Round 9 of the AMA National Motocross Championships at Unadilla. In the premiere Motocross class, it’s a battle between series points leader and 2011 Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto, defending MX Champ Ryan Dungey, and multi-time MX and Supercross Champion Chad Reed. In the 250 MX Lites class, it’s PC teammates Dean Wilson, Tyla Rattray, and Blake Baggett battling for the championship lead. Team USA has been announced for the 2011 Motocross of Nations! Ryan Villopoto has won the overall by sweeping both motos in the Motocross class.

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Breaking News: The American team for the upcoming MX of Nations in France, September 17 and 18, has been announced. Team members will be the current AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto, defending AMA Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey, and 2011 wins leader amongst the 250 MX Lites – Blake Baggett. The team will be managed once again by 5-time World Motocross Champion, and current KTM North American Team manager Roger De Coster. Click here for the full article

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In timed practice, the Motocross Class has series points leader Ryan Villopoto on top with 2 minutes 5 seconds. Next is Ryan Dungey at 2 minutes 6 seconds. Then in his first 450 MX outdoor pro race is Justin Barcia, followed by Mike Alessi, Chad Reed, Brett Metcalfe, Justin Brayton, Tommy Hahn, Jimmy Albertson, and Andrew Short who round out the top ten, with 89 riders total in practice.

In the 250 MX Lites timed practice, series points leader Dean Wilson is on top with 2 minutes 8.42 seconds. Tyla Rattray next at 2 minutes 8.63 seconds. Then Eli Tomac, World MX2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin, Kyle Cunningham, Wil Hahn, Gareth Swanepoel, Cole Seely, and Blake Baggett ninth out of 87 riders total in practice.

Motocross Class Moto 1

“Hometown” rider Justin Barcia takes the holeshot. The Unadilla track, not only historic for all the big races it’s held in the past (Grands Prix, Trans-AMA, Inter-AM, Nationals), but is also one of the best motocross tracks in the world. Natural terrain, grass, hills, rough, great dirt, amazing fans.

On lap seven, Ryan Villopoto takes over the lead position from Barcia. The running order is Ryan Villopoto, Justin Barcia, Ryan Dungey in third, Jake Weimer is fourth, Chad Reed is fifth, followed by Brett Metcalfe, Mike Alessi, Christian Craig, Justin Brayton and Kyle Regal tenth.

As they head towards the finish of this 30 minute plus two lap race, Dungey has gotten past Barcia and moved into second.

This race will go 17 laps total. And the winner – riding the new 2012 Kawasaki KX450F, Ryan Villopoto! Second goes to Ryan Dungey, then Justin Barcia third, Chad Reed up to fourth, Jake Weimer fifth, then Brett Metcalfe, Mike Alessi, Justin Brayton, Christian Craig, and Kyle Regal round out the top ten.

2011 AMA Motocross - Round 9 - New Berlin, NY - Photo 1 of 5Motocross class winner Ryan Villopoto – and today is his birthday!

250 MX Lites Class Moto 1

Unadilla is usually a chance for amateurs coming out of the famous Loretta Lynn’s event to ‘graduate’ into the professional ranks. The top rider making his first pro appearance at Unadilla? Justin Bogle. Justin is number 891, and is on the GEICO Honda team.

2011 AMA Motocross - Round 9 - New Berlin, NY - Photo 2 of 5Justin Bogle (891) made his AMA Professional Motocross debut on the GEICO Honda Team, he just ‘graduated’ from Loretta Lynn’s.

The start has South African and Yamaha rider Gareth Swanepoel leading. But soon enough, series points leader Dean Wilson has the lead. On lap three, Wilson out front, Swanepoel next, and the rookie from Oklahoma – Justin Bogle. Next is Blake Baggett, Cole Seely, Matt Lemoine, Marvin Musquin, Eli Tomac, Kyle Cunningham, and Tyla Rattray rounds out the top ten.

2011 AMA Motocross - Round 9 - New Berlin, NY - Photo 3 of 5World MX2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin from France now lives in the USA and races AMA Motocross. Marvin will be racing for Team France in the upcoming Motocross of Nations.

Halfway into this 250 MX Lites first moto, Dean Wilson has a nice lead. Teammate Blake Baggett has moved into second place, about 12 seconds behind Wilson. Third position is Gareth Swanepoel, fourth now Justin Bogle, Tyla Rattray has moved into fifth, followed by Eli Tomac, Kyle Cunningham, Cole Seely, Marvin Musquin, and rounding out the top ten out of 40 riders that started, Matt Lemoine.

The Pro Circuit Kawasaki team cannot be stopped in 2011. Dean Wilson goes on to win this moto – 17 laps. He’s leading the series point standings as well, so he extends that points lead. Second goes to Dean’s PC teammate Blake Baggett. Third is 2008 World MX2 Motocross Champion Tyla Rattray – also riding for the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team. These three riders have dominated the AMA 250 MX Lites class so far in 2011. All three will be riding in the Motocross of Nations in France – Wilson for the UK, Baggett for USA, and Tyla for South Africa.

Fourth thru tenth in this moto – Gareth Swanepoel, Eli Tomac, Justin Bogle, Marvin Musquin, Kyle Cunningham, Cole Seely, and Alex Martin. 250 West Lites Regional Supercross Champion Broc Tickle did not finish the race, out with bike problem after four laps.

Motocross Class Moto 2

KTM’s Mike Alessi with the holeshot. First moto winner Ryan Villopoto is a few spots back. Justin Barcia and Ryan Dungey are up front near Alessi. But on lap three, Villopoto has put the moves on everyone, and worked past Alessi and into the lead.

On lap four, it’s Ryan Villopoto leading, Mike Alessi second, Justin Barcia is in third, Ryan Dungey fourth, Jake Weimer fifth, and Chad Reed is sixth.

The track is getting rougher, and the entrance and exits of corners are getting rutted. This is real motocross racing. Ryan Villopoto is out front and cruising – it looks like he is heading for a two moto race sweep, the overall win, and will extend his series points lead with only three rounds remaining in the 2011 AMA National Motocross Championship – Southwick (Massechusetts next week), Delmont (Pennsylvania), and Pala Raceway in San Diego county (California).

Chad Reed has not been the same since his ‘incredible’ crash a few weeks ago at Millville (see crash video here). He’s just a bit off the pace in every moto since. He was leading the series up till that point, but both Villopoto and Dungey have overtaken him in points.

Lap ten of this race – Ryan Villopoto leading, and heading for both the moto win, and the overall win – on his birthday. New Yorker Justin Barcia is still running second. Ryan Dungey is third. Mike Alessi fourth. Then Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, Brett Metcalfe, and eighth is Chad Reed after a fall at the bottom of one of the steepest hills on the track.

While Villopoto is out front, Barcia is looking good in second place on his Honda 450. He’s riding his usual agressive style, but he seems more suited maybe to the power of the 450?

Coming over a jump, with less than two laps to go, Justin Barcia and Ryan Dungey touch. Barcia hits the ground. It’s now Villopoto out front, Dungey second. Barcia is … third after remounting.

This 30 minute plus two lap race will also go 17 laps total. And Ryan Villopoto has won the moto, making it a two-race sweep. He takes the overall, and extends his series points lead. Nice birthday present for Villopoto on the 2012 Kawasaki KX450F. Ryan Dungey finishes second, and with that, takes second overall. Justin Barcia holds on to maintain third place in this moto.

Fourth thru tenth in this moto – Mike Alessi, Chad Reed comes up to fifth, Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, Andrew Short, Kyle Regal, and Ricky Dietrich.

The overall – Villopoto, Dungey, Barcia, Reed, M Alessi, Weimer.

250 MX Lites Class Moto 2

As the gate dropped for moto 2 it was Jimmy DeCotis with the holeshot, followed by Dean Wilson, Kyle Cunningham, Justin Bogle and Eli Tomac rounding out the top 5. On the first lap Monster Pro-Circuit Kawasaki’s Wilson passed DeCotis early and never looked back. Dean-O took his 1st overall victory of the season, finishing 1/1 on the day.

Wilson’s Monster Pro-Circuit Kawasaki Teammates, Blake Baggett and Tyla Rattray, started just outside of the top 10 in the moto. As he has does all season, Baggett started off slow, but turned it on in the second half to finish 2nd in the moto. Blake also finished 2nd overall today with his 2/2 finish. Tyla, who was second in the points standing, went down early in the moto. He got up slowly, but was unable to finish the race and dropped to 3rd in the overall points standing behind Wilson and Baggett, respectively.

Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac finished 2nd in moto 2, for 3rd overall on the day (5/2). His teammates Justin Bogle finished the moto in 6th finishing 5th overall (6/6), while DeCotis (who got the holeshot and was upfront early) faded by the end finishing 15th in the moto and 19th overall for the day. Both Bogle and and DeCotis are replacement riders, filling in for Justin Barcia (who moved up to 450 class) and Blake Wharton (out all season with shoulder). The fourth member of the Geico Honda team, Wil Hahn, crashed out in moto 1 and DNS moto 2.

Red Bull KTM rider Marvin Musquin, is still working making his way back from a hand injury he suffered in round 2 at Freestone. This weekend the Frenchman finished 6th overall (7/8).

Motocross Class Results
  1. Ryan Villopoto – KAW – 1/1
  2. Ryan Dungey – SUZ – 2/2
  3. Justin Barcia – HON – 3/3
  4. Chad Reed – HON – 4/5
  5. Mike Alessi – KTM – 7/4
  6. Jake Weimer – KAW – 5/6
  7. Justin Brayton – YAM – 8/7
  8. Kyle Regal – SUZ – 10/9
  9. Jimmy Albertson – YAM – 12/11
  10. Jake Canada – YAM – 11/14
  11. Nick Wey – YAM – 14/13
  12. Brett Metcalfe – SUZ – 6/25
  13. Ricky Dietrich – YAM – 18/10
  14. Andrew Short – KTM – 37/8
  15. Christian Craig – HON – 9/22
  16. Lowell Spangler – HON – 13/18
  17. Michael Byrne – SUZ – 40/12
  18. Tye Simmonds – KTM – 19/16
  19. Ben Lamay – YAM – 21/15
  20. Shane Sewell – YAM – 17/19
Motocross Class Point Standings
  1. Ryan Villopoto – 391
  2. Ryan Dungey – 384
  3. Chad Reed – 366
  4. Brett Metcalfe – 262
  5. Mike Alessi – 210
  6. Andrew Short – 196
  7. Kevin Windham – 193
  8. Jake Weimer – 190
  9. Davi Millsaps – 173
  10. Tommy Hahn – 140
  11. Ricky Dietrich – 133
  12. Christian Craig – 131
  13. Justin Brayton – 129
  14. Nick Wey – 129
  15. Michael Byrne – 124
  16. Tye Simmonds – 88
  17. Jimmy Albertson – 87
  18. Ben Lamay – 63
  19. Jake Canada – 56
  20. Trey Canard – 56
250 Class Results
  1. Dean Wilson – KAW – 1/1
  2. Blake Baggett – KAW – 2/3
  3. Eli Tomac – HON – 5/2
  4. Kyle Cunningham – YAM – 8/4
  5. Justin Bogle – HON – 6/6
  6. Marvin Musquin – KTM – 7/8
  7. Martin Davalos – SUZ – 14/5
  8. Gareth Swanepoel – YAM – 4/16
  9. Alex Martin – HON – 10/10
  10. Cole Seely – HON – 9/11
  11. Tyla Rattray – KAW – 3/36
  12. Ryan Morais – SUZ – 12/12
  13. Nick Paluzzi – SUZ – 18/7
  14. Gannon Audette – YAM – 15/14
  15. Malcolm Stewart – SUZ – 34/9
  16. Jason Anderson – SUZ – 11/23
  17. Mathew Lemoine – KAW – 13/20
  18. Broc Tickle – KAW – 38/13
  19. Jimmy DeCotis – HON – 19/15
  20. Travis Baker – HON – 16/18
250 Lites MX Class Point Standings
  1. Dean Wilson – 396
  2. Blake Baggett – 371
  3. Tyla Rattray – 353
  4. Kyle Cunningham – 264
  5. Eli Tomac – 239
  6. Gareth Swanepoel – 200
  7. Broc Tickle – 195
  8. Justin Barcia – 181
  9. Martin Davalos – 175
  10. Darryn Durham – 148
  11. Cole Seely – 145
  12. Alex Martin – 139
  13. Malcolm Stewart – 137
  14. Gannon Audette – 118
  15. Travis Baker – 98
  16. Nick Paluzzi – 97
  17. Nico Izzi – 91
  18. Jason Anderson – 250
  19. Marvin Musquin – 74
  20. Ryan Sipes – 65

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