Posted By: James Hanson
Well I am both sad as well as relieved the outdoor MX season has come to an end. I couldn’t be happier with how the entire season unfolded. Not only was I graced with the opportunity to be a big part of the sport I love, I met a lot of really, really amazing people that I now call friends. There are so many great people in the sport that I cannot even begin mentioning names or this race report may start to resemble a certain 46 minute championship speech at the banquet. One name however can’t go unmentioned. That is Rockstar’s Marketing Director Mike Kelso. He took a chance throwing me into managing a major part of one of our biggest properties worldwide and I strived to not disappoint. I think we’re both very happy with his decision.
But the year is not over yet. We have 4 riders competing in the MXoN. With Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey leading the US Team, Rockstar Teka Suzuki’s Clement Desalle and Steve Ramon with Belgium and Rockstar CDR Yamaha’s Jay Marmont joining the Australian team. I truly believe several of the aforementioned riders will find themselves on the podium in Colorado in a couple weeks. Beyond that there is the Winter National Olympics or Mini O’s in which our amateur team riders garnered 19 titles last year over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Then we begin all over again with Supercross and Dungey’s Title defense.
Now back to Pala. Being the last race of the year I really wanted it to be a homerun. Rockstar had an amazing presence at the new national track from all of our normal trackside branding, to a really expanded Hospitality area. We had our Rockstar Makita Suzuki Hospitality rig, Makita’s semi, our own Motor home and sampling area, as well as the awesome VIP pool area all in one location on top of the hill. That’s right I said pool area. The Pala crew installed an in ground pool, complete with a surrounding of fresh, green sod. It provided a great place to hang out and see the entire track. I don’t believe I heard any of our VIP’s complaining about the bikini models hosting and serving up ice cold Rockstar either. On that note I would like to recognize the entire Pala crew on a great job making the new national stop a success.
As I have stated previously, Ryan Dungey was not just going to cruise the remainder of the season after locking the title early. Ryan finished the season by going 1-1 and put himself in the record books with the most wins in a season as a Rookie. In fact out of a possible 24 motos, Dungey crossed the finish line first in 19 of them. I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s a great kid who remains humble and always says thank you. Congratulations on an amazing season Ryan! On top of everything he also claimed an $18,000 Rockwell Watch by winning the Rockstar Energy Drink Fastest lap competition. Throughout the season the rider who posted the fasted lap in the second moto of the premiere 450 class would collect a point. Mr. Dungey dominated that as well, with 8 of the fastest laps out of 12.
Valli Motorsports Rockstar Yamaha’s Daniel Reardon hovered around the top 10 all season long. The Australian was able finish 10th in the second moto this past weekend.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Austin Howell proved that he is not just a good 450 rider but also very fast on a lites bike. Austin was able to post his best overall finish of the year in 12th place. The recent Loretta Lynn’s Graduate also picked up his first top ten in moto 1.
NW rider Tommy Weeck also had a good day aboard a Rockstar Energy Suzuki RMZ-250. Tommy finished 9th in the first moto and 13th overall.
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Pala Motocross National
September 11, 2010
Round 12 of 12
450 Class (Moto Finish)
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (1-1)
2. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda (3-2)
3. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda (2-3)
4. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda (6-4)
5. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha (4-6)
6. Kyle Chisolm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha (9-5)
7. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda (7-8)
8. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (12-7)
9. Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda (5-14)
10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
450 Class Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 543
2. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 398
3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 393
4. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda, 321
5. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 314
6. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha, 266
7. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 260
8. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha, 234
9. Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda, 224
10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Kawasaki, 223
250 Class (Moto Finish)
1. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (1-1)
2. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (2-2)
3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (4-3)
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (8-4)
5. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (6-5)
6. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (3-12)
7. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (7-7)
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha (5-9)
9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha (14-6)
10. Les Smith, York, S.C., Honda (13-11)
250 Class Championship Standings
1. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 474
2. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki, 446
3. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 443
4. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 437
5. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 348
6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 327
7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 287
8. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 285
9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha, 251
10. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 213
September 16th, 2010 | TAGS: austin howell, clement desalle, Daniel Reardon, Jay Marmont, lucas oils outdoor mx championship, motocross, MX, Rockstar Energy Drink, Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals, Rockstar Energy Suzuki, rockstar makita suzuki, rockstar teka suzuki, ryan dungey, steve ramon, tommy weeck, valli motorsports rockstar yamaha