Five Things to Look for at the Steel City AMA National
The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series heads down the home stretch this week. Round 11 is set to take place in Delmont, Pennsylvania. Here is a look at five things you can look for when the gates drop on Saturday’s MX races.
Tim Ferry will take his farewell lap this weekend at Steel City
Farewell, Red Dog
Tim “Red Dog” Ferry will be taking a farewell lap before the race. Ferry‘s pro career started in 1992 and effectively ended at the Daytona Supercross in 2009, where he suffered an injured heel. He raced in the Nationals, but the injury has continued to nag him. The 35-year-old Ferry was the 1992 AMA Rookie of the Year and the Top Privateer in the 1999 Supercross series. He was a member of three MXdN teams for the US. He won the 1997 125 East Coast Supercross championship, two 125 Supercross wins and four AMA Motocross National wins.
The 250 Championship Continues to Heat Up
Trey Canard cut Christophe Pourcel‘s lead to just 13 points at Southwick. If he wants to have a realistic shot next week at Pala, he will need to put together two good motos and finish head of Pourcel in both. Don’t count on the crafty Frenchman letting him have it, though.
The New “Fastest Brothers on the Planet”
The younger brother grabbed both hole shots. The older one won last year’s race at Steel City and has been charging hard the last few races. In the 250 class – Wil Hahn. In the 450 class – Tommy Hahn. Move over, Alessi brothers.
Metcalfe Up Front
After a bitterly disappointing 14th place finish in the first moto after running out of gas with less than half a lap to go, Metty came out fired up in the second moto, charging through the pack like a man possessed from last place all the way to 7th. Being that close to his first moto win has to have his blood pumping for Steel City.
Interesting Racing Behind the Leaders in the 250 MX Class
If one of the top two guys – Canard or Pourcel – are up front, look for the Geico PowerSports Honda guys and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki guys to be trying to help their brothers-in-arms out. That could make things very interesting, especially after Dean Wilson called Justin Barcia‘s pass at Unadilla dirty. There is certainly little love lost between the two teams and everyone on both teams has shown the ability to run up front.
Dean Wilson and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki look to top the rest of the 250 class