Title March: Villopoto And Tomac Win Unadilla National

The week away did nothing to change the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. If anything, it made the top two title contenders stronger as we head into the final stretch of the season. Ryan Villopoto and Eli Tomac have control of their respective divisions, and both were on a higher level than their competitors when the gate dropped at New Berlin, New York’s Unadilla Motorsports Park.

450 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

450 Moto One

Ryan Villopoto claimed the holeshot in the opening race of the day, with his title rival Ryan Dungey along in tow. Starts have eluded Villopoto this season, but with a clear track ahead, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider immediately began to build a lead over field. His pace was utterly unmatchable, and despite the wet, rutted conditions, he managed to post a 2:12:854 lap time. After running a truly torrid pace in the opening moments, he settled into a groove and put in laps roughly 10 seconds slower. Villopoto was never pressured through the course of the moto and was 20 seconds ahead of second place finisher Ryan Dungey at the final flag.

This is not to say that Dungey's moto was not impressive. The Red Bull KTM racer was easily the second quickest rider on the track, and although he was briefly under pressure from James Stewart, he pulled back away from the Yoshimura Suzuki rider. His consistent finishes at Millville and Unadilla have helped him manage the damage made from his rough day at RedBud over a month ago.

After a first moto crash while leading Unadilla last year rocked Michael Byrne's career, the BTO Sports KTM racer looked to settle his issue with the upstate circuit. Sadly, another first moto incident tweaked the Australian's knee and he pulled out for the day.

After scoring a podium finish at Millville, Trey Canard's luck changed drastically in New York. The Team Honda Muscle Milk rider was near the front of the pack at the start of the moto, but in the middle of the race Canard's pace dropped off and he pulled into the mechanic's area with a faulty engine. His crew managed to swap motors between races, and Canard was back on the line in the second go.

450 Moto One Results

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. James Stewart
4. Justin Barcia
5. Josh Grant
6. Andrew Short
7. Justin Brayton
8. Broc Tickle
9. Jake Weimer
10. Brett Metcalfe
11. Tyla Rattray
12. Mike Alessi
13. Phil Nicoletti
14. Matt Goerke
15. Zack Freeberg
16. Akira Narita
17. Chad Reed
18. Derek Anderson
19. Jeremy Medaglia
20. Joey Peters

450 Moto Two

The right hand turn at the end of the start straight was far too tight for 40 riders to get through without incident, and a number of racers were collected in the second mot, including Trey Canard, Justin Brayton, Malcolm Stewart, and Mike Alessi. The impact damaged Alessi's MotoConcept bike too much to continue on, and Canard needed to have the front wheel of his bike changed before he could continue.

Ryan Villopoto emerged from the first turn with another holeshot and picked up where he left on in the first moto. Sunshine and the 250 class changed the way the track had formed, and despite the rough conditions lap times managed to drop. Villopoto worked away from second place Justin Barcia and the rest of the field in dominating fashion to take the second moto win and overall on the day.

Although Villopoto's run at the front was anticlimactic, the racing behind him made up for the lack of action. His title rival Ryan Dungey came from sixth at the midway point in the moto, fought a multi-lap battle with Josh Grant for fourth place, and then reeled in Jake Weimer for the final podium spot. Despite the pressure, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider never faltered and held off Dungey in a tense late-race duel. Weimer's ride in the second moto boosted his overall score to fourth place, and allowed Barcia to take second place overall from Dungey.

The three riders that were involved in the first-turn crash that were able to continue did so in impressive fashion. Brayton came from far back to take 13th place in the second moto, Malcolm Stewart 11th, and Trey Canard came from the farthest back to earn 26th.

450 Moto Two Results

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Justin Barcia
3. Jake Weimer
4. Ryan Dungey
5. Josh Grant
6. Brett Metcalfe
7. Andrew Short
8. Broc Tickle
9. Phil Nicoletti
10. Jake Canada
11. Malcolm Stewart
12. Chad Reed
13. Justin Brayton
14. Matt Goerke
15. Akira Narita
16. Ben LaMay
17. Bobby Kiniry
18. Jeremy Medaglia
19. Broc Schmelyun
20. Tyla Rattray

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Overall Results
1. Ryan Villopoto (1-1)
2. Justin Barcia (4-2)
3. Ryan Dungey (2-4)
4. Jake Weimer (9-3)
5. Josh Grant (5-5)
6. Andrew Short (6-7)
7. Brett Metcalfe (10-6)
8. Broc Tickle (8-8)
9. Justin Brayton (7-13)
10. Phil Nicoletti (13-9)
11. James Stewart (3-40)
12. Matt Goerke (14-14)
13. Chad Reed (17-12)
14. Jake Canada (25-10)
15. Akira Narita (16-15)
16. Tyla Rattray (11-20)
17. Malcolm Stewart (34-11)
18. Mike Alessi (12-39)
19. Zackery Freeburg (15-24)
20. Ben LaMay (22-16)
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 National Championship Points Standings (After 9 of 12 rounds):
1. Ryan Villopoto (463/14 moto wins)
2. Ryan Dungey (419/5 moto wins)
3. Justin Barcia (346)
4. James Stewart (289/1 moto win)
5. Trey Canard (263)
6. Andrew Short (220)
7. Jake Weimer (216)
8. Broc Tickle (209)
9. Josh Grant (209)
10. Mike Alessi (204)

250 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

250 Moto One

Wil Hahn grabbed yet another holeshot aboard his GEICO Honda machine and once again led the opening laps of the moto. With MYPLASH/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing/Yamaha rookie Jeremy Martin in tow, the two riders hustled away from the rest of the field, particularly Zach Osborne. The size of their gap was aided by Osborne's struggles with Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen, a racer determined to recapture the momentum that helped him control the championship for the majority of the year. After a series of pass attempts, Roczen overtook third place and set off after the leaders.

The middle of the moto was action packed, as a four-rider fight for the lead developed between Hahn, Martin, Roczen, and a charging Eli Tomac. The newly crowned 250 points leader had climbed from deep in the field and to the head pack by consistently notching laps two seconds faster than anyone else. At one point, all four riders were within feet of each other in the same turns, and this quickly changed the running order. Martin blasted around an outside line to steal the lead from Hahn, and in the same section just one lap later, Tomac jumped from fourth to second. Tomac's run to the top was not finished, and his rush was only complete when he overtook Martin for the lead.

After running as high as third place, it became apparent in the middle of the moto that Ken Roczen was off the pace. It did not seems as if his bike was as powerful as his competitor's were in some sections of the track, and he dropped from third to fifth. After the moto, Roczen stated that he spent the moto struggling with arm pump and suspension issues.

Zach Osborne and Blake Baggett have been saddled with poor first moto scores this season, but both overcame their issues to earn fourth and fifth, respectively.

250 Moto One

1. Eli Tomac
2. Jeremy Martin
3. Zach Osborne
4. Blake Baggett
5. Ken Roczen
6. Wil Hahn
7. Kyle Cunningham
8. Marvin Musquin
9. Cole Seely
10. Justin Bogle
11. Jason Anderson
12. Cooper Webb
13. Martin Davalos
14. Alex Martin
15. Jessy Nelson
16. Justin Hill
17. Shane McElrath
18. Kyle Peters
19. Adam Cianciarulo
20. Jimmy Decotis

250 Moto Two 

Martin Davalos rocketed out of the gate to take the holeshot in the first moto, and he had quick company in Ken Roczen. The Red Bull KTM racer shook off the issues that plagued him in the first moto to steal the lead from Davalos in the opening laps, and proceeded to gap the field. Jeremy Martin's run at his home track has put momentum on the rookie's side, and he pulled into third place moments into the moto. The rookie came under fire from Eli Tomac, who was posting lap times two seconds quicker than any other competitor on the track, and was passed for the spot a roughly ten minutes into the moto. With plenty of time left in the moto, Tomac proceeded to dismantle the distance between he and Roczen, and despite some resistance from his teammate Justin Bogle, was soon on the rear fender of the KTM. He unleashed a number of pass attempts on Roczen, but roost from the rear tire of the leader and a number of odd line choices kicked him back a bit. After moments of near-passes and shutouts, the GEICO Honda rider grabbed the lead and pulled away from Roczen to take the overall win.

250 Moto Two Results

1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Jeremy Martin
4. Justin Bogle
5. Blake Baggett
6. Zach Osborne
7. Martin Davalos
8. Wil Hahn
9. Marvin Musquin
10. Cole Seely
11. Cooper Webb
12. Jessy Nelson
13. Adam Cianciarulo
14. Kyle Cunningham
15. Alex Martin
16. Kyle Peters
17. Shane McElrath
18. Justin Hill
19. Matt Bisceglia
20. Darryn Durham

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Overall Results
1. Eli Tomac (1-1)
2. Jeremy Martin (2-3)
3. Ken Roczen (5-2)
4. Zach Osborne (3-6)
5. Blake Baggett (4-5)
6. Justin Bogle (10-4)
7. Wil Hahn (6-8)
8. Marvin Musquin (8-9)
9. Cole Seely (9-10)
10. Martin Davalos (13-7)
11. Kyle Cunningham (7-14)
12. Cooper Webb (12-11)
13. Jessy Nelson (15-12)
14. Alex Martin (14-15)
15. Adam Cianciarulo (19-13)
16. Jason Anderson (11-34)
17. Kyle Peters (18-16)
18. Shane McElrath (17-17)
19. Justin Hill (16-18)
20. Matt Bisceglia (37-19)
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 National Championship Points Standings (After 9 of 12 rounds):
1. Eli Tomac (455/11 moto wins)
2. Ken Roczen (416/7 moto wins)
3. Marvin Musquin (359/1 moto win)
4. Blake Baggett (329/1 moto win)
5. Zach Osborne (296)
6. Jeremy Martin (249)
7. Jason Anderson (248)
8. Justin Bogle (238)
9. Kyle Cunningham (204)
10. Cole Seely (192)