Top 10: Unadilla
Here are the top ten things on our minds after visiting the legendary Unadilla circuit for round ten of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series.
1. The track. With the rain leading up to the event, it left it a lot softer than we've seen at pretty much any other round this year. After practice, it was full of ruts, holes, bumps, and turned what's usually a man's track into a beast of a track that would quickly bite you if you gave it even the slightest chance.
2. James Stewart. Another return to racing, and another quick exit. He lost the front end in the first moto, and got cross-rutted in the second and went out with what we were told was a dislocated finger. James and Unadilla have had pretty much a hate-hate relationship over the years. That might have not been the best spot to return to action.
3. Injuries. Saturday was another brutal day in a vicious year for injuries. Michael Byrne didn't even crash, and still ended up with a broken leg after swapping while leading the first moto. Talk about the peaks and valleys of racing, all packed up into a minute or so. Get Well Soons also go to Les Smith, Zach Bell, James Stewart, Jake Weimer (who raced the second moto with a very sore neck after a first moto crash), and a bunch of other riders who went down this weekend.
4. Ryan Dungey. RD5 locked up the 2012 450 crown with two full rounds to go, giving KTM their first 450 title here, and a full year ahead of the projected goal for the orange crew.
5. Ken Roczen. Kenny finally scored his first moto win here, on a day when he was actually running a fever. Now that he's broken through and scored the first one (and almost finished his first full tour of the U.S. circuit), we wouldn't be surprised to see him score a bunch more.
6. Marvin Musquin. Marvin added to KTM's stellar day with his breakthrough overall win in the 250 class, despite an improbable 2-3 score. Consistency paid.
7. Mike Alessi. Mike kept the pressure on during the second moto, and pulled an amazing start despite having to start from the outside of the gate after a first moto DNF.
8. Broc Tickle. Broc has been gaining confidence all season long, and led a good portion of the first 450 moto after Byrne went down. His stock has been rising, and he's being pursued by several teams for 2013.
9. Red charge. Check out all the GEICO Hondas at the front of the pack to start moto two. They've definitely stepped up their program this year.
10. Jeremy Martin. An 18-27 day probably wasn't what he had in mind for a debut result, but he did show solid speed, and avoided any rides in the Asterisk Mule.