Riders and fans alike were all chomping at the bit to get the racing back underway this weekend at Unadilla after a three week lull in the series. With everyone’s batteries recharged, riders left it all on the track and gave the upstate New York fans a show before the storms came through. There was no shortage of stories to follow at round ten, and that’s why we have Monday Kickstart. Grab a coffee and enjoy.
– FIRE! As if the BTO Sports KTM team needed any more bad luck this year (remember when their rig got broken into?) they were sent messages Friday night of their team hauler on fire. Local fire departments were dispatched quickly and put out the blaze, but Andrew Short's bike was almost a total loss and there was extensive damage to the rest of their bikes and belongings. Factory KTM, Husqvarna, and Troy Lee Designs KTM all came together (among many more) to completely assemble a race bike for Shorty and they all pitted out of factory KTM. Talk about having each other's backs. Well done, everyone.
– What a track. Rain that fell in the days prior to the race made for some seriously tough and rutted conditions. Most of the riders we talked to said it was the roughest track they had ridden in quite some time.
– It's time to get patriotic. The 2016 MXON team was officially announced, and leading the guys as team captain and MX1 rider will be Cooper Webb aboard a 450. Joining him will be Alex Martin in MX2 and Jason Anderson in the Open Class.
– Injuries have plagued the series this year, with many of the marquee names absent from the entry list. Ryan Dungey, Justin Bogle, Trey Canard, Jeremy Martin, Josh Grant, Cole Seeley, and more were still out with injury and you can see how a full year of racing has taken its toll on the field.
– Keep Jessy Nelson in your thoughts - the friendly Troy Lee Designs KTM rider went down hard causing the second 250 moto red flag, and was brought to a nearby hospital. Jessy posted THIS update to his Instagram yesterday. Stay strong, Jessy.
– A couple of Loretta Lynn's graduate's made their way into the pro ranks this weekend, with the biggest name being Bradley Taft under the Cycle Trader Yamaha tent. His Loretta's rival and AMA Horizon Award winner Chase Sexton would unfortunately miss his debut due to a practice injury prior to the weekend. Former 80's CR250 pilot (see: Loretta Lynn's 2013) Jerry Robin also debuted under the Slater Skins Blue Buffalo awning in the 450 class.
– Did we mention it was hot? Numerous riders were definitely visually shaken by the heat and many mentioned not feeling too well after the motos. The Pro Circuit Kawasaki team was heavily affected, with Arnaud Tonus opting out of the second moto with an IV to rehydrate and both Savatgy and Cianciarulo pulling out of moto two. It was nothing short of brutal out there.