MECHANICVILLE, Md. -- Australian star Chad Reed raced to his third victory in the first five AMA Motocross events of the season Saturday, winning the second moto after finishing third in the first in the Budds Creek National.
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"I was bummed after the first moto," Reed said. "I just didn't have the pace. ... I came out in the second and gave it all I had. I'm pumped. We made some changes to the bike and it paid off. I'm excited to come out and win that second moto. These guys are on their game this season and it hasn't been easy."
The Honda rider maintained a 15-point lead over second-place Ryan Villopoto in the 450 Class standings.
Villopoto, the Kawasaki rider from Poulsbo, Wash., was second Saturday. He won the first moto and was third in the second.
"I felt good today," Villopoto said. "I just needed to pick some better lines in that second moto. It was a good day overall. There's still a lot of racing left this season."
Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, from Belle Plaine, Minn., was third after finishing second in both motos.
"It was a good day, I just couldn't make it happen," Dungey said. "I felt like I needed to make a move [on Reed], but it never happened. I had to come from behind a couple times. It's what racing is all about. It's a man's sport and it's challenging. We'll just keep moving forward."
South Africa's Tyla Rattray topped the 250 Class, finished second and first on a Kawasaki. Rattray has two victories this season and leads the championship standings.
"I think it's important in a championship to be up front," Rattray said. "It's important to be on podium as much as you can, and that's what I've done so far. I just want to get big points at each round and stay consistent. Having such strong competitors makes you dig deeper, and I just want it really bad."