By Kyoshi Becker
Photos by John Basher and Daryl Ecklund
PRE-UNADILLA NATIONAL ROUND-UP
A one-week break seems too short, but a two-week break feels like forever. Other than Tyler Bowers, most of the riders escaped the break unscathed. Washougal was an exciting race heading into the two-week break. Eli Tomac claimed his second win of the series. However, with three races to go, Ken Roczen will most likely be the 2016 450 National Champion. Eli Tomac will not make it easy on Roczen, but he is currently 55 points down. Other than Eli Tomac, there isn’t any rider in the 450 class that can challenge for the title. Marvin Musquin sits third in the championship, but he is 151 points adrift and out of contention. Justin Barcia has shown flashes of speed, but doesn’t have the fire we saw from him last season. Sadly, there are just too many 450 riders injured (or not fast enough) to make it a dynamic four-way battle until the end. Would you believe that 15 of the riders in the top 30 have missed at least one race due to injury?
The 250 class, on the other hand, is quite dynamic. There are typically four to five racers fighting for the top step on the podium. Washougal was a real barn-burner. Alex Martin earned his second overall win of the season and Austin Forkner earned his first career moto win. Joey Savatgy and Cooper Webb butted heads. After Savatgy made an aggressive pass on Webb, Cooper snuck up the inside a few turns later and looked like he applied the rear brake. Whether by mistake or on purpose, the incident turned costly when both riders went down. Poor Jeremy Martin was an innocent bystander. The two-time 250 National Champion tipped over and proceeded to get clipped by Adam Cianciarulo. Martin ended up breaking a few ribs. Both Jessy Nelson and Justin Hill also returned to the class. For having a week back on the bike Nelson did very well and made the second moto podium.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE
5:30 a.m. PT / 8:30 a.m. ET – Practice & Qualifying
9:30 p.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. ET – Opening Ceremonies
10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET – First Motos (250 Class & 450 Class)
12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET – Second Motos (250 Class & 450 Class)
August 13 – 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) – MAVTV – First Motos (250 & 450 Class) LIVE
August 21 – 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET – NBCSN – Second Motos (250 & 450 Class)
August 25 – 11:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 a.m. ET – NBC Sports Network – Highlight Show
***All times subject to change.
- The season will be 83.3% over after Saturday. We are on the home stretch.
- Unadilla was on the original AMA National schedule in 1972. Since then it has been on and off a few times before being permanently added in 1993.
- Home to obstacles like Gravity Cavity, Skyshot and The Wall, Unadilla is a landmark track on the circuit.
- Unadilla has hosted every major outdoor motocross event in the USA at one point or another. This includes the Trans-AMA (1970-1978), Trans-USA (1979-1981), the USGP (1978-1992), and the first ever Motocross des Nations to come to the U.S. (1987).
- No New York native has ever won at Unadilla in either class. John Basher’s not happy at all with this fact. You can do it, Phil Nicoletti!
450 CLASS NOTES
- Kevin Windham is the only rider to win the 450 class at Unadilla and never win a championship. He won in 2003 and 2007.
- Kevin Windham, Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, and Ryan Villopoto have won Unadilla in both classes.
- Ricky Carmichael won Unadilla six times in the 450 class. Along with his two 250 class wins, he is the winningest rider there.
- California native Gary Jones won the first 450 race at Unadilla in 1972.
FASTEST 450 MAIN EVENT LAP TIMES
- Hangtown Moto 1 – Ryan Dungey – 2:00.475
- Hangtown Moto 2 – Ken Roczen – 2:02.776
- Glen Helen Moto 1 – Ken Roczen – 2:26.867
- Glen Helen Moto 2 – Ken Roczen – 2:29.60
- Thunder Valley Moto 1 – Ken Roczen – 2:10.649
- Thunder Valley Moto 2 – Eli Tomac – 2:11.230
- High Point Moto 1 – Eli Tomac – 2:01.932
- High Point Moto 2 – Justin Barcia – 2:00.304
- Muddy Creek Moto 1 – Eli Tomac – 1:53.115
- Muddy Creek Moto 2 – Ken Roczen – 1:52.555
- Red Bud Moto 1 – Ken Roczen – 1:56.678
- Red Bud Moto 2 – Ken Roczen – 1:56.555
- Southwick Moto 1 – Eli Tomac – 2:05.750
- Southwick Moto 2 – Eli Tomac – 2:07.221
- Washougal Moto 1 – Ken Roczen – 2:11.973
- Washougal Moto 2 – Eli Tomac – 2:11.626
TOP FIVE 450 POINTS
- Ken Roczen…434 Points
- Eli Tomac…379 Points
- Marvin Musquin…283 Points
- Justin Barcia…244 Points
- Christophe Pourcel…217 Points
250 CLASS NOTES
- Kawasaki has 14 wins in the 250 class at Unadilla. Compare that to the paltry three wins from Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki. KTM has two wins in the class.
- Marvin Musquin got his first career overall win in 2012 at Unadilla. Ken Roczen made the podium in third that year and won his very first 250 National moto.
- James Stewart has the most wins in the 250 class at Unadilla. He won in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
FASTEST 250 MAIN EVENT LAP TIMES
- Hangtown Moto 1 – Cooper Webb – 2:01.669
- Hangtown Moto 2 – Zach Osborne – 2:02.473
- Glen Helen Moto 1 – Cooper Webb – 2:30.635
- Glen Helen Moto 2 – Austin Forkner – 2:32.143
- Thunder Valley Moto 1 – Joey Savatgy – 2:12.506
- Thunder Valley Moto 2 – Joey Savatgy – 2:12.099
- High Point Moto 1 -Zach Osborne – 2:03.830
- High Point Moto 2 – Aaron Plessinger – 2:03.182
- Muddy Creek Moto 1 – Cooper Webb – 1:55.155
- Muddy Creek Moto 2 – Jordan Smith – 1:56.088
- Red Bud Moto 1 – Cooper Webb – 2:00.882
- Red Bud Moto 2 – Cooper Webb – 2:01.676
- Southwick Moto 1 – Cooper Webb – 2:11.515
- Southwick Moto 2 – Austin Forkner – 2:13.997
- Washougal Moto 1 – Joey Savatgy – 2:12.934
- Washougal Moto 2 – Austin Forkner – 2:14.453
TOP FIVE 250 POINTS
- Cooper Webb…372 Points
- Jeremy Martin…321 Points
- Joey Savatgy…319 Points
- Alex Martin…317 Points
- Austin Forkner…257 Points
Ryan Dungey – Dungey’s crash at Thunder Valley looked like no big deal. He got up and finished the moto. After the fact, doctors discovered a crack in the C6 vertebrae.
Cole Seely – Out with a broken finger which had to be plated back together. Fredrik Noren will fill in at HRC Honda for the rest of the season.
Jason Anderson – Broke his collarbone early in the season. He may return at Unadilla.
Christophe Pourcel – Out for the rest of the season.
Josh Grant – Ankle surgery cut his season short. His fill-in, Tyler Bowers, just injured his shoulder and is out for the season.
Justin Bogle – While it isn’t confirmed what injury he had, he sat out of Spring Creek and Washougal because of it. He may be back at Unadilla.
Blake Baggett – Re-injured his shoulder. He is out for the rest of the season.
Matt Bisceglia – The Suzuki fill-in rider suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs. He is set to return at Unadilla.
Broc Tickle – Tickle sustained a fractured pelvis at Millville when he crashed with Weston Peick.
Trey Canard – Canard missed Washougal after sustaining a concussion mid-week. No news on whether he will return at Unadilla.
Jeremy Martin – Injured some ribs in the Savatgy vs. Webb fiasco at Washougal. He won’t return this season.
Alex Frye – Troy Lee Designs’ Alex Frye sustained a torn ACL and additional torn ligaments in his knee. He will be out for the rest of the 2016 National season.
Chris Alldredge – Recovering from a pelvis injury he suffered in Las Vegas. He is back on the bike but his return is unknown.
Christian Craig – Craig collided with teammate Jordon Smith at Glen Helen. In the crash, Craig broke his tib/fib. He is out for the season.
Chase Sexton – The AMA Horizon award winner was supposed to make his Pro debut at Unadilla, but he has an avulsion fracture and will not race this weekend.