Monday Kickstart Presented by ONE Industries – Unadilla

Something special was in the air in New York this weekend. Great weather, strong attendance, excellent racing, and returning stars made for an action packed event. While Ryan Dungey extended his points lead even further, much of the focus was on the potential battle that he and James Stewart might have. The much anticipated fight never materialized, as Dungey checked out in the first moto and although Stewart was able to climb to second, he was never able to mount a serious threat. In the second outing, Dungey and Clemente Desalle stole the show, while Stewart had a mediocre start and eventually pulled out due to fatigue and the related safety concerns that brings. The 250 Class served up some fantastic battles as always. Although Christophe Pourcel holds the points lead, his first moto DNF and Trey Canard's fourth win in a row now have him leading by a mere 16 points. The series has another weekend off before riders take to the sand at the infamous Motocross 338 in Southwick, Mass.

Have the stars Is it a string of good luck? Well, perhaps a fraction of Trey Canard's recent success has to do with good fortune, but the vast majority of the Okie's four win streak is due to plain old-fashioned elbow grease. The Geico Powersports/Honda rider now a dangerous trifecta: talent, determination, and most recently, confidence. He's getting pretty good at popping the bubbly too.

Have the stars aligned? Is it a string of good luck? Well, perhaps a fraction of Trey Canard's recent success has to do with good fortune, but the vast majority of the Okie's four win streak is due to plain old-fashioned elbow grease. The Geico Powersports/Honda rider now has a dangerous trifecta: talent, determination, and most recently, confidence. He's getting pretty good at popping the bubbly too.

Do gifts rain down from the heavens in Upstate New York? No, but apparently Dean Wilson's gear does. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rookie is quickly becoming a fan favorite with his personality and riding. After the podium presentation, Deano let fly his goggles and jersey. Just be glad you were not in that crowd. The Unadilla Hill People are aggressive when it comes to memorabilia.

Do gifts rain down from the heavens in Upstate New York? No, but apparently Dean Wilson's gear does. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rookie is quickly becoming a fan favorite with his personality and riding. After the podium presentation, Deano let fly his goggles and jersey. Just be glad you were not in that crowd. The Unadilla Hill People are aggressive when it comes to memorabilia.

Following the first practice, just about every person under the San Manuel tent gathered around James Stewart to hear what he had to say. Although Unadilla was his first outdoor race in almost two years, James still came out with the fastest qualifying lap time ahead of Andrew Short and nearly a full second ahead of Ryan Dungey.

Following the first practice, just about every person under the San Manuel tent gathered around James Stewart to hear what he had to say. Although Unadilla was his first outdoor race in almost two years, James still came out with the fastest qualifying lap time ahead of Andrew Short and nearly a full second ahead of Ryan Dungey.

Slowly but surely, Christophe Pourcel is gaining a solid fan base. Apparently he had promised his race jersey to this adoring fan, which she was sure to collect following the Frenchman's come-from-behind performance in the second moto.

Slowly but surely, Christophe Pourcel is gaining a solid fan base. Apparently he had promised his race jersey to this adoring fan, which she was sure to collect following the Frenchman's come-from-behind performance in the second moto.

Brett Metcalfe has to be one of the most solid riders of the 2010 outdoor Nationals. It is rare to see the Geico Powersports/Honda rider to fade at all during a moto. Usually just the opposite is true as he showed at Unadilla when he moved from sixth to third in the second mot to round out the overall podium. As if he needed further credentials to have been selected to Team Australia for the MXoN.

Brett Metcalfe has to be one of the most solid riders of the 2010 outdoor Nationals. It is rare to see the Geico Powersports/Honda rider fade at all during a moto. Usually just the opposite is true as he showed at Unadilla when he moved from sixth to third in the second mot to round out the overall podium. As if he needed further credentials to have been selected to Team Australia for the MXoN.

Pourcel is slowly becoming much better with the fans. Along with his points lead and obvious talent, Christophe is easily one of the hottest commodities for the 2010/2011 silly season.

Pourcel is slowly becoming much better with the fans. Along with his points lead and obvious talent, Christophe is easily one of the hottest commodities for the 2010/2011 silly season.

In case you do not follow the World Motocros GPs or have a short memory, here is a little background on Clemente Desalle: he's fast. When he came to the U.S. last year for the first time to race the Washougal National as a privateer, most American's had never heard of the guy. Then he went out and took third in the first moto. Since then Clemente has gone on to become one of the stars of the GP circuit aboard a factory Suzuki. With a short break in his series, Desalle decided to see how he might do a year after his first appearance in the States, this time under the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki tent. Let's just say he silenced all doubters.

In case you do not follow the World Motocros GPs or have a short memory, here is a little background on Clemente Desalle: he's fast. When he came to the U.S. last year for the first time to race the Washougal National as a privateer, most Americans had never heard of the guy. Then he went out and took third in the first moto. Since then Clemente has gone on to become one of the stars of the GP circuit aboard a factory Suzuki. With a short break in his series, Desalle decided to see how he might do a year after his first appearance in the States, this time under the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki tent. Let's just say he silenced all doubters.

While many of the parts on Desalle's machine are the same as what is found on Ryan Dungey's machine, there are still some differences. For example, the Europe-based Teka Suzuki squad Desalle rides for runs Akrapovic exhaust systems as opposed to the U.S. team's Yoshimura units.

While many of the parts on Desalle's machine are the same as what is found on Ryan Dungey's machine, there are still some differences. For example, the Europe-based Teka Suzuki squad Desalle rides for runs Akrapovic exhaust systems as opposed to the U.S. team's Yoshimura units.

Precautions are a wise choice when it comes to outdoor racing, especially at the notoriously rocky Unadilla Valley Sports Center. All of the factory Suzuki bikes were outfitted with these trick-looking carbon fork lug guards.

Precautions are a wise choice when it comes to outdoor racing, especially at the notoriously rocky Unadilla Valley Sports Center. All of the factory Suzuki bikes were outfitted with these trick-looking carbon fork lug guards.

For the first time in quite a while, the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki camp had a full roster of bikes and riders under the tent with Matt Moss, Ryan Dungey, and Clemente Desalle.

For the first time in quite a while, the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki camp had a full roster of bikes and riders under the tent with Matt Moss, Ryan Dungey, and Clemente Desalle.

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The "Screw U" section at Unadilla has to be one of the steepest on the circuit. To add to the technicality, riders drop down, slam on the brakes for a U-turn, then climb back up with virtually no run at the incline. When pro riders struggle just to make it to the top you know it is hard.

Mike Alessi obviously began the season very strong, but since then he has been struggling. The Jagermeister/KTM rider had one of his worst performances so far this year in New York, going 13-13 for 14th overall.

Mike Alessi obviously began the season very strong, but since then he has been struggling. The Jagermeister/KTM rider had one of his worst performances so far this year in New York, going 13-13 for 14th overall.

Last year at Unadilla, Tommy Hahn was perhaps the fastest rider of the day in the first moto, moving from just inside the top ten to second. This time around, his results were not quite as good, but he had two consistent motos that amounted to a top ten overall performance.

Last year at Unadilla, Tommy Hahn was perhaps the fastest rider of the day in the first moto, moving from just inside the top 10 to second. This time around, his results were not quite as good, but he had two consistent motos that amounted to a top ten overall performance.

Loretta Lynn's often marks the graduation of several riders moving onto the professional racing ranks. Last year saw the likes of Christian Craig, Tommy Weeck, and Justin Weeks all take their first pro licks at Unadilla. This year, Austin Howell was perhaps the biggest name coming out of Loretta's using his pro license for the first time. The Suzuki standout from Red Bluff, CA was able to pit under the Rockstar/Suzuki/Canidae rig and scored 18-15 finishes in his first go. Not too bad.

Loretta Lynn's often marks the graduation of several riders moving onto the professional racing ranks. Last year saw the likes of Christian Craig, Tommy Weeck, and Justin Weeks all take their first pro licks at Unadilla. This year, Austin Howell was perhaps the biggest name coming out of Loretta's using his pro license for the first time. The Suzuki standout from Red Bluff, CA was able to pit under the Rockstar/Suzuki/Canidae rig and scored 18-15 finishes in his first go. Not too bad.

No matter how many times you see it, factory equipment is always captivating. The machined fork lugs and brake caliper, red anodized fork guard screws, titanium bolts, and safety wired hydraulic bleed bolt on Andrew Short's Red Bull Honda are about as unobtainable as you can get.

No matter how many times you see it, factory equipment is always captivating. The machined fork lugs and brake caliper, red anodized fork guard screws, titanium bolts, and safety wired hydraulic bleed bolt on Andrew Short's Red Bull Honda are about as unobtainable as you can get.

How important is training. So important that it never really stops for these professional athletes. Warming up is one of the key things to performing well, and it you haven't heard, cycling is a really good form of cross training. Here Dean Wilson gets his blood flowing with a bike trainer before the first practice.

How important is training? So important that it never really stops for these professional athletes. Warming up is one of the key things to performing well, and it you haven't heard, cycling is a really good form of cross training. Here Dean Wilson gets his blood flowing with a bike trainer before the first practice.

Following an excellent battle, Dungey and Desalle were fairly friendly off the track. One thing is certain, Rockstar, Fox Racing, and Teka must all be pretty happy.

Following an excellent battle, Dungey and Desalle were fairly friendly off the track. One thing is certain, Rockstar, Fox Racing, and Teka must all be pretty happy.

Justin Barcia may not live in New York anymore, but the locals sure have not forgotten his roots. Justin said he could he the crowd cheering him on in just about every corner, cheering on their local hero.

Justin Barcia may not live in New York anymore, but the locals sure have not forgotten his roots. Justin said he could hear the crowd cheering him on in just about every corner, cheering on their local hero.

The Geico Powersports/Honda team has apparently been doing their homework. Their four 250 class riders finished in first through fourth place in the opening moto.

The Geico Powersports/Honda team has apparently been doing their homework. Their four 250 class riders finished in first through fourth place in the opening moto.

Nico Izzi is slowly regaining some of the speed he has always been known for. The DNA/Shred Stix/Yamah rider worked his way from 12th at the start in the first moto to seventh by the end. The second go around, Nico got held up in a first turn incident, but was able to work his way up to 20th by the finish.

Nico Izzi is slowly regaining some of the speed he has always been known for. The DNA/Shred Stix/Yamaha rider worked his way from 12th at the start in the first moto to seventh by the end. The second go around, Nico got held up in a first turn incident, but was able to work his way up to 20th by the finish.

Ryan Dungey is beginning to leave less and less up for debate. The Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rider led wire to wire in the first moto, beating second place by over 12 seconds. After Unadilla, Dungey now has more than 100 points on second place and has won the last eight rounds in a row.

Ryan Dungey is beginning to leave less and less up for debate. The Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rider led wire to wire in the first moto, beating second place by over 12 seconds. After Unadilla, Dungey now has more than 100 points on second place and has won the last eight rounds in a row.

Yes, Jason Lawrence signed up and qualified for Unadilla. No, he did not race. The on again, off again rider supposedly twisted his foot during qualifying and opted out of racing.

Yes, Jason Lawrence signed up and qualified for Unadilla. No, he did not race. The on again, off again rider supposedly twisted his foot during qualifying and opted out of racing.

Beware of dog! Multi-time Loretta Lynn's champ, James Evans made the trip up from Pennsylvania to cheer on some of his buddies including Honda of Troy's Michael Willard. James finished second this year only to Robbie Reynard in the Junior 25 Plus class down in Tennessee (and he thoroughly waxed this author).

Beware of dog! Multi-time Loretta Lynn's champ, James Evans made the trip up from Pennsylvania to cheer on some of his buddies including Honda of Troy's Michael Willard. James finished second this year only to Robbie Reynard in the Junior 25 Plus class down in Tennessee (and he thoroughly waxed this author).

Sky Shot is one of the most spectacular jumps on the National tour. During practice, riders get as sideways and upside down as they possibly can, and thanks to the very long landing ramp, they can jump just about as far as they want. Local hero Justin Barcia demonstrates.

Sky Shot is one of the most spectacular jumps on the National tour. During practice, riders get as sideways and upside down as they possibly can, and thanks to the very long landing ramp, they can jump just about as far as they want. Local hero Justin Barcia demonstrates.

Wil Hahn returned to racing at Unadilla after an injury took him out of the series several rounds ago. The Lucas Oil/TLD/Honda rider was not quite at the speed he had earlier in the year, but his 13-11 moto finishes were still good enough for 10th overall.

Wil Hahn returned to racing at Unadilla after an injury took him out of the series several rounds ago. The Lucas Oil/TLD/Honda rider was not quite at the speed he had earlier in the year, but his 13-11 moto finishes were still good enough for 10th overall.

Remember that customized Stewart-replica Yamaha you could sign up to win at all of the Supercross races this year? Well that was not a joke. When the winner was chosen, it turned out he was a New York local, so Yamaha decided to hand off the bike to him at Unadilla since James was going to be in attendance as well. Lucky!

Remember that customized Stewart-replica Yamaha you could sign up to win at all of the Supercross races this year? Well that was not a joke. When the winner was chosen, it turned out he was a New York local, so Yamaha decided to hand off the bike to him at Unadilla since James was going to be in attendance as well. Lucky!

Along with the bike, the lucky winner received a full set of riding gear, plus James signed just about every piece of memorabilia.

Along with the bike, the lucky winner received a full set of riding gear, plus James signed just about every piece of memorabilia.

Geico Powersport/Honda went back to higher capacity tanks for Unadilla, although they were not quite as big as the unit Eli Tomac sported at Freestone. With several wide-open sections on the track, the extra precaution couldn't hurt.

Geico Powersport/Honda went back to higher capacity tanks for Unadilla, although they were not quite as big as the unit Eli Tomac sported at Freestone. With several wide-open sections on the track, the extra precaution couldn't hurt.

It seemed there were far fewer riders turning pro this year following Loretta Lynn's, but there were still a couple. Connecticut's AJ Catanzaro chose to use Unadilla as his steppingstone into professional racing. While his moto scores didn't yield any points, at least he qualified and got the first one out of the way.

It seemed there were far fewer riders turning pro this year following Loretta Lynn's, but there were still a couple. Connecticut's AJ Catanzaro chose to use Unadilla as his steppingstone into professional racing. While his moto scores didn't yield any points, at least he qualified and got the first one out of the way.

Andrew Short had a solid day. While he did fade a tad in the second moto, getting passed by Windham in the closing laps, his 4-5 finishes gave him fourth overall for the day. Shorty sits second in points, although he is now over 100 points behind Ryan Dungey.

Andrew Short had a solid day. While he did fade a tad in the second moto, getting passed by Windham in the closing laps, his 4-5 finishes gave him fourth overall for the day. Shorty sits second in points, although he is now over 100 points behind Ryan Dungey.

Clemente Desalle had his hands full all day long. In the first moto, he battled with James Stewart four about half of the race, and they were this close for about five laps. His second moto battle with Ryan Dungey was one of the best fights for first place we have seen all season.

Clemente Desalle had his hands full all day long. In the first moto, he battled with James Stewart four about half of the race, and they were this close for about five laps. His second moto battle with Ryan Dungey was one of the best fights for first place we have seen all season.

A lot has changed since Stewart last raced outdoors, most notably: he now has his own TV show. The Fuel TV crew follows James around just about everywhere for

A lot has changed since Stewart last raced outdoors, most notably: he now has his own TV show. The Fuel TV crew follows James around just about everywhere for "Bubba's World."

A mechanic's job is never finished. After all of the bikes are taken care of, it is onto the little details as Kyle Bentley demonstrates while washing his rider's (Christophe Pourcel) race helmet.

A mechanic's job is never finished. After all of the bikes are taken care of, it is onto the little details as Kyle Bentley demonstrates while washing his rider's (Christophe Pourcel) race helmet.

Like we said, the Unadilla fans treat everyone under a team tent like a star. The guys on the right were so intrigued by Mike Alessi's machinery and what his mechanic, Kelly Lumgair was doing, that it was almost distracting. There were so many questions flying towards Kelly that he could barely answer one before another was coming his way. You've got to love enthusiasm.

Like we said, the Unadilla fans treat everyone under a team tent like a star. The guys on the right were so intrigued by Mike Alessi's machinery and what his mechanic, Kelly Lumgair, was doing that it was almost distracting. There were so many questions flying towards Kelly that he could barely answer one before another was coming his way. You've got to love enthusiasm.

Jimmy Decotis had his best showing so far this season. The privateer from nearby Massachusetts had a big following in NY, and in the first moto was able to run as high as fifth before eventually fading back to 11th.

Jimmy Decotis had his best showing so far this season. The privateer from nearby Massachusetts had a big following in NY, and in the first moto was able to run as high as fifth before eventually fading back to 11th.

In 2009, Kyle Regal had one of his breakout performances at Unadilla, passing factory riders on his way to fourth overall as an almost complete unknown. This time around was a similar story, although Kyle definitely has a growing fan base. Still a privateer, Regal was able to finish the day in fifth overall.

In 2009, Kyle Regal had one of his breakout performances at Unadilla, passing factory riders on his way to fourth overall as an almost complete unknown. This time around was a similar story, although Kyle definitely has a growing fan base. Still a privateer, Regal was able to finish the day in fifth overall.

There has not been a round in the Northeast since Mt. Morris, so the fans came out by the thousands to watch the 41st annual Unadilla National. Great weather and racing made for a very memorable day.

There has not been a round in the Northeast since Mt. Morris, so the fans came out by the thousands to watch the 41st annual Unadilla National. Great weather and racing made for a very memorable day.

Sean Kranyak is the son of San Manuel/L&M/Yamaha's team owner Mike Kranyak (the

Sean Kranyak is the son of San Manuel/L&M/Yamaha's team owner Mike Kranyak (the "M" in L&M) and also happens to have his pro license. When the team decided to attend Unadilla for James Stewart, Sean was offered a spot under the tent as well. Not a bad spot for a privateer.

You may have a noticed a new logo floating around the pits. ARMA is new energy snack (not a drink) that is sponsoring a whole host of talent, including Kyle Regal.

You may have a noticed a new logo floating around the pits. ARMA is new energy snack (not a drink) that is sponsoring a whole host of talent, including Kyle Regal.

The first moto started well for Kevin Windham, but within a few short laps it all came tumbling down. A crash left K-Dub a little scratch up, but it was his bike tht took a serious beating. As you can see, broken handlebar mounts made it impossible for the Honda Red Bull Racing replacement to continue. He did come back very strong in the second moto though, moving from seventh up to fourth at the finish.

The first moto started well for Kevin Windham, but within a few short laps it all came tumbling down. A crash left K-Dub a little scratched up, but it was his bike that took a serious beating. As you can see, failed handlebar mounts made it impossible for the Honda Red Bull Racing replacement to continue. He did come back very strong in the second moto though, moving from seventh up to fourth at the finish.

Every moto at Unadilla offered up some close racing. The first 250 class moto was lead by four different riders and had the crowd on its feet for the entire 30 minutes plus two laps.

Every moto at Unadilla offered up some close racing. The first 250 class moto was lead by four different riders and had the crowd on its feet for the entire 30 minutes plus two laps.

Tyla Rattray has been the silent warrior this season. He is always within the top ten, but has yet to have any dominating performances. His 5-4 motos gave him fourth overall which is also his standing in the series.

Tyla Rattray has been the silent warrior this season. He is always within the top ten, but has yet to have any dominating performances. His 5-4 motos gave him fourth overall which is also his standing in the series.

You know the racing is good when the fight for first is this close with only two laps remaining. Pourcel had an impressive second moto, catching up from seventh to take the win, but Canard had the last laugh with the overall victory. Following Christophe's first moto DNF, he now only leads Trey by 16 points with three rounds remaining.

You know the racing is good when the fight for first is this close with only two laps remaining. Pourcel had an impressive second moto, catching up from seventh to take the win, but Canard had the last laugh with the overall victory. Following Christophe's first moto DNF, he now only leads Trey by 16 points with three rounds remaining.

Unadilla fans are eager and treat everyone like a star, including James Stewart Sr. There was crowd gathered around the San Manuel camp all day long.

Unadilla fans are eager and treat everyone like a star, including James Stewart Sr. There was crowd gathered around the San Manuel camp all day long.