Motorcycle Racing Recap June 5-6
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
There was a lot of racing this past weekend, maybe too much to process in one sitting. Here’s a quick recap of the past weekend in nice chicken-nugget sized chunks – a gigantic 8-pack of processed chicken nuggets to digest in one sitting…
Honda’s Dani Pedrosa took the win ahead of the points leading Jorge Lorenzo and Pedrosa’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso. The big news, however, the gigantic headline stealing news, was Valentino Rossi, who suffered a compound tibia fracture in qualifying. The Doctor underwent surgery to repair the damage and will be out of commission, missing GPs for the first time in his illustrious Grand Prix career. American update at Mugello: Ben Spies seventh, Colin Edwards 13th, with Nicky Hayden ruining his streak of top-five results in the worst way possible with a DNF.
AMA Pro Road Racing Road America
Tommy Hayden and Josh Hayes traded wins in the American SuperBike races at Elkhart Lake’s Road America circuit, with Suzuki riders Jake Zemke and Blake Young each grabbing an ASB podium apiece. Hayden now enjoys a slim one-point advantage over Hayes in the points standings, with Zemke just 14 points back. In Daytona SportBike Josh Herrin, Steve Rapp and Martin Cardenas filled out the podium in Race 1, and in Race 2 they did the same, scrambling the order with Cardenas on top followed by Herrin and Rapp. Huntley Nash took the win in Race 2 of the SuperSport class, and led most of Race 1 before crashing on the final lap. Instead J.D. Beach took the SS Race 1 checkers. Eslick took the win in the first-ever XR1200 spec class, getting the better of teammate Jake Holden.
Isle of Man TT
Some of the most exciting racing in the world takes place every year at the Isle of Man TT. This time around English rider Ian Hutchinson has jumped out to an early and impressive 2010 campaign, claiming the first three TT victories, winning Superbike 1, Supersport 1 and the Superstock contests. The TT races will continue throughout the week, with another Supersport race and the TT Zero contest on Wednesday June 9, with the Superbike Senior TT finale on Friday June 11th.
AMA Motocross Freestone
On the Dirt side of things, Ryan Dungey was the standout rider at a very hot and humid second round of AMA Motocross at Texas’ Freestone National. The defending Supercross champ throttled his 450 Suzuki to a perfect 1-1 result ahead of double podium finisher Chad Reed (2-3) and Honda’s Kyle Regal (6-2). In the 250 ranks Christophe Pourcel (1-5) took the overall ahead of fellow Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammates Tyla Rattray (6-1) and Dean Wilson (3-3). The finishing order was notable due to a last-lap gaffe by Wilson, who let Rattray get around for the Moto 2 win and then in disappointment let Yamaha’s Broc Tickle sneak by – thus ruining the Canadian’s first career overall MX win.
The 42nd Baja 500 concluded this past weekend as well. Kendall Norman and Quinn Cody claimed the 15th 500 win for Honda. It’s a return to the top for Big Red, as last year the Hondas were penalized for cutting the 500 course and 2009 turned into an improbable victory for the Beta.
GNCC John Penton
The racing was extremely muddy at the John Penton GNCC in Ohio. KTM rider Cory Buttrick claimed his first win in the premier XC1 class followed by Suzuki’s Josh Strang and Yamaha’s Paul Whibley. Buttrick also snagged the $250 Motorcycle-USA.com Holeshot Award. In the XC2 class KTM’s Jesse Robinson beat Kawasaki’s Scotty Watkins and Yamaha’s Jason Thomas – the latter rider claiming the $100 Motorcycle-USA.com Holeshot Award.
FIM Motocross St. Jean D’Angely Results
Yamaha’s David Philippaerts returned to the FIM Motocross podium with an overall victory at the French Grand Prix. Philippaerts Moto 2 win bumped the points leader, KTM’s Antonio Cairoli down to second, with Suzuki’s Clement Desalle in third. The points leading Marvin Musquin piloted his KTM to perfect 1-1 weekend in the MX2 class.
Gas City Flat Track
The planned Flat Track event at Gas City was rained out, but many riders still competed at the Dairyland Classic. Stay tuned for the Dairyland Insider report coming soon on our AMA Flat Track racing page.
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