It’s called Steel City. It’s in Delmont, Pennsylvania. And it’s going to host the second to last round of the 2011 AMA National Motocross Championship Series – round 11.

Two names are standing out, as they are going to battle for the premiere Motocross class championship, most likely until the final moto next weekend at Pala Raceway MX in California. Who knows how fierce the competition will be between those two names – Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey? They are separated by only eight points, with four ‘motos’ left to go.

Right after the race in Pala, they will head to France to compete as teammates, along with Blake Baggett and Team Manager Roger De Coster, as Team USA at the Motocross of Nations in St. Jean d’Angely, France, September 17 and 18. (Watch that entire weekend’s event online here.)

Ryan Villopoto is currently leading the AMA National Motocross series in the ” MX ” class. Ryan Villopoto has won two regional Supercross titles, three AMA National Motocross Championships in the 250 MX Lites class, and recently won the 2011 AMA Supercross Series Championship.

Ryan Dungey is the defending (2010) AMA Motocross Champion. Ryan won the 2010 AMA Supercross Series Championship. Ryan won the 2009 AMA West Region Supercross title, and was the 2009 AMA National Motocross Champion in the 250 MX Lites class.

This should be an epic battle.

Saturday – Round 11 in Pennsylvania. Next Saturday, finale Round 12 in California. The following weekend, teammates in France for the prestigious MX of Nations.

Let’s review last weekend’s race in Southwick, Massachusetts to get you all caught up for Delmont. And we have three articles for your review. (Metcalfe gets first overall AMA MX win, Swanepoel wins a 250 moto, Barcia win a 450 moto, Dungey drama, Villopoto retains points lead, Rattray commanding in 250 MX Lites, Wilson retains points lead in 250 MX Lites. Hurricane Irene.) Check ’em out!

2011 AMA Motocross – Round 10 – Southwick, MA – Results, points and photos

A very dramatic photo feature of The Race That Almost Didn’t Happen: Ryan Dungey Southwick 2011

Video Highlights of round 10 AMA Motocross 2011 Southwick MA MX

And, let’s flashback to Delmont / Steel City 2010! How many people remember Kevin Windham won the Motocross class, and Trey Canard won the 250 MX Lites class on his way to winning his first ever AMA 250 National Motocross Championship?

Here, courtesy of MXSports is more info

450 Class

Monster Energy Kawasaki – Ryan Villopoto began his day at Southwick with a strong runner-up effort behind Dungey in the opening moto. After misfortune befell his rival before the start of moto two, Villopoto looked to extend his lead in the standings. However, he was only able to leave Massachusetts with one additional point to his credit, despite another second place finish overall. He returns to Steel City Raceway for the first time since 2008.

Rockstar/Makita Suzuki – Ryan Dungey’s day started off about as perfect as it could at Southwick. After grabbing the holeshot, he pulled away from the field to lead all 17 laps of the opening moto. However, after his bike was unable to start prior to the start of race two, Dungey was forced to watch the field take off without him. Once he was finally able to get onto the track, Dungey made good work of the 38 riders ahead of him, climbing all the way to seventh in the moto, and salvaging third place overall. He ultimately lost just one point in the championship, and enters Steel City with a chance at the top spot.

Dungey says “There are four races left and winning the championship isn’t impossible. Now, I’m just focusing on being prepared for Steel City this weekend and getting as many points as possible. I really like the track at Steel City. I’ve had good rides and success there in the past few years, and it will be good to get back there and keep pushing for this title.”

While it took nearly nine years, Brett Metcalfe was finally able to win on U.S. soil. The veteran Australian rider did not win either of the day’s motos at Southwick, but his consistency in the tricky conditions was the difference maker, relying on 3-2 moto scores to take the overall. He now heads to Steel City looking to keep the momentum going.

“Getting the win was definitely the highlight of my motocross career,” said Metcalfe. “It’s been eight years of racing in the U.S. and trying to get a win, so it was incredible. Now, there are two more rounds left and I want to take the momentum from this win into Steel City this weekend. I did really well there last year, and I feel like that track really suits me.”

TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing – Southwick was a day that Chad Reed would most likely want to forget. The four-time winner this season was struck by bad luck in both motos last weekend, recording a DNF in each and posting no points on the day. As a result, he now sits 65 points out of the 450 Class lead, and with four motos remaining, will lay it all out in search of more success.

Red Bull KTM – Mike Alessi was consistent at Southwick. The California native kicked off his day with a fourth-place effort in the opening moto, and despite a fall in moto two, was still able to record a sixth place finish, ultimately placing him fifth overall. Thanks to his efforts, Alessi moved into fifth in the 450 Class standings.

American Honda – Following a heartbreaking DNF (Did Not Finish) in the opening moto at Southwick, Justin Barcia rebounded in dominant fashion in race two, leading all 15 laps en route to his inaugural 450 Class moto victory. In just two rounds of competition in the premier MX class, Barcia has proven to be a contender at the front of the field, and will look to break through for his first overall Saturday at Steel City.

“To get my first 450 class win last weekend felt awesome,” said Barcia. “I’m hoping I can do the same again this week at Steel City. It would be great to get another win under my belt before the season ends. I like the Steel City track. It has big jumps and deep ruts, and makes for good racing. The uphill start is fun and the track is challenging and rough come the second moto.”

Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR – Justin Brayton experienced his best effort of the season at Southwick, and was even a challenger for the overall podium throughout the second moto. Brayton’s solid seventh-place finish in moto one was backed up by a stellar third place effort in race two, landing him fourth overall. He also moved into tenth in the 450 Class standings, despite missing the first five rounds of the season.

250 Class

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki – While their quest for an undefeated season came to an end, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki still left Southwick as the team to beat. Following his sixth runner-up finish of the season, 250 Class points leader Dean Wilson saw his advantage jump from 25 points to 38, and now the sophomore rider enters Steel City in control of his own destiny.

Tyla Rattray’s win at Southwick in 2010 was on the day his daughter was born. With her first birthday on his mind last weekend. Rattray went out and accomplished the same feat, giving him four victories this season. Rattray’s effort helped him move past his teammate Blake Baggett in the standings, and now he will look to chip away at the deficit he faces over the final two rounds.

Blake Baggett was unable to become a factor for the win at Southwick. Following a pair of tough starts, Baggett was forced to battle tough competition and the tricky conditions, hindering his ability to move forward. The winningest rider in the series posted 9-6 moto scores to finish fifth overall.

DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha – Kyle Cunningham experienced a tough day at Southwick. Following misfortune in the first moto, Cunningham was forced to record a DNF, and ultimately was unable to start moto two. As a result, he recorded no points on the day, but still maintained control of fourth in the standings.

Gareth Swanepoel will be known as the rider who broke the Pro Circuit dominance during the 2011 season. After a strong start in the first moto, Swanepoel battled with his fellow South African Rattray for the win. After a slight mistake by his rival, Swanepoel capitalized on the opportunity, and carried to the checkered flag. In race two, Swanepoel overcame an early fall to finish fifth, landing him third overall for his first career American Motocross podium. The strong outing vaulted him to sixth in the 250 class standings.

GEICO Honda – After a podium effort at the previous round, Eli Tomac was looking for similar success at Southwick. However, the challenging conditions resulted in 14/32 moto scores for Tomac and 19th overall. He still occupies fifth in the 250 Class standings.

Just one round after his solid professional debut, Justin Bogle faced the challenge of the rain well at Southwick. After a slow start to the day with an 18th place finish in moto one, Bogle capitalized on a good start in moto two, challenging for his first career moto podium. In the end, he settled for fourth, and recorded ninth overall.

Women’s MX Class

The return to action of the Motorcycle-Superstore Women’s Motocross Championship resulted in American Honda rider Ashley Fiolek‘s third win of the season. Early trouble for defending champion, and DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha rider, Jessica Patterson left the door open for Fiolek to take control of the championship. Following an opening moto win, Fiolek settled into second in moto two, behind Patterson, and now holds a 30 point lead heading into the final four motos of the season.

Television coverage for Saturday’s Steel City Motocross National begins with a live broadcast of the opening motos for both the 450 and 250 classes on FUEL TV, beginning at 1 pm EST. SPEED will provide same-day, final moto coverage of both the 450 Class and 250 Class, back-to-back at 8pm and 9pm EST.

Motocross class stats coming into Delmont

  • Overall Wins: Chad Reed – 4, Ryan Dungey – 3, Ryan Villopoto – 2, Brett Metcalfe – 1
  • Moto Wins: Chad Reed – 7, Ryan Villopoto – 7, Ryan Dungey – 5, Justin Barcia – 1
  • Laps led: Ryan Villopoto – 123, Ryan Dungey – 76, Chad Reed – 69, Justin Barcia – 21, Mike Alessi – 12, Christian Craig – 10, Davi Millsaps – 6, Kevin Windham – 6

250 class stats coming into Delmont

  • Overall Wins: Blake Baggett – 5, Tyla Rattray – 4, Dean Wilson – 1
  • Moto Wins: Blake Baggett – 8, Dean Wilson – 7, Tyla Rattray – 4, Gareth Swanepoel – 1
  • Laps led: Dean Wilson – 105, Blake Baggett – 79, Tyla Rattray – 66, Justin Barcia – 24, Gareth Swanepoel – 13, Darryn Durham – 11, Ryan Sipes – 9, Eli Tomac – 4, Alex Martin – 3, Jimmy DeCotis – 2, Kyle Cunningham – 1, Nico Izzi – 1

Past Winners at Steel City

450 Class

September 4, 2010/Kevin Windham, Centreville, MS/Honda

September 5, 2009/Tommy Hahn, Decatur, TX/Kawasaki

August 31, 2008/James Stewart, Haines City, FL/Kawasaki

August 26, 2007/Grant Langston, South Africa/Yamaha

September 3, 2006/Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL/Suzuki

September 4, 2005/Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL/Suzuki

September 5, 2004/Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL/Honda

August 31, 2003/Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL/Honda

September 1, 2002/Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL/Honda

September 2, 2001/Kevin Windham, Centreville, MS/Suzuki

September 3, 2000/Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL/Kawasaki

September 5, 1999/Greg Albertyn, South Africa/Suzuki

September 6, 1998/Doug Henry, Oxford, CT/Yamaha

August 31, 1997/Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA/Kawasaki

September 1, 1996/Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA/Kawasaki

September 3, 1995/Jeremy McGrath, Murrieta, CA/Honda

September 4, 1994/Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN/Kawasaki

250 Class

September 4, 2010/Trey Canard, Shawnee, OK/Honda

September 5, 2009/Christophe Pourcel, France/Kawasaki

August 31, 2008/Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN/Suzuki

August 26, 2007/Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA/Kawasaki

September 3, 2006/Broc Hepler, Kittanning, PA/Suzuki

September 4, 2005/Broc Hepler, Kittanning, PA/Suzuki

September 5, 2004/James Stewart, Haines City, FL/Kawasaki

August 31, 2003/James Stewart, Haines City, FL/Kawasaki

September 1, 2002/James Stewart, Haines City, FL/Kawasaki

September 2, 2001/Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL/Kawasaki

September 3, 2000/Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, MD/Suzuki

September 5, 1999/Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL/Kawasaki

September 6, 1998/Robbie Reynard, Norman, OK/Suzuki

August 31, 1997/Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, LA/Yamaha

September 1, 1996/Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, LA/Yamaha

September 3, 1995/Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA/Honda

September 4, 1994/Robbie Reynard, Moore, OK/Kawasaki

September 5, 1993/Robbie Reynard, Moore, OK/Kawasaki

September 27, 1992/Jeff Emig, Highland, CA/Yamaha

September 29, 1991/Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK/Suzuki

September 30, 1990/Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA/Honda

October 1, 1989/Jeff Matiasevich, La Habra, CA/Kawasaki

500cc Motocross

September 5, 1993/Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA/Kawasaki

September 27, 1992/Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA/Kawasaki

September 29, 1991/Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA/Kawasaki

September 30, 1990/Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA/Kawasaki

October 1, 1989/Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA/Kawasaki


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