Last round at the Peterson Cat Washougal National, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto capitalized on a 2-1 moto split over Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey to capture the 450 Class win in his home state of Washington. This Saturday, July 27, Dungey will face Villopoto on his home turf for the Red Bull Spring Creek National in Millville, Minn. for Round 9 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.
Danny Thompson, son of late motorsports innovator and entrepreneur Mickey Thompson, has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to return his father’s 1968 streamliner, Challenger II, to the salt course at Bonneville with the intention of breaking the piston-driven world land speed record. Accomplishing that feat requires a speed of at least 450 mph, something Danny believes is possible with upgrades and improvements he and his team have been making to the original vehicle over the past two years.
“My dad was the first American to go over 400mph in a car, but he didn’t get the record. We’re going to fix that. The Challenger II had the potential in 1968, and it has the potential today.” – Danny Thompson
As in previous years, the Hungarian GP leads into Formula One’s August summer break, so a good result this weekend will be a huge boost for any team or driver – and, equally, a bad one will be even more painful than usual, because there’s a long wait until a chance of redemption at Spa-Francorchamps in late August.
The bottom line is that if Sebastian Vettel wins again, and his main pursuers Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso don’t bag some significant points, the German will be well on his way to securing a fourth title long before the end of the season. Not too many people currently expect this year to conclude with a final round showdown, although stranger things have happened.
Toronto was an unknown for us, so I headed into it very open minded. Yes, we had a great momentum going racing on the ovals for the past couple of months, but Toronto was our first road course back and it was a street track. Although we had shown great success on road courses earlier in the season, it would be interesting to see how the other teams had improved.