In the first contest for the 450s Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey took the early lead after grabbing the holeshot out of the first sweeping turn. Behind Dungey Belgian rider Clement Desalle put in an impressive ride after laying down some of the fastest laps. Honda Red Bull’s Kevin Windham had a short race after suffering a hard crash in the opening laps. Meanwhile, San Manuel’s James Stewart got a decent start back in fourth and made quick work of Short to move into the number three position. While riding very aggressively Stewart made it around Desalle with a block pass, but by then Dungey had setup a substantial lead ahead of the field. Towards the end a determined Desalle came back and re-gained second-place from Stewart. Dungey once again took the checkers, with Desalle following in second. Rounding out the podium in third was Stewart, who had an impressive race after being absent for such a long time.
450 racing action continued in New Berlin, New York with none other than Short getting the holeshot in Moto 2. Unlike his first moto, Stewart was off to a rocky start in the second race back in 15th behind Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Nick Wey. After
James Stewart’s return to the national circuit didn’t go as well as many had expected. In the second moto JS7 pulled out of the race after struggling in the middle of the pack.
a few laps of struggling and falling backward in the pack Stewart called it quits and retired from the race. Up front JGR Yamaha’s Justin Brayton quickly shot into the lead ahead of Short, with Dungey closely lurking behind in third. Unwilling to let Brayton’s pass stick, Short came back with a pass for the lead, and quickly after Dungey successfully made a pass on Brayton for second. Halfway into the moto there was some intense dueling action as Dungey battled Desalle for the lead. On Lap 9 Desalle crumbled under Dungey’s constant pressure, and from then on the championship leader was uninterrupted as he cemented his eighth overall win of the ’10 season. Desalle took second with two second-place finishes, followed by Geico Powersports Honda rider Brett Metcalfe in third with a 5-3 score.
“My day was really good. I made the podium; I also didn’t crash today,” said the Belgian Rockstar stand-in Desalle. “It’s always fun to be on a nice track like that, and I’m really happy about that.” When asked if he has any intention of coming to race in the States permanently, Desalle replied, “Yeah sure, I would like to do it. It is something I keep thinking. I would love to do it, but we will see.”
“I had to do a lot of work today. My starts weren’t that good,” said Metcalfe about his come from behind podium. “Today we were getting around the top five or sixth place, and then I had to work up from there. It wasn’t a whole lot of fun taking that roost from everybody, but I just kind of made it happen.”
“It’s always good to get a holeshot,” said Dungey about his first moto start. “Andrew has been pulling them off a lot here lately. I was able to get off to a good start and put my self in the position to lead the laps.”
450 Motocross Unadilla Results:
1. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) 1-1
2. Clement Desalle (Suzuki) 2-2
3. Brett Metcalfe (Honda) 5-3
4. Andrew Short (Honda) 4-5
5. Kyle Regal (Honda) 8-6
6. Ben Townley (Honda) 7-9
7. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha) 9-8
8. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 11-7
9. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 6-14
10. Thomas Hahn (Suzuki) 10-11
11. James Stewart (Yamaha) 3-35
12. Kevin Windham (Honda) 39-4
13. Nick Wey (Kawasaki) 12-12
14. Mike Alessi (KTM) 13-13
15. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha) 17-10
450 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Dungey, 418
2. Andrew Short, 307
3. Brett Metcalfe, 293
4. Josh Grant, 260
5. Ben Townley, 249
6. Mike Alessi, 235
7. Chad Reed, 204
8. Kyle Regal, 185
9. Kyle Chisholm, 183
10. Ryan Sipes, 181
The first moto saw some heated racing between Wilson and Barcia, which ended with an aggressive move by Barcia.
Following the 450 action, Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson got things going in the 250s as he took the lead out of the gate. Frenchman Christophe Pourcel suffered a horrendous start in the first moto, but quickly dispatched riders to move into fourth. Soon after, Pourcel went down hard while battling Geico Powersports’ Justin Barcia for third. He attempted to get back on the bike but soon realized that he was too shaken up to continue, and he retired early from Moto 1. Running third after making a charge from ninth-place was Barcia’s Honda teammate, Trey Canard. Meanwhile, Barcia made an extremely aggressive block pass up front and managed to secure the lead after forcing Wilson off the track and causing him to crash. In the final laps Canard caught-up with his teammate, and in the process of battling for the lead Barcia went down and handed the win to Canard. Fellow Honda rider Blake Wharton managed second with an impressive performance, while Barcia salvaging a third-place finish after his fall.
In Moto 2 Ice-Trey took the lead in the opening laps with Wilson hot on his heels. The Pro Circuit Kawasaki duo of Tyla Rattray and Pourcel also had good starts and were running inside the top-five in the first half of the contest. After being
Honda’s Trey Canard earned his fourth-consecutive victory on Saturday in the 250 class ahead of Justin Barcia.
passed by Honda’ Eli Tomac Pourcel collected himself and began a relentless march toward the front of the field. Despite Canard having more than a five-second advantage over the field, Pourcel closed the gap in the final laps, and with just two laps to go the chase was on for the lead. In what was an adrenaline-filled race Pourcel came from behind to take the win ahead of Canard and Wilson. The overall win, however, went to Canard and his 1-2 score at Unadilla. After being consistent and riding well in both motos Barcia took second overall with Wilson behind him in third.
The number-one story of the post race press conference was Wilson and Barcia’s take on the Honda rider’s pass in the first moto.
“We had a good pace going. After the finish I went outside, and he went inside. He had more speed, but he did clean me out. It was pretty dirty,” said the usually mild mannered Wilson.
“I had the inside line, and I wasn’t going to back off. He tried to hold it on,” said Barcia about his side of the pass. “It was just aggressive riding; I wasn’t dirty or nothing. I guess he got some sad feelings about that, but that how it is.”
250 Motocross Unadilla Results:
1. Trey Canard (Honda) 1-2
2. Justin Barcia (Honda) 3-5
3. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 6-3
Christophe Pourcel salvaged as many points as he could after his DNF in Moto 1 by chasing down Trey Canard for the win in Moto 2.
4. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 5-4
5. Blake Wharton (Honda) 2-9
6. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4-6
7. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki) 38-1
8. Martin Davalos (Yamaha) 10-8
9. Matthew Lemoine (Suzuki) 8-12
10. William Hahn (Honda) 14-11
11. Travis Baker (Yamaha) 16-10
12. Cole Seely (Honda) 9-18
13. Nicco Izzi (Yamaha) 7-20
14. Darryn Durham (Honda) 33-7
15. Les Smith (Honda) 15-15
250 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Christophe Pourcel, 365
2. Trey Canard, 349
3. Dean Wilson, 329
4. Tyla Rattray, 320
5. Justin Barcia, 248
6. Blake Wharton, 243
7. Eli Tomac, 233
8. Broc Tickle, 209
9. Jake Weimer, 195
10. Martin Davalos, 187