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Sign of the (Lap) Times: Unadilla

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Perhaps no track has more history soaked into its soil than New Berlin, New York's Unadilla Valley Sports Center, with Trans-AMA, USGP, MXdN and AMA National races all on its resume. And while the track has gone through some changes over the last few years, the basics remain the same--rough, fast, rocky, with some huge jumps baked into the natural elevation change of the land.

 

This is one of the trickiest tracks on the tour thanks to the speed, the slippery, hard-packed dirt and the massive obstacles. What you have, then, are fast laps all over the place. Check the lap charts below and you'll see how no one could agree on the best lap to go fast on.

 

450 Moto 1

 

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 1 2:07.475 4 Ryan Dungey
2 2 2:07.647 3 Clemente Desalle
3 3 2:08.026 3 James Stewart
4 5 2:08.886 8 Brett Metcalfe
5 7 2:09.600 4 Ben Townley
6 6 2:09.773 4 Josh Grant
7 4 2:10.008 4 Andrew Short
8 9 2:10.608 3 Kyle Chisholm
9 17 2.10.857 6 Ryan Sipes
10 8 2:11.698 3 Kyle Regal

 

450 Moto 2

 

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 1 2:10.542 10 Ryan Dungey
2 2 2:11.661 5 Clemente Desalle
3 3 2:12.044 6 Brett Metcalfe
4 6 2:12.379 3 Kyle Regal
5 5 2:12.466 3 Andrew Short
6 4 2:12.740 16 Kevin Windham
7 10 2:13.096 3 Ryan Sipes
8 9 2:13.623 3 Ben Townley
9 14 2.13.655 7 Josh Grant
10 7 2:13.705 5 Justin Brayton

 

 

Shocked? Ryan Dungey was fastest in both 450 motos.
Carl Stone photo

 

Yes, Ryan Dungey was the fastest man of the 450 class at the 'Dilla, with Clemente Desalle second fastest in both motos--no surprise since they went 1-2 in each race, also. A few other things to note, such as James Stewart logging third-fastest in moto one after scoring the fastest times in practice. And you want to talk about hard charging? Kevin Windham went down hard in moto one and failed to finish, and returned in moto two to score a come-from-behind fourth place finish. Note KW's fastest lap came on the 16th and final lap of the day. He passed his teammate Andrew Short in the last turn to grab that fourth-place finish. Impressive.

 

250 Moto 1

 

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 3 2:12.020 8 Justin Barcia
2 4 2:12.215 8 Eli Tomac
3 1 2:12.567 10 Trey Canard
4 2 2:12.929 10 Bake Wharton
5 6 2:13.114 7 Dean Wilson
6 5 2:13.796 3 Tyla Rattray
7 38 2:14.481 1 Christophe Pourcel
8 33 2:14.606 7 Darryn Durham
9 14 2.14.923 6 Wil Hahn
10 7 2:15.237 4 Nico Izzi

 

250 Moto 2

 

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 1 2:12.980 8 Christophe Pourcel
2 2 2:13.619 7 Trey Canard
3 3 2:14.035 5 Dean Wilson
4 4 2:14.510 8 Tyla Rattray
5 5 2:14.535 7 Justin Barcia
6 6 2:14.869 4 Eli Tomac
7 9 2:15.527 7 Blake Wharton
8 7 2:15.913 5 Darryn Durham
9 8 2.17.473 9 Martin Davalos
10 10 2:17.639 2 Travis Baker

 

Justin Barcia crashed in both motos, but still scored second overall thanks to his fast lap times.
Simon Cudby photo

 

Again, there were a variety of different laps when riders went fast at this track, some early in the race, some more toward the second half. And one rider had no choice--in the first 250 moto, Christophe Pourcel only logged one full lap time before crashing out, but that was still good enough for the seventh fastest time.

 

Trey Canard won the moto, but as we've seen several times during his four-race win streak, he was not the fastest rider even though he won. His teammates Justin Barcia and Blake Wharton were faster on an individual lap, but Barcia fell and Wharton didn't start clicking them off until late.

 

No surprise in moto two, Pourcel won the race with a come-from-behind victory, and he had the fastest time there.

 

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