Sign of the  Lap Times: Unadilla

Sign of the Lap Times: Unadilla

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A day that began with a thick layer of fog covering historic Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, New York, ended with one Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship National title in the clear, and another on the brink.

Thanks in part to a mechanical DNF from MotoConcepts’ Mike Alessi in moto one, Ryan Dungey wrapped up the first 450 National title in KTM's history. Dungey wasn’t the only orange rider stealing the show at ‘Dilla, either. Ken Roczen was finally able to overcome his late-race demons to win his first career moto in America. Joining Roczen in the KTM spotlight was his teammate, Marvin Musquin, who clawed his way to his first 250 overall win in the U.S. by way of unlikely 2-3 scores.

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Blake Baggett took another step closer to capturing his first career 250 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross title after GEICO Honda's Justin Barcia, for the second consecutive week, was unable to take advantage of familiar settings and now sits twenty-four points back of Baggett with two rounds remaining.

Let’s take a look at the lap charts to see how it all broke down.


450 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 9 2:14.847 2 2:23.749 James Stewart
2 35 2:16.530 5 2:18.170 Michael Byrne
3 1 2:16.631 7 2:18.486 Ryan Dungey
4 2 2:16.789 6 2:18.504 Broc Tickle
5 40 2:17.106 3 2:17.912 Jake Weimer
6 6 2:17.621 8 2:21.614 Nico Izzi
7 5 2:18.084 10 2:21.336 Josh Grant
8
3 2:18.301 9 2:20.189 Davi Millsaps
9 4 2:18.685 9 2:20.499 Andrew Short
10 37 2:18.793 5 2:23.068 Christian Craig

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:14.019 6 2:16.650 Ryan Dungey
2 2 2:14.388 4 2:16.738 Mike Alessi
3 35 2:14.525 5 2:16.793 James Stewart
4 4 2:16.378 16 2:19.004 Broc Tickle
5 3 2:16.774 16 2:19.082 Andrew Short
6 5 2:17.895 3 2:20.527 Davi Millsaps
7 8 2:18.606 9 2:21.593 Nico Izzi
8
6 2:18.798 9 2:21.077 Josh Grant
9 18 2:18.988 14 2:26.665 Jake Weimer
10 7 2:19.556 6 2:21.465 Kyle Chisholm

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart had a bumpy return to action at Unadilla—one that was plagued with crashes, and ultimately spelled the end of his season after he dislocated his finger in a second moto crash. But when Stewart was on the bike, he was on fire, setting a fast lap that was nearly two seconds clear of the field in the first moto.

After heavy rains pounded Unadilla on Friday, the track pushed the best riders in the world to their limits on Saturday. The first moto produced five different leaders (Stewart, Dungey, Jake Weimer, Michael Byrne and Broc Tickle), with three of the five losing the lead due to crashes (Weimer, Byrne, Stewart), two unable to finish the moto (Weimer, Byrne) and one rider that would lose his season to a broken leg (Byrne).

With the Asterisk Medical crew working overtime, Tickle and Dungey were locked in a clash of their own. Dungey, who seems to only get stronger late in the race, was pushing the limits, while Tickle was trying to withstand the assault. Let’s dig deeper and size up the lap charts of Dungey and Tickle late in moto one.

Lap Ryan Dungey Broc Tickle
10 2.17.487 2.17.056
11 2.17.932 2.17.588
12 2.18.508 2.17.468
13 2.17.307 2.18.125
14 2.17.139 2.18.132
15 2.16.710 2.19.400
16 2.18.925 2.18.502

There were two laps that spelled the demise for Tickle at the end of the moto. The first came on lap eight (not pictured in the table), when Dungey gained nearly four seconds on Tickle when he threw down a 2:18.6 compared to Tickle’s 2:23.5. The other came on lap fifteen when Dungey carved out a 2:16.7 (his second fastest of the moto) and Tickle, desperately trying to fend off Dungey, dropped down to a 2:19.4. Those two laps would ultimately decide the fate of the moto for Tickle as he finished just .9 seconds behind Dungey.


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Dungey (right) and Tickle (left) battled to the end in the first moto at Unadilla.
Simon Cudby photo


250 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 2 2:14.204 6
2:17.272
Marvin Musquin
2 3 2:14.388 7
2:18.786
Blake Baggett
3 1 2:14.490 4
2:16.948
Ken Roczen
4
6 2:15.733
6
2:20.647
Eli Tomac
5 8 2:17.185
2
2:21.481
Zach Bell
6
7 2:17.418
11
2:20.885
Justin Barcia
7 4 2:17.593
5
2:20.128
Blake Wharton
8 11 2:17.754
4
2:22.561
Justin Bogle
9 5 2:18.007
6
2:20.547
Jason Anderson
10 18 2:18.121
7
2:28.610
Jeremy Martin

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Avg Lap Time Rider
1 1 2:13.949 4 2:17.301 Eli Tomac
2 2 2:14.016 3 2:18.778 Justin Barcia
3 31 2:15.183 4 2:21.286 Zach Bell
4 3 2:16.103 4 2:19.265 Marvin Musquin
5 5 2:16.427 8 2:19.739 Blake Baggett
6 4 2:16.894 5 2:19.296 Justin Bogle
7
6 2:17.794 7 2:20.728 Ken Roczen
8
33 2:18.602 8 2:22.472 Blake Wharton
9
8 2:18.676 5 2:20.940 Wil Hahn
10
7 2:18.699 6 2:20.822 Martin Davalos

Red Bull KTM stole the show and the headlines at Unadilla. Overshadowed by the Orange Brigade was the clinic Eli Tomac put on in the second moto. At times, Tomac was gaining four seconds a lap on the leader, and his teammate, Justin Barcia. Let’s examine the full lap charts of Tomac and Barcia for a better understanding of how fast Tomac was actually going.

Lap Eli Tomac Justin Barcia
2 2.20.503 2.15.548
3 2.15.113 2.14.016
4 2.13.949 2.14.106
5 2.14.976 2.15.315
6 2.14.399 2.16.657
7 2.15.311 2.17.737
8 2.14.957 2.16.074
9 2.15.627 2.19.274
10 2.14.236 2.19.222
11 2.16.937 2.19.401
12 2.15.867 2.18.433
13 2.18.860 2.22.054
14 2.20.175 2.23.669
15 2.22.081 2.21.570
16 2.26.525 2.28.601

After limping his way to a 2:20.5 in the first lap, Tomac rattled off eight straight laps that were under the 2:16 mark. To put that in perspective, thirty-five riders' fastest laps were over 2:16—including overall winner Marvin Musquin. Tomac wasn’t just on another level in the second moto, he was on another planet.

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Eli Tomac stole the show in the second moto at Unadilla.
Simon Cudby photo


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