Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Mike Alessi got his characteristic holeshot to start moto one, but then fell while out front, handing the lead to Honda Red Bull Racing’s Ivan Tedesco. Villopoto went down in the first turn and was never a factor in the race.
Tedesco led the first nine laps before Alessi finally chased him back down and passed him for the lead. A stall later in the moto didn’t derail Alessi either as he won the first moto going away, followed by Tedesco and his teammate Andrew Short, JGR/Toyota Yamaha’s Cody Cooper, Matt Goerke, Chad Reed (who came through from a horrid start), GEICO Powersports Honda’s Dan Reardon, Jagermeister KTM’s Justin Brayton and Cooper’s teammate Josh Grant.
Without Villopoto on the line, moto two was all Grant on the start, grabbing the holeshot in front of Tedesco, Alessi, Short, Reed, TLD Honda’s Chris Blose, Reardon and the rest of the field. Grant fended off Alessi after the Suzuki rider moved into second, and the two traded spots a half-dozen times in one lap about halfway through the race before settling back into their previous positions. Grant ended up pulling away to win the moto, but was also docked a spot for jumping on the new yellow/red flag and the moto win was given to Alessi, who officially won Hangtown with a 1-1 score. Tedesco was second overall with a 2-4 while Reed was third with a 3-6. Grant fell from third overall (9-1) to fifth overall (9-2) because of the penalty. Short was fourth overall (3-6).
Alessi takes over the points lead heading into Texas.
1. Mike Alessi (1-1)
2. Ivan Tedesco (2-4)
3. Chad Reed (6-3)
4. Andrew Short (3-6)
5. Josh Grant (9-2) JGR etnies team rider
6. Dan Reardon (7-5)
7. Matt Goerke (5-9)
8. Justin Brayton (8-10) flow rider
9. Tommy Hahn (11-8)
10. Cody Cooper (4-23) JGR etnies team rider
1. Mike Alessi (92/1 win)
2. Josh Grant (74) JGR etnies team rider
3. Chad Reed (73)
4. Ryan Villopoto (55/1 win)
5. Tommy Hahn (52)
6. Andrew Short (51)
7. Dan Reardon (41)
8. Matt Goerke (41)
9. Ivan Tedesco (40)
10. Cody Cooper (37) JGR etnies team rider