Saturday July 23 Alli Sports and the AMA set the stage for the race that most northwest residents wait all year for The Lucas Oil outdoor nationals at Washougal MX track. With the points race very tight and always shifting in the 250 and 450 classes you wouldn’t expect anything else for this race. The day started off with the 450 class and with Chad Reed, Ryan Villapoto and Ryan Dungey all within 7 points of each other you knew this was going to be some close racing and it would not disappoint. In Moto 1 at the holeshot Villapoto took a pretty commanding lead by about 5-6 seconds but Dungey would not give up and pulled back up on Villapoto’s back tire but then washed the back end out in the hair pin turn after the finish line which would lead to Ryan Villapoto to win the first moto of the 450 class. Also Northwest rider from Klamath Falls Oregon # 235 on a KTM 450 Fought his way through the field to claim a 13th which would be the best finish of the Northwest riders.
In Moto 1 of the 250 class as soon as the gate dropped it was on with # 17 Justin Barcia taking the holesshot and Blake Baggett right behind him in 2nd.But by the middle of lap 1 Baggett would take the lead with Ryan Sipes right behind him. By lap 2 #25 Ryan Sipes would take the lead and would pull out by 2.3 sec. but with 21 min to go Baggett would take the lead back and the win for the Moto 1. But the story of the day would be the #55 of Seattle’s Tommy Weeck, coming out in 8th in the Holeshot ahead of Names like Wilson, Swanepoel, Stewart, Barcia ,Seely, Baggett, Tomac, Tickle But then dropping back to 12thh with 26 minutes to go which still left him plenty of time to do some work through the field which is exactly what he did by passing Swanepoel, Davalos, Wilson, and Sipes and showing Barcia that he has something for him by passing him but Barcia would eventually find a line to pass him back with 5 minutes to go to give him a 6th place finish in moto 1. Some one needs to give this Kid a ride.
Moto # 2 for the 450’s was as exciting as moto 1 with Ryan Villapoto taking the holeshot and pulling out another commanding lead over Dungey by 2 positions and 2 seconds ahead but then all of a sudden the race was red flagged due to # 41 Trey Canard going down on the 2nd lap at the jump in Horsepower hill. When Villapoto came across the finish line to see the red flag I was watching him in disbelief shaking his head as he could not believe this happened to his huge lead. When the lined up for the second time well Dungey was having no part of a bad holeshot with his second chance in the moto and he came out in first with Villapoto in 2nd. It was a really close and good race between the 2 for 2 laps Dungey started pulling out for a commanding lead and would eventually take the win and the overall for the day but with Villapoto’s 1st and 2nd he would walk away as the point’s leader.
Moto # 2 for the 250’s would be a little different with #15 Dean Wilson taking the holeshot and Tyla Rattray right behind him. This would be a very close race to the end but not much would change. X News Northwest would also like to give a huge plug for all of the Northwest riders would qualified for the main events in both classes We are all really proud of you and love to see you out there mixing it up with the full time riders so here they are. In the 250 class #55 Tommy Weeck from Seattle Wa. 11th over all. #70 Tevin Tapia from Puyallup Wa. 25th overall. #536 Erick Muesling from Newberg Or. 35th overall.
In The 450 Class # 235 Kevin Rookstool from Klamath Falls Or. 16th overall. #539 Ricky Dietrich Snohomish Wa. 19th overall. #372 Rory Sullivan from Bellevue Wa. 30th overall. #476 Collin Jurin from Kirkland Wa. 33rd overall. #222 Chris Howell from Spokane Wa. 34th overall. #474 Jake Anstett from Port AngelesWa. 36th over all. #153 Greg Crater from Seattle Wa. 37th overall and #143 Mike Horban Grants Pass Or. 40th overall. Congratulations and thanks for the show. To see pictures of the event just go to the X News Northwest facebook page.www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.241327529268996.54765.144863872248696&…