By John Basher
July 17, 2010–The 2010 AMA 250/450 National series had a variety of topics, some which are interesting even now. Take Chad Reed, for example, who attempted to defend the 450 National crown after fleeing from Makita Suzuki to Monster Energy Kawasaki. By Millville–seven rounds into the series–Reed was well out of the points. Chad did show glimpses of brilliance, such as his opening round win at Hangtown; however, he (along with everyone else) was outpaced by 450 rookie Ryan Dungey.
Dungey entered his 450 National campaign flat footed. After winning the 450 Supercross title, expectations were high for Roger DeCoster’s protege. By round two at Glen Helen, Ryan caught fire. Dungey went on to win 19 of the next 22 motos. With Reed visibly at odds with his factory Kawasaki SR450, Ryan Villopoto sidelined with injury and James Stewart out of the picture, it was smooth sailing for Ryan Dungey. That much was obvious when he won both motos by a combined minute over second place.
In the 250 class, there was all-out warfare between Christophe Pourcel, Dean Wilson, Trey Canard and Tyla Rattray. Little did anyone know how strong Canard would finish out the series. Millville provided a glimpse into what was to come. Riding for the Geico Honda team, Canard went 2-1 for the overall. After Millville he trailed leader Pourcel by 44 points. It looked as if Pourcel would earn the title that had eluded him since coming Stateside. Only that points lead evaporated quickly in the closing stages. A big crash while leading the first moto at Unadilla a few weeks later proved detrimental.
Who raced the 250 Nationals back in 2010? Perhaps names like Michael Willard, Hunter Hewitt, Travis Baker, Tommy Weeck, Les Smith, Nico Izzi, Tommy Searle, Ian Trettel and Blake Wharton ring a bell.
Take a look back at the 2010 Millville National through the images below.
Tommy Hahn (10), Kyle Regal (41), Ryan Dungey (5) and Andrew Short (29) banged bars out of the gate in the second 450 moto.
Tommy Hahn’s 450 campaign in 2010 was hit and miss. He finished sixth in the first moto at Millville, only to bow out of the second moto. Hahn eventually finished 13th overall in the point standings.
Kevin Windham (14) challenged Ryan Dungey in the opening stages of the first moto, but Dungey was too much for K-Dub.
Ivan Tedesco had a forgettable day at Millville in 2010, but he styled for a while in practice.
Josh Grant finished second in the first moto aboard the all-new Yamaha YZ450F and was in great position for a podium finish, but he slipped back with a lap to go in the second moto. Grant went 2-10 for sixth.
Ryan Dungey was mostly untouchable in the 2010 National series. He won 19 motos and ten overalls.
Can you name this rider? It’s none other than Kyle Chisholm, the journeyman racer who has been putting in solid results for quite a few years. Chisholm went 7-9 for eighth overall at Millville in 2010.
Ben Townley was a regular at the AMA Nationals for a number of years. In 2010, “BT101” went 4-5 for fifth.
The Millville National is a favorite for quite a few Pro racers. The track has challenging terrain and nice elevation changes.
How many riders can you name? That’s Dean Wilson (108) leading Martin Davalos (577), Trey Canard (38), Jake Weimer (12), Christophe Pourcel (377), Nico Izzi (341), Tyla Rattray (28), Eli Tomac (243), Darryn Durham (36), Cole Seely (200) and the rest of the 250 pack in the first moto.
Jake Weimer (12) was coming into his own on a 250 outdoors in 2010. He battled with quite a few quality National riders, like his teammate Dean Wilson (108). Take a look at Wilson’s throttle hand. The poor Pro Circuit titanium valves!
Christophe Pourcel (377) and Trey Canard (38) had a great battle going in the first 250 moto at Millville. Pourcel used smart lines to dart inside of Canard. The lead would last most of the moto, before Canard made another run at Pourcel. It didn’t last, as Christophe crossed the line in first.
If you didn’t know any better, you couldn’t possibly think this is Eli Tomac. Eli’s riding style and build is much different than it was six years ago.
Trey Canard railed a berm en route to 2-1 moto scores and the overall at Millville.
A late afternoon thunderstorm rocked Millville. After a poor start in the second 250 moto, Christophe Pourcel struggled in the mud. He went 1-10 for fifth overall.
Justin Barcia has always had a unique riding style. This photo was shot over the uphill step-up following the now-famous “Chadapult.”
What’s odd is the number of fans standing at the exit of the first turn. Millville generally draws a huge crowd. Maybe spectators started filing out when they saw black clouds looming in the distance.