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Motocross returns to Washougal

Motocross will roar into the Pacific Northwest on Saturday with round eight of the 12-round Lucas Oil Motocross Championship at the Washougal Motocross Park in Washougal, Wash.

The list of competitors will include former three-time AMA Pro Motocross champion Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash. After battling injuries the past two seasons, Villopoto currently sits second in the premier 450 Class standings. He is coming off his first AMA Supercross Championship earlier this year. Ricky Dietrich, another Washingtonian from Snohomish also will compete.

The 12-round series, which is sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, is divided into two classes: the 450 Class for 251-450 cc motorcycles and the 250 Class for 150-250cc motorcycles.

Washougal Motocross Park is one of the oldest stops on the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The first AMA National was held at Washougal in 1980. With the exception of 1987, the track has been a part of the tour for the past 30 years. Washougal is home to one of the largest climbs on the circuit; Horsepower Hill.

Practice and qualifying begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Opening ceremonies kick off at 12:30 p.m., with motos beginning at 1 p.m..