Ryan Dungey and Blake Baggett were the big winners this weekend at the Budds Creek round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series in Maryland. Meanwhile, Charlie Mullins took another win at the Foggy Mountain Enduro in Pennsylvania. Dirt Rider brings you the scoop.
Ryan Dungey claimed his second overall victory of the season with a 2-1 performance at Budds Creek. Like he did at Muddy Creek a few weeks ago, the Red Bull KTM-backed Dungey capitalized on Ryan Villopoto’s bad start in moto two to jump out quickly to a massive lead before Villopoto had time to get up into second. Despite his blazing speed, Villopoto just can’t seem to shake the solid consistency and mistake-free riding of Dungey. Villopoto was impressive, in deed, working through traffic to get into the runner-up slot. But by the time he did, Dungey was long gone. Dungey was catching Villopoto in moto one when he went down. And in the second moto, Dungey managed to extend his lead over Villopoto even when the Kawasaki rider moved into second. Dungey has been extremely good in the second motos, thanks in part to a fast recovery time and also to smart setup changes with the bike.
“I’m really happy with the way today went,” said Dungey. “The team and I put in a lot of work on our weekend off from racing, testing at my home on Florida. I felt we made great progress and that showed in our result today. I feel like Ryan (Villopoto) and I have really stepped it up to a new level this year and we are both pushing each other to ride at our limits. It definitely makes the racing exciting and keeps me on my toes and I’m enjoying that this year.”
Blake Baggett turned in a very impressive ride at Budds Creek, coming from behind to win moto one of the 250 class after passing Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson, Wil Hahn and Marvin Musquin in the process. In moto two, Baggett and his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate Darryn Durham battled at the front of the pack for much of the race, before GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac finally passed both riders to take the win. Baggett still claimed with overall win with a 1-2 score, while Tomac was second overall with a 5-1. Musquin was third with a 2-7 tally.
Baggett has been dealing with a wrist injury that he suffered at the opening round of the Supercross series, and the “off” week last week appears to be just what the defending 250 champ needed to get back in the groove.
After missing the first four rounds due to an illness, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s newest rider, mini-cycle sensation Adam Ciansiarulo was finally healthy enough to make his Pro debut. Cianciarulo almost grabbed the holeshot in the first moto and continued to ride strong the remainder of the day. He finished 16th overall with a 14-17.
In an effort to retain his national number, Mike Brown returned to his motocross roots and raced the 450 class at Budds Creek, coming away with a 20th in the first moto. In moto two, Brownie got his ankle caught between his bike and a rut and came away with a nasty bruise. The Red Bull KTM rider managed a 32nd in that moto. Brown will return to the series for the Red Bud round in two weeks.
Charlie Mullins continues to roll through the Rekluse AMA National Enduro Series, after claiming his sixth win of the year at the Foggy Mountain Enduro in Blain, Pennsylvania. The FMF/KTM rider didn’t get off to the best of starts, crashing three times and blowing through two over turns in the first test of the day. He also crashed hard in a rocky section of the final test, but still managed to beat out eight-time champ Mike Lafferty by 11 seconds for the overall win.
Mike Lafferty turned in one of his best performances of the year, finishing second overall in Pennsylvania. The factory Husaberg rider got off to a great start by winning the first test by 16 seconds over fellow New Jersey rider Jesse Groemm. After that, Lafferty and Mullins put distance on the field and pulled away to their own little race for the win. Lafferty rode a 250cc two-stroke, which he switched to two weeks ago at the Michigan round, after competing most of the year on a four-stroke.
Radiant AirGroup Racing’s Nick Fahringer has finished on the podium in every race but one this year and his consistency has kept him sitting second overall in the series points. In Pennsylvania, “Ringer” got off to a slow start and was sitting fourth, about 17 seconds behind Groemm going into the final test. Fahringer was able to tick it up a notch in the final 8.5-mile section to steal third away from Groemm and maintain his podium streak.