As tornado warnings and rain storms swept across North America over this past weekend, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships took over Indiana Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana for Round Eleven of the series. The rain and mud made for some tough track conditions at the brand new venue, but, the infields continued to fill with race fans, as the racers battled on track for vision and survival.
In Moto one it was Ken Roczen who took the Motosport.com holeshot award, followed by privateer rider, Mitch Oldenburg and Trey Canard. Championship contender, Ryan Dungey had some troubles out of the gate, going off the track and barely managing a top ten start.
As Dungey went to work on making his way through the pack, Canard managed to get by privateer rider, Mitch Oldenburg, putting his Muscle Milk Honda into second position.
Just short of the halfway point, Mitch Oldenburg went down in the deep mud. He was able to remount and rejoin the Moto in seventh position. As Dungey made his way into third position, the number forty-one of Trey Canard also went down. By the time Dungey had made his way into second position, series points leader, Ken Roczen had already logged a twenty-seven second lead.
With four minutes left, Eli Tomac was able to complete the pass on Brett Metcalfe, to put his GEICO/Honda into fourth position.
Ken Roczen took the first Moto one win with a thirty-eight second lead over teammate Ryan Dungey. Dungey was able to hold onto second position, after making his way through the pack. Trey Canard was able to minimize the damage if his mid Moto crash, taking third in Moto one.
In Moto two, Trey Canard and Ken Roczen led the pack into turn one. As Canard and Roczen set to battle over the lead, Dungey was stuck working his way back through the pack from just outside the top ten, once again.
As the Moto pressed on, Dungey continued to struggle, seemingly making his way backwards. The twenty-two of Chad Reed was the rider who was able to make the passes, making his way from tenth to sixth.
After making a small mistake with ten minutes remaining on the clock, Ryan Sipes managed to hold onto third position.
Trey Canard managed to hold on to the lead after capturing the Motosport.com holeshot, taking his second win of the season. Roczen was unable to get by Canard, but still managed to take the overall for the weekend. Fill-in rider, Ryan Sipes was able to minimize the damage of his mid-Moto crash and still put his bike up on the final step of the podium.
Ryan Dungey struggled in Moto two, barely managing a ninth place finish. His 2-9 was good enough to earn him third overall for the day, but allowed Roczen to extend his points lead to twenty points, with only one round to go.
In the 250 class, it was the number fifty of Jessy Nelson who captured the Motosport.com holeshot award. Championship contender, Jeremy Martin followed Nelson into turn one. As Nelson looked to pull away on Martin, championship contender, Blake Baggett went down early in the Moto.
The day looked promising for Jeremy Martin, as Blake Baggett continued to experience issue after issue. As the Moto pressed on Baggett was only able to make his way back to fourteenth, allowing Jeremy Martin to clinch his first ever championship title.
Marvin Musquin was able to capitalize on the muddy track conditions to take third in Moto one. Jeremy Martin did not press the issue for the lead, and stayed clean to take second in Moto one. Jessy Nelson was able to hold out in the mud to claim his first ever motocross Moto win.
In Moto two, it was Jessy Nelson who captured the Motosport.com Holeshot award, once again. Joey Savatgy looked to put the pressure on Nelson, early in Moto two.
In Moto two, Blake Baggett found himself outside the top ten, once again, trying to fight his way back through the pack.
It was a battle of the Frenchman in the three and four positions, as Musquin and Pourcel swapped the number three position back and forth.
Just before the halfway point, Joey Savatagy was able to get by Nelson, as he went down for a quick second. As Savatgy and Nelson exchange mistakes and passes, battling it out for the lead, Musquin was able to close in on the battle. Pourcel was able to move in on the battle, following Musquin by Nelson, pushing Nelson back to third position.
With thirteen minutes left on the clock, the battle for the lead closed to a three-way battle between Savatgy, Nelson and Musquin. Musquin was able to get by Nelson, followed by Pourcel, pushing Nelson back to fourth.
As the clock began to tick down, the Frenchmen went to work chasing down Joey Savatgy. Musquin was able to maneuver his way around the forty-three of Joey Savatgy.
Pourcel was able to make the pass on Savatgy, pushing Savatgy back to third. Pourcel unable to make the pass on Musquin, claimed secon position in Moto two. Musquin fought through the mud to claim the top step of the podium in Moto two.
Musquin’s 3-1 was good enough to earn him the overall at the brand new venue, in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Joey Savatgy’s 4-3 earned him second overall, while Jessy Nelson earned himself the final step of the podium with a 1-8 finish.
Next week the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series will head to Tooele, Utah for the final round of the series. With Jeremy Martin crowned as the 2014 250 Champion, the spotlight will.be on Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey as the teammates battle it out for the premier class championship.
450 RESULTS – INDIANA
1. Ken Roczen (1-2)
2. Trey Canard (3-1)
3. Ryan Dungey (2-9)
4. Ryan Sipes (10-3)
5. Andrew Short (8-4)
6. Chad Reed (7-6)
7. Eli Tomac (4-10)
8. Josh Grant (12-5)
9. Fredrik Noren (9-8)
10. Matt Goerke (6-11)
450 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Ken Roczen – 494
2. Ryan Dungey – 474
3. Trey Canard – 418
4. Brett Metcalfe – 304
5. Eli Tomac – 281
6. Andrew Short – 278
7. Weston Peick – 268
8. Josh Grant – 243
9. James Stewart – 226
10. Chad Reed – 185
250 RESULTS – INDIANA
1. Marvin Musquin (3-1)
2. Joey Savatgy (4-3)
3. Jessy Nelson (1-8)
4. Christophe Pourcel (9-2)
5. Cooper Webb (6-5)
6. Dean Wilson (8-6)
7. Alex Martin (7-7)
8. Jeremy Martin (2-15)
9. Jason Anderson (5-10)
10. Blake Baggett (14-4)
250 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Jeremy Martin – 450
2. Blake Baggett – 381
3. Cooper Webb – 379
4. Marvin Musquin – 374
5. Christophe Pourcel – 355
6. Justin Bogle – 331
7. Jason Anderson – 270
8. Cole Seely – 244
9. Jessy Nelson – 238
10. Dean Wilson – 204
This week the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series made stop number ten at Unadilla Raceway in New Berlin, New York. Ryan Dungey continues to close to gap on series points leader Ken Roczen with another win at Unadilla. Christophe Pourcel went 1-2 at Unadilla to claim his first win since 2010.
In the 450 class, it was the JGRMX boys, Justin Brayton and Phil Nicholetti, that led the pack into turn one.
Red Bull/KTM’s, Ryan Dungey, quickly made his way by Nicholetti and Brayton to put himself into the lead. The number ninety-four of Ken Roczen also made quick work of the Yamaha riders the put his KTM into second position. GEICO/Honda’s Eli Tomac pulled into third, just behind Roczen, set to spoil the outcome for the dominating KTM team.
After taking the fastest qualifying Oakley Bomb Award, Trey Canard pushed to make his way through the pack from a poor start. By the halfway point, Canard had managed to put his Muscle Milk/Honda into fourth position.
After going down with just under ten minutes remaining, Chad Reed pulled off into the mechanics area. Reed was unable to finish the race due to physical injury, after making his way into seventh position, just behind Brayton.
In the closing laps of the moto, Dungey was able to put some ground between himself and Ken Roczen, to take the moto one win.
In moto two it was JGRMX’s Justin Brayton who captured the Motosport.com holeshot award. Eli Tomac and Trey Canard were able to get out front in hurry. But it was the battles that took place behind the front runners that brought the fans to their feet.
As Roczen looked to make his way by the Yamaha riders of, Phil Nicholetti and Justin Brayton, Dungey looked aggressive just behind Roczen. The number five of Ryan Dungey made his way from sixth to third in the matter of two corners. Roczen followed, but, was not able to make the passes as quickly as Dungey.
Just before the halfway point, it was Canard who engaged Tomac in battle, making the pass for the lead. Tomac pushed to make the pass back, but, Canard was able to get back by in hopes of winning his first race since 2010.
With fourteen minutes remaining on the clock, Dungey began to close in on the rear tire of Eli Tomac, with Roczen just behind.
In the closing seven minutes of the race, it was less than a second between Canard, Tomac and Dungey. Incredibly, Canard was able to hold off all attacks. However, Dungey was able to make his way into second position by completing the pass on Tomac.
Dungey was unable to close the gap on Trey Canard, but, his 1-2 finish and overall victory closed the points gap to only seven points behind Ken Roczen in the championship standings.
After four years of battling through injuries and personal struggles, Canard was finally able to return to the top of the podium with the win in Moto two. His 4-1 moto finishes would earn him second overall for Round 10 at Unadilla.
The number three of Eli Tomac rode strong and consistently to take 3-3, earning himself third overall on the day.
In the 250 class, it was Christophe Pourcel who had a huge gap heading into turn one. Pourcel was followed by the Star Racing Yamaha boys, Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin.
Red Bull/KTM’s Marvin Musquin was on fire after a successful weekend at Washougal, making his way by series points leader, Jeremy Martin. Just before the halfway point, Musquin was also able to make his way by Cooper Webb to put his KTM into second position.
After getting passed by Musquin, Webb allowed his teammate and series points leader, Jeremy Martin to close in on his rear wheel. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson also closed on the battle between Webb and Martin.
However, Cooper Webb went down with twelve minutes remaining on the clock, allowing Martin and Wilson to move into the three and four positions.
Making his way through the pack from a typical poor start, Blake Baggett was able to put his Kawasaki into the number six position, with five minutes remaining on the clock.
With two laps remaining it was the battle of the Frenchman, with Marvin Musquin trying to chase down the three-seventy-seven of Christophe Pourcel. Pourcel managed to hold off Musquin for the remaining laps of the Moto, to take the Moto one win and his first Moto win in four years. Despite his last minute attempt to make the pass on Pourcel, Musquin managed to hold on to second in Moto one. Series points leader, Jeremy Martin was able to minimize the damage by keeping Webb and Baggett behind him, and taking third in Moto one.
Heading into moto two, it was Christophe Pourcel who captured the Motosport.com holeshot award, once again. Jeremy Martin, on his Star Racing/Yamalube/Yamaha was hot on his heels in second position. RJ Hampshire managed to put himself into third position, out of the gate, in his first ever professional motocross race.
Unfortunately, with ten minutes remaining on the clock, disaster struck for Cooper Webb. Webb was forced to push his bike into the mechanics area and was unable to finish the moto, due to a mechanical malfunction.
However, for Webb’s teammate, Jeremy Martin, moto two turned out much more positive, as he made his way by Pourcel to take over the lead. Martin managed to put some ground between himself and the rest of the pack to hold onto the moto two win. Martin’s 2-1 was good enough to earn him second overall and continued to extend his points lead over Baggett and Webb.
Pourcel was able to hold off GEICO/Honda’s Justin Bogle, to take second in moto two and his first overall win in four years.
Marvin Musquin went 2-5 to claim the final podium position for the day at Unadilla.
Next week the series will head to Crawfordsville, Indiana for Round Eleven of the series. Ryan Dungey managed to close the points gap on Ken Roczen within seven points this weekend at Unadilla. With only two rounds remaining it will be exciting to see if Dungey can continue with his late season surge. Next week at Indiana, it will be interesting to see if Jeremy Martin can clinch the series championship, or if Blake Baggett and Cooper Webb will be able to keep him honest for the remaining two rounds.
450 CLASS RESULTS – UNADILLA
1. Ryan Duney 1-2
2. Trey Canard 4-1
3. Eli Tomac 3-3
4. Ken Roczen 2-4
5. Justin Brayton 6-7
6. Andrew Short 5-8
7. Weston Peick 10-5
8. Phil Nicholetti 7-9
9. Brett Metcalfe 12-6
10. Fredrik Noren 8-10
250 CLASS RESULTS – UNADILLA
1. Christophe Pourcel 1-2
2. Jeremy Martin 3-1
3. Marvin Musquin 2-5
4. Justin Bogle 5-3
5. Blake Baggett 6-4
6. Dean Wilson 4-6
7. Joey Savatgy 9-9
8. Chris Alldredge 13-8
9. Alex Martin 12-10
10. Shane McElrath 10-13
450 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Ken Roczen (447)
2. Ryan Dungey (440)
3. Trey Canard (373)
4. Brett Metcalfe (280)
5. Eli Tomac (252)
6. Andrew Short (247)
7. Weston Peick (244)
8. James Stewart (226)
9. Josh Grant (218)
10. Fredrick Noren (159)
250 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. Jeremy Martin (422)
2. Blake Baggett (356)
3. Cooper Webb (348)
4. Marvin Musquin (329)
5. Christophe Pourcel (321)
6. Justin Bogle (310)
7. Jason Anderson (243)
8. Cole Seely (225)
9. Jessy Nelson (200)
10. Dean Wilson (176)
11. Alex Martin (176)
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This past weekend, the CMRC Rockstar Energy Drink Canadian Motocross National series, stopped in the small French community of Deschambault, Quebec, nestled just off the shore of the beautiful St. Lawrence River. Despite the forecasted storm, the early morning skies looked promising for a great day of racing.
The rain managed to hold off until practice was complete, but, as the guys headed out for qualifying, mother nature showed no mercy.
The sands of Deschambault were all but welcoming of the rain, as the water continued to turn the track into a mud hole.
However, the muddy track conditions and pour visibility could not stop the likes of local rider and MX2 series points leader, Kaven Benoit. Benoit navigated the course with ease and confidence to walk away with a 1-1 finish, and a few more points ahead of Vince Friese.
The Motoconcepts team headed to Deschambault with their minds set on consistency and Mike Alessi’s consistent 2-2 was good enough to take the overall for the day.
However, as many may assume, consistency didn’t appear to be the only thing on the mind of team manager, Tony Alessi, this past weekend.
The Motoconcepts team invited Mike Alessi’s younger brother, Jeff Alessi, to join the team for Round Seven of the series. After topping the qualifying list in the non-seeded qualifier, Jeff Alessi stated that he, “will be competing in the remaining four rounds of the series”.
As the gate dropped on the first moto for the MX2 class, it was the French Canadian, Kaven Benoit who led the pack into turn one. After claiming the Royal Distributing holeshot award, Benoit continued to pull away out front.
Given the severe rain storm that continued to dampen the likes of the day, many riders experienced personal struggles and mechanical malfunctions.
Defending champion, Austin Pollitelli managed to stall his bike in the deepest corner of mud on the track and spent many laps trying to get his bike back up and running.
Championship contender, Vince Friese also went down early in the moto, but, was able to remount quickly to minimize the damage.
Three-time Canadian Women’s West Champion, Haily Larson, managed to qualify for the Pro National, but, she was unable to compete after a tough crash in moto one.
The number twenty-six of privateer rider, Liam O’Farrell, found himself in second position, fifteen seconds back on Royal Distributing/Fox rider, Kaven Benoit.
Quebec-native, Jeremy Pronovost managed to pull the number fifty-eight into the number three spot, for his career best finish and first ever podium finish.
Motoconcept’s, Vince Friese, managed to muster up a fourth place finish in moto one, followed by Jesse Pierce, out of Clarksburg, New Jersey, in fifth.
In moto two, it was Kaven Benoit who took the Royal Distributing Holeshot award, once again. But this time, he had Motoconcept’s Vince Friese hot on his heels, followed by, privateer rider, Liam O’Farrell.
After a disappointing sixth place finish in moto one, Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha rider, Shawn Maffenbeier looked fired up to prove a point. Maffenbeier was able to get by O’Farrell, but, the South African-native quickly returned the favour, to put his KTM back into third position.
The number twenty-seven of Jesse Wentland, also appeared to be fired and on the move. Wentland was able to make his way by defending champ Austin Pollitelli, among others, to put his MX101 Yamaha into sixth position.
In attempt to chase down Benoit, the track conditions managed to get the best of Friese, once again. After remounting, Friese was able to get the number seven-nineteen back to seventh position, where he would finish the race.
The number four of Jeremy Medaglia was able to close in on the O’Farrell-Maffenbeier battle, to make it a three way battle for third position. With only one lap remaining, Medaglia had managed to get by Maffenbeier and close in on the back tire of Liam O’Farrell. Unfortunately, mechanical malfunctions forced Medaglia to DNF the second moto.
Kaven Benoit swept both motos to claim the overall for the day at Deschambault. Liam O’Farrell rode strong and consistently to earn second overall with his 2-2 finishes. And Shawn Maffenbeier was able to round out the podium with 6-3 finish on the day.
As the MX1 class headed to the gate for moto one, the rain began to slow, but, the damage had already been done to track.
After returning from the hot lap, it appeared that series points leader, Colton Facciotti, was already having mechanical issues. The team appeared unable to resolve the issue prior to the gate drop.
With an eleventh overall qualifying time, Jeff Alessi was able to select the gate next to series points leader, Colton Facciotti. Mike’s younger brother appeared to be the barrier between Facciotti and his brother, who selected a far inside gate.
Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha rider, Bobby Kiniry was able to get out front early and quickly put some time between himself and the rest of the pack. Although Alessi wasn’t able to get out of the gate in the lead, his fifth place start was far better than Facciotti’s tenth place start.
Motoconcept’s Mike Alessi began picking riders off, one-by-one, just behind Leading Edge/Kawasaki rider, Josh Hill. Facciotti was also on the move, making his way into fourth position behind the number three of Tyler Medaglia in the closing laps of the moto.
Bobby Kiniry had managed to rack up a fairly large gap, before his bike seized with only three laps remaining. As Kiniry was forced to DNF, Hill and Alessi set to battle it out for the win.
Although the battle was tough, Josh Hill managed to hold off Alessi, to take the win in moto one. KTM rider, Tyler Medaglia also managed to hold off Facciotti for the remainder of the moto, to take third. Facciotti took fourth, just in front of Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha rider, Kyle Chisholm.
In moto two, it was Colton Facciotti who led the pack into turn one, capturing the Royal Distributing Holeshot Award. Mike Alessi, Bobby Kiniry and Leading Edge/Kawasaki rider, Teddy Maier, Tyler Medaglia, Motoconcept’s, Jeff Alessi, privateer rider, Zeb Dennis and OTSFF”s Kyle Chisholm, chased the red-plated number forty-five into turn one.
As the afternoon sun dried out a few of the puddles on the track, Facciotti was able to put some time between himself and championship contender, Mike Alessi. As Tyler Medaglia went to work making his way into the number three spot from fifth, moto one winner, Josh Hill also pushed to dig himself out from nearly last place start.
The number seven-thirty-two of Kyle Chisholm, was able to make his way by Zeb Dennis and Motoconcept’s Jeff Alessi, to put his Yamaha up into fifth position.
After a close battle for ninth position in moto one, Jeff Alessi looked to hold off the number seven-thirteen of Zeb Dennis. Unfortunately for Dennis, a mechanical malfunction forced him from ninth to seventeenth, leaving the battle unresolved.
After the OTSFF team rebuilt the number two bike, OTSFF rider, Bobby Kiniry, couldn’t seem to catch a break all weekend, adding a second moto crash to his list. Kiniry was able to work his way back though the pack for a seventh place finish in moto two.
Florida-native, Kyle Chisholm held onto sixth in moto two, to put him sixth overall for the day. Teddy Maier, out of Fort Dodge, Idaho went 6-5 to take fifth overall for the weekend.
Tyler Medaglia’s 3-3 finishes were good enough to score him fourth overall. Josh Hill went 1-4 to secure the final podium position, while Facciotti’s 4-1 claimed second.
Motoconcept’s Mike Alessi finally returned to the top of the podium with his 2-2 finishes earning him the overall win.
Alessi managed to pick up one point on series points leader, Colton Facciotti, leaving him twenty-seven points behind Facciotti. With only three rounds remaining it will be exciting to see if Alessi and the Motoconcepts team can close the gap on Facciotti and the GDR/Honda Team.
This weekend the series will stop for Round Eight at Riverglade Raceway in Moncton, New Brunswick.