Author: David Bulmer
Ryan Dungey wins RC Hard Charger Award
In winning the first 450 Class moto at Southwick's Moto-X 338, defending Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey had already put in a hard day's work. The Rockstar Energy/Makita Suzuki rider had to hold back not only the late charge of his championship rival Ryan Villopoto, but also the deteriorating elements, as Hurricane Irene was approaching the legendary Massachusetts motocross track. But then an electrical malfunction with the race bike left Dungey's entire team back in the pits scrambling to discover and fix the problem before the start of the second moto. That's when the real work started!
Despite their best efforts, the event began without Dungey's #1 motorcycle on the grid. As soon as master mechanic Mike Gosselaar could sort out the problem and get the engine running, he raced the bike down to starting line. Dungey started his race nearly a full lap behind the rest of the pack but, in heroic fashion, rode as fast as he could through the treacherous rain, picking off riders left and right. By the time the 30 minutes plus two laps of racing were complete, Dungey had climbed from 39th position all the way up to seventh. In passing 32 competitors he both salvaged his hopes of repeating as champion and laid claim to this week's Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award.
The 2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, presented by Lucas Oil kicked off the Indianapolis MotoGP weekend on Friday night and KTM's Taddy Blazusiak maintained his perfect season with another win. Mike Brown, his KTM teammate put up a great fight and led for a short time but then made a mistake and handed the lead and eventual win to Blazusiak. Monster Energy Kawasaki's, Justin Soule fought through the pack to take the final podium spot.
The afternoon got started with the timed qualifying laps to determine the gate picks for the heat races. FMF/KTM's Brown set the fastest time ahead of Beta's Cody Webb and GEICO Honda's Geoff Aaron. Blazusiak made a mistake during his lap and finished with the seventh fastest time.
Blazusiak, Webb and Aaron each won their heat races to take the best gate picks for the main event. Wally Palmer and Baja champion Kendall Norman were among the surprise non qualifiers for the main event.
The GEICO AMA EnduroCross series will now go to California for a first time event inside the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on Saturday, September 17th.
As much as there has been good racing this year, it's also been a year of injuries. The MXoN field has already been decimated by them, and in another weekend for the GPs, a couple more have been added to the list. Valentin Teillet suffered a re-occurrence of his shoulder injury while Finnish rider Harri Kullas got landed on in a round of the Finnish Motocross Championship and broke two bones in his left hand.
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TLD Signs Colton Facciotti
We never like to see one of our own get hurt. Christian Craig's injury from Southwick was heartbreaking for the whole team and we are doing everything we can to support him during his rehabilitation. In his absence, three-time Canadian national champion, Colton Facciotti will be joining the team and taking a swing at American motocross glory.
Facciotti came south on his own dime last weekend and posted a solid fifth place in the opening moto in Massachusetts. Anyone who has seen the tall, Canadian rider in his element can attest to his talent and raw speed. The Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda team recognizes that and, with a bike available, is excited to give Colton an opportunity to show his skills on the sport's biggest stage.
Colton is anxious to for this weekend too. "I'm pumped to get the opportunity to ride for TLD," says Colton. Adding, "It's always been a dream of mine since I was little to get on one of the elite teams in the US and hopefully I can do them proud and get some good results."