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2010 AMA Motocross Unadilla Preview

Friday, August 13, 2010
The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship is back in action this Saturday after a three-week hiatus to the 41st year of racing at the ‘Dilla. With track features like the “Gravity Cavity,” "Skyshot,” and the “Wall,” Unadilla is one of the most unique tracks on the circuit. Not only is the greatest show in dirt back in action, but one of the fastest racers to ever throw a leg over a motocross bike is rejoining the ranks of the 450 class. That’s right, James Stewart is finally returning to competition after being on the disabled list for seven months. This Saturday we will see if Dungey’s winning ways are because of the absence of the fastest racer in the world. We will also see if Trey Canard can continue to make up ground on Christophe Pourcel.

James Stewart plans on returning to AMA Motocross competition at Unadilla in upstate New York later this month.
Bubba is back! The big question is if he will be able to give Dungey a run for his money right out of the gate.
In the past couple of weeks I’ve been caught in the middle of several heated discussions about whether or not Stewart is going to return and wax Dungey. Almost everyone thinks that is going to be the case. Stewart is without a doubt the fastest man to ever ride a MX bike, but he’s been out of competition for seven months and has to be a little rusty. Stewart is going to wreck shop in practice, but 35 minutes of moto is a different thing entirely. For sure JS7 is going be on the podium, but don’t expect him to be on the top step just yet.

With seven overall wins this season Ryan Dungey has a commanding points lead and could basically cruise through the rest of the season to take the crown, but we all know RD5 ain’t going out like that. Look for the current SX champ to prove that his impending MX championship is because he’s the fastest and hardest working rider on the line week in and week out; not because Stewart was hurt and Chad Reed has Epstein Barr. If you’re part of the MotoUSA Fantasy Motocross League, Dungey is still the sure thing for your A-rider.

Andrew Short once again grabbed the holeshot  but as in the past rounds he was not able to hold onto the lead.
If Shorty can keep grabbing the holeshot there is a chance we'll see him win an overall before the seaon is out.
So that’s two of the three expected podium riders, but who could be the third. After his first lap crash at Washougal, Ben Townley claimed that Unadilla is his. His results had been steadily improving before hitting the dirt hard at the last round. If BT101 can keep it rubber-side down he might make another trip to the box to pop the celebratory champagne. Andrew Short is another podium regular as of late thanks in part to his holeshot skills. If Dungey gets a bad start, Short could win a moto this season.

In the 250 class, Trey Canard is on a roll and closing in on Pro Circuit’s Christophe Pourcel and his points lead. The GEICO Powersports rider has finally found his flow on his Honda, but it might be too late for him to gain enough for the championship. Sitting 38 points back with four rounds to go, Ice-Trey needs to continue his winning streak and hope that Pourcel has problems.

While it’s Canard’s championship to win, it’s Pourcel’s to lose. The crafty Frenchman just needs to stay on the podium for the last four rounds in order to take home the red Number 1 plate. Before Washougal it was thought that the Pro Circuit rider was perhaps a little unmotivated to lay it all on the line, and was gong to play the numbers game for the rest of the
Pro Circuits Christophe Pourcel battled back from a horrible start to grab second place in the first moto.
Pourcel is eight motos away from a championship, but Canard is charging hard to shrink his 38-point lead.
season. He proved that motivation was not a problem as he raced the second moto without a clutch, keeping everyone but Canard in the rearview. It’s going to get interesting in these last four rounds, and I’m looking forward to a close race between the 377-Kawasaki and 38-Honda this weekend.

What about the other guys on the two powerhouse small-bore teams? The Pro Circuit squad looks to have the edge on the GEICO boys. Dean Wilson and Tyla Rattray are always in contention for a moto win. Justin Barcia and Blake Wharton on the other hand have laid down some killer rides, but have been inconsistent in their results. This weekend I think we’ll see a lone Honda being chased by a pack of green machines, and the rest of the GEICO squad not being much of a factor.

The temps this weekend are going to be on the cooler side for a change, and we could see some of the less fit riders push a bit harder. This could help shake up the points and add some fresh faces in the mix. Stay turned to MotoUSA for the all the racing action from the ‘Dilla!
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AMA Motocross Rider Bios
Jake Weimer Bio
Jake Weimer was one of the more underrated 250 riders before nailing down the West Coast SX Championship in 2010. For 2012, he'll aim to recover from a difficult season plagued by injury.
Kyle Regal Bio
Based out of Kemp, Texas, Kyle Regal is a former rookie who skipped the Loretta Lynn’s amateur nationals in favor of turning pro during the 2009 season.
Justin Barcia Bio
Justin Barcia is one of the most highly touted amateurs to come from American motocross breeding grounds. His recent showing in the premier class has proven he's a real contender.

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kevin w-w -Dungey the man  August 17, 2010 04:40 PM
Hey Hades what happend to you'r prediction shot you'r mouth off to soon you fool.
ace -Hades  August 16, 2010 04:16 PM
Stewart got third .
irksome -Perhaps it's just a mispronunciation...  August 13, 2010 03:50 PM
I first attended Unadilla in the mid-'70s (DeCoster, Lackey, Pomeroy et al) and I'd like to take this opportunity to declare that the so-called "Gravity Cavity" was, is and always will be the "Screw-U". Damn kids these days.
tom -agreed  August 13, 2010 12:40 PM
Hades makes great points.
Hades -1-1 for Stewart  August 13, 2010 10:44 AM
People forget that James is coming off of a perfect season and has the ability to break the all-time moto win streak. It's surprising to me that no one mentions this. The last time Stewart was off with an injury for an extended amount of time he came back and won, and hasn't lost since. To say that Dungey should be the top pick in this race is ridiculous. There is no evidence to suggest that a guy that has never been within two seconds a lap of Stewart in his life could somehow make up all that time at the end of a race when stewart fades, which he was never done in his life. On top of all this is that Stewart is coming back at a perfect time for winning. No rider with a massive points lead will put aside the risk and battle as hard as he possibly can to beat a guy that means nothing to them. Subconsciously or not the points leader just won't risk as much.
Kevin -2-strokes  August 13, 2010 08:40 AM
Project Two 50 will be here kicking some 4-stroke ass!