It’s All Villopoto At High Point
MT. MORRIS, Pa. — After two consecutive days of rain in southern Pennsylvania, the 37th running of the GEICO High Point National shaped up as a great day of racing at the historic High Point.
Ryan Villopoto extended his point lead in the 450 Class after sweeping both motos to secure his third victory of the season at Round 4 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Marvin Musquin rode on to his second straight victory in the 250 Class this season after taking his first career moto-win in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto returned to his winning ways on Saturday after finishing third overall at the last round. In Moto 1, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia grabbed his fourth Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot of the season, but it didn’t take long for Villopoto to take command of the lead on the opening lap.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray got off to a third place start in Moto 1, while Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Malcolm Stewart jumped in close behind. Malcolm experienced a crash that dropped him out of podium contention, while Rattray maintained his third place position in the early portion of the race.
However, Dungey began charging right away as he passed Rattray and then Barcia to take over the second place position. Dungey then set his sights on Villopoto in the lead position but wasn’t able to catch the points leader before the end of the moto. Barcia held on for third, while Rattray and Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard rounded out the top five in Moto 1.
In Moto 1 of the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne shot out of the gate to earn his second Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot of the season. Points leader Ken Roczen put his Red Bull KTM straight to the front on the opening lap, with Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda’s Cole Seely and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin close behind. Seely lost his podium position with a series of crashes, and he ultimately didn’t finish Moto 1.
The GEICO Honda duo of Osborne and Justin Bogle diced back and forth in the opening laps and Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson quickly injected himself into the battle. However, as Anderson attempted to put the pass on the GEICO Honda teammates, Osborne bumped into him and knocked him down, which caused the New Mexico native to lose several positions.
Round two overall winner Eli Tomac began Moto 1 around the tenth place position but the GEICO Honda rider quickly made his way toward the front of the pack. Tomac eventually caught up to second place Musquin near the end of Moto 1 and secured a third place finish. By the checkered flag, only 10 seconds separated Roczen, Musquin and Tomac in the opening moto.