Round Nine of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series went down at Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, New York, on Saturday. There were a lot of good battles, some new faces and the return of an old face. Here is a look at six things we learned at the track on Saturday:
- Ryan Dungey Continues to Dominate the 450 MX Class
Dungey won his eighth straight overall at Unadilla. His points lead over Andrew Short, second place in the series, is an almost insurmountable 111 points after Saturday. Ryan won both motos and made the passes for the lead about halfway through in each, as has become his custom. View the results from Unadilla.
- James Stewart is Still Fast
Stewart posted the fastest lap times in both practice sessions, and stayed near the front in the first moto. He looked a bit out of control at times, but probably could use some more conditioning work. He retired from the second moto for unexplained reasons, but there is no denying that he still has the speed to be a force in the 2011 Supercross season.
- The Battle is On for the 250cc Championship
With points leader Christophe Pourcel crashing hard and not scoring any points in the first moto and Trey Canard going on to win, the points gap between the two was cut to just thirteen. Canard gave three of those points back to Pourcel in moto two. With the championship now seeming a little more attainable for Canard, we can expect to see good battles and great racing during the last three rounds. That will be six motos, with a possible 150 points max.
- The Future stars in the Premiere 450 Class of Supercross & Motocross are Here Now
Trey Canard and Christophe Pourcel will both be racing in the 450 class next season. Their domination of the 250 class outdoors, Pourcel’s second championship in 250 East Supercross, and Canard’s strong showing earlier in the Supercross season on the 450 show that. We also have younger riders that will probably some day move up in class as well.
Along with Pourcel and Canard, you have ‘kids’ like Dean Wilson, Justin Barcia, Blake Wharton, and Eli Tomac – all of these guys are putting on a show in the 250 class each event. With the top two (Pourcel and Canard) moving up in class next season, you can bet it’s going to be a dogfight between the ‘kids’ in the 250 class for 2011.
- The MX Panda is Fast Too
Rockstar Teka Suzuki World Motocross Grand Prix contender Clement Desalle, from Belgium, currently number two in the points chase for the premiere MX 1 World Championship, rode well – two 2nd place moto finishes for 2nd overall behind Dungey. Clement raced the previous week in the Czech Republic, came to the USA to race in an event ‘for fun’, on different machinery that he normally races on, and trounced the rest of the field. Now he’s off to Brazil for the next race of the GP season. Three countries on three different continents in two weeks. He’ll be part of Team Belgium for the Motocross of Nations (along with Steve Ramon and Jeremy van Horebeek).
- The MXoN Team is Set for the USA
Rumors had been circulating for several days about the three riders that the United States would send to Motocross of Nations next month. The rumors were laid to rest and the team announced Saturday by Team Manager Roger De Coster and AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. Team Captain Ryan Dungey will ride the MX1 (450cc, 4-stroke) class, Trey Canard will ride the MX2 (250cc, 4-stroke) class and Andrew Short will ride the MX3 (Open) class at Thunder Valley MX Park in Colorado. The MXoN is September 25-26. Team USA will be looking for their 21st victory at the classic event.
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