The 2014 Lucas Oil Motocross Championship series just got a bit more exciting after Round 10 results on Saturday at the Unadilla National in New Berlin, NY.
As the championship lead tightened in the 450 class and got clearer in the 250 class, Weston Peick and Joey Savatgy were the only MotoSport-sponsored riders to finish in the Top 10.
Peick continued his consistent season-long riding in the 450s by taking 10th in Moto 1 and fifth in Moto 2 for seventh overall. His results moved him up a spot to seventh-place in the point standings. He passed James Stewart and Josh Grant but lost some ground to Andrew Short who took sixth overall, and as expected, got leap-frogged by Eli Tomac who is now in fifth-place.
Jimmy Albertson did not fare so well taking 24th in Moto 1 and 33rd in Moto 2 for 36th overall. He failed to register any points and fell out of the Top 20 in the standings. Tucker Saye took 34th overall after a 35-31 finish. Former MotoSport-sponsored rider Ryan Sipes who retired last year but has raced in some Motocross events this year took 11th overall.
For the rest of the 450s, Ryan Dungey closed the gap, again, on his Red Bull KTM teammate Ken Roczen by winning for the third time in the last four rounds. Dungey took Moto 1 quite easily by taking charge on the opening lap and fending off Roczen for much of the race until distancing himself in the final laps and winning by eight seconds. It was Dungey's third straight Moto win.
In Moto 2, Trey Canard broke through and took his first ever Moto win in the 450 class. That combined with his fourth-place spot in the opening race was good enough for second-overall and his first trip to the podium since Round 4. Canard added distance from Brett Metcalfe who grabbed ninth overall after a 12-6 showing and now Canard is just eight points from a guaranteed spot on the Championship podium.
Tomac swept third-place for a third-overall though he tied in points with Roczen who finished the day in fourth after riding 4-2. Roczen has not won a Moto since Round 7 and his once 26-point lead after that round has shrunk to just seven over Dungey.
In the 250 class, Savatgy continued his late season surge with a third-straight Top 10 finish. Savatgy swept ninth-place giving him seventh overall for the day. Savatgy moved up two spots and is now in 12th place in the standings just 20 points back from Dean Wilson and Alex Martin.
Jason Anderson, Savatgy's teammate on the MotoSport-sponsored Rockstar Energy KTM team, took 19th overall after registering no points in Moto 1 but rebounding for 14th place in Moto 2. Anderson still holds onto seventh-place in the standings despite three-straight Motos without points after a crash in Washougal sidelined him in Round 9.
Elsewhere in the 250s, Jeremy Martin took second overall after finishing 3-1 and now leads Blake Baggett by 66 points for the championship. Baggett swapped places with Cooper Webb for the third straight week after taking fifth overall to Webb's 15th overall. Webb received no points in Moto 2 thanks to some mechanical problems and getting a DNF.
Christophe Pourcel took the overall after winning Moto 1 and placing second in Moto 2 for his first win since 2010. Pourcel also swept both holeshots for the third Round in a row. The win broke Pourcel's tie with Justin Bogle for fifth-place in the point standings and moved him closer to fellow Frenchman Marvin Musquin, who swept Washougal two weeks ago. Only eight points separate the two for fourth-place and Musquin is just 19 points from Webb in third-place.
The penultimate race for the 2014 Motocross season is Saturday at the Indiana National. Buy tickets online or at the Ironman Raceway, 1389 W. 200 S. in Crawfordsville, IN.
2014 Unadilla National Motocross Results
2014 Unadilla National 450 Class Results
- Ryan Dungey (1-2)
- Trey Canard (4-1)
- Eli Tomac (3-3)
- Ken Roczen (2-4)
- Justin Brayton (6-7)
- Andrew Short (5-8)
- Weston Peick (10-5) - MotoSport rider
- Phil Nicoletti (7-9)
- Brett Metcalfe (12-6)
- Fredrik Noren (8-10)
2014 Unadilla National 250 Class Results
- Christophe Pourcel (1-2)
- Jeremy Martin (3-1)
- Marvin Musquin (2-5)
- Justin Bogle (5-3)
- Blake Baggett (6-4)
- Dean Wilson (4-6)
- Joey Savatgy (9-9) - MotoSport rider
- Chris Alldredge (13-8)
- Alex Martin (12-10)
- Shane McElrath (10-13)
2014 Motocross season Standings
450 Class Standings
- Ken Roczen (447)
- Ryan Dungey (440)
- Trey Canard (373)
- Brett Metcalfe (280)
- Eli Tomac (252)
- Andrew Short (247)
- Weston Peick (244) - MotoSport rider
- James Stewart (226)
- Josh Grant (218)
- Fredrik Noren (159)
250 Class Standings
- Jeremy Martin (422)
- Blake Baggett (356)
- Cooper Webb (348)
- Marvin Musquin (329)
- Christophe Pourcel (321)
- Justin Bogle, Cushing (310)
- Jason Anderson (243) - MotoSport rider
- Cole Seely (225)
- Jessy Nelson (200)
- Dean Wilson (176)