Many expected Kevin Windham's return to the Outdoor Nationals to go well, but few if any would have thought the 32-year-old veteran would take an overall victory. K-dub has been filling in for Davi Millsaps and has put up better results than the injured rider could muster in the first half of the season. While the 450 class produced a suprise winner, the 250 class was intense, and the Pennsylvania crowd was witness to the race everyone had be waiting for between Christophe Pourcel and Trey Canard.
Kevin Windham went 1-2 for the overall win at Steel City. K-Dub diced with Brett Metcalfe in the first moto.
Round 11 of the 2010 AMA Motocross Championship began with holeshot expert Andrew Short taking the early lead into the wide, sweeping left-hander at Steel City. The
#29 bike was followed by a train of Honda’s as Brett Metcalfe, Kevin Windham and Ben Townley all had excellent starts and led ahead of the field in the opening lap. One rider who struggled was Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, who had a broken front brake rotor which eventually forced him out of the race. Shortly afterward Metcalfe jumped into the lead ahead of Short, and the two became caught in a tense feud for the top position. The man on the move, however, was veteran rider Windham. The Honda Red Bull fill-in shot into the lead and dominated at the front by riding a consistent and error-free race. Windham went on to take his first win of the ’10 season and was followed across the finish line jump by Metcalfe, Townley and Short. Hondas clearly dominated in Moto 1, filling four of the top-five positions. Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton rounded out the top-five finishers.
Metcalfe admitted that while leading Windham in Moto 1 he hoped that his bike wouldn't run out of gas again.
"This was the first time ever I've raced with Kevin (Windham) in my life," said Metcalfe about his battle with the eventual overall winner. "When I came up on him I actually realized who it was, it was really cool. I crossed the line with a grin on my face."
Under sunny skies Short once again flew to the front of the pack in the second moto, taking his 10th holeshot of the season. Unlike Moto 1, Dungey secured a much better start and was hot on the heels of Short in the opening lap. But Windham wasn’t calling it a day with his win in Moto 1, and the eager Honda rider passed the 2010 450 National champion on the second lap while Brayton and Kyle Chisholm took up fourth and fifth, respectively. Windham seemed to fly around the track as he moved into the lead ahead of Short, and the top four riders began pulling away in an effort to keep up with the leader’s pace. Meanwhile, Dungey made the pass on Short to move into second and began reeling in the veteran. During some incredibly tense laps Windham and Dungey played a game of cat and mouse, with Dungey ultimately blasting passed K-Dub for the lead.
Ryan Dungey DNF'ed the first moto with a broken brake rotor but bounced back with a win in Moto 2.
Further back Metcalfe moved from seventh up to fourth, and didn’t waste time making his move on Short for third place. Dungey eventually took the victory in Moto 2 by more than six seconds ahead of Windham, who was followed by Metcalfe. Ultimate honors went to Windham, who was thrilled to have ended his dry spell. Metcalfe took second after his 2-3 results and moved up to second in the championship, just five points ahead of Short. Brayton took third overall, followed by Short and KTM’s Mike Alessi.
"I was hoping to get on the podium today, and I far exceeded that expectation. Obviously Dungey dropped from Moto 1, but I really felt solid all day," said Windham. "Every lap I do now at this point in my career is huge. I hear the crowd; I feel the energy. It's hard to really put it in words."
450 Motocross Steel City Results:
1. Kevin Windham (Honda) 1-2
2. Brett Metcalfe (Honda) 2-3
3. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 5-4
Justin Brayton rode most of the first moto without goggles, but was still able to pull off a fifth.
4. Andrew Short (Honda) 4-5
5. Mike Alessi (KTM) 7-7
6. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) 40-1
7. Nicholas Paluzzi (Yamaha) 10-8
8. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha) 14-6
9. Robert Kiniry (Yamaha) 9-11
10. Ben Townley (Honda) 3-37
11. Nicholas Wey (Kawasaki) 13-10
12. Ben Evans (Kawasaki) 12-12
13. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha) 6-19
14. Michael Byrne (Yamaha) 8-18
15. Matthew Goerke (Yamaha) 18-9
450 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Ryan Dungey, 493
2. Brett Metcalfe, 356
3. Andrew Short, 351
4. Mike Alessi, 301
5. Ben Townely, 291
6. Josh Grant, 260
7. Kyle Chisholm, 238
8. Ryan Sipes, 211
9. Chad Reed, 204
10. Kyle Regal, 201
Honda's Trey Canard picked up six more points on Christophe Pourcel at Steel City.
Racing action in the 250s began with Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray securing the holeshot at the Steel City circuit. Not too far behind was Frenchman and Kawasaki teammate, Christophe Pourcel. Just minutes into the action-packed moto Pourcel snatched the lead away and Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson crashed out of his third-place position. With Kawasaki occupying the top-two positions, GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard was running third but approaching fast on the rear wheel of Rattray. Canard was able to outmatch his competition by posting consistently faster lap times, and after a few laps Ice-Trey was comfortably seated in the lead. That is until Pourcel entered the picture.
With a championship on the line, Pourcel laid down his heart and soul during laps that saw him and Canard battle side-by-side for the lead. The Frenchman eventually pulled ahead of Canard, but the Honda rider refused to be relegated to second. Canard retook the lead, and the two engaged in more heated laps before Ice-Trey checked out. Further back, Canard’s
"Styla" Tyla Rattray went 3-4 to take the last spot on the podium, moving him 15 points ahead of Dean Wilson in the points.
teammate, Justin Barcia, had a difficult first moto after he went down while running ninth. In what was another tense feud, GEICO's rookie, Eli Tomac, made a final pass on Cole Seely to move into fourth, with Seely going down afterward and handing fifth place over to TLD Honda’s Will Hahn. Canard took the win by a mere eighth of a second ahead of Pourcel, who never let up. Rattray was more than 22 seconds behind in third, with Tomac and Hahn rounding out the top-five finishers.
In the second contest Wilson fought his way to a holeshot after a disappointing 17th in Moto 1. Behind the leader were Tomac, Canard, DNA Shred Stix Yamaha’s Nico Izzi and Rattray. Meanwhile, Pourcel got off to a horrible start and was running 12th by the end of the opening lap. In the coming laps Pourcel became a one-man wrecking crew and destroyed his competition, passing riders left and right until he had moved up to fourth place ahead of Izzi. Up front Tomac was riding the rear wheel of Wilson, and Canard caught his young teammate off guard and slipped into second. Once in the number-two spot it didn’t take long for Canard to make the pass for the lead.
With a few laps remaining and 3.5 seconds separating Pourcel from Canard, the Frenchman began to close the gap. Pourcel managed a pass on Wilson to move into second, but there wasn’t enough time to try for Canard. Ice-Trey took the
Dean Wilson had a rough first moto, finishing in 17th place. The Canadian rider redeemed himself with a holeshot and third place in Moto 2.
win in Moto 2 followed two seconds behind by Pourcel. After taking the double victory at Steel City, Canard has reduced Pourcel’s lead in the 250 championship to just seven points as the series heads into the final round at Pala Raceway. Rattray’s solid third-place finish gives him a 15-point lead of nearest rival and teammate, Wilson.
"For sure it has tightened up; I got second. I'm just trying to win every weekend, but it doesn't really work out for me," said Pourcel when asked about his dwindling lead.
"The first part of the season wasn't fun; I struggled. Even though the results weren't that bad, they were discouraging. I kind of saw the championship going further and further away," said Canard of his late-season charge. "Then Colorado came, and I got a little bit of a rejuvenation. Then with the races after that things just started clicking."
250 Motocross Steel City Results:
1. Trey Canard (Honda) 1-1
2. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki) 2-2
3. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 3-4
4. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4-5
Pro Circuit's Christophe Pourcel took second place in both motos at Steel City behind Honda's Trey Canard.
5. Broc Tickle (Yamaha) 7-8
6. Justin Barcia (Honda) 10-6
7. Blake Wharton (Honda) 9-7
8. William Hahn (Honda) 5-11
9. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 17-3
10. Darryn Durham (Honda) 8-10
11. Martin Davalos (Yamaha) 15-9
12. Gareth Swanepoel (Yamaha) 13-12
13. Alex Martin (Honda) 12-13
14. Cole Seely (Honda) 11-15
15. Nico Izzi (Yamaha) 6-36
250 Motocross Championship Points:
1. Christophe Pourcel, 443
2. Trey Canard, 436
3. Tyla Rattray, 402
4. Dean Wilson, 387
5. Justin Barcia, 317
6. Eli Tomac, 296
7. Blake Wharton, 285
8. Broc Tickle, 259
9. Martin Davalos, 229
10. Jake Weimer, 195