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Reed Starts 2010 Title Defense with Win at Hangtown Classic

Eli Tomac Captures 250 Class Victory in Professional Debut

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The 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship kicked-off on Saturday with the 42nd Annual Rockstar Energy Hangtown Classic. Regning 450 Class Champion Chad Reed began his title defense with the overall victory in the premier class while GEICO Powersports Honda's Eli Tomac grabbed the 250 Class win in his professional debut.
Davi Millsaps, leads an impressive Ben Townley. Millsaps finished third while Townley finished 6th. Photo: Shayne Rice. Holeshot Images.
Reed put himself in position to win on Saturday by taking the win in the day's first moto. In moto two, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider needed to work his way through the field after finding himself deep inside the top 10 after the holeshot. As the final minutes approached, he worked his way into winning position, passing GEICO Powersports Honda's Brett Metcalfe, of Australia, for third, where he remained until the conclusion of the second moto.

"It was a good time (today)," said Reed. "Supercross didn't go the way we wanted it to. With everything that's happened in my life the last two weeks, I think I've spent two days on a bike. So to win so easily in the first moto and get the finish I needed in the second feels great."

‰ÛÏThe second race was tougher, I was trying to move forward but the track was rough which made it quite hard to pass on.

‰ÛÏWhile my supercross season didn't go as planned, I'm now fit and healthy and focused on defending this title and I think I proved that today.

‰ÛÏEverything went to plan and we achieved what we set out to. It‰Ûªs been a good day and its awesome that Ellie and Tate are here. I couldn‰Ûªt be happier,‰Û
Moto 2 winner Mike Alessi streaks away on the KTM SX350 which was making it's American debut. Photo: Shayne Rice.
"I definitely didn't expect this, it doesn't seem real," exclaimed Tomac. "I felt like I had the speed to get a top five. In moto one, I just pulled the good old rookie mistake. I got tired and just washed out my front end. In moto two, I just followed Trey (Canard) and tried to keep close to him and then made the pass."

Tying Tomac in overall event points was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Christophe Pourcel, of France, who won the day's opening moto (1-3). However, by virtue of a tiebreaker, Tomac's better final moto result relegated Pourcel to second. GEICO Powersports Honda's Trey Canard rounded out the overall podium in third (7-2).

From an Anzac view. Brett Metcalfe moved up to the 450 class and finished a very strong 5th overall while Ben Townley made a great return to racing with 6th overall. Townley was actually quicker than his results show, but a few small mistakes saw him further down the order than he should have been. Daniel Reardon was the next best in 15th. Michael Byrne finished 18th and Jake Moss 28th. Matt Moss pulled out of the final moto after he said a rider landed on his wrist. Sadly he felt like he had broken it for the thrid time but will wait for conformation.
Eli Tomac captured 250 class victory in Professional debut. Photo: Shayne Rice
The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship continues in two weeks, with round two from Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas and the Flagstar Bank Freestone National on Saturday, June, 5.

Main Photo: Chad Reed taking the heat 1 win
Credit: Shayne Rice - Holeshot Photos

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship 42nd Rockstar Energy Hangtown Classic
Prairie City SVRA - Rancho Cordova, Calif. Round 1 of 12

450 Class (Moto Finish)
Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki (1-3)
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (4-1)
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda (3-2)
Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda (5-4)
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha (2-10)
Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda (6-7)
Ryan Sipes, Flaherty, Ky., Yamaha (7-8)
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (10-6)
Ken DeDycker, Belgium, Yamaha (8-11)
Andrew Short, Smithville, Tex., Honda (15-5)
Ben LaMay
Thomas Hahn
Mike Brown
Kyle Regal
Daniel Reardon
Kyle Chisholm
Matthew Goerke
Michael Byrne
Nicholas Wey
Grant Langston
Sean Hamblin
Weston Peick
Kyle Cunningham
Derek Anderson
Ben Evans
Adam Chatfield
Terren O`Dell
Jake Moss
Steven Clarke
Tye Hames
Heath Harrison
Matt Moss
Bruce Rutherford
Ricky Renner
Jarred Browne
Daniel Sani
Dennis Stapleton
Johnny Jelderda
Sean Kranyak
Sean Hackley

450 Class Championship Standings
Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 45
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 43
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 42
Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 34
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 33
Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda, 29
Ryan Sipes, Flaherty, Ky., Yamaha, 27
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 26
Ken DeDycker, Belgium, Yamaha, 23
Andrew Short, Smithville, Tex., Honda, 22

250 Class (Moto Finish)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (3-1)
Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki (1-3)
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (7-2)
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (4-8)
Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (5-7)
Dean Wilson, Canada, Kawasaki (10-4)
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha (11-5)
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (13-6)
Tommy Searle, England, KTM (2-31)
Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (8-16)
Tyla Rattray
Max Anstie
Blake Baggett
Martin Davalos
Ryan Morais
Darryn Durham
Blake Wharton
Travis Baker
Nico Izzi
James DeCotis
Phillip Nicoletti
Sean Borkenhagen
Cole Seely
Les Smith
Hunter Hewitt
Vince Friese
Michael Willard
Jake Canada
Eric Nye
Topher Ingalls
Matthew Lemoine
Tevin Tapia
Colton Haaker
Killy Rusk
Scott Champion
Josh Greco
Christopher Johnson
Matiss Karro
Christopher Gosselaar
Drew Gosselaar
Drew Yenerich

250 Class Championship Standings
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 45
Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 45
Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 36
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 31
Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 30
Dean Wilson, Canada, Kawasaki, 29
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 26
Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 23
Tommy Searle, England, KTM, 22
Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki, 18

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