MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the first time since the opening round of the season, the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing will make its return to the Pacific Time Zone on Saturday with its annual visit to Washougal, Wash., and the Peterson CAT Washougal National.
Legendary Washougal MX Park hosts the championship’s lone visit to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and has been providing one of the most unique landscapes to challenge the world’s best riders for over three decades.
This weekend, the 32nd Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship round from Washougal will feature television coverage across FUEL TV and NBC Sports Network.
Last weekend at Spring Creek MX Park, Minnesota native Ryan Dungey captured his fifth consecutive win of the 2012 season in front of his hometown crowd, once again extending his lead in the championship standings, which now sits at 80 points.
Since capturing his first win of the summer at the third round of the championship, the Red Bull KTM rider has been relentless in his pursuit of a second career Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 Class title.
In addition to his fifth straight victory, Dungey also enjoys a 10-moto winning streak and by virtue of his 19th-career win in the 450 Class, now sits alone in fourth on the all-time wins list behind Hall of Fame riders Ricky Carmichael (76 wins), Bob Hannah (27 wins), and Ricky Johnson (22 wins).
On Saturday, he returns to the site of his first-career Lucas Oil Motocross victory back in 2008, where he has yet to relinquish his position atop the podium since.
The primary challenger to Dungey’s dominance this season has been MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi. The veteran rider continued to impress last weekend, posting a strong runner-up performance for his fifth overall podium effort in seven rounds.
Currently occupying second in the 450 Class standings, Alessi heads to Washougal with added motivation to succeed for his Spokane-based MotoConcepts team, which is experiencing a breakthrough season as a privateer effort with Alessi leading the way.
Last season at Washougal, Dungey claimed his second straight 450 Class victory at the facility, relying on a second-moto tiebreaker to edge out eventual champion Ryan Villopoto and keep the Washington native winless at his home track.
Washougal MX Park is one of the oldest stops on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship schedule and is the only round of the season to run in the Pacific Northwest. The first National was held at Washougal in 1980 and with the exception of 1987, the track has been a part of the championship for the last 30 years.
Over that span, the facility has been the site of many of the sport’s most memorable moments and has become one of the most challenging circuits on the schedule. Washougal boasts one of the largest climbs on the circuit, with the iconic Horsepower Hill.
Its picturesque setting, surrounded by evergreen trees and rolling hills, make it a must see for any motocross enthusiast.
The Peterson CAT Washougal National will feature live broadcast coverage of the first 450 and 250 Class motos on FUEL TV and AlliSports.com, beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern.
Same day coverage of the final 450 Class moto can be seen on NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. Eastern, while the second 250 Class moto will air Sunday on NBC Sports Network at 11 a.m. Eastern.