The 12th and final round of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series went off without a hitch at the new Southern California home of the Nationals (Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park) on Saturday afternoon, and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey showed the SoCal motocross faithful why he’s the newly-crowned 450 champ by dominating the racing action on the way to his tenth straight overall win.
In the Women’s Motocross class, Red Bull’s Ashley Fiolek overcame early-season adversity to secure back-to-back WMX championships in dramatic fashion at the Elsinore finale. Topping series rival Jessica Patterson and Red Bull teammate Tarah Gieger to secure her fourth title in just five years, Fiolek now looks to open a new chapter in life, as this was reportedly the final WMX series of the 21-year-old’s still young career.
After a top-five start to kick off 450 moto one, Dungey stormed his way into the second spot by the end of the opening lap and then set his sights on Mike Alessi, who had already built a six-second lead up front. RD patiently stalked the number 800 for several laps before eventually making his move into the lead at the halfway point of the moto.
Alessi gave it his all to hang with the National champ, but Dungey was just too tough on the long and challenging Elsinore circuit as he pulled away to a dominant 14-second win.
In a near carbon copy of moto one, Dungey chased down Alessi for the first half of moto number two before taking the lead on lap eight. With the track deteriorating, RD methodically picked the quickest lines on offer to help pull away to another impressive win. Dungey’s 1-1 moto scores earned him his tenth-straight overall victory to close out his championship campaign on the top step of the podium.
“This has been an incredible summer,” Dungey commented after the race. “To win another 450 championship -- the first ever for KTM -- and win ten overalls in a row… I can’t even put it into words. This is a dream come true.”
|450 MOTO 1 RESULTS||450 MOTO 2 RESULTS||OVERALL RESULTS|
|1.||Ryan Dungey||1.||Ryan Dungey||1.||Ryan Dungey|
|2.||Mike Alessi||2.||Mike Alessi||2.||Mike Alessi|
|3.||Broc Tickle||3.||Broc Tickle||3.||Broc Tickle|
|4.||Tyla Rattray||4.||Tyla Rattray||4.||Tyla Rattray|
|5.||Jake Weimer||5.||Justin Brayton||5.||Jake Weimer|
|6.||Kyle Regal||6.||Josh Grant||6.||Justin Brayton|
|7.||Christian Craig||7.||Nico Izzi||7.||Christian Craig|
|8.||Andrew Short||8.||Kyle Chisholm||8.||Andrew Short|
|9.||Fredrick Noren||9.||Jake Weimer||9.||Ben LaMay|
|10.||Ben LaMay||10.||Christian Craig||10.||Weston Peick|
Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin nailed the holeshot to lead 250 moto one early on but was displaced by hard-charging championship contender Justin Barcia toward the end of lap one. After dropping two more spots to Blake Baggett and Eli Tomac by lap five, Musquin held strong to finish fourth after 14 grueling laps in the blistering SoCal sun. Baggett eventually broke free to take the moto win ahead of Tomac and Barcia.
Behind Musquin, a first-turn crash relegated Red Bull KTM teammate Ken Roczen to the back of the pack as he scrambled to rejoin the race, but the talented young German dug deep and rode an incredible moto to finish in the sixth spot when all was said and done.
Neither Musquin nor Roczen got the starts they were hoping for in 250 moto two, but the duo still managed to complete lap number one in seventh and ninth, respectively. With their work cut out for them, Musquin rode an impressive race to wrap up the 2012 series with a solid third-place overall for the day, while Roczen made a few uncharacteristic mistakes that eventually landed him in the seventh spot (for sixth overall on the day).
With the 12-round series now done and dusted, Roczen and Musquin officially concluded their first full summer in the States in fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the overall championship points standings.
|250 MOTO 1 RESULTS||250 MOTO 2 RESULTS||OVERALL RESULTS|
|1.||Blake Baggett||1.||Justin Barcia||1.||Blake Baggett|
|2.||Eli Tomac||2.||Blake Baggett||2.||Justin Barcia|
|3.||Justin Barcia||3.||Marvin Musquin||3.||Marvin Musquin|
|4.||Marvin Musquin||4.||Wil Hahn||4.||Wil Hahn|
|5.||Wil Hahn||5.||Jason Anderson||5.||Malcom Stewart|
|6.||Ken Roczen||6.||Malcom Stewart||6.||Ken Roczen|
|7.||Malcom Stewart||7.||Ken Roczen||7.||Eli Tomac|
|8.||Blake Wharton||8.||Blake Wharton||8.||Blake Wharton|
|9.||Jessy Nelson||9.||Kyle Cunningham||9.||Jeremy Martin|
|10.||Jeremy Martin||10.||Jeremy Martin||10.||Jessy Nelson|
Five points separated Red Bull’s Ashley Fiolek from [then] championship points leader Jessica Patterson when the gates dropped for WMX moto one, but the likeable Floridian went straight to work on the deficit by grabbing the holeshot to lead things early.
Fiolek was passed on lap two by the visiting -- and newly-crowned WMX World Champion -- Chiara Fontanesi of Italy, but continued stretching her lead over the rest of her competition. When the checkers flew, Fiolek crossed the line in second, collecting four more points than Patterson (who finished fourth) to close the points gap to one heading into the final moto of the series.
Red Bull-backed TLD Honda’s Tarah Gieger finished moto one in fifth after dropping two positions late in the race, but remained in the title hunt heading into the last moto.
With moto one winner Fontanesi not a factor in the points chase, Fiolek’s only concern in moto two was finishing ahead of Patterson if she hoped to lock up back-to-back WMX titles.
Riding a conservative yet calculated race, Fiolek gave way to Fontanesi on lap one after grabbing another holeshot and proceeded to hold down the second position until letting Mariana Balbi by on the final lap. With Patterson behind her, Fiolek’s third-place finish was all she needed to earn her fourth WMX title in five years.
Gieger’s fourth overall finish at Elsinore was good enough to secure second-place honors in the series standings behind Red Bull teammate Fiolek.
|WMX MOTO 1 RESULTS||WMX MOTO 2 RESULTS||OVERALL RESULTS|
|1.||Chiara Fontanesi||1.||Chiara Fontanesi||1.||Chiara Fontanesi|
|2.||Ashley Fiolek||2.||Mariana Balbi||2.||Mariana Balbi|
|3.||Mariana Balbi||3.||Ashley Fiolek||3.||Ashley Fiolek|
|4.||Jessica Patterson||4.||Taylor Higgins||4.||Tarah Gieger|
|5.||Tarah Gieger||5.||Tarah Gieger||5.||Taylor Higgins|
|6.||Jacqueline Strong||6.||Jacqueline Strong||6.||Jacqueline Strong|
|7.||Sara Petterson||7.||Alexah Pearson||7.||Alexah Pearson|
|8.||Taylor Higgins||8.||Lindsey Palmer||8.||Lindsey Palmer|
|9.||Alexah Pearson||9.||Sade Allender||9.||Sade Allender|
|10.||Hailey Larson||10.||Hailey Larson||10.||Hailey Larson|
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