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2011 Red Bud AMA Motocross Results and Blog
2011 Red Bud AMA National Motocross Results & Review
I do not usually write about moto, but yesterday I found myself home so I tuned in. It was some great racing, more of what is turning out to be a fantastic season. So I figured I would jot down a few of my thoughts on things.
First, I have to say that I think Davey Coombs and MX Sports are really taking US moto to the next level. Yesterday saw live broadcasts of both 450 motos, one was even on a major network.
So how about that Ryan Villopotto? His crash in the first moto was pretty gnarly. He was on his knees, twenty feet away from the bike and making no signs of getting up. He restarts dead last with a very wounded bike and no visor. He charges through 35 riders to get into the top 10. At one point, his muffler had broken off the subframe and was flapping up and down until it finally broke off. I can’t imagine how bad the roost was with nothing to block it.
In the second moto Ryan just checked out. He is clearly the fastest rider out there and he seems to be getting more consistent each week. I am betting on him taking control of the second half of the season and leaving everyone behind.
Reed and Dungey look like two vets at the top of their game. Each week they seem to have a cat and mouse fight with neither getting a clear upper hand and neither wanting to make the big mistake that could cost the championship. It makes for some great racing.
As for the best of the rest, I guess that is tied between Alessi and Millsaps right now. As much as I want to see a KTM win, I don’t think Mike is ever going to be that guy. It does look like they are getting the bike a little better. Although his suspension really didn’t look on par with the rest of the front-runners.
How about the resurgence of Davi Millsaps? Long plagued by injury and physical issues, it looks like maybe his JGR team has put in the time and patience needed get him on track. It is good to see him up front, he has the speed to hang for a while and hopefully he will just keep progressing. Add in Brayton’s good day and the Joe Gibbs camp must be fairly happy with the weekend.
Could things be any worse for Josh Grant? He is again trying to ride with injury. This week he decided to attempt riding again and could not finish. His knee is a mess. In his interview it seems pretty clear, he is forced to ride or he will find himself out of a job. That is the way things are at Honda. I can’t help but wonder, considering Millsaps situation, if he is thinking he should have stayed at JGR.
Andrew Short and the 350: I don’t know, he is consistent right there in the back half of the top ten and occasionally in the top five. He looks pretty good on the 350 and seems to be able to battle well with other riders around him, yet it does make you wonder if the bike is holding him back. I did see him clear Larocco’s leap and none of the 250’s could do that.
Ricky Dietrich looked like he was off to another good weekend. He was running ninth but must have crashed at the end of the first moto. He was well back in the second moto.
It did seem strange to go a whole race and never see Kevin Windam in the picture. I think he crashed early and rode back to the front but was then mid pack the second moto. Kevin Rookstool is turning in very consistent motos, typically around 20th place. Think he could be an off road champion if someone could just get him headed in that direction with some decent backing.
But overall, it is some brilliant racing with lots of players, including the best in the game. While the top three are well out front, the rest of the top ten is very solid and puts on a good show. Funny how no one seems to miss JS7 or the Frenchie.