US Motocross Lites Series: 6th round Buchanan, MI

2008-07-08 08:02
Davalos Earns First Podium of the Season.

MDK KTM Factory rider Martin Davalos earned his first podium of the season at the sixth round of the AMA National Motocross Series Championship at the Red Bud MX Park.

Davalos, who had a rough start to the season after overcoming a pre-season injury, has been steadily improving each round. His 6-3 scores at Red Bud finally gave him the podium position he's been striving for since his return three rounds ago.

Davalos and his MDK KTM teammate Ryan Sipes led the way around the track in moto one of the Lites class after Sipes pulled the holeshot with Davalos right behind him. The two continued to battle up front the remainder of the moto. When the checkered flag dropped Sipes secured his best moto finish of the season coming around in 3rd while Davalos finished a few spots back in 6th. Their MDK KTM teammates Matt Goerke and Justin Brayton had to battle their way up from poor starts to finish 13th and 16th respectively.

In moto two, Davalos grabbed the holeshot with Sipes again close by. Unfortunately, Sipes crashed shortly after the start, remounted and then crashed once again before the end of the last lap. His two crashes sent him to the back of the pack. Brayton's good jump off the start of the second moto was short-lived after another rider crashed into him injuring his ankle and causing him to pull off before the completion of the first turn. Goerke had a better start in the second moto but also collided with another rider which damaged his bike and forced him to pull off before the finish. Meanwhile, Davalos was still up front sitting safely in 3rd place. He would finish the moto in 3rd to earn the MDK KTM team their first podium finish of the season. Sipes worked his way up from near last to 20th to take 10th overall for the day.

Race 1
POS. RIDER MANUFACT. NAT.
1 1 Ryan D. Villopoto Kawasaki
2 48 Trey G. Canard Honda
3 57_Ryan_Sipes KTM
4 341 Nico A. Izzi Suzuki
5 20 Joshua Grant Honda
6 577_Martin_Davalos KTM
13 41_Matthew_Goerke KTM
16 114_Justin_Brayton KTM


Race 2
POS. RIDER MANUFACT. NAT.
1 1 Ryan D. Villopoto Kawasaki
2 48 Trey G. Canard Honda
3 577_Martin_Davalos KTM
4 20 Joshua Grant Honda
5 341 Nico A. Izzi Suzuki
6 577_Martin_Davalos KTM
13 41_Matthew_Goerke KTM
16 114_Justin_Brayton KTM


Standings
POS. RIDER MANUFACT. NAT. POINTS
1 1 Ryan D. Villopoto Kawasaki 291
2 28 Ryan M. Dungey Suzuki 196
3 123 Brett Metcalfe Kawasaki 164
4 51 Austin L. Stroupe Kawasaki 152
5 30 Jake T. Weimer Yamaha 149
10 57_Ryan_Sipes KTM 101
11 41_Matthew_Goerke KTM 97
21 577_Martin_Davalos KTM 54
23 114_Justin_Brayton KTM 48


Next Event:Round 7, Budds Creek MX Park - July 12-13, 2008

Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

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