Round 11 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series went down near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. There were quite a few surprises. Here is a look at five things we learned at Steel City:
K-Dub won his first overall moto since 2007
- Kevin Windham has Still Got It
After a fantastic battle with Brett Metcalfe in the first moto, K-Dub hammered it and passed Metcalfe en route to taking the moto win. He rode just as well in the 2nd moto, finishing behind 2010 AMA National Motocross Champ Ryan Dungey. Windham’s 1-2 finishes gave him his first AMA National Motocross win since 2007. Not too bad for a guy who was not even supposed to ride outdoors!
- Ryan Dungey is Human
After stringing together nine straight victories and taking the top spot in 16 of those 18 motos, Dungey finally showed a *** in the armor. He went down hard in the first lap of the first moto, tearing up the entire front end and having to pull off the track for his first DNF of the season. He came back in the second moto, however, and took yet another moto win in his historical rookie season.
- Canard and Pourcel Will Battle to the End
They battled head-to-head for the win in both motos. The racing was super intense and will continue at the final race in Pala Raceway in Southern California on September 11. Canard‘s 1-1 and Pourcel‘s 2-2 narrows the points gap to just seven points. One mistake by either rider could settle it this weekend.
- Eli Tomac is not a One-Race Wonder
After winning the overall in his professional debut at Hangtown, young Tomac faded into the background. Though he was very solid, his initial win raised the expectations of the Geico PowerSports Honda rookie. His 4-5 finishes netted him fourth overall at Steel City – which is where he stands in the overall points race. Trailing Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray by 15 points and leading teammate Justin Barcia by 70 means fourth is probably where he will end up. Not too bad for a rookie.
- The Privateers are Going for It
Every rider wants a factory ride. None more so than the guys on privateer bikes who have no deals for next season. With a lot of teams not completely solidified yet, every moto provides privateer riders an opportunity to audition for the factory teams. Kyle Chisholm had a very average first moto, finishing 19th. He rode his tail off in the second moto and placed 6th. His competition for top privateer, Ryan Sipes, layed down the fastest lap time in the 2nd moto, but he crashed out trying to make a pass. Sipes sits 8th overall in points while Chisholm sits in 7th.