Australian Chad Reed has won the day at Red Bud, round six of the AMA Motocross Championships in Buchanan, Michigan, on Saturday.
The Honda rider’s 1-3 results in the two 450cc class motos gave him the overall by one point from defending champion Ryan Dungey (Suzuki), who finished 2-2.
Third best at Red Bud was supercross champion Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki), who went 9-1 on the day.
Reed has punched his championship lead out to 16 points over the new No.2 man, Dungey, while Villopoto slips back to third.
In the first moto, it started with a battle up front with Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps in the lead. Close behind were Reed and Dungey. On lap seven, Reed took the lead from Millsaps, with Dungey in tow. Reed and Dungey would battle, but the Australian rode strong, beating Dungey to the finish line.
Taking the final podium in moto one was Millsaps. As for Villopoto, he crashed, but was able to restart the race, finishing ninth.
In moto two, Villopoto redeemed his first-race crash, taking the early lead. He would eventually pull away from the field, followed to the chequered flag by Dungey and Reed.
“I got a good start (in Moto 2) and got into third,” said Reed.
“Dungey made some mistakes and I tried to get by, but then I made mistakes and Alessi passed me.
“At that point I knew I had to just settle down and be smart. I actually learned a lot today. I got my butt kicked last week, and we worked on suspension. Each time I went out on the track today, it was different. I learned a lot about my bike, and a lot about myself as a person about the decisions I need to make on race days.”
Meanwhile, in the 250cc class, it was a Kawasaki clean sweep with Blake Baggett finishing 1-1, Scotsman Dean Wilson finishing 2-2 and South African Tyla Rattray going 3-3 at Red Bud.
Wilson has retained his series lead but it has been shaved to 14 points from Baggett, with Rattray third in the standings, another two points further back.
© Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com