The 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Championship series reached the halfway point at the renowned RedBud National in Buchanan, Michigan on Saturday afternoon, and Red Bull’s Ben Townley threw down an impressive performance to land his second-straight podium finish.
Nearly winning the opening moto before going down on the very last lap, Townley rebounded to finish the day with 4-3 moto scores for third overall. In what proved to be some of the most competitive racing of the series thus far, RedBud once again delivered for the Fourth of July holiday!
The first start of the day featured a Townley/Andrew Short duel into turn one, with Townley getting the upper hand. Ripping off an intense opening lap in front of the always-enthusiastic RedBud faithful, BT crossed the stripe just ahead of Shorty, with series points leader Ryan Dungey close in tow.
"To be up front at the start of both motos helped a ton." -Ben Townley
Townley looked to be on a rail the entire moto, as he and his Red Bull-backed Honda proceeded to lead all 15 laps before a critical mistake midway through the final circulation cost him the win. Tucking his front end and hitting the RedBud soil with Dungey and Chad Reed just bike lengths behind, BT had to settle for a fourth-place finish despite quickly remounting. Short hit the checkers in the third spot just two seconds behind Dungey and Reed.
Moto two featured another clean start, with Shorty narrowly missing the holeshot as he dove into turn one a wheel-length behind Dungey. Wasting little time, Short made a quick pass for the lead midway through the opening lap as Townley simultaneously worked his way into third.
Despite a valiant effort to keep his factory Honda up front, Shorty slowly lost pace and gave way to Dungey for the lead on lap number three, and eventually dropped to fifth by moto’s end. Townley rode another solid and consistent moto near the front of the pack, but was unable to challenge for the lead and ultimately finished where he started in the third spot.
“I’m getting really close,” Townley commented from the podium. “It’s a great feeling to be standing up here at the end of the day. We’ve improved a lot the last few weeks, and to be up front at the start of both motos helped a ton. If not for that one mistake that cost me in moto one, it could have been a completely different result. Still, I enjoyed it, and the fans here at RedBud are really awesome, so I’d like to thank them for the support.”
Townley’s third overall on the day helped propel him into a tie for fourth overall in the championship points standings with Short.
The outdoor series now takes a weekend off but will return for round number seven on July 17th at the Spring Creek National in Minnesota.