Something special was in the air in New York this weekend. Great weather, strong attendance, excellent racing, and returning stars made for an action packed event. While Ryan Dungey extended his points lead even further, much of the focus was on the potential battle that he and James Stewart might have. The much anticipated fight never materialized, as Dungey checked out in the first moto and although Stewart was able to climb to second, he was never able to mount a serious threat. In the second outing, Dungey and Clemente Desalle stole the show, while Stewart had a mediocre start and eventually pulled out due to fatigue and the related safety concerns that brings. The 250 Class served up some fantastic battles as always. Although Christophe Pourcel holds the points lead, his first moto DNF and Trey Canard’s fourth win in a row now have him leading by a mere 16 points. The series has another weekend off before riders take to the sand at the infamous Motocross 338 in Southwick, Mass.
Have the stars aligned? Is it a string of good luck? Well, perhaps a fraction of Trey Canard’s recent success has to do with good fortune, but the vast majority of the Okie’s four win streak is due to plain old-fashioned elbow grease. The Geico Powersports/Honda rider now has a dangerous trifecta: talent, determination, and most recently, confidence. He’s getting pretty good at popping the bubbly too.
Do gifts rain down from the heavens in Upstate New York? No, but apparently Dean Wilson’s gear does. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rookie is quickly becoming a fan favorite with his personality and riding. After the podium presentation, Deano let fly his goggles and jersey. Just be glad you were not in that crowd. The Unadilla Hill People are aggressive when it comes to memorabilia.
Following the first practice, just about every person under the San Manuel tent gathered around James Stewart to hear what he had to say. Although Unadilla was his first outdoor race in almost two years, James still came out with the fastest qualifying lap time ahead of Andrew Short and nearly a full second ahead of Ryan Dungey.
Slowly but surely, Christophe Pourcel is gaining a solid fan base. Apparently he had promised his race jersey to this adoring fan, which she was sure to collect following the Frenchman’s come-from-behind performance in the second moto.
Brett Metcalfe has to be one of the most solid riders of the 2010 outdoor Nationals. It is rare to see the Geico Powersports/Honda rider fade at all during a moto. Usually just the opposite is true as he showed at Unadilla when he moved from sixth to third in the second mot to round out the overall podium. As if he needed further credentials to have been selected to Team Australia for the MXoN.
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TAGS: ama motocross
, Christophe Pourcel
, clemente desalle
, dean wilson
, james stewart
, Justin Barcia
, kelly lumgair
, new berlin
, new york
, ryan dungey
, trey canard
, unadilla valley sports center