INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 17: Ryan Villopoto races at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross race at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 17, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Monster Energy Kawasaki

Tucked into the rolling green hills of central New York state, Round 10 of the Pro Championship was held at the historic Unadilla National on Saturday in New Berlin, N.Y. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s could not have asked for a better day as he qualified fastest, took both holeshots and led every lap to finish 1-1 and extend his points lead. Teammate Jake Weimer matched his best performance of the year by finishing on the podium in Moto 2 and fourth overall on the day. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett battled through both motos to finish fifth overall and Martin Davalos rounded out the top-10 overall after picking up the holeshot in Moto 2. In the 250 class Adam Cianciarulo, Justin Hill and Darryn Durham finished 15th, 19th, and 21st respectively, while Tyla Rattray finished 16th in the 450 class.

Unchallenged

After missing the podium in Millville two weeks ago and earning the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award, the current points leader reassured his spot at the top of the standings by dominating the track and competition at Unadilla. Villopoto earned his sixth Oakley Bomb Award as top qualifier in the muddy, rutted conditions. He went on to grab both holeshots, lead every lap, and won both motos by more than 12 seconds. Celebrating his 25th birthday on Tuesday, Villopoto also celebrates a 44-point lead in pursuit of his second 450 Pro Motocross Championship.

“Unadilla is slowly becoming one of my favorite tracks,” said Villopoto. “The track had tons of lines. You could go from right to left, inside to outside, and you never really had to follow. I was pumped after the first moto holeshot, but to get both was amazing.”

Pushing the Limit

After missing the podium in Millville two weeks ago and earning the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award, the current points leader reassured his spot at the top of the standings by dominating the track and competition at Unadilla. Villopoto earned his sixth Oakley Bomb Award as top qualifier in the muddy, rutted conditions. He went on to grab both holeshots, lead every lap, and won both motos by more than 12 seconds. Celebrating his 25th birthday on Tuesday, Villopoto also celebrates a 44-point lead in pursuit of his second 450 Pro Motocross Championship.

“Unadilla is slowly becoming one of my favorite tracks,” said Villopoto. “The track had tons of lines. You could go from right to left, inside to outside, and you never really had to follow. I was pumped after the first moto holeshot, but to get both was amazing.”

A Man’s Track

After the first practice it was evident that the track was going to be one of the most challenging the Pro Motocross Championship has seen this season. Rain leading up to Saturday left the soil extremely soft which led to multiple ruts and lines in every corner and on each jump face. Rocks have always been a factor at Unadilla therefore many riders opted to run hand guards and chest protectors to shield themselves. Although they sifted the dirt to try and remove as many rocks as possible, Durham and Weimer were both victim to the painful roost. Durham caught a rock to the cheekbone in the first moto, blurring his vision and Weimer took a rock off the back of a 450, which chipped his front tooth significantly. Despite the pain, both riders pressured on to finish their motos with Weimer finishing on the podium.

“It was gnarly out there,” said Durham. “The ruts were long and deep. You took off out of one rut and had to spot your landing into another rut in some spots. The track developed well, but that roost is no joke.”

Canadian Champ

Monster Energy/Leading Edge/Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalf returned to the Pro Motocross Championship after wrapping up his first Monster Energy Canadian Motocross Championship last weekend in New Brunswick with one round remaining. Metcalfe put his Kawasaki in the top-10 in both motos finishing 10-6 for seventh overall.

KX™ Proof

Kawasaki showcased the undisputed power of the KX450F and KX™250F at Unadilla as they claimed three of four holeshots on Saturday. Villopoto cleanly grabbed both starts in the 450 class and Davalos put his KX out front with his first holeshot of the season in Moto 2 on his way to seventh.

Home Stretch

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads back west for the final two stops of the tour. Round 11 will visit a new track at Miller Motorsports Park, who will host the Utah National in Tooele, Utah on Saturday, August 17th.

Red Bull KTM

Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned 3rd overall at the tenth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Unadilla Raceway.

Dungey pulled a great start in moto one coming around the first corner in 3rd position. He quickly passed fellow KTM rider Andrew Short to take over the 2nd place spot. He continued to click off fast lap times and was able to maintain that position throughout the remainder of the race to finish 2nd that moto.

In the second moto, Dungey got pinched off slightly on the start and came around the first corner in 8th position. He quickly charged forward and had passed into 6th position by the next lap. On the third lap he passed Phil Nicoletti to take over 5th position and then began to chase Josh Grant for 4th place. Dungey and Grant battled for the next six laps before Dungey was able to make an inside pass on Grant a few corners before the finish jump to move into 4th.

With five laps remaining, Dungey began to reel in the 3rd place ride of Jake Weimer. On the final lap, Dungey was side by side with Weimer as they headed into the final corner. Dungey had the drive out of the corner but bobbled coming out of the rut which allowed Weimer to barely edge him out for the final podium spot. Dungey crossed the finish immediately behind him to finish 4th. His 2-4 finishes earned him 3rd overall for the day.

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart bounced back from a fairly-severe crash and neck-injury early last week to give a commendable performance at round 10 of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York on Saturday.

In the first moto, Stewart focused his efforts on getting the most out of himself and his RM-Z450. He got a decent start and was running in a podium position by the end of lap one. Although his neck pain increased as the moto progressed, he still battled until the moto’s end and finished third. Because of the pain, however, Stewart opted out of the podium ceremony and went back to his motorhome to recover.

“Last Monday, I had a pretty big crash and messed up my neck pretty good,” said Stewart. “I came in to Unadilla pretty sore and that’s why my times were off a little bit all day. In the first moto, I got an OK start and made some passes on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. I got up to third and was closing in on second, but I could feel my neck tightening up really bad. By the end of the race, I was barely holding on.”

After regrouping, Stewart lined up for moto two. Unfortunately, he got a poor start and was almost last off the gate. Going into the second turn, he encountered a group of riders stopped on the track and had nowhere to go. The result was a crash that reinjured his already hurt neck. Stewart retired for the day and finished 11th overall.

“I felt like I recovered pretty good after the first moto,” said Stewart. “I felt like I could still get top five, but I got a bad start in the second moto and I was almost dead last going in the first corner. In the second corner… I don’t know if there was a pile-up but something happened and the guys in front of me were stopped and I ran into them. I went over the handlebars and landed on my neck again. I did my best; I felt like even though I was sore in the first moto, I still rode pretty good. Hopefully nothing is seriously wrong, but I’ll go back and get checked out.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s next race is penultimate round 11 of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships on Saturday, August 17th, at the Utah National in Tooele, Utah.

Red Bull KTM 250

Red Bull KTM Factory 250 Motocross riders Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin finished 3rd and 8th overall respectively at the tenth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Unadilla Raceway.

Musquin launched off to a great start in the first moto rounding the first corner in 3rd position. Unfortunately he ran into the back of the 2nd place rider a few corners later when that rider slowed before the finish line jump and Musquin was left with no alternative line. Musquin crashed and lost multiple positions. He eventually re-entered the track in 24th position. His teammate had started in 8th and moved up to 3rd by the end of the first lap.

Roczen maintained his 3rd place position until the halfway point in the race when he began to suffer from arm pump. Unfortunately, he dropped two positions and finished the moto in 5th. Meanwhile, Musquin was on a hard charge through the pack and made his way from 24th to 8th by the end of the moto.

“I just had some bad luck on that first lap and had nowhere to go and ran into Zach Osborne,” stated Musquin. “Luckily, I was able to move into the top ten and earn some valuable points.”

Musquin’s bad luck continued in the second moto when he jumped early off the start and got caught in the gate. He eventually left the start line in dead last position. Roczen had better luck and came around the first corner in 2nd position. Roczen quickly made a move around Jeremy Martin to take over the lead.

Roczen pulled away out front for the first half of the moto before Eli Tomac began to reel him in. Roczen put up a battle for a few laps before Tomac was able to move around and take over the lead position. Roczen held strong to finish the moto in 2nd position. Roczen’s 5-2 moto results earned him a podium spot for 3rd overall.

Musquin put in another impressive charge in the second moto. He moved from his dead last start position to 9th overall by the moto end. His 8-9 moto results earned him 8th overall for the day and allowed him to maintain his 3rd place position in the overall point standings.

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