Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen scored his first moto win in the U.S. in Moto 1 at the Red Bull Unadilla National. He was followed by teammate Marvin Musquin in second and current points leader Blake Baggett of Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki in third.
Roczen got to the front early on and held steady, as he has in many contests so far this season. He built up a gap of over five seconds on Musquin and remained focused right to the end. Roczen’s been extremely close to winning a number of motos this season but was unable to pull it off until Unadilla. Musquin also scored one of his best finishes of the year, and coupled with Dungey’smoto win in the 450 class, Roger DeCoster’s KTM team enjoys one of its best moto results in American Motocross.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Blake Wharton trailed in fourth and his teammate Jason Anderson followed in fifth. Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia took sixth and seventh respectively, but only after both riders battled through the pack after disappointing starts left them outside the top ten. Rookie rider Zach Bell, also of Geico Honda, held to eighth in his first completed professional moto. Bell crashed in his debut at Southwick and was unable to return for Moto 2 due to injury. A fourth Geico Honda rider followed in ninth, Wil Hahn, with JDR’s Malcolm Stewart rounding out the top ten.
Tomac came back in Moto 2 and smoked the competition, battling up to the front through the first half of the moto and building a gap on teammate Barcia to over 20 seconds at the checkers. Musquin made the podium for a second time in third.
Barcia came off the start and grabbed the front early on, holding off Bell and Musquin in second and third. Tomac sat in fourth and Bogle held to fifth in the opening minutes. Moto 1 winner Roczen was back in eighth after a bad start battling with Baggett in seventh. Bell eventually went down, pushing the field up and Tomac began to charge through the field, eventually getting ahead of Barcia with 11 minutes remaining before the final two laps.
Marvin Musquin (center) took his first overall 250 win at Unadilla with Eli Tomac (left) in second and Ken Roczen (right) in third.
Bogle managed to keep firm in fourth and was right on Musquin’s rear tire at the checkers. Baggett looked to be in position to pass Bogle a number of times, but was unable to find a line and finished over 8 seconds back in fifth. Roczen came across the finish in sixth, followed by Rockstar Energy Racing’s Martin Davalos in seventh, Hahn in eighth, Troy Lee Designs’ Jessy Nelson in ninth and Star Valli Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes in tenth.
Musquin took the overall win at Unadilla, his first in the American series.
“This is my best result here,” said Musquin. “I was finding good lines, and this track is really about technique. I (also) got two good starts. In the first moto, I was happy to follow Kenny (Roczen) and in the second moto I was determined to get a good start because I haven’t been doing that this year. I kept thinking about the overall, because I knew Tomac and Barcia had trouble (in Moto 1). With Kenny and Ryan (Dungey) winning as well, it was a good day for KTM. “
Baggett retains the points lead in the championship, with Barcia still trailing in second and Tomac in third. Roczen remains in fourth and Musquin holds steady in fifth well ahead of Hahn in sixth.
Unadilla 250 Motocross Results:
1. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 2-3
2. Eli Tomac (Honda) 6-1
3. Ken Roczen (KTM) 1-6
4. Justin Barcia (Honda) 7-2
5. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki) 3-5
6. Justin Bogle (Honda) 11-4
7. Wil Hahn (Honda) 9-8
8. Jason Anderson (Suzuki) 5-12
9. Martin Davalos (Suzuki) 13-7
10. Jessy Nelson (Honda) 14-9
11. Blake Wharton (Suzuki) 4-33
12. Jake Canada (Honda) 12-13
13. Malcolm Stewart (KTM) 10-18
14. Zach Bell (Honda) 8-31
15. Travis Baker (Honda) 16-14
250 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Blake Baggett, 436
2. Justin Barcia, 412
3. Eli Tomac, 408
4. Ken Roczen, 385
5. Marvin Musquin, 336
6. Wil Hahn, 255
7. Blake Wharton, 215
8. Jason Anderson, 206
9. Jessy Nelson, 189
10. Travis Baker, 168