The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship runs throughout the summer consistently every week with very few interruptions. Of course, the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship (Loretta Lynn’s) is worthy of causing a such a disruption, and Unadilla was the first race back after the amateurs had their day. Several of the top guys at Loretta Lynn’s moved up to the pros, so the track at New Berlin, NY saw some new faces in the 250MX class. None of them were serious contenders at their debut race, however.
Ryan Dungey has been on a winning streak for the past few races, slowly reeling Ken Roczen in. In the first moto, the two of them put themselves in front early in the race. Although Dungey was leading, Roczen worked hard to get ahead, but he was ultimately unable to do so. Behind them were Eli Tomac and Trey Canard. Neither was able to catch up to the Dungey/Roczen duo, however. Tomac finished in 3rd and Canard in 4th.
The second moto switched things up a bit as Tomac and Canard headed up front with Dungey and Roczen trailing. But unlike the first moto, the top four riders traded places numerous times. For example, by the end of the first lap, the race appeared as though it was going to be a continuous battle between Tomac and Roczen trading places. The two of them created an impressive gap over the rest of the pack, but eventually Dungey caught back up and joined the mix yet again. Meanwhile, Canard worked steadily back up to the leaders and even passed all three of them to assert himself in the top position. In the end, no one was able to catch him. It was Canard’s first moto win in the 450MX class for his entire career. Dungey took 2nd and Tomac took 3rd.
No one can deny that it was a great day for Canard and his fans, but the overall championship for the year is still just down to Dungey and Roczen. Whereas Roczen had formerly held a commanding lead, Dungey has managed to whittle it down to just a seven-point difference. With two events (and four motos) left in the season, it’s certainly possible for Dungey to get ahead before the end.
|27||452||Sean Hackley, Jr.||KTM||27||24||0||2|
*Moto 1 Holeshot
^Moto 2 Holeshot
In 250MX, it was Christophe Pourcel’s time to the shine. Pourcel has consistently been one of the fastest guys on the track, but moto wins had escaped him throughout the 2014 season. All that changed at Unadilla. Pourcel is excellent when it comes to starts, and he grabbed the holeshot as he has done so many times this year. However, unlike many of the other times of the year, he maintained his lead for the entirety of the race. Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb followed behind him, but Marvin Musquin was able to pass them both, setting himself in 2nd behind Pourcel. Martin took 3rd for the moto.
Pourcel once more put himself in the lead during the second moto, but Martin slowly bridged the gap. Martin was finally able to pass Pourcel, and Pourcel simply couldn’t take the lead back. Justin Bogle finished in 3rd.
The day saw Pourcel stand on top of the overall podium. Martin’s excellent performance only solidified his dominance in the class, however. With 66 points over Blake Baggett and even more over Cooper Webb (neither of whom had podium finishes for the day), Martin’s championship is practically secured for the season.
|30||350||Roland Beck, Jr.||Honda||24||26||0||0|
|38||150||William G. Duffy||Kawasaki||26||38||0||0|
*Moto 1 Holeshot
^Moto 2 Holeshot
By Jeff Baker