Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson won his first overall of the season at Unadilla after winning both motos.
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson finally experienced the overall win for the first time this season at Unadilla. The Scotsman nailed both moto victories to widen his championship lead to 25 points as teammate Blake Baggett scored runner-up for the day with 2-3 scores. For only the second time this season Honda’s Eli Tomac landed on the podium in third, bringing a halt to Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s dominance on the podium over the past three rounds.
DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Gareth Swanepoel posted the holeshot in the first moto ahead of Wilson, Baggett, Moto Extreme Kawasaki’s Matt Lemoine, Geico Honda’s Justin Bogle, KTM’s Marvin Musquin, TLD Honda’s Cole Seely and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray. Baggett and Wilson were at each other’s throats early as they traded paint for the runner-up position. Shortly after Wilson stole the lead from Swanepoel as Baggett went down. Meanwhile Seely advanced into sixth ahead of Musquin, with Rattray crashing in the same spot as Baggett. It was a quick moto for Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle, who suffered a mechanical along with Suzuki’s City’s Malcolm Stewart. Geico Honda’s WIl Hahn also returned to the pits early after a hard fall while running 13th.
Up front Wilson was benefitting from all the mechanicals and crashes behind him as he opened a nine-second lead. After recovering from his earlier crash, Baggett was back up to fourth and pressuring Bogle, the rookie having an outstanding ride in his first ever pro race. Shortly after Baggett passed Bogle for third, which nearly led to both riders
colliding. Rattray also got the best of Bogle to move up to fourth as the South African continued making the most of a difficult race. In the final laps Wilson continued to increase his lead, taking his sixth moto win of the season. Baggett went on to nab second after passing Swanepoel, with Rattray also passing his fellow countryman for the final podium position. Meanwhile Tomac capitalized on Bogle’s fatigue in the latter part of the race to claim fifth.
The final race of the day witnessed Geico Honda Factory Connections’ Jimmy DeCotis take the holeshot in front of two other Honda’s piloted by Bogle and Tomac. It was another difficult start for Rattray, who got squeezed out of the starting straight along with Baggett. Wilson was in prime territory to claim another win after moving into second in the opening lap. Bogle displayed tremendous talent by sticking with Wilson as Rattray crashed for the second time of the day. This time, however, the South African was much slower to recover.
DeCotis was not going to give up the lead without a fight as Wilson made multiple pass attempts. In the end DeCotis would falter under Wilson’s pressure, allowing the Scotsman and Bogle to pass. Baggett continued making up ground back in seventh as Cunningham also moved past DeCotis for fourth. On Lap 5 Baggett got around Decotis as Cunningham began attacking Bogle for the final podium spot.
Wilson would ultimately record his second win for his first overall of the season. Despite his start outside the top-10, Baggett once again proved he’s one the fastest riders in the field by racing back to third, earning him second overall. Tomac rode a consistent race in second to close out the day third overall with 5-2 moto scores. Meanwhile Rattray suffered one of his worst rounds of the season so far after finishing outside the top-10. The outcome pushed him down to third in the standings 18 points behind Baggett.
250 Motocross Unadilla Results:
1. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 1-1
2. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki) 2-3
3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 5-2
4. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha) 8-4
Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac put a stop to PC Kawasaki’s dominance on the podium by taking third overall.
5. Justin Bogle (Honda) 6-6
6. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 7-8
7. Martin Davalos (Suzuki) 14-5
8. Gareth Swanepoel (Yamaha) 4-16
9. Alex Martin (Honda) 10-10
10. Cole Seely (Honda) 9-11
11. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 3-36
12. Ryan Morais (Suzuki) 12-12
13. Nick Paluzzi (Suzuki) 18-7
14. Gannon Audette (Yamaha) 15-14
15. Malcolm Stewart (Suzuki) 34-9
250 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Dean Wilson, 396
2. Blake Baggett, 371
3. Tyla Rattray, 353
4. Kyle Cunningham, 264
5. Eli Tomac, 239
6. Gareth Swanepoel, 200
7. Broc Tickle, 195
8. Justin Barcia, 181
9. Martin Davalos, 175
10. Darryn Durham, 148