took the 250 class first moto and overall victory at the 41st
running of the Hangtown Motocross Classic just outside of Sacramento.

Pourcel earned his second moto win of the season along with his first overall victory by finishing 1-3.  Pourcel actually finished second in Moto 2, but was penalized one position after jumping an obstacle under the yellow and red flag. Pourcel is now second in the standings with two points behind. 

Rattray’s move to the United States has proved to be fruitful as he earned his second top-five overall finish in as many races. Rattray rode a strong first moto finishing fourth and then he held on in the second to finish seventh to finish a fifth overall.

Jake Weimer was eighth overall and Austin Stroupe was 15th overall after a late crash in the second moto. Weimer wasn’t able to get the starts he wanted in either moto, but the Idaho native worked his way through the field to score an eighth place overall. Stroupe had a strong second moto going, running in the top 10 when a crashed bike hit him while he was landing off the finish line jump. Stroupe wasn’t injured severely in the crash, just receiving some bruises.

In the 450 class Villopoto had an eventful day at Hangtown finishing 16th in the first moto before pulling out of the event with a knee injury. RV2 got a good jump out of the start gate and entered the second turn in fourth position. Contact with another rider sent Villopoto down and when he was able to get back to his bike he was in 38th. A valiant ride through the field saw him move into a points-paying position. After the moto, he and the team decided against riding the second moto because of a lingering knee injury.

After the first practice, Ferry was still in pain from his broken heel and he decided not to race so he could continue his recovery.

Quote Pourcel:
“My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki was really good today. I rode a good race and got two good starts so I was able to get the win. I didn’t see the red and yellow flag, but I slowed down because of all the yellow flags. We’re in a tight points race and I hope the two points I was penalized won’t be a factor.”
Quote Rattray:
“The track was really brutal. I did okay in the practice and then rode pretty well in the first moto. In the second moto I got a terrible start and I came back up to seventh, but then I crashed and fell back to tenth. It wasn’t the best day for me, but I still earned some points.”
Quote Weimer:
“I’ve been riding well. I’ve just been struggling with my starts. I‘ve had to come through the pack in every moto so far this season. I feel like I’m riding well and if I could get a couple of starts, I would get better finishes. I’m not sure what’s going on, the bike is good, but I’m just not getting through the first turn like I should.”
Quote Stroupe:
“I was riding well today. I was pushing hard at the end of the second moto and I think I could have made up a couple more spots.
Quote Villopoto:“This is really disappointing,” said Villopoto. “My injury goes all the way back to when I was riding 80’s and it finally caught up to me. We’ve talked to some doctors and I’m going to find the best one to see what we can do.”
Quote Ferry:“It is frustrating right now,” said Ferry. “I want to be out there racing with these guys, but I’m still not ableto give 100 percent. I’m going to keep working hard and hopefully get back to full strength.”

250 Class (Moto Finish)
1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki (1-3)
2. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (3-2)
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (7-1)
4. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda (5-4)
5. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (4-7)
6. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha (6-6)
7. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda (9-5)
8. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (8-8)
9. P.J. Larsen, Stanley, N.C., Kawasaki (10-10)
10. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (2-29)

250 Class Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 86
2. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 84
3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 75
4. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki, 70
5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 63
6. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 54
7. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 53
8. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 52
9. Tommy Searle, England, KTM, 48
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 47

450 Class (Moto Finish)
1. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki (1-1)
2. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda (2-4)
3. Chad Reed, Australia, Suzuki (6-3)
4. Andrew Short, Smithville, Tex., Honda (3-6)
5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha (9-2)
6. Daniel Reardon, Australia, Honda (7-5)
7. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Suzuki (5-9)
8. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM (8-10)
9. Thomas Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Kawasaki (11-8)
10. Cody Cooper, New Zealand, Yamaha (4-23)