Villopoto’s nine moto wins are the most in the series, and he also holds the distinction of being the only rider to win a moto at every race. However, with his third overall win of the season Dungey has now equaled the overall win total of Villopoto at the season’s halfway point.
“The first moto was tough,” said Villopoto. “I had to waste a lot of energy to catch back up, but we had a great start in the second moto. I was able to ride really good [early on] and get a gap.”
Dungey gained four points on Villopoto in the 450 Class standings, with 12 points separating the pair of former champions.
The action in the 250 Class kicked off with an impressive Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot from GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn, who extended his holeshot streak to three since returning to competition from injury one week ago. New England native Jimmy Decotis challenged Hahn for the lead early in the moto, while his teammate Tomac made quick work of a top-five start.
Championship leader Ken Roczen and teammate Marvin Musquin both experienced trouble in the first corner on their Red Bull KTM machines, completing the opening lap in 11th and 24th, respectively.
Tomac assumed the lead before the completion of the first lap and never looked back. He opened up a multiple second margin over the field and consistently pulled away throughout. The battle for second eventually turned into a showdown between reigning 250 Class Champion Blake Baggett, aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki bike, and Roczen.
The points leader appeared to have an edge in speed on the series’ most recent winner, but a late crash put distance between the duo and allowed Baggett to claim second, with Roczen in third.
Knowing he needed a strong second moto, Roczen narrowly secured the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot over his teammate Musquin, instantly putting both riders up front early. Both Tomac and Baggett found themselves outside the top 10, forcing each rider battle his way through the field.
Roczen was never challenged for the lead in the second moto and ultimately posted a wire-to-wire performance en route to the win, often maintaining an advantage of over 20 seconds. With Roczen out front, the battle for the overall win was squarely on Tomac’s ability to move toward the front of the field, which he did so impressively throughout the moto, ultimately climbing from 11th to second over the span of 17 laps.
Tomac edged out Roczen by two points to secure the overall, while GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne completed the overall podium thanks to 5-3 moto finishes. Baggett just missed out on the overall podium in fourth (2-8), after a small crash pushed him to the back of the top 10 in the second moto.