In case you haven’t heard, the racing at Steel City was absolutely epic. There wasn’t a single “yawner” moto, and with two championships still on the line, the fire only became more intense. Of course, then there was the nostalgia of Kevin Windham winning the first moto and overall as both a replacement rider and the oldest competitor in the field. That is no small feat. The battles fought in both motos between Trey Canard and Christophe Pourcel made for an instant classic, as they are currently first and second in points. One of the best moments of the day came not during the racing, but after the first 250 Class moto.
Canard and Pourcel had duked it out for the entire race, and the crowd began cheering for Trey but booing Christophe at the same time. During his podium speech, Trey was gracious enough to tell the crowd that was unfair to Pourcel, going on to say that the Frenchman works just as hard as any other rider out there and deserves the same amount of respect. It was a kind and humble thing to say, and if the two racers did not have a positive outlook towards one another before Saturday, they certainly left Pennsylvania with plenty of mutual respect. Following the second moto, the two stopped next to each other and shook hands right after the finish line.
With only seven points now separating the number 377 and 38, things could possibly heat up this coming weekend at Pala Raceway, and hopefully the racing will remain just as instense as it was at Steel City.