With eight stops of the 12 round season completed, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, has reached its "Final Four" on the 2015 schedule. Only four rounds and eight motos remain until a champion is crowned in both the 450 Class and 250 Class.
This weekend, the championship makes its anticipated return to the west coast with its annual visit to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and the picturesque Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Washington, for the Peterson CAT Washougal National. The ninth round of the season gets underway this Saturday, July 25, with the momentum on the side of each respective points leader.
At the previous stop of the championship last Saturday, Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey enjoyed his most dominant outing of the 2015 season, sweeping the 450 Class motos for the first time this summer and extending his already comfortable points lead to more than a two-moto margin. In the 250 Class, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Cooper Webb broke through for his first victory in a season marred by injury, but it was his teammate and championship leader Jeremy Martin who gained the most, distancing himself from the field by a double-digit points margin in a runner-up effort.
The trademark consistency that has made Dungey one of the sport's most successful riders has put him within striking distance of a third 450 Class title. However, up until this past weekend the recent ESPY Award winner had not stood atop the overall podium since the fourth round of the season in Tennessee.
While he was in the hunt for victory at each of the ensuing three rounds, winning a moto in each, he missed out on securing the top spot. Last Saturday at his home track of Spring Creek MX Park, Dungey seized the opportunity to reassert his control over the field, particularly after Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha's Justin Barcia earned back-to-back wins to become Dungey's main challenger.
Fittingly enough, Barcia was once again Dungey's lead foe in Minnesota, assuming the lead early in each moto. Unlike previous rounds, Dungey didn't allow his rival to get the upper hand and put forth an impressive ride to give him the most overall wins in the division with three.