The 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships and Moto USA WMX Championship came to a close this weekend at Pala Raceway near San Diego. A close 250 title hunt made for a great day and although things did not quite come down to the wire like many were anticipating, for a first time National, Pala offered up plenty of excitement for everyone. Now that the AMA titles are decided, the next big race on the calendar is not too far away as Team USA and the rest of the competing nations are in preparation for the biggest single race of the season, the Motocross of Nations, this year being held at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, CO. While the U.S. team is strong, there are certainly some other countries who could be a big challenge, especially Italy and France. Whatever sponsor conflicts existed before were cleaned up just before the weekend and now both Antonio Cairoli and David Philippaerts will both be representing Italy. At the moment Christophe Pourcel is a big question mark due to his dislocated shoulder, but if he does compete in what would be his 450 debut, he will be supported by MX2 wonderkid Marvin Musquin and MX3 rider Xavier Boog. This could be one very interesting international battle royale. For now, here is a look back behind the scenes at the final AMA National of 2010.
A very interesting side note. Had Jessica Patterson and Ashley Fiolek both signed up for the men’s Pro 250 Class, they would have just missed qualifying. Their lap times for practice would have placed them in 41st and 42nd place while Tarah Geiger would have been right up there in 44th position. What’s more? In actual racing, the number one and two WMX stars were faster than more than just a few of the 250 Class riders. Just a little food for thought.
It’s hard to believe, but this championship marks only the third title for the Geico Powersports/Honda team in nearly 15 years of racing and the first national championship for both Canard and the crew. The crown is also Honda's first 250 Class/Lites/125 win since Steve Lamson's 1996 title.
The two best teams of the 250 Nationals have undoubtedly been Rich “Ziggy” Zielfelder’s Geico Powersports/Honda and Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. The two team managers have been at this game for a long time and were seen chatting before the races began. With so much on the line, it was good to see the two legends being cordial before the pressure really came on.
This is where it all went wrong. According to his mechanic, Christophe Pourcel landed in a small pothole after a step up. Although he had been landing in the same spot for the entire race, for one reason or another, the bike bucked him over the bars this time around and he wound up dislocating his right shoulder in the ensuing crash.
Ben Townley had another solid day. Although he never managed to battle for a lead position, the New Zealander had 6-4 finishes that were good enough for fourth overall.
Cole Seely had his best race of the season and of his outdoor career in the first 250 Class moto. The TLD rider started in second place and ran up there for a while before giving up a few spots. When Blake Wharton and Christophe Pourcel both knocked themselves out of the race, their misfortune bumped Cole up to the final podium spot. Word is, Cole will likely being staying put on the TLD squad for next season.
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