CORONA, CA – July 22, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The annual AMA Pro Motocross Championship round from Washougal not only signified the series’ lone visit to the Pacific Northwest, but it also marked its return to the West Coast for the first time since the opening round in May. Washougal MX Park has been the sight of success for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in the past and on Saturday the six-rider lineup put forth a solid effort, led by rookie Justin Hill, a Oregon native, who posted a career day at his home track.
Hill Capitalizes on Home Track Advantage
Justin Hill was anticipating his return to the Pacific Northwest, as it not only meant a return to where he grew up but also a familiar track at Washougal. Hill’s excitement was evident in his performance as he grabbed a start inside the top 10 in Moto 1 and carried it through to a career-best finish of fifth. In Moto 2, Hill moved forward from a start just outside the top 10 to finish seventh and secure fifth overall for the best result of his young career. Hill’s effort carried greater significance knowing he was the top rider for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad in the 250 Class.
“I’m almost speechless, this day was absolutely awesome,” said Hill. “To get a career day at Washougal couldn’t be more meaningful and to know I led the way for my team makes it even better. We’ve made a lot of progress this season and this was the chance for us to show how fast I can be. The Kawasaki KX250F is dialed in right now and I’m so happy I was able to run up front with the class leaders.”
Hill maintained possession of 12th in the 250 Class standings, 13 points outside the top 10.
Davalos Turns Heads in Return
It had been three rounds since Martin Davalos had last lined up on the gate for a 250 Class moto, but after fully recovering from an illness the veteran returned to action at Washougal and put forth one of his best performances of the season. Davalos secured a top five start in each moto and was able to maintain a spot inside the top 10, ultimately posting 7-9 moto results to finish eighth overall aboard his KX250F.
“It feels very satisfying to know all the hard work I’ve put in since getting back on the bike has paid off,” said Davalos. “I’ve wanted nothing more than to be back out here racing, so I’m very happy about how things went today. The bike was working great and I felt good. This is a huge surge of momentum for us and I’m excited for the coming weeks to keep this up.”
Davalos moved into 14th in the championship and currently sits 11 points out of 13th behind teammate Darryn Durham.
Cianciarulo Grabs Top 10 Finish
Rookie Adam Cianciarulo continued the consistent start to his professional career by grabbing his second career top 10 finish at Washougal. Cianciarulo needed to overcome starts outside the top 10 in each moto, and in Moto 1, he successfully broke into it, ultimately securing the best moto finish of his young career in sixth. In Moto 2, Cianciarulo fought hard en route to 16th place, which landed him 10th overall and gave Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki three riders inside the top 10.
“It was a tough one out there today, but I’m happy to walk away with a top 10,” said Cianciarulo. “My KX250F was working great, but this track truly presents some major challenges. It’s fun and its definitely one-of-a-kind, and I learned a lot about what it takes to succeed here. We’ll take this, keep working, and try to come out better next weekend.”
Cianciarulo maintained possession of 18th in the 250 Class standings, just three points out of 17th.
Durham Shows Resiliency
Darryn Durham had his work cut out for him at Washougal following a pair of mid-pack starts. Being the true veteran he is, Durham took advantage of his experience to work through the field and inside the top 15. Durham secured a 13th-place finish in Moto 1 and maintained that consistency in Moto 2 to grab 14th, ultimately placing him 14th overall.
“It’s never ideal to have to work your way through the field like that, but we passed a lot of riders and made a solid day out of it,” said Durham. “This track is one of the toughest in the championship so making passes isn’t easy. I’m satisfied with how things turned out, especially after how they started in each moto. We’ll look to come out better next weekend on the KX250F at Millville.”
Durham sits 13th in the 250 Class standings, 36 points behind teammate Martin Davalos for 12th.
Baggett Fights His Way to Top 15 Result
Defending 250 Class Champion Blake Baggett entered Washougal as a former race winner at the facility and his afternoon on Saturday started off strong after he put himself in position to finish on the podium in the opening moto. Unfortunately, misfortune hit Baggett in the late stages of the moto when his bike lost power, relegating him to 35th. In Moto 2, Baggett rebounded by battling inside the top 10 the entire moto and grabbing eighth, which helped vault him to 15th overall.
“It was just one of those days,” said Baggett. “We definitely had the speed to run up front and I think we showed that. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on our side in that first moto and it kind of defined what our day would be about. All things considered, a top 15 is a solid day and we’ll look to come back stronger at Millville.”
Baggett maintained possession of fourth in the championship and sits 38 points out of the top three.
Rattray Returns to Competition
At the championship’s previous stop at RedBud, 450 Class contender Tyla Rattray suffered torn cartilage in his rib cage in a crash during practice. That injury forced Rattray to the sideline for the afternoon, but the veteran returned to action at Washougal following some much-needed rest. While Rattray’s injury is one that takes time to heal, he still gave it his all in each moto and secured 16-21 results to finish 19th overall.
“I’m still a little sore but there was no chance I was going to miss this weekend,” said Rattray. “We’ve had a strong season so far and I want to get back to where we were before RedBud. The Kawasaki KX450F was set up great and I just wanted to make sure I got some solid results and stayed out of trouble. We’ll take the points and the take advantage of the days off before Millville to try and come out better.”
Rattray sits 13th in the 450 Class standings, eight points out of 12th.
Photos courtesy Steve Cox
Round 8: Washougal National –
250 Class (Moto Results)
2. Eli Tomac (1-1)
1. Ken Roczen (2-2)
3. Marvin Musquin (3-4)
5. Justin Hill (5-7)
8. Martin Davalos (7-9)
10. Adam Cianciarulo (6-16)
14. Darryn Durham (13-14)
15. Blake Baggett (35-8)
Round 8: Washougal National –
450 Class (Moto Results)
1. Ryan Villopoto (2-1)
2. Ryan Dungey (1-2)
3. James Stewart (3-3)
19. Tyla Rattray (16-21)
Dean Wilson DNS
CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS >>
1. Ken Roczen – 356 points
2. Eli Tomac – 355 points
3. Marvin Musquin – 298 points
4. Blake Baggett – 260 points
12. Justin Hill – 146 points
13. Darryn Durham – 110 points
14. Martin Davalos – 99 points
18. Adam Cianciarulo – 68 points
1. Ryan Villopoto – 380 points
2. Ryan Dungey – 338 points
3. Justin Barcia – 271 points
13. Tyla Rattray – 124 points
23. Dean Wilson – 33 points
Looking Ahead >> Spring Creek
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team heads to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in Minnesota next Saturday for the annual Spring Creek National in Millville. With a solid weekend to build off of, the six-rider lineup will come out swinging at the ninth round of the championship.
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