After a much-needed break, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship resumed with round ten of the 2014 series at New Berlin, New York’s Unadilla Motocross. One of the most historic venues in the entire sport, nearly every iconic racer has turned a lap on the rural circuit at some time in their career. A low point some years ago saw the track conditions fall out of favor and many riders voiced their displeasure with the annual visit to the track littered with rocks. While it is far from being a favorite now, there is no denying that the layout that sprawls over the rolling hills makes for incredible action between riders. With only a few motos left in the year, riders came into the tenth round refreshed and ready to do anything they can in the limited time left. Saturday’s action saw plenty of change in both championship chases, as one title has all but been awarded while another becomes even more intense.
There were plenty of headlines at Unadilla, including the return of many riders from injury, the debut of a few highly touted youngsters, and the absence of others.
– Fresh off a week at Loretta Lynn’s Amatuer National Championship, RJ Hampshire, Chris Alldredge, and Luke Renzland made their professional debuts in the 250 class. While some finished better than others, all were within the top-twenty overall at the end of the day and prove that the future of the sport is as bright as ever.
– After weeks of anticipation, the official roster for Team USA at the upcoming Motocross of Nations was released. Ryan Dungey will serve as team captain in the MX1 class, with Eli Tomac returning to race in the MX3 spot. Filling the MX2 spot is Jeremy Martin, a rookie to the international event but the obvious choice considering the track’s sandy consistency and his domination of the 250 championship.
– James Stewart and Malcolm Stewart were both missing from the starting line, as both work to overcome issues that have saddled them since around Millville.
– USADA agents grabbed the top-three riders in both classes for a post-race urine sample. The process took hours for some, but the results are expected come much quicker than the blood and urine samples taken in Colorado.
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