Red Bull KTM teammates Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin walked away from the inaugural Built Ford Tough Tennessee National with the overall victories.
Drivers were on their best behavior at Round 1 in Detroit on Saturday. And how about Round 2 on Sunday? Not a chance.
Crashes ranging from solo hits to the big one on Lap 28–a nine-car melee triggered when Sebastien Bourdais tipped Will power into a spin at the tight Turn 1 on a restart–ruled the first half of day.
Another page was added to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross history book as the inaugural Built Ford Tough Tennessee National took place on Saturday at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn. For the first time in 15 years, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made a stop in the Southeast region. At Round 3 of the 12-race series, new winners emerged in both the 450 and 250 Class as teammates Ryan Dungey (450) and Marvin Musquin (250) each secured their first overall win in 2013.
Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX rider Josh Grant laid down the fastest lap time of the day in the 450 Class, giving the California native first gate pick of the day. Moto 1 got off to an exciting start as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto shot off the gate to claim his first Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot of the season, as well as the early lead. It wasn’t without contention from Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia though, as the two put on an exciting show for the fans by dicing back and forth at the beginning of Moto 1. In the second half of the race, Villopoto eventually put a gap on the rookie Barcia, where he went on to secure his fifth consecutive moto win this season.
The drivers who bet on Reds–Firestone’s Red alternate tires–early today in Detroit wished they put their money on black.
And the gamble, taken by Dale Coyne Racing on which tires to use (and when) with race winner Mike Conway, was nothing short of brilliant.
INDYCAR’s rule that mandates each driver must complete laps on both Red and Black tires during a race left teams with a few options to choose from heading into the first of the weekend’s doubleheaders, and in hindsight–and leading into Sunday’s race–there’s now one clear strategy to follow.