However, in moto two, the 2006 MX2 World Champion started mid-pack and rounded the first turn in 12th while Dungey chased down Oklahoman Trey Canard, of the GEICO Powersports Honda team, out front. Pourcel could only recover for fourth in the moto while Dungey went on to win over Canard and his teammate Blake Wharton.
Pourcel’s stomach problems, stemming from his spinal-cord injury suffered in 2007, seem to be the culprit behind the consistency of the first-moto wins and second-moto losses on Pourcel’s part, and like Chad Reed in the 450cc class, he never complains about it, but rather just explains that it is an issue that he’s dealing with. There is a difference between a reason and an excuse, and he and Reed apparently have reasons. And with the way Dungey’s riding right now, it may take a digestive-system turn for the better for Pourcel to turn the tables on the Suzuki points leader.