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Supercross/Motocross | 7/21/2014
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson Breaks Into the Top Five at Spring Creek
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson Breaks Into the Top Five at Spring Creek
Irvine, Calif. (July 21, 2014) – Tucked in the countryside of Minnesota, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship roared through the land of 10,000 lakes as Round 8 took place Saturday at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota. Leading the charge was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson as he used speed and consistency to finish a season best of fifth overall. His teammate Blake Baggett finished just ahead of him in the first moto to place fourth, but misfortune in the second moto left him with 13th overall. In the 450 class, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe stayed consistent as well to finish sixth overall while Jake Weimer attempted to return to action, but after pushing through pain to finish 18th, he sat out the second moto and will take more time to recover.
Baby Steps
The 2011 250 Class Motocross Champion continued to strive towards his old championship form in Millville and showed signs that he will return to the podium shortly. In the first moto, Wilson rocketed down the long Spring Creek start on his KX™250F and was pushed wide but railed the corner and battled up front. Making quick passes early, he battled in a podium position for the first half of the moto but succumbed to a couple late race mistakes and finished fifth. The Scotsman did not get as good of a start in the second moto but worked his way forward and by the halfway point he had caught the top-five. He continued to slowly reel in those in front of him, but he crossed the line in fifth place as the checkered flag flew. His 5-5 score gave him fifth overall and in his best finish in three years.

“Today was a step forward,” said Wilson. “I still don’t feel quite myself and where I want to be but every week we’re closer. I want to be up front battling for wins and I’m confident I will be there before the season’s end.”
Holding Position
Metcalfe started up front in the first moto and latched on to the leaders. He pushed forward and started closing the gap to the leaders but late in the moto began to battle for fifth and ultimately finished sixth. In the second moto, Metty had to work his way forward from outside the top 10. He looked for different lines and made aggressive passes to climb up to sixth and pressure for a top-five finish. His 6-6 moto score gave him sixth overall and in doing so, made up some valuable points in the championship standings and now sits only four points behind fourth place with four rounds remaining.

“I felt good that first moto,” said Metcalfe. “But that track is brutal. It isn’t much fun beating through those sand whoops each lap. I’m happy we put together two solid motos today and will keep the ball rolling into next weekend.”
Heartbreak
Baggett came into Millville with confidence after winning one week prior. He had to make his way through the field in the first moto after he got the green flag in 18th position. The 2012 250 Class Motocross Champ passed riders like they were trail riding and made his way to a fourth place finish, just off the podium. He made up for the poor start in Moto 1 and rounded the first turn at the front of the field in Moto 2. He made a few quick moves and took the lead on Lap 3, but one lap later he found himself on the ground. Remounting, he climbed his way back into the top-10 but something was not right with his motorcycle and he was forced to retire from the race.

“It’s a real bummer,” said Baggett. “I had the lead and should have checked out. I made a mistake and went down and as soon as I got going I knew something wasn’t right. I pushed it for a few laps until the bike could not go on. This championship is not over and we’re still going to fight to the end.”
Getting Back Up to Speed
Weimer made his return after missing three rounds, but unfortunately it was short lived. He went out for first practice and set lap times within the top-10 as he had each week prior to injury, but as the track got rougher it was evident his back was not quite up to take the beating. He raced the entire first moto, but struggled with strength in his back and could only muster 18th place. It was decided to sit out the second moto and take more time to heal his nagging injury. Weimer plans to return following the break in two weeks time, giving him three full weeks before Unadilla. Hill surrendered to injury as well in the first moto where he pulled off around the 20-minute mark after aggravating his forearm, which he injured in Tennessee.
Whoop Monster
The notorious Millville whoops consist of two long straights of rolling sand whoops that can make or break a rider’s lap time. As always, momentum is important and one of the best at maintaining his momentum entering the whoops was Wilson. His tall stature gives him the advantage to manual each whoop, trying to keep power to the ground. In the first moto, Wilson was carrying so much speed through them that he was catching riders too quick and actually made contact that nearly put him on the ground.

“I looked forward to that section every lap because I knew I could make up some time,” said Wilson. “Although I came through the first straight in the first moto and almost ran into the back of the next rider as we entered the turn. They are always gnarly and I had a few huge saves coming through as well!”
Pacific Northwest
The deep loamy terrafirma of Eastern tracks will be left behind as the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship heads to the Pacific Northwest for the picturesque Washougal National. Amongst the pine trees, Washougal, Washington’s course features a much more hard-packed soil that winds through the forest. After two less than ideal weekends the Oregon native, Hill will look to shine at the track he grew up racing.
Results
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Spring Creek National – Millville, Minnesota
Saturday, July 19, 2014

450 Class Overall

1. Eli Tomac, Honda (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey, KTM (3-2)
3. Ken Roczen, KTM (2-4)
4. Trey Canard, Honda (4-3)
5. Josh Grant, Yamaha (5-5)
6. Brett Metcalfe, Monster Energy Kawasaki (6-6)
7. Andrew Short, KTM (9-7)
8. Weston Peick, Suzuki (8-8)
9. Fredrik Noren, Honda (11-10
10. Matt Goerke, KTM (12-11)

450 Class Points Standings
1. Ken Roczen, KTM - 367
2. Ryan Dungey, KTM - 343
3. Trey Canard, Honda (4-3)
4. James Stewart, Suzuki - 226
5. Brett Metcalfe, Monster Energy Kawasaki - 222
6. Josh Grant, Yamaha -218
7. Weston Peick, Suzuki - 188
8. Andrew Short, KTM - 187
9. Eli Tomac, Honda – 168
10. Chad Reed, Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki - 146

250 Class Overall

1. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha (1-2)
2. Marvin Musquin, KTM (2-4)
3. Cooper Webb, Yamaha (9-1)
4. Christophe Pourcel, Yamaha (3-6)
5. Dean Wilson, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (5-5)
6. Jason Anderson, KTM (11-3)
7. Joey Savatgy, KTM (8-9)
8. Alex Martin, Yamaha (12-7)
9. Cole Seely, Honda (7-13)
10. Jessy Nelson, Honda (14-8)
13. Blake Baggett, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (4-33)

250 Class Points Standings

1. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha – 341
2. Cooper Webb, Yamaha – 298
3. Blake Baggett, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki – 285

4. Christophe Pourcel, Yamaha – 246
5. Marvin Musquin, KTM – 241
6. Justin Bogle, Honda – 240
7. Jason Anderson, KTM – 236
8. Cole Seely, Honda – 188
9. Jessy Nelson, Honda – 164
10. Justin Hill, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki – 150
12. Dean Wilson, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki – 115
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