The first round of the 2013 Lucas Oil National Motocross series kicked off last weekend in sunny California at the famed Hangtown Raceway. SCOTT athletes showed up eager for a fresh start and a chance to prove themselves outside the confines of a stadium.
SCOTT goggle athlete Blake Baggett came out swinging at Hangtown with an uncharacteristic holeshot in moto 1. Still recovering from a wrist unjury sustained at the opening round of Supercross, Baggett rode smart and consistent to finish 3rd in moto 1. In the second moto, Baggett got another great start and held on for 2nd place to finish 2nd overall on the day.
Rookie Justin Hill came into Hangtown under the radar. Hangtown marked the SCOTT goggle athlete's first outdoor national and Hill didn't disappoint, scoring 13-9 moto scores for 10th overall on the day.
Coming off a long recovery after sustaining a severed Achilles tendon last season, SCOTT goggle athlete Darryn Durham was eager to get back to the gate. In the first moto, Darryn rode well and crossed the checkered flag 6th. While moving forward in the second moto, Darryn suffered a nasty crash and was credited with 36th. With 6-36 moto scores, Durham was still able to earn 14th overall on the day.
After finishing 15th overall in one 2012 outdoor national, SCOTT goggle athlete Dillan Epstein knew he had what it takes to be competitive. Epstein had a great first moto and finished just outside the top ten in 11th. In the second moto, Epstein had to rally from deep in the pack to earn 23rd. Dillan earned 16th overall 11-23 moto scores.
After a solid end to the Supercross season, SCOTT goggle athlete Martin Davaloswas looking to take that momentum outdoors. In the first moto, while running inside the top 10 Davalos suffered a hard get-off and would not be able to finish the moto. Martin shook off the crash and came back in the second moto to finish 12th. Davalos still managed to earn 17th overall with a 38-12 score.
1. Ken Roczen 1-1 KTM
2. Blake Baggett 3-2 KAW
3. Eli Tomac 2-3 HON
4. Marvin Musquin 4-4 KTM
5. Zach Osborne 9-5 HON
6. Kyle Cunningham 8-7 YAM
7. Jason Anderson 12-6 SUZ
8. Jeremy Martin 7-13 YAM
9. Joey Savatgy 10-11 KTM
10. Justin Hill 13-9 KAW
11. Cooper Webb 5-18 YAM
12. Justin Bogle 19-8 HON
13. Blake Wharton 17-10 SUZ
14. Darryn Durham 6-36 KAW
15. Cole Seely 14-14 HON
16. Dillan Epstein 11-23 KAW
17. Martin Davalos 38-12 KAW
18. Jake Canada 16-17 HON
19. Alex Martin 20-15 YAM
20. Zach Bell 15-35 HON
With one of the most competitive fields in recent memory lining up in the 450MX class, SCOTT goggle athlete Trey Canard wanted to prove to everyone that he is a championship contender. In the first 450MX moto, Trey got a solid top five start and quickly moved into 4th, where he would stay until the finish. Trey sat at 4th at the end of the second moto as well, which would secure 4th overall for the day. With a solid top 5 finish in the opening round, it is apparent that Trey is eager to be a part of the hunt for the title.
Andrew Short went into Hangtown looking for a solid showing and a solid showing he would produce. Short grabbed a front-of-the-pack start in moto 1 and held on to finish 6th. In the second moto, Andrew ran within the top 10 the entire moto and eventually finished in 10th. His 6-10 moto scores earned him 7th overall on the day.
Monster Pro Circuit and SCOTT goggle athlete Tyla Rattray was Mr. Consistency at Hangtown, earning 9-9 moto scores for 9th overall.
SCOTT goggle athlete Phil Nicoletti also rode consistently, earning 11-11 moto scores for 11th overall.
450MX class rookie Dean Wilson earned an outdoor ride with the Monster Energy Pro Circuit team. Looking to show everyone that he has what it takes to compete in the premier class, Wilson was ready to make a statement. In the first moto, Deano was running 6th when he mistakenly stalled his bike and lost many spots. Wilson recovered for 17th. In the second moto, Wilson fell victim to a first turn pileup and had to work his way from 32nd to 14th by the checkered flag. Dean earned 14th overall for the day and showed he has the speed to compete with the rest of the field.
1. Ryan Villopoto 1-1 KAW
2. Ryan Dungey 2-2 KTM
3. James Stewart 3-3 SUZ
4. Trey Canard 4-4 HON
5. Justin Barcia 5-5 HON
6. Ryan Sipes 8-7 SUZ
7. Andrew Short 6-10 KTM
8. Mike Alessi 12-6 SUZ
9. Tyla Rattray 9-9 KAW
10. Weston Peick 13-8 SUZ
11. Phil Nicoletti 11-11 YAM
12. Broc Tickle 14-12 SUZ
13. Jake Weimer 7-24 KAW
14. Dean Wilson 17-14 KAW
15. Chad Reed 10-38 HON
16. Fredrik Noren 16-17 SUZ
17. Travis Preston 15-18 YAM
18. Justin Brayton 33-13 YAM
19. Michael Byrne 19-16 KTM
20. Malcolm Stewart 36-15 HON
The next round of the Lucas Oil National Motocross series will take place May 25th at Thunder Valley MX in Lakewood, Colorado.
Caselli and Ramirez go 1-2 at the Jericho, UT Hare & Hound
photo by Mark Kariya
For the second time this season, SCOTT goggle athletes and teammates Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez finished first and second at a round of the National Hare & Hound Series. This time the duo would take the top two spots at round 7 held in Jericho, UT, which took place last weekend on May 18th. This win marks Caselli's 5th win in a row in the series and he continues to lead the point standings. The next round of H&H will take place July 24th in McClaren, NV.
Goggle Athletes Mullins, Russell, and Duvall Sweep the GNCC Podium
photo by Jason Hooper
For the second time this uyear SCOTT athletes Charlie Mullins, Kailub Russell, and Thad Duvall swept the XC1 class podium at a GNCC.
Round six, which was held in Springville, IN marked Mullins' 4th win this season. Charlie holds down the number one spot in the point standings with a season total of 159 points.
Kailub Russell battled with Mullins and Duvall the entire race and was able to make a last lap pass to secure 2nd place. Russell maintains 2nd in the point standings with 140 points tallied so far.
Duvall put in a solid performance, further solidifying his place in the championship hunt. He continues to run 3rd in points with 114 earned thus far.
The next round of GNCC takes place June 1-2 in Millfield, OH.
SCOTT Athletes Sweep Limestone GNCC ATV/XC1 Podium
SCOTT goggle athletes Walker Fowler Chris Bithell, and Chris Borich swept the XC1 ATV podium last weekend at the Limestone 100 GNCC last weekend in Springville, IN.
Walker Fowler put in a dominating performance on his way to winning the overall.
Chris Bithell battled with Fowler and Borich the entire race and was able to hold off Borich for second overall.
Chris Borich rounded out the podium, missing the top step for the first time this season. Borich maintains the points lead heading into the next round in Millfield, OH.