US Motocross Lites Series: 10th round Mechanicsville, MD

2009-08-24 22:48
The 10th round of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship Series held at Budds Creek Motocross Park was up and down as was the weather for the KTM Factory Team riders.

In the 250 Motocross class, Muscle Milk/MDK/KTM rider Ryan Sipes proved he is ready to return to racing. In only his second race back this season, Sipes was able to put together two decent scores. His 11th place finish in the first moto coupled with an impressive 9th place finish in the mud fest of a second moto put him in 8th overall for the day. "I would obviously like to be finishing in the top five, but after sitting the entire season out with an injury, I am very happy to be back and to place within the top ten," reported Sipes.

Sipes teammates were not as fortunate at Budds Creek, as both Wil Hahn and Tommy Searle encountered problems. In the first moto Searle had a great 3rd place start and managed to hang onto 7th position. However, his second moto was a completely new story. Searle started 27th on the first lap, charged hard to work his way up to 19th on the second lap and then got stuck in a deep mud rut on the third lap to end up back in 29th. With only 9 laps, (the second moto was cut short due to large amounts of rain fall) Searle was only able to climb to 21st. His moto scores earned him 13th overall for the day. Hahn also suffered from a bad start due to horrible gate pick in the second moto. Still recovering from shoulder surgery, the rough and muddy track was very demanding on Hahn as he still has some pain from his shoulder injury. His 21-18 moto scores were notable coming from the back of the pack but were not strong enough to put him inside the top twenty overall.

Results 250 Motocross Class
1. Jake Weimer (2-1)
2. Christophe Pourcel (1-3)
3. Ryan Dungey (3-4)
4. Justin Barcia (4-7)
5. Austin Stroupe (8-6)
8. Ryan Sipes (11-9)
13. Tommy Searle (7-21)

Overall Points 250 Motocross Class
1. Christophe Pourcel - 432
2. Ryan Dungey - 419
3. Brett Metcalfe - 312
4. Jake Weimer - 302
5. Tommy Searle - 282

Jagermeister/MDK/KTM rider Justin Brayton, who came to Budds Creek looking for his first podium, fell shy of that accomplishment after a bad start and mid-moto crash put him in 21st overall after the first moto. "I was one of the unfortunate riders who got caught up on the start after Reardon crashed. I fought my way up to around 20th from a poor start and then crashed setting myself back all the positions I had gained. In the end I was only able to climb back up to 21st," commented Brayton.

The second moto proved to be much stronger for Brayton. "I got a 6th place start and just focused on maintaining that position." Brayton was closing in on Andrew Short when Matt Goerke pulled out in front of him from pit row one lap down. Goerke got between to the two riders and Brayton lost some time and eventually lost a position to Michael Byrne. Near the end of the moto, Short had some problems and Brayton was able to move ahead. Brayton finished in 7th position. His 21-7 positions awarded him 11th overall for the day. "It's not where I wanted to finish, but it could have been a lot worse," remarked Brayton.

Results 450 Motocross Class
1. Chad Reed (2-1)
2. David Millsaps (1-6)
3. Ivan Tedesco (5-3)
4. Kyle Regal (4-4)
5. Thomas Hahn (12-2)

Overall Points 450 Motocross Class
1. Chad Reed - 434
2. Andrew Short - 330
3. Ivan Tedesco - 322
4. Josh Grant - 280
5. Michael Byrne - 276

Next Round: Southwick Motocross - August 29, 2009

Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

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