Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry, of Largo, Fla., picked up his first win in six years before a crowd of 26,342 at the Unbound Energy National Presented by Snap-on, Scott USA and Yamaha, round eight of the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF. New Zealander Ben Townley claimed his fourth AMA Motocross Lites overall victory of the season aboard a Kawasaki.
Ferry used two second-place finishes and some fortunate happenings in the close of the second moto to capture his first overall victory since a 2001 win at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif. With Yamaha’s Grant Langston, of Clermont, Fla., safely out front in moto two, Ferry’s Kawasaki teammate James Stewart was in position to capture the overall win before a late-race crash ended his day and handed the win to Ferry.
Langston, who finished fourth in the first moto, wound up finishing second overall while Honda’s Andrew Short, of Smithville, Texas, was third with a 3-4 moto finish. Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., was carted off the track by the medical crew with an apparent injured knee. His status was unknown at the time of this release.
“I was doing the math (on who was going to win the overall) as we were getting close to the end but still didn’t realize that I had won when we came off the track,” said Ferry, who now trails Stewart by just seven points in the AMA Motocross class standings. “(The point’s race) is definitely something to think about now. I’ve never been in this position before but I’m confident and looking forward to the final four races of the season.”
Townley, who resides in Tallahassee, Fla., during the season, out dueled local hero and Kawasaki teammate Ryan Villopoto to claim his third consecutive win of the season with a 2-1 moto finish. After wining the first moto, Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., was in position for the overall win before a terrible start in moto two placed him at the back of the pack while Townley sprinted to the lead.
Villopoto (1-3) turned in an inspired ride but could never catch Townley and wound up finishing second overall. Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., finished third with a 3-2 moto finish. Townley now leads Villopoto by two points, 357 to 355, in the AMA Motocross Lites standings.
The AMA Toyota Motocross Championship Presented by FMF will break for one week before heading to Millville, Minn., for the Honda Spring Creek Pro National Presented by Unbound Energy and Scott USA, on August 11-12.
Motocross (Moto Finish)
Timmy Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 2-2
Grant Langston, Clermont, Fla., Yamaha, 4-1
Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 3-4
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 6-3
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 5-7
David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 8-6
Ivan Tedesco, Montgomery, Texas, Suzuki, 10-5
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Kawasaki, 1-35
Kyle Lewis, Henderson, Nev., Honda, 11-8
Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Suzuki, 12-9
Motocross Lites (Moto Finish)
Ben Townley, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki, 2-1
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 1-3
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 3-2
Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 6-4
Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 5-5
Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 7-6
Broc Tickle, Cary, N.C., Yamaha, 8-11
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Honda, 13-8
Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Yamaha, 4-35
Joaquim Rodrigues, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 15-10