The 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship season officially came to an end with the motocross banquet, which was held at the Pala Casino on Sunday evening. Racers, team managers, mechanics, sponsors and industry leaders all dressed to the nines and gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of some important individuals. These individuals are not all racers, but are people who help support and promote the passion for our sport through their various efforts.
The evening started out with Jason Weigant’s “Season in Review” which reviewed both the highs and lows of our sport throughout the season. These included the epic battles between Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed and Ben Townley to the lows of Jason Lawrence’s antics. Rockwell watches then presented three custom made watches to the Fastlap winners. In third place was Andrew Short, who was awarded a watch valued over $2,000. In second place was Brett Metcalfe, whose watch was valued at $9,000 and in first place was Ryan Dungey, whose Rockwell custom watch was valued at a whopping $18,000.
The award for Motocross Rookie of the Year was awarded to Pro Circuit’s Dean Wilson.
The award for Motocross Champion Mechanic Awards went to four individuals: Mike Gosselaar (Ryan Dungey’s mechanic), Brent Presnell (Trey Canard’s mechanic), Eddie Ray (Jessica Patterson’s mechanic) and Joe Havel (Josh Creamer’s mechanic).
The award for WMX Rookie of the Year was awarded to Alexah Pearson, who finished seventh overall for the season. The WMX top-10 were called to the stage and each were given an award. These included Jessica Patterson, Ashley
MotoUSA.com presented Jessica with a custom iPad at the awards banquet held inside the Pala Casino Resort.
Fiolek, Tarah Geiger, Vicki Golden, Mariana Balbi, Sara Price, Alexah Pearson, Sarah Whitmore, Tatum Sik and Jacqueline Strong. The Women’s Motocross Cup was then awarded to 2010 WMX Champion Jessica Patterson. Along with her series cup, MotoUSA presented Jessica with an Apple Ipad with a custom made MotoUSA MX Championship cover.
Transport Driver of the Year was awarded to Chris Parsons of the Wonder Warthog Racing Team.
Sportsperson of the Year: Kevin Windham
Decision of the Year was awarded to Roger DeCoster and Mike Gosselaar
ATV’s are also a division of motocross, so those sporting four wheels were also awarded at the banquet celebration. ATV Rookie of the Year went to Cody Grant. The ATV Motocross Champion, Josh Creamer, was awarded the coveted Gary Denton Motocross cup.
Along with the racers, vehicle manufacturers were also honored at the banquet event. The prestigious title of ATV Manufacturer of the Year was awarded to the Suzuki Motor Corporation. America Honda won the award for Motocross Manufacturer of the Year.
Behind every good rider is a lone figure who overseas that the inner workings of the team run smooth and consistently. The award for Team Manager of the Year was giving to Mike LoRocco.
The 250 Motocross top-10 were then called to the stage and included, Trey Canard, Christophe Pourcel, Dean Wilson, Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac, Broc Tickle, Blake Wharton, Martin Davalos and Wil Hahn. The prized Gary Jones Motocross
Cup was awarded to Trey Canard who followed up with an exceptionally long acceptance speech. The speech was so long that it forced the Rockstar girls to assist one another in holding the heavy trophy.
The Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki Team was awarded the honors of Motocross Team of the Year. The entire team helped lift Mitch Payton in his wheelchair up and onto the stage for him to accept his award.
The Dave Coombs Senior Lifetime Achievement award was given to Roy Janson.
The 450 motocross top-10 were then called to the stage. These included Ryan Dungey, Brett Metcalfe, Andrew Short, Ben Townley, Mike Alessi, Kyle Chisholm, Josh Grant, Ryan Sipes, Kyle Regal and Nick Wey. Ryan Dungey was awarded the Edison Dye Motocross Cup.
The 2010 motocross season banquet was concluded with a blessing from the series pastor.
Even though the economic storm has hit many race communities hard, race fans were willing to do whatever it took to watch the heart stopping, nail biting action which is Motocross. To the fans, racers, teams, promoters and sponsors; thanks again for a spectacular season!