After a weekend break in the racing schedule, the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returned to Unadilla Motocross for the tenth round of the series. As many expected early on in the week, rain clouds began to reveal themselves in the early morning hours on Saturday and promptly opened up during the practice sessions completely soaking the track in the process. Track crew members anticipated this weather so they adjusted their morning prep accordingly, but it’s hard to imagine that the Unadilla racetrack could have any been worse. Regardless of the conditions, though a race is a race, and this weekend was one for the books, as the conditions delivered some slightly different results than the average weekend.
MARV AND THE MOTO 2 CHANGES
Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin got off to a great start in the first moto just behind Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna's Phil Nicoletti and then made the move into the lead shortly thereafter. Just as Marv began to pull away from the pack, Tomac hit the afterburners and began to chip away at the Frenchman's lead. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider caught Marv and passed him to take the Moto 1 win, so Marv and the crew headed back to the drawing board for Moto 2, which obviously paid off. The Red Bull KTM rider confirmed in the press conference that he and the team made some big changes to the bike in between motos, but did not disclose exactly what they were.
JUSTIN BARCIA HARD CHARGE
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia is always a crowd favorite at “The Dilla,” so unfortunately the fans didn’t get to see dominant performance out of the NY native following an opening lap crash in Moto 1. That’s not to say that they weren’t treated to one hell of a performance, though, as the #51 put on a hard charge for the leaders, which landed him in a very impressive 8th place when considering the track conditions. Barcia will no doubt be in contention for the RC Hard Charger award next weekend!