2017 Unadilla MX | Race Report

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2017 UNADILLA MX | COMPLETE COVERAGE

After a short hiatus, the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returned to action for the final run of the twelve round series. The tour visited one of the oldest tracks on the schedule in the rolling hills of New York State for the 2017 Unadilla MX and riders faced off for four very exciting and unpredictable motos. Summer storms wrecked havoc on the day and had a massive impact on the second motos, but as always, the gate dropped and the riders raced.

250 Moto One

Adam Cianciarulo charged to the front of the field at the beginning of the moto with a fast, wide line through the first lane of the track. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider was joined by his teammate, Joey Savatgy, and together the two took off with control of the moto. The two built a small gap over the rest of the field in the early laps, as the two riders posted nearly identical lap times and showed their strengths on certain sections. Things took a drastic turn nearly the halfway point of the race when Cianciarulo's front-end missed the intended line in a turn and put him on the ground. With this, Savatgy slipped into the lead and GEICO Honda's Jeremy Martin moved into second while Cianciarulo remounted in third.

While Savatgy-Martin-Cianciarulo ran at the front, incoming championship leader Zach Osborne made his way from deep in the top-ten to fourth in the final portion of the moto. The key pass made by the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna was on Cianciarulo for third place, as the rivals expertly picked lines and blocked each other off for a few moments before Osborne got by at the base of the track's steepest hill.

After taking control of the moto, Savatgy settled into a steady pace for the final half and claimed his third win in five motos. After the checkered flag, Savatgy limped off of bike with his left boot unlatched and stated that a run-in with a slower rider resulted in some pain in his leg.

Total Race Time | 16 Laps, 35.58.762 minutes
Margin of Victory | 3.212 seconds
Fastest Lap Time | Joey Savatgy – 2:10.249 minutes
Laps Led | Joey Savatgy – 9, Adam Cianciarulo – 7

250 Moto Two

After a lengthy rain delay, riders returned to the track for the second moto of the day. Due to the amount of water, officials were forced to re-route sections of the course and shortened the length of the moto to twenty-minutes and one lap.

Jeremy Martin avoided the mess caused by the forty-rider field by jumping to the early lead and away from the rest of the pack at the start of the moto. This was a key moment in the race, as the GEICO Honda rider stayed as clean as possible and controlled the pace for the full duration. Rookie racer Justin Cooper hung close to the experienced former champion, but no passes were exchanged for the spot and Martin claimed the checkered flag unchallenged. This win, paired with his second place finish in moto one, was enough to claim the overall win.

Joey Savatgy and Zach Osborne stayed close for the full length of the moto, with moto one winner Savatgy keeping the championship leader at bay. The consistent finishes on the day by the pair guaranteed their places on the overall podium, with Savatgy taking second and Osborne third.
Total Race Time | 9 laps, 22:54.773 minutes
Margin of Victory | 4.892 seconds
Fastest Lap Time | Justin Cooper – 2:25.863 minutes
Laps Led | Jeremy Martin – 9

 

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450 Moto One

RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing teammates Matt Bisceglia and Justin Bogle led the field through the first turn and led the opening minutes of the moto. Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin made a series of speedy passes in the early laps, going from fifth to third in two lanes of track, and quickly closed on the two Suzuki-mounted leaders. As rainfall picked up, Musquin moved by Bogle for second place with a wide line in a bowl turn and then by Bisceglia for the lead on the incline of Screw U. Laps later Bisceglia had a hard crash and dropped out of the race.

Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/WPS/KTM's Blake Baggett followed Marvin Musquin to the top of the order in the middle of the moto and the two title rivals displayed their race craft through the deep puddles on the slick layout and through lapped riders. Baggett's few attempts to take the lead from Musquin were halted by the weather and roost, which Baggett later stated he ran out of tearoffs on his goggles. Just when it seemed like the two were square off one last time in the waning minutes of the race, officials threw the red flag and checkered flag to conclude the race early due to lightning in the area.

While Musquin and Baggett battled up front, attention turned deeper in the top-ten to incoming championship leader Eli Tomac. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider started the moto in tenth place and passed up to eighth place at one point, but as the rain intensified, Tomac slipped back to tenth place after passes from Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna teammates Martin Davalos and Dean Wilson. This finish allowed Baggett and Musquin to close Tomac's lead in the standings.

Total Race Time | 11 Laps, 25:48.545 minutes
Margin of Victory | 2.026 seconds
Fastest Lap Time | Marvin Musquin – 2:14.182 minutes
Laps Led | Marvin Musquin –10, Matt Bisceglia – 1

450 Moto Two

After a lengthy rain delay, riders returned to the track for the second moto of the day. Due to the amount of water, officials were forced to re-route sections of the course and shortened the length of the moto to twenty-minutes and one lap.

Much like the second 250 moto, Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin aced the start and avoided the roost of the other riders to get the early led. The moto one winner was pressured in the early laps by Martin Davalos, who was willing to launch his Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarn bike over nearly every jump and closed in on the leader. Even with Davalos' daring lines, Musquin maintained the top spot from start to finish and scored his sixth straight moto win and third consecutive overall victory. Davalos, meanwhile, hung on to take third and pair with his first moto result of eighth, claimed third overall on the day.

A hard charge by Cooper Webb had a large impact on the second moto scores. The Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha rider went from sixth to third in a handful of laps with passes on Eli Tomac, Cole Seely, and Dean Wilson. This was a solid finish for the 450 class rookie, who missed the prior round with a knee injury.

Seely's consistency was topped only by double moto winner Musquin. By surviving the muck in moto two and pushing to a sixth place finish, the Team Honda HRC rider claimed second overall in the 450 class. Seely spent much of the second moto in a battle with Eli Tomac.

Total Race Time | 9 laps, 24:16.248 minutes
Margin of Victory | 9.807 seconds
Fastest Lap Time | Martin Davalos – 2:32.908 minutes
Laps Led | Marvin Musquin – 9