CORONA, CA – July 8, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – RedBud has served as an Independence Day tradition for the AMA Pro Motocross Championship for many years and on Saturday, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad celebrated the holiday against fierce competition at the legendary facility. After a late crash in practice took 450 Class competitor Tyla Rattray out of action for the afternoon, the remaining contingent of 250 Class riders fought their way to top 20 results.
Baggett Soldiers on to Top 10 Effort
Blake Baggett entered the weekend as the defending back-to-back overall winner in the 250 Class at RedBud. On Saturday, Baggett was hoping to use his past success to his advantage as he looked to cement his position in the championship battle. After a solid practice, Baggett had to overcome a start outside the top 15 in the opening moto. The defending class champion wasted little time in making passes and within three laps as inside the top 10. He continued to fight, ultimately finishing eighth. In Moto 2, Baggett positioned himself inside the top 10 and maintained it to finish the moto in 10th and land ninth overall.
“We were hoping for better results today, especially considering how well we’ve run in the past, but we did all we could to battle through the field and post some solid results,” said Baggett. “We’ll take the points we earned and do some work on the Kawasaki KX250F during the break to come out stronger at Washougal. We know we have what it takes to win, today just wasn’t our day.”
Baggett currently occupies fourth in the 250 Class standings, 13 points out of the lead.
Cianciarulo’s Resiliency Impresses
In just his third career professional start, Adam Cianciarulo visited another new track and performed well in his first race at RedBud. After acclimating to the challenging layout in practice, Cianciarulo positioned himself inside the top 10 out of the gate in Moto 1. The rookie battled alongside his counterparts throughout the moto and finished 11th. In Moto 2, Cianciarulo fell on the opening lap and was forced to overcome a 38th-place start. He refused to let the hard luck hinder his efforts and made an impressive climb through the field to finish 15th and secure 12th overall.
“You never want to find yourself that far behind, but sometimes it happens and its up to me to overcome that,” said Cianciarulo. “I’m pumped with how well the KX250F performed as we climbed our way back up towards the front. I’d love to have a top 10 to show for how well we rode this afternoon, but we’ll take this finish and build off it heading into Washougal.”
In three starts, Cianciarulo has asserted himself into 18th in the 250 Class standings, just four points out of 17th.
Durham Fights for Results
Veteran Darryn Durham had a challenge on his hands at RedBud after a fall early in the opening moto landed him outside the top 20. Refusing to let the misfortune hinder his overall standing for the afternoon, Durham put on a charge through the field to close out the moto in 18th. Durham found himself deep inside the top 20 in Moto 2, but once again put forth an impressive performance to work his way up to 13th and secure 14th overall aboard his Kawasaki KX250F.
“It wasn’t an easy day today, but we showed our toughness and came out of here with a solid day after everything that we were up against,” said Durham. “Not every round will be a smooth one, so its how you come back from those challenges that can make of break the weekend. We overcame a lot today so I’m satisfied with the result.”
Durham jumped to 13th in the championship, and sits 21 points behind his teammate Josh Hill in 12th.
Hill Bounces Back from Early Trouble
Rookie Josh Hill was hoping to continue his recent surge of momentum that saw him climb just outside the top 10 in the championship. Hill’s effort to maintain his consistency took a hit after he was forced to retire early from the first moto and record a 40th-place finish. However, Hill did well to bounce back in Moto 2, overcoming a start outside the top 20 to finish 14th and claim 18th overall.
“To come out of here with some good points and a top 20 finish is pretty good considering we had to record a DNF in the first moto,” said Hill. “The KX250F was awesome in that second moto and we were able to climb our way into the top 15 and end the day on a solid note. We’ll put our heads down and come back strong at Washougal.”
Hill currently sits 12th in the 250 Class standings, 21 points ahead of teammate Durham and 14 points out of 11th.
Rattray Watches from Afar
After finishing fourth overall in the 450 Class one year ago at RedBud, Tyla Rattray was looking forward to a return to the track in search of his second overall podium effort of the season. After laying down the 10th-fastest lap of the first morning practice session aboard his Kawasaki KX450F, Rattray suffered a hard crash in the final session. The physical affects of the incident ultimately forced Rattray to forego competing in the afternoon motos.
“It’s never easy to make a decision like this, but it was the right choice to make to ensure that I don’t put myself at any additional risk,” said Rattray. “RedBud is one of the roughest and toughest tracks we go to and while this was a tough pill to swallow, we’re focused on getting back where we need to be so we can come out strong at Washougal.”
Rattray now sits 12th in the 450 Class standings, just 12 points from reclaiming a spot inside the top 10.
Photos courtesy Steve Cox
Round 7: RedBud National – 250 Class (Moto Results)
1. Ken Roczen (2-1)
2. Eli Tomac (1-2)
3. Jeremy Martin (4-3)
9. Blake Baggett (8-10)
12. Adam Cianciarulo (11-15)
14. Darryn Durham (18-13)
18. Justin Hill (40-14)
Martin Davalos DNS
Round 7: RedBud National – 450 Class (Moto Results)
1. Ryan Villopoto (1-1)
2. James Stewart (2-2)
3. Josh Grant (3-5)
Tyla Rattray DNS
Dean Wilson DNS
CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS >>
1. Ken Roczen – 312 points
2. Eli Tomac – 305 points
3. Marvin Musquin – 260 points
4. Blake Baggett – 247 points
12. Justin Hill – 116 points
13. Darryn Durham – 95 points
16. Martin Davalos – 73 points
18. Adam Cianciarulo – 48 points
1. Ryan Villopoto – 333 points
2. Ryan Dungey – 291 points
3. Justin Barcia – 249 points
12. Tyla Rattray – 119 points
21. Dean Wilson – 33 points
Looking Ahead >> Washougal
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad will enjoy the second break in action of the 2013 season before returning to the track on July 20 at Washougal, for the eighth round of the championship. After missing the action at RedBud, both Rattray and 250 Class rider Martin Davalos have their sights set on a return to competition in the Pacific Northwest. The rest of the team will continue to fine-tune their respective programs during the off week in hopes to capturing strong results at Washougal.
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