Copy by Max Mandell // Photos by Scott Lukaitis
The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship came to Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville, Maryland this past weekend for round five of the series. The 450 class has ended up being a bit of a yawner this year now that all of the heavy hitters are out, minus Dungey. The Dungey has won every moto this year since Stewart was taken out of action following a crash at Lakewood. It’s nice to see other riders on the podium, though, as guys like Mike Alessi and Broc Tickle have been running up at the front of the pack. The racing is also a little less predictable now that anyone has the chance to be in the top five, but it seems as though Dungey will run away with the championship this year.
The 250F class is a whole different story, and with three different winners in the first five rounds the racing is actually super exciting. Blake Baggett, Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen all seem to run up front in every race, but Baggett, Barcia and Tomac are the ones taking all the wins. Roczen has been consistent with his starts but tends to fade a bit at the end of the motos when the other top riders like Baggett are just getting started. At the end of the day at Budds Creek, Baggett took the overall in the 250F class with 2-1 moto scores, while Dungey took home the overall in the 450 class with a 1-1 tally.