2012 AMA Motocross
Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Motocross results from Unadilla, New Berlin, N.Y., listed below
The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing headed to Unadilla in New York Saturday for the 10th of 12 rounds.
And for the eighth consecutive round, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey was victorious, the Minnesota native not only sweeping the round but also taking the AMA Motocross title. This was the first 450 class Motocross title for the Austrian brand.
Joining Dungey on the overall Unadilla podium was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle (2-4) and Team Chaparral Honda’s Andrew Short (4-3).
Dungey fought hard for the win, though. BTO Sports/Palmetto Suzuki’s Michael Byrne and Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart battled for the early lead, with Stewart taking the spot on the second lap. Dungey. meanwhile, started from fifth.
Stewart then crashed out of the lead, dropping to the tail end of the field and allowing Byrne to re-assume the position. The same lap, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer passed Byrne but went down moments later, unable to finish the race.
Byrne paced the field for the next seven laps and opened a multi-second advantage, only to experience misfortune of his own and suffer an injury that ultimately forced him out of the moto. In Byrne’s absence, Tickle took over the lead with Dungey, who also fell in the early stages of the moto, assuming second.
Tickle fended off Dungey for four laps, but the SX-F 450 rider made his move with two laps remaining to take a hard-fought moto win, battling his way forward from 10th place. Dungey’s closest championship rival, MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., also suffered from misfortune in the moto, completing only four laps before pulling off with a DNF, which put Dungey is position to claim the title.
In Moto 2, Dungey capitalized on a good start, slotting himself into third place early behind Short and Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX’s Davi Millsaps. Dungey wasted little time in moving forward, passing both of his competitors to move into the lead by the third lap. Once out front, Dungey never looked back and brought home his 22nd career premier class win, tying him with Ricky Johnson for third on the all-time wins list.
Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM SX-F 450) says: “It was a pretty amazing day. To be honest, I knew we could wrap (the championship) up today, but my focus was putting on a solid performance and moving forward. Mike (Alessi) has been riding well, but unfortunately there was a DNF. In the second moto, I just wanted to put in a solid ride and wrap up this championship. It’s amazing to see everything that’s gone in to making this moment happen. It’s pretty special.”
“I knew we had the right people behind us and if anyone could do it, (Team Manager Roger DeCoster) and this team could. We struggled at times, but as a team we worked it out and were able to overcome it. It took a lot of effort from everyone here and overseas. We had a god opening round and just kept making progress. I committed everything and winning a championship is paying that due. I hope this is the first of many more.”
Tickle posted a career-best runner-up finish (2-4), while Short rounded out the podium in third (4-3).
In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Zach Bell positioned himself at the front of the field of the opening moto and led the first two laps before giving way to Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen. Once out front, Roczen pulled away from the field and claimed his first moto win since moving to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this season.
In Moto 2, GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia took advantage of the holeshot to open an early lead and rebound from a seventh-place finish in the first moto. Behind him, fellow GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin began to assert themselves at the front of the field.
Tomac eventually closed in on Barcia and passed his teammate on Lap 8, pulling away for the moto win. Musquin solidified himself in third through the remainder of the moto and the consistency was enough to award the former two-time World Motocross Champion the overall win.
Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM SX-F 250 Motocross) says: “This is my best result here. I was finding good lines, and this track is really about technique. I (also) got two good starts. In the first moto, I was happy to follow Kenny (Roczen) and in the second moto I was determined to get a good start because I haven’t been doing that this year. I kept thinking about the overall, because I knew Tomac and Barcia had trouble (in Moto 1). With Kenny and Ryan (Dungey) winning as well, it was a good day for KTM. ”
Tomac (6-1) and Roczen (1-6) finished with identical moto results, tying for second overall, but Tomac claimed the spot by virtue of the second-moto tiebreaker.
Points leader Blake Baggett finished fifth overall aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki but still maintains possession of the 250 Class lead, 24 points over Barcia.
After a break in the action next weekend, the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will return with the 11th of 12 rounds this season in Pennsylvania. The Steel City National from Delmont’s Steel City Raceway will host the world’s best riders on Saturday, September 1, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern.
2012 Unadilla AMA Motocross Results, 450 Class (Moto Finish):
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-1)
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki (2-4)
- Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda (4-3)
- Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha (3-5)
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (5-6)
- Nico Izzi, Rochester, Mich., Yamaha (6-8)
- Tyla Rattray, Durban, South Africa, Kawasaki (8-9)
- Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Honda (7-11)
- Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Kawasaki (12-7)
- Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki (39-2)
2012 AMA Motocross 450 Class Championship Standings:
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 480
- Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 367
- Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 311
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki, 293
- Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 293
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki, 226
- Justin Brayton, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Honda, 202
- Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Kawasaki, 182
- James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 163
- Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha, 150
2012 Unadilla AMA Motocross 250 Class Results (Moto Finish):
- Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (2-3)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (6-1)
- Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM (1-6)
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda (7-2)
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (3-5)
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (11-4)
- Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (9-8)
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki (5-12)
- Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Suzuki (13-7)
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda (14-9)
2012 AMA Motocross 250 Class Championship Standings:
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 436
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 412
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 408
- Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 385
- Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 336
- Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 255
- Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki, 215
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M, Suzuki, 206
- Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 189
- Travis Baker, Temecula, Calif., Honda, 168