OCTOBER 2013 / DIRT BIKE 97
The Millville Spring Creek National motocross not only provided the best racing of the year, but it was the first time in the 450 class this year that
someone named Ryan didn’t win. A first-lap scrub-induced dismount by
Villopoto proved that the gods are still on his side as he cartwheeled after
catching a peg, landed on the nice soft saddle (not a footpeg!), and then was
physically tossed off the track. His machine lay in the middle of the circuit, on
the backside of a blind jump, and not a sole racer in the entire pack even
remotely invaded the force field around his Kawa. He picked it up, and then
went from dead last to sixth. This resulted in a great battle, where the other
Ryan also suffered on his home track when he sucked a boulder into his chain.
It was a quick fix, but it let two other guys get away—and they went nuts.
James Stewart finally looked and rode with portions of the old Bubba surfacing, getting momentarily frantic and wild, and then just as quickly racing smart
and covering the track. Behind him Trey Canard went pit bull and danced in every
conceivable line that JS7 didn’t use—to no avail. James won the first moto by
half a wheel. In moto two, the same three guys went at it. James, Dungey and
Trey all pushed the intensity level to 11. Ryan ended up getting away, Canard
duped #7 and he went bonkers. The two flailed, rammed and crisscrossed in a
random ballet that made for some of the best racing of the year. And while everyone is quite certain that the ginger Ryan really has no equal this year, it was
thrilling, probably for the first time this year.
This was the best Trey Canard has looked in two seasons. The smiling
Oklahoman switched into a demon and raced with a reckless gait and
used lines that constantly morphed depending on who and where his
competition was on the track.