Welcome to the Racer X Race Day Feed, your one-stop shop for round 10 of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross from New Berlin, New York, at the Unadilla National. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day with news, notes, and results from qualifying and the motos, so be sure to check back throughout the day. You can also follow Racer X on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay up on all the action.
Following a break in the calendar, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross is back for the final stretch run of the season in New Berlin, New York, for round 10 of the championship at Unadilla.
This isn’t your grandparents Unadilla, with epic loam and tall grass. As Jason Thomas pointed out earlier this week, this track has undergone massive changes since the 1970s. For a brief period, it was one of the worst tracks on the circuit, but recently topsoil was brought in and it has revitalized Unadilla. The new dirt has provided big braking bumps and ruts in the turns, and while it’s not a replica of the 1970s Unadilla, it’s a much better track than 15 years ago.
While Justin Barcia spent a lot of his childhood in Georgia training at the Millsaps Training Facility, he is a native of New York (he was actually born in New Jersey, but moved to New York at a young age). Barcia was hoping to return for his home race following a concussion sustained at Washougal, and even rode press day on Thursday. But late last night, the team announced Barcia has not been medically cleared to race and will sit this weekend out. A timeline on his return will be released at a later date.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson is also out this weekend, and for the remainder of the season, after undergoing surgery this week to have a plate removed from his foot. The injury initially occurred at last year’s Motocross of Nations when another rider landed on Anderson.
In good news, factory Yamaha’s Cooper Webb will return from a one-race absence. Webb injured his meniscus in the second moto at Millville and missed Washougal. Phil Nicoletti, a native of New York, is also back in action. Nicoletti has been sidelined since February after dislocating his ankle, shattering his heel, and fracturing his lower fibula in a crash during press day at Arlington Supercross.
Following Loretta Lynn’s, three riders are scheduled to make their pro debuts today. Horizon Award winner, and New York native, Justin Cooper is riding for CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha. Also making their debuts today is Joey Crown and Jayce Pennington.
We could see a championship clinched today, as Zach Osborne enters the weekend with a 74-point lead over second place Jeremy Martin. To clinch, Osborne would need to pick up 26 points on Martin today. The more likely scenario will see Osborne clinch next weekend at the Budds Creek National.
In the 450 Class, Marvin Musquin enters the race on a four-moto win streak after sweeping both Millville and Washougal. Unadilla plays right into the hands of Musquin’s technical style, so we could see another 1-1 performance today. But he will have to go through points leader Eli Tomac, who currently holds a 32-point lead in the championship over second place Blake Baggett.
Finally, we should be able to put to rest who will represent Team USA at the Motocross of Nations. Team manager Roger DeCoster is expected to announce the team today.
Qualifying is about to begin, check back for reports from both sessions.
Qualifying Session One
The first qualifying sessions have concluded at Unadilla and we have a surprise at the top of the 450 leaderboard. Honda HRC’s Christian Craig edged the returning Cooper Webb to take the top time in session one.
Craig’s 2:06.915 was a few tenths faster than Webb’s 2:06.925. Craig and Webb were more than a full second faster than third place.
The top three in 450MX points followed, with Blake Baggett setting the pace with a 2:08.016. Marvin Musquin was fourth, followed by points leader Eli Tomac. Cole Seely, Dean Wilson, Marvin Davalos, Justin Bogle, and Fredrik Noren rounded out the top 10. In his first race back, Phil Nicoletti was 17th fastest.
In the 250 Class, it was all Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki as teammates Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo went 1-2 in the first session. Savatgy held a slight edge on AC near the end of the session before dropping a 2:07.657 on the final lap to gap his teammate by nearly a full second. Savatgy’s time was nearly two seconds faster than third place Zach Osborne. Aaron Plessinger and Shane McElrath rounded out the top five.
Impressive first practice from Horizon Award winner Justin Cooper. The New York native finished ninth overall in the first session. Joey Crown, also making his pro debut, finished 12th.
Jeremy Martin, Bradley Taft, Kyle Cunningham, Cooper, and Colt Nichols rounded out the top 10.
Qualifying Session Two
It was a Rockstar Energy Husqvarna one-two punch in the second 450 qualifying session at Unadilla, as teammates Dean Wilson and Martin Davalos topped the leaderboard. Neither time was fastest enough to beat out Christian Craig, though. The Honda HRC rider’s 2:06.915 was more than a second fastest than Wilson’s 2:08.159. Wilson qualified fourth overall.
Despite setting the second fastest time in the second session, Davalos qualified sixth.
In his first race back from a meniscus injury which sidelined him for Washougal, Cooper Webb set the second fastest overall time. Blake Baggett was third, followed by Wilson and Marvin Musquin. Points leader Eli Tomac was just ninth fastest overall.
GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin swooped in at the end of the second session to capture the top time with a 2:08.079, but it wasn’t enough to top Joey Savatgy’s first session time of a 2:07.657. Martin qualified second overall.
Zach Osborne was third fastest in the session, which was good enough for fourth overall behind Adam Cianciarulo, who set a 2:08.534 in the first session. Aaron Plessinger rounded out the top five.
Dylan Ferrandis lowered his time in the second session to finish sixth ahead of Shane McElrath, Bradley Taft, Colt Nichols, and RJ Hampshire. Rookies Justin Cooper and Joey Crown qualified 12th and 13th overall.
The second 250 session was red flagged after privateer Josiah Hempen went down hard. We’ll try and provide an update on his condition as soon as possible.
250 Moto One
After early season bike trouble, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki is clicking on all cylinders. Joey Savatgy, who entered the weekend on a two-race win streak, funneled in behind his teammate Adam Cianciarulo on the start of the first 250 moto.
A mistake by Savatgy on the opening lap allowed Cianciarulo to open a 1.7 gap, as well as third place Aaron Plessinger to close on his rear wheel. Savatgy regrouped quickly and a few laps later disposed of Plessinger and closed on the leader.
The trouble for Plessinger wasn’t over. After falling off the pace of Savatgy he came into the clutches of Jeremy Martin. Near the halfway mark, Martin was finally able to make the move around Plessinger for the final podium spot.
Just after the midway point, Cianciarulo went down in a corner relinquishing the lead to Savatgy. He remounted in third behind Martin. But his troubles weren’t over.
Points leader Zach Osborne was outside the top 10 on the start. After quickly working his way into sixth, Osborne wasn’t able to make many moves until late in the race when he put in an absolutely fantastic charge. With two laps remaining, Osborne worked his way around Plessinger for fourth and on the very same lap powered by Cianciarulo for third.
Martin tried to make a late moto charge for the lead, but Savatgy was up for the challenge and took the moto win by 3.2 seconds. Osborne came home in third.
Cianciarulo lost another spot late in the race to Plessinger and finished fifth. Dylan Ferrandis finished sixth ahead of Chase Sexton, RJ Hampshire, Mitchell Harrison, and Shane McElrath.
In his first career moto, Justin Cooper finished 12th. Joey Crown and Jayce Pennington, also making their pro debuts, finished 18th and 21st, respectively.
450 Moto One
A light rain quickly turned into a torrential downpour and due to lightning in the area the first 450 moto at Unadilla was called after just 11 laps.
Only three races remain for the RCH team and team riders Matt Bisceglia and Justin Bogle were 1-2 at the start of the first 450 moto. But nothing was stopping Marvin Musquin early in the race. After fourth place start, Musquin powered his way past Blake Baggett, Bisceglia, and Bogle to take the early lead. Bisceliga crashed later in the moto and did not finish.
As a light rain turned into a downpour, Baggett started to make his move for the lead. Multiple times he went for the pass, but when he couldn’t make anything stick he’d fall back and regroup for another attempt. Post-race, Baggett said he ran out of tear-offs while still in third. When the race was called, Musquin held a 2 second gap on Baggett. Musquin now has five consecutive moto wins after sweeping Millville and Washougal.
Cole Seely finished third ahead of Bogle, Christian Craig, Weston Peick, Cooper Webb, Martin Davalos, and Dean Wilson. Points leader Eli Tomac never looked comfortable and finished 10th, his worst finish since a 12th in the first moto at High Point.
Heavy rain and lightning is still in the area. The start of the second 250 moto has been pushed back to 4:30 Eastern. We will provided further updates once they are announced.
We're now hearing the best case scenario for the start of the second moto is 4:45, but it may be pushed back to 5:00 Eastern.
When motos due resume, which is expected to be around 5:00 Eastern, they will be 20 min plus 1 lap for both classes.
Track being re-routed and going to not go down Screw-U (not sure we can call it Screw-U?)— Racer X (@racerxonline) August 12, 2017
250 Moto Two
Following a two hour and 20 minute delay due to lightning, the second 250 moto at Unadilla finally got underway. As we reported earlier, the track was re-routed and the moto was cut to 20 minutes plus one lap.
In treacherous conditions, the start would be more important than ever and it was GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin leading the field around. In his first career Lucas Oil Pro Motocross race Justin Cooper slotted into second with RJ Hampshire and Dylan Ferrandis in tow.
Aaron Plessinger, probably the only rider happy to see these conditions due to his GNCC background, was the rider on the move early. He worked all the way up to Cooper and was challenging him for second when he slid out in the mud and went down. He would remount and go on to finish 10th.
Martin was never challenged in his wire-to-wire win, but he nearly lost the lead at the finish as a lapper went down right he front of him. He was quickly able to swerve out of the way and hold on. He would also win the overall behind a second place finish in the first moto. Impressive performance from rookie Justin Cooper, who finished second in first career race. Dylan Ferrandis rounded out the podium.
First moto winner Joey Savatgy put in an impressive ride through the field to finish fourth. Points leader Zach Osborne was also forced to come through the pack after a bad start. He took fifth.
Adam Cianciarulo, RJ Hampshire, Kyle Cunningham, Colt Nichols, and Plessinger rounded out the top 10.
|Millville, MN United States||2 - 1||Honda CRF250R|
|2||Joey Savatgy||Thomasville, GA United States||1 - 4||Kawasaki KX250F|
|3||Zach Osborne||Abingdon, VA United States||3 - 5||Husqvarna FC 250|
|Avignon France||6 - 3||Yamaha YZ250F|
|5||Justin Cooper||Cold Spring Harbor, NY United States||12 - 2||Yamaha YZ250F|
|Port Orange, FL United States||5 - 8||Kawasaki KX250F|
|Hamilton, OH United States||4 - 10||Yamaha YZ250F|
|8||R.J. Hampshire||Hudson, FL United States||8 - 6||Honda CRF250R|
|9||Chase Sexton||La Moille, IL United States||7 - 12||Honda CRF250R|
|10||Kyle Cunningham||Aledo, TX United States||13 - 7||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|11||Colt Nichols||Muskogee, OK United States||11 - 9||Yamaha YZ250F|
|12||Shane McElrath||Canton, NC United States||10 - 14||KTM 250 SX-F|
|13||Mitchell Harrison||Lansing, MI United States||9 - 16||Yamaha YZ250F|
|14||Bradley Taft||Nixa, MO United States||15 - 13||Yamaha YZ250F|
|15||Steven Clarke||United Kingdom||39 - 11||KTM 250 SX-F|
|Metamora, MI United States||18 - 15||Kawasaki KX250F|
|17||Lorenzo Locurcio||Venezuela||17 - 18||Yamaha YZ250F|
|18||Sean Cantrell||Murrieta, CA United States||14 - 36||KTM 250 SX-F|
|19||Nick Gaines||Ringgold, GA United States||16 - 22||Yamaha YZ250F|
|20||Jayce Pennington||Walnut Hill, IL United States||21 - 17||Yamaha YZ250F|
|21||Austin Root||Chester, SC United States||22 - 19||Husqvarna FC 250|
|22||Luke Renzland||Hewitt, NJ United States||19 - 21||Yamaha YZ250F|
|23||Cody Williams||Barneveld, WI United States||23 - 20||Yamaha YZ250F|
|24||Jon Ames||Riverside, CA United States||20 - 25||Yamaha YZ250F|
|25||Dakota Kessler||Farmingdale, NJ United States||25 - 23||Honda CRF250R|
|Dover, DE United States||24 - 24||Honda CRF250R|
|27||Joshua Prior||Hebron, CT United States||31 - 26||Yamaha YZ250F|
|28||Gared Steinke||Woodland, CA United States||27 - 27||Husqvarna TC125|
|29||Bradley DePrenger||Prairie City , IA United States||33 - 28||Honda CRF250R|
|30||Aaron Zielfelder||Madbury, NH United States||29 - 29||Honda CRF250R|
|31||Luke Hempen||Argyle, IA United States||36 - 30||Yamaha YZ250F|
|32||Blaine Silveira||Lemoore, CA United States||28 - 31||Honda CRF250R|
|33||Chance Blackburn||Spokane, WA United States||34 - 32||KTM 250 SX-F|
|34||Garret Ioppolo||Lincoln, CA United States||35 - 33||Yamaha YZ250F|
|35||Steve Roman||Apollo, PA United States||32 - 34||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|36||William Lofstrom||Vernon, CT United States||26 - 35||Yamaha YZ250F|
|37||Tyler Kirschner||Columbia, MD United States||30 - 37||Yamaha YZ250F|
|38||Hunter Sayles||Merrill, WI United States||37 - 38||KTM 250 SX-F|
|39||Joachim Falden||Denmark||38 - 39||Yamaha YZ250F|
|40||Roland Beck||Auburn, NY United States||40 - 40||KTM 250 SX-F|
|1||Zach Osborne||Abingdon, VA||501|
|Port Orange, FL||374|
|5||Joey Savatgy||Thomasville, GA||324|
|7||Colt Nichols||Muskogee, OK||303|
|8||Alex Martin||Millville, MN||296|
|9||Mitchell Harrison||Lansing, MI||279|
|10||Shane McElrath||Canton, NC||248|
|11||R.J. Hampshire||Hudson, FL||222|
|12||Chase Sexton||La Moille, IL||188|
|14||Sean Cantrell||Murrieta, CA||176|
|15||Kyle Cunningham||Aledo, TX||144|
|16||Luke Renzland||Hewitt, NJ||141|
|17||Nick Gaines||Ringgold, GA||124|
|20||Bradley Taft||Nixa, MO||90|
450 Moto Two
As was the case with the 250 moto, the track was re-routed and the moto was shortened to 20 minutes plus one lap. It probably wouldn’t have mattered how long they made the moto, the result would have been the same—another win for the red-hot Marvin Musquin who has now won three straight overalls and six consecutive motos.
Musquin grabbed the early lead with Dean Wilson and Christian Craig in tow. The rider on the move early was Martin Davalos who worked his way into second quickly and even briefly tried to challenge for the lead. But Musquin was too strong leading wire-to-wire for his second moto win on the day.
Cooper Webb had to work hard for his second moto podium of the year. On the fifth lap is where Webb really made his charge. He worked past Eli Tomac and a few corners later also got around Cole Seely. He wasn’t done. Two laps later he caught and passed Wilson to claim the final podium spot.
Seely would drop another position to Tomac and finish sixth. Matt Bisceglia, Benny Bloss, Christian Craig, and Justin Bogle would round out the top 10.
Blake Baggett’s opportunity to pick up more points on Tomac in the championship chase took a big hit in the second moto. Baggett was running inside the top 10 early but crashed and fell back to 14th. He recovered to finish the moto in 11th.
Davalos finished second overall and earned his second consecutive overall podium. Seely took third overall ahead of Webb and Baggett.
|1||Marvin Musquin||La Reole France||1 - 1||KTM 450 SX-F|
|2||Martin Davalos||Quito Ecuador||8 - 2||Husqvarna FC 450|
|3||Cole Seely||Newbury Park, CA United States||3 - 6||Honda CRF450R|
|4||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC United States||7 - 3||Yamaha YZ450F|
|5||Blake Baggett||Grand Terrace, CA United States||2 - 11||KTM 450 SX-F|
|Scotland United Kingdom||9 - 4||Husqvarna FC 450|
|Cushing, OK United States||4 - 10||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|8||Christian Craig||Temecula, CA United States||5 - 9||Honda CRF450R|
|Cortez, CO United States||10 - 5||Kawasaki KX450F|
|Oak Grove, MO United States||15 - 8||KTM 450 SX-F|
|11||Fredrik Noren||Lidköping Sweden||11 - 13||Honda CRF450R|
|12||Dakota Alix||Jay, VT United States||13 - 12||KTM 450 SX-F|
|13||Weston Peick||Wildomar, CA United States||6 - 20||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|14||Matt Bisceglia||Weatherford, TX United States||38 - 7||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|15||Henry Miller||Rochester, MN United States||14 - 14||Yamaha YZ450F|
|Cochecton, NY United States||12 - 18||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|17||Josh Mosiman||Sebastopol, CA United States||18 - 15||Husqvarna FC 450|
|18||Ronnie Stewart||Easton, PA United States||17 - 17||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|19||Toshiki Tomita||Kanazawa Japan||21 - 16||Honda CRF450R|
|20||John Short||Pilot Point, TX United States||16 - 31||Yamaha YZ450F|
|21||Samuel Redman||Clarksville, TN United States||23 - 19||Kawasaki KX450F|
|22||Robert Piazza||Easton, PA United States||19 - 21||Honda CRF450R|
|23||Carson Tickle||Cary, NC United States||20 - 37||Honda CRF450R|
|24||Matthew Babbitt||Cayuga, NY United States||37 - 22||KTM 450 SX-F|
|25||Jeremy Hand||Mantua, OH United States||22 - 23||Honda CRF450R|
|26||Jacob Runkles||Sykesville, MD United States||24 - 24||KTM 450 SX-F|
|27||Dakota Tedder||Surfside, CA United States||35 - 25||Kawasaki KX450F|
|28||Aaron Lampi||Fishkill, NY United States||32 - 26||Yamaha YZ450F|
|29||Nick Fratz-Orr||Oakland, MD United States||27 - 27||KTM 450 SX-F|
|30||Thomas Coluzzi||Kearneysville, WV United States||34 - 28||KTM 450 SX-F|
|31||Eric Grondahl||Portsmouth, NH United States||28 - 29||Honda CRF450R|
|Houston, TX United States||25 - 30||Honda CRF450R|
|33||Bryce Stewart||Huntington Beach, CA United States||29 - 32||Honda CRF450R|
|34||Jake Impens||Brick, NJ United States||26 - 33||Honda CRF450R|
|35||Anthony Rodriguez||Caracacus Venezuela||33 - 34||Honda CRF450R|
|36||Dustin Pipes||Fresno, CA United States||31 - 35||Suzuki RM-Z450|
|37||Jared Lesher||Elderton, PA United States||40 - 36||KTM 350 SX-F|
|38||Jeremy Smith||Marmora, NJ United States||30 - 38||Yamaha YZ450F|
|Gardena, CA United States||36 - 39||Yamaha YZ450F|
|40||Jerry Robin||Hamel, MN United States||39 - 40||Honda CRF450R|
|2||Marvin Musquin||La Reole||453|
|3||Blake Baggett||Grand Terrace, CA||451|
|5||Cole Seely||Newbury Park, CA||330|
|7||Weston Peick||Wildomar, CA||268|
|8||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC||268|
|10||Christian Craig||Temecula, CA||216|
|11||Jason Anderson||Edgewood, NM||216|
|13||Justin Barcia||Monroe, NY||191|
|14||Dakota Alix||Jay, VT||152|
|15||Broc Tickle||Holly, MI||146|
|16||Josh Grant||Riverside, CA||143|
|17||Henry Miller||Rochester, MN||108|
|18||Matt Bisceglia||Weatherford, TX||78|
|Oak Grove, MO||73|
|20||John Short||Pilot Point, TX||70|