In the first 250cc moto, Muscle Milk KTM’s Ryan Sipes got the holeshot but was quickly passed by GEICO Powersports Honda’s Justin Barcia, the winner of the last event at Southwick. Barcia led the first couple of laps before being overtaken by Pourcel, and Dungey was in hot pursuit. As Dungey moved into second, Pourcel slowed up a bit and the two began a cat-and-mouse game at the front of the pack, although they continued to pull away from Barcia in third.
A couple times during the race, Dungey actually made a pass on Pourcel, only for Pourcel to move back by immediately. Dungey did the smart thing, settling for second behind Pourcel. Pourcel took the win, Barcia was third, followed by Pourcel’s teammates Jake Weimer and Austin Stroupe, Sipes, Pourcel’s other teammate Ryan Morais, Barcia’s teammates Blake Wharton and Brett Metcalfe, and Brit Steven Clarke.
In moto two, Dungey needed a finish of 10th or better to secure the title, and Pourcel again snatched the early lead, but this time he ran and hid from the field. It took until lap four for Dungey to move into second, and by that point, Pourcel had two full straightaways on Dungey, and Wharton ran third for the entire race after that point, too, followed by Blake Baggett, fresh out of the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championships, then Sipes, his teammate Tommy Searle, Metcalfe, Weimer, Broc Tickle and Stroupe.
With his 1-1 score, Pourcel took the overall, while Dungey ended up second on the day but clinched his first-ever AMA National Championship. Blake Wharton was third overall on the day.
MCRMX Honda’s Jeff Alessi got the holeshot in the first 450cc moto and led the first two go-arounds until Canidae/Motosport Kawasaki’s Tommy Hahn went by both Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short and Alessi to take the lead on the third lap. The lead was short-lived, though, as Short passed Hahn for the lead, and Short’s teammate Tedesco also got Hahn for second. However, soon after taking the lead himself, Tedesco went down, handing the lead back to Short, at which point it seemed Short began to fade.
Hahn took the lead back from Short at the halfway point and never looked back, eventually winning with room to spare over 2009 champ Chad Reed, who was running the number-one plate outdoors for the first time ever. Following Reed was his Suzuki and Team Australia teammate Michael Byrne, then Tedesco, Short, their teammate Davi Millsaps, Yamaha’s Southwick winner Matt Goerke and the rest of the field.
In moto two, Jagermeister KTM’s Justin Brayton got the holeshot over Kawasaki’s Jake Moss, and then Brayton immediately began to pull away. Moss hung on for second for the entire race, and he would gain and lose and gain and lose with Brayton, but never got close enough to strike. Brayton took his first-ever moto victory over Moss, Tedesco and Hahn, and with the 1-4 score, Hahn took his first-ever AMA National overall victory.
Short was fifth in the moto ahead of Valli Motorsports Yamaha’s Jimmy Albertson, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry and the rest of the field. Reed dropped out with a re-emergence of his stomach problem from earlier this year.