The Hangtown Nationals

Posted by on May 29, 2010 under Events. This post currently has 2 responses.

Lovely weather and clear skies greeted motor-cross fans this weekend for the start of the MX season with the Rockstar Energy Hangtown Classic sponsored by the Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club (DDNMC). They did a great job with the track which was fast and flowing with multiple lines through the corners and along the straights. But as the racing progressed it became evident that passing on the rough and challenging track was easier said than done.

In the 450 class Chad Reed riding for Kawasaki got an early lead and took the win in the first moto with what seemed to be effortless ease. In the second moto things did not go so well for the veteran and with a mid-pack start he slowly picked his way through the pack. He needed a third or better to win overall. Chad gritted his teeth and showed the kind of determination that he is known for. Maybe due to the tracks roughness or because of its fast and flowing nature, passing was difficult, but Reed did not give up and kept pushing, making the game changing pass on the last lap for a third place finish which gave him the overall win.

In the second moto of the 450 class Mike Allessi got the hole-shot on his Jagermeister  KTM 350 and went on to win the moto for a second overall with a fourth in the first race. The displacement disadvantage did not faze him and he showed great overall speed and gritty determination. His victory speech after taking a triumphant victory lap was spontaneous and short, but his sponsor KTM must have been happy. He attributed his win to the new 350 KTM stating that it was the best bike in the field. Although he still manifests some rough edges, he has matured considerably and his ride in the second moto proved that he will be a force to reckon with if he stays healthy this season.

Red Bull Honda’s Davi Millsaps enjoyed a return to the motocross roots with a third in the first race and a second in the second race for third place overall. Davi has such a strong flowing style that it seems that he is not putting forth much effort. His finishes belie that impression.

The 250 class was no less exciting; in the first moto Christophe Pourcel got a good start and made his way to the front early on for what looked like an easy win. In the second moto with a mid-pack start Pourcel was struggling and after making his way up to third place was not able to make another pass and seemed to give up, following Trey Canard finishing in third place.

In the second race the GEICO Powersports Honda mounted Eli Tomac in his first pro race jetted his way into the lead and never looked back with what looked like an effortless win. He is the son of mountain biking legend John Tomac. According to his father he was not home schooled and took part in the life of a normal teen-ager with study halls, proms and hanging out with friends. John said that he did not want his son to get burned out and it appears his strategy paid off.

Tomac and Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel tied with 45 points each, but the Honda rider’s second-moto win put him into the overall (3-1 beats a 1-3). Trey Canard, Eli Tomac’s teammate, rounded out the podium in third place with a disappointing seventh place finish in the first race and a second in the second race, keeping Christophe Poucel at bay.

2 Responses to “The Hangtown Nationals”

  1. Gunnar says:

    Dave took a lot of photos at Hangtown, here are 60 of them: http://bit.ly/aJBdlb

  2. Diana Tweedy says:

    The Flagstar Bank Freestone National in Texas got underway in sweltering hot weather that affected some of the early front runners when they ran out of steam. The track got rough as it broke in making for challenging conditions for the riders.

    In the four-fifty class Rockstar Makita Suzuki mounted Ryan Dungey was unaffected by the heat to take overall with wins in both motos. He is unmistakeably fast. Chad Reed took second on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He worked his way up through the pack earning a 2nd place in the first moto and a 3rd place in the second. A local favorite, Kykle Lewis, took his Monster Energy Kawasaki to third overall with a 6th in the first moto and a brilliant second place finish in the second moto. Mike Allesi had problems with bad starts, mistakes and crashes. He was only able to get 7th overall. He is still in third on the overall points standing and hopefully will get his act together next weekend.

    The 250 class saw Christophe Pourcel take the win with first place in the first moto and after a first turn crash in the second moto was able to take his Rockstar Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki through the pack for a 5th place. Rockstar Energy Kawasaki filled the top three places on the podium with South Africa’s Tyla Rattray in second with a 6-1 finish and Canada’s Dean Wilson rounding out the podium in third place with a 3-3 finish. Until the end of the race it looked like Dean Wilson was going to win the second moto with a good lead. On the last lap he thought he had a bigger lead than he actually had and relaxed letting his teammate Rattray by and then allowing Yamaha mounted Broc Tickle by for second. Although he let his teammate by for the win, he was taken by surprise when Broc Tickle squeezed by, thereby ending his chance for an overall victory.

    The winner of the first race in Sacramento, Eli Tomac was only able to get a 6th overall with a 2nd in the first moto and a eleven in the second one where he faded from the front slowing down radically and getting passed by a slew of riders. Coming from Colorado, he was probably not prepared for the heat and just ran out of steam. He clarified is dad’s comments in Sacramento and admitted that he was home schooled starting in the eighth grade. He is only seventeen and has only been home schooled for the last three years unlike many of his competitors who have been home schooled from a much earlier age.

    In the Woman’s Pro race Jessica Paterson on her DMA Shred Six/Star Racing Yamaha earned first place with a perfect 1-1 after winning the first round in Sacramento. Ashley Folic came in second in Texas with a 2-2 and Tarah Gieger took third with a 3-3. It certainly looks like Jessica has ramped her training program in the off season. She appeared to be exceptionally fit and did not wilt in the extreme temperatures in Texas that weekend.

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