Christophe Pourcel is the 2010 AMA East Supercross Champion, and leading the 250 MX outdoor motocross series now.
The first quarter of the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship wrapped up last weekend at High Point Raceway in PA. The series returns to Budds Creek MX Park in Southern Maryland for the annual MotoTees Budds Creek National. The race is this Saturday, June 19.
Last Saturday’s East Coast debut at the Rockstar Energy High Point National was Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider Ryan Dungey’s chance to show that despite being a rookie, he is fully prepared to take control of the premier 450 Motocross Class title fight. The reigning AMA Supercross champion continued where he left off at Freestone Raceway two weeks ago by sweeping both motos for the second consecutive race. With the win, Dungey moved into first place in the standings and holds a 25-point lead over GEICO Powersports Honda’s Brett Metcalfe.
Equally as surprising was the trouble that found defending 450 MX Class champion Chad Reed. After another strong, consistent outing at Freestone, Reed looked to possibly back up his 2009 win at High Point. However, after a rock hit his goggles and broke the lens, Reed endured to take 13th in the opening moto, and then suffer a broken brake rotor in moto two, ending his day early. His 18th place effort has dropped him back to fourth in the standings and means a tough road lies ahead as he attempts to climb back to the top.
The ultra-exciting 250 Class still has yet to produce a repeat winner in 2010 after three rounds. On Saturday, former FIM World Motocross Champion Tyla Rattray savored his first taste of an overall victory on American soil when he relied on a pair of consistent runner-up moto finishes to capture the win for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. After an up and down first season in the states last year, Rattray has posted second and first place results the last two weeks, and appears to be fully acclimated to the tracks and competition – and ready to challenge his teammate and 2010 East Supercross Champ Christophe Pourcel for the title.
The ever-consistent Frenchman Pourcel has a firm, 27-point advantage over Rattray in the 250 Class standings thanks to a runner-up effort at High Point, and has three moto wins so far in 2010. In the remaining three motos, three different riders have stood atop the podium – Rattray and GEICO Powersports Honda’s Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia. The competition is greater than ever in the class, and its unpredictable nature has produced exciting races so far this season.
Budds Creek is one of the most legendary tracks on the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship schedule. In the shadow of the nation’s capital, it is a favorite amongst riders and fans alike, the facility has a storied past and has produced some of the most memorable American motocross memories in history, including last year’s outstanding final 250 Class moto in a torrential rain storm.
Track promoter Jonathan Beasley has laid out a track that is very challenging, with several elevation changes, technical obstacles and multiple racing lines. This weekend’s race will begin the next chapter in what has been an outstanding 2010 season.
The MotoTees Budds Creek National kicks-off at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 19. Broadcast coverage of both the 450 and 250 classes can be seen same-day with back-to-back shows on SPEED, starting with the 250 Class at 8 p.m. EST and the 450 Class at 9 p.m. EST.
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Ryan Dungey is the 2010 AMA / FIM Supercross Champion, and leading the 450 Motocross series as they head to Budds Creek MX Park this weekend