It’s All Villopoto At High Point
After finishing 16th in Moto 1 of the 450 Class, eventually having to drop from the race after getting hit the face with a rock, Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart bounced back with vengeance in the second moto, commanding the lead early on. Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Josh Grant grabbed his first Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot of the season before Stewart took over the lead on the opening lap.
Dungey and Grant stuck around, where they battled back and forth for the second place position. Dungey quickly made the pass for second place on Lap 2, leaving Grant and Villopoto to battle for the third place position. It didn’t take long for Villopoto to find the front of the pack, as he slowly picked off the other three riders ahead. As Villopoto attempted the pass on Stewart for the lead, Stewart experienced a mechanical issue that slowed him down and ultimately kept him from finishing the second moto.
Villopoto went on to take the Moto 2 win, giving him an undefeated score at Saturday’s High Point National. Dungey’s consistent (2-2) score gave him second overall for the day and a few more points in the championship standings, where he currently sits second overall. Rattray’s moto score of (4-4) secured the South African native his first career 450 Class podium with a third place overall finish.
“I”m really looking forward to the Budds Creek track next round,” said 450 Class points leader Ryan Villopoto. “We have some time to regroup next week with the weekend off, we have some little things to fine tune and we’ll keep plugging away this season.”
In Moto 2 of the 250 Class, Musquin grabbed the early lead with the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot but Osborne latched on to the former MX2 world champion early on. The two battled back and forth for the lead position, while Moto 1 winner Ken Roczen slowly made his way into the mix.
Roczen eventually made the second place pass on Osborne, where he then set his sights on his teammate Musquin. The European duo quickly separated from the rest of the pack as the 250 Class overall came down to the final moments of the second moto. Although Roczen applied the pressure on his teammate, Musquin didn’t crack as he secured his first career 250 Class moto win en route to his second consecutive overall this season.
Tomac took third overall with a moto score of (3-4), while his teammate Osborne went (10-3) for fourth overall. Reigning 250 Class Champion Blake Baggett rounded out the top five overall with a (4-8) score for the day.
Round two of the Women’s Motocross Triple Crown took place at High Point, where six-time WMX Champion Jessica Patterson secured her first overall win of the season, sweeping both motos of the day. Japanese rider Sayaka Kaneshiro rode a consistent day, taking a pair of second place finishes for second overall.