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.