2011 Unadilla AMA Motocross | Preview

AMA Pro Motocross

Only three rounds remain in the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship, with the action commencing this Saturday in New Berlin, N.Y., for the Rockstar Energy Unadilla National.

After a two-week break from MX at Washougal, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto leads the standings, followed only a point behind by the reigning AMA Motocross Champion, Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey.

The man who led the AMA Championship up until Washougal, Two-Two Motorsport Honda’s Chad Reed, fell back to third, nine points behind Dungey. Reed’s string of bad luck actually began at Round 7 in Millville; after winning the first moto, Reed had a hectic crash in the second moto, but battled back to 13th.

Then in Washougal, Reed finished fourth overall after a 7-4 moto finish. With the accident in Millville, and the fourth in Washougal, Reed slipped back in the points. Meanwhile, Villopoto’s 2-1 finish at Washougal gave him the lead, with Dungey’s 1-2 finish allowing him to slip into second as the series heads to Unadilla.

Throughout the 250 Class season, one team has garnered all the attention with a remarkable string of success. The Mitch Payton-led Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, highlighted by Dean Wilson, Tyla Rattray and Blake Baggett, has taken the checkered flag in all 16 motos this summer, resulting in the overall win at all eight rounds of competition.

MX Sports says Unadilla hosted a round of the inaugural AMA Pro Motocross Championship in 1972, and has been a part of the American Motocross landscape ever since. It remains one of the most unique venues in the sport, thanks to its rolling hills and incredible natural terrain. It boasts a high-speed layout, yet is the site of notorious and awe-inspiring obstacles like Gravity Cavity, The Wall, and the Skyshot.

Last year at Unadilla, Dungey responded to a strong challenge from Belgian Clement Desalle, to post perfect 1-1 moto scores and grab his eighth win of the season. In the 250 Class, eventual champion Trey Canard continued his impressive second-half run, taking his fourth win of the season on the heels of a 2-1 performance, MX Sports reports

Unadilla AMA Motocross opening ceremonies begin at noon (EDT), with motos kicking off at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Unadilla AMA Motocross TV Schedule

NBC will broadcast the final 450 moto live at 3 p.m. (EDT) Saturday.

2011 AMA Motocross 450 Point Standings (after 8 of 12 rounds)

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 341
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 340
  3. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda – 332
  4. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki – 247
  5. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda – 193
  6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM – 183
  7. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM – 178
  8. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 173
  9. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 159
  10. Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Yamaha – 140

250 AMA Motocross Point Standings

  1. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Kawasaki – 346
  2. Tyla Rattray, Durban, South Africa, Kawasaki – 333
  3. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 329
  4. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 233
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 201
  6. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 187
  7. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda – 181
  8. Gareth Swanepoel, Johannesburg, South Africa, Yamaha – 177
  9. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Suzuki – 152
  10. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda – 144