By Matt Davidson via : www.motorcycle-usa.com
Celebrating its 30th year of hosting an AMA National Motocross, the Washougal organizers of the event decided to kick it old school. Fans and riders alike were encouraged to break out their vintage duds to mark three decades of pro racing in the Pacific Northwest. Although some of the outfits in the crowd were tired, the racing was anything but. All day the racers had to contend with constant changes from bright sunlight to dark woods at the legendary track. Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard kept the winning streaks going at the retro-themed National. Both riders swept the motos with perfect 1-1 victories while Andrew Short and Christophe Pourcel took solid 2-2 second-place overalls in their respective 450 and 250 classes.
Suzuki's Ryan Dungey captured his seventh overall victory of the '10 season at the Washougal Retro National.
Once again taking a page out of Mike Alessi’s playbook, Short grabbed the holeshot in Moto 1and tried to break free from the pack. In hot pursuit was his stand-in teammate, Kevin Windham, followed by Brett Metcalfe and Dungey. TLD Honda’s Ben Townley experienced a difficult day after crashing during the opening lap in the whoops and injuring his shoulder, putting a quick end to his Washougal experience. Just five laps in Dungey made a hard charge to secure the lead ahead of Short and Windham, while GEICO Powersports Honda’s Metcalfe made an impressive push toward the front of the pack to take third at lap six. Josh Grant moved up to fourth as K-dub began his slow decent back to a ninth palce finish. With just five minutes left Dungey crashed entering a turn, but managed to quickly recover and went on to earn his sixth consecutive moto win. Rounding out the Moto 1 podium was Short followed by Metcalfe.
Brett Metcalfe had to fight back through the pack in the second moto to earn his third place overall finish.
In Moto 2 the #29 bike of Short once again snared the holeshot while Dungey took an inside line to secure third-place. During the opening laps Short received tremendous pressure from Windham while Dungey rapidly approached the veteran from behind. Just a few laps later Dungey successfully passed Windham and began working on the five-second gap separating him from Short in first place. With the overall victory on the line, Dungey shot around Short for the lead on lap eight and instantly pulled away. The championship leader eventually took the win by more than 17 seconds, and earned his seventh straight overall victory in the 450 class. Rockstar' Energy's Tommy Hahn put on an impressive ride as he charged from sixth to third. Short rounded out his day behind Dungey with two second-place finishes and was followed by Metcalfe, who was third in the overall results after his 3-5 score.
After getting another of his trademark holeshots, Andrew Short took second in both motos to finish in second-place behind Dungey.
With his latest win Dungey has now increased his lead to a monstrous 95 points ahead of Short who trails in second.
"The second moto I had a good start. Then over in the back section they watered the back side of a tabletop, and I lost the back end," said Metcalfe about his difficult second moto. "I came from 25th, and all I could think about was riding aggresive and hard as I could."
"Dungey is pretty far gone I think. There's a pretty good battle for second," said Short about the points race. "Metcalfe is right there behind me, so i still have a lot of racing and a lot of points to take advantage of." ... Read more