Monday Kickstart: Unadilla 2012
With only a handful of races left on the 2012 calendar, things are getting tight. Every lap of every moto can make or break a rider’s season. While it sucks to know there are just four motos in each class left, the excitement they will bring makes up for it.
No track on the circuit holds the legacy of Unadilla. With 41 years on the schedule, it has seen the likes of both America and Europe’s fastest, countless laps, and numerous storied moments.
While some riders mandate that they only race in the premium offerings from their gear sponsors, Ken Roczen raced in 180 Fox pants adorned with Red Bull logos.
A shoulder injury knocked Star/Valli/Rockstar/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin out of both his final Loretta Lynn’s and what was to be his professional debut at Southwick. With an extra week to heal, Martin lined up at Unadilla and quietly finished 18-27 for 23rd overall.
Mike Alessi suffered his first DNF of the 2012 summer in moto one, when his bike began to smoke and lose power. Alessi stopped at the bottom of the Gravity Cavity, sputtered to the top, and pulled off. This allowed Dungey to score 25 points to Alessi’s zero, which made it possible to earn the title in the second moto.
With a decent chunk of the Nationals taking place in the Northeast, it is not uncommon to see icons such as Doug Henry at the track. No matter where the hero of the 90’s was during the event, a crowd soon gathered.
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