PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Thirty-five American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) members have joined the ranks of the 2010 AMA Racing national champions following a week of bar-to-bar racing at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, presented by AMSOIL, at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
“More than 1,400 qualifying riders worked through nationwide qualifiers for a chance to come to Loretta’s to win an AMA Racing National No. 1 plate at the world’s biggest week in motocross, and when the dust settled 35 remained,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “MX Sports, the organizer of this event, put on another great week of racing in conditions that ranged from brutal heat to sloppy mud and gave our members a stellar track for deciding our 2010 AMA Racing amateur national motocross champions.”
One of the most impressive riders of the week was AMA Racing Motocross Horizon Award winner Jason Anderson from Bernalillo, N.M. The Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki rider won four of his six motos in the 450 A and 250 A/Pro Sport classes and took the national championship in 450 A. A DNF in the final 250 A/Pro Sport class, following two class wins earlier in the week, likely cost Anderson a second No. 1 plate.
“I’m really excited to win the Horizon award,” said Anderson, who’s also backed by Pro Circuit, Fly Racing, Volcom, Oakley, Sebastien Tortelli and Coach Seiji. “So many big names have won it, and I’m just exited to be one of them.”
Anderson’s final moto wasn’t without drama, however. He had to race back from dead last to fifth to secure the championship.
“The week went really well at the beginning, and then on the last day, I had my bike break and the last moto I crashed three times on the first lap,” Anderson said. “I was mad at myself for getting myself in that situation, but I just put my head down and charged through the pack. I was just pinned everywhere. I had a million people cheering me on. My last pit board said I had to get one more guy, so I wasn’t sure I had one it until it was all over.”
The AMA Racing Youth Motocrosser of the Year was Cooper Webb. Webb, from Newport, N.C., raced a Honda Red Bull JGR Racing CRF150R to a national championship in the SuperMini 1 class with two moto wins and a second. In the SuperMini 2 class, Webb finished second overall with a win and two thirds.
“This is the biggest achievement I’ve done,” said Webb, who’s also backed by Triangle Cycle, Thor, Smith, Kenda, Decal Works and FMF. “I won the first two motos, and then during the mud race, I had clutch problems, but still managed to get second. I’m really honored the AMA selected me for this. It’s what I’ve been working for, as far as my goals, training, going to school and right now, I feel like this is one of my biggest achievements.”
In the Vet ranks, Keith Johnson earned the AMA Racing Vet Motocrosser of the Year. Johnson, from Carver, Mass., took the Vet 35+ championship over Loretta Lynn legend Kevin Walker, from Gray, Tenn., who claimed his record 14th AMA Racing national championship No. 1 plate in the Senior 40+ class.
Rockstar Suzuki teammates Gannon Audette and Ian Trettel were two other high-profile champions. Audette, from Cairo, Ga., won the 450 A/Pro Sport class with three wins. Florida-based Trettel topped the 250 A class with a second and two moto wins.
A full list of the 2010 champions from the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, presented by AMSOIL, is below. For complete results from the week of racing, see MXSports.com.
The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship finals have been organized since their 1982 founding by MX Sports. A list of past champions includes such superstars as Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, James Stewart, Kevin Windham, Ryan Dungey, and more.
2010 AMA Racing National Motocross Champions
250 A / Pro Sport
450 A / Pro Sport
250 B Stock
250 B Mod
450 B Stock
450 B Mod
250 C Stock
250 C Mod
Collegeboy B/C (17-24)
Vet B/C 30+
Matt Tedder Sr.
51 (4-6) Stock Multi Spd
51 (4-6) Stock Shaft Drv
51 (4-6) AMA 1 Stock
51 (7-8) AMA 2 Stock
65 (7-9) Stock
65 (10-11) Stock
65 (7-11) Modified
85 (9-11) Stock
85 (9-11) Modified
85 (12-14) Stock
85 (12-14) Modified
Super Mini 1 (12-15)
Super Mini 2 (13-16)
Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C
Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C
James Stewart is returning to AMA Pro Motocross Championship competition this weekend at Unadilla aboard his San Manuel Yamaha. This is significant. It means the fastest motocross racer in the planet is coming back to race in the series for the first time in nearly two years. The last time Stewart raced the outdoor nationals he swept the series going undefeated in 2008.
Stewart’s return is great news for the fans, the promoter of Unadilla and the TV ratings (live on NBC this Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern). Stewart picked a perfect reentry point. Unadilla is one of the legendary motocross circuits in the world and he is a master there. That and the fact that coming into Saturday’s national Stewart is in a classic win-win situation.
Should Stewart win it would mark one of the greatest comeback performances in motocross history. If not, no problem – it is after all only his first race back in the nationals after two years.
Stewart’s comeback is bad news for only one man and that’s Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey. Dungey holds a seven-race win streak along with firm control of the 450 Class, so he’s going to be in no mood to get into a wheel-to-wheel battle with a rider who is not a factor in the championship. So if the racing gets heated Stewart has nothing to lose by taking a few more risks, while Dungey has a title to protect.
Yet the conundrum for Dungey is that if he can’t (or won’t) beat Stewart this weekend, in a way that invalidates his entire performance this summer. If Stewart comes back in his first outdoor national in nearly two years and defeats the rider who has dominated the nationals this year, it proves that Dungey is a mere pretender, holding the throne simply by abdication.
It’s going to be interesting. There’s no question that when he’s on his game that Stewart is the fastest rider the sport has ever seen. Yet Dungey is “match tough” as they say in tennis, having been clicking off perfect motos all summer long.
Is Stewart healthy and in shape? Does Dungey have the speed to run with Bubba?
I for one will be glued to NBC Saturday afternoon to find out the answer.
Dungey’s Win Streak and Stewart’s Return Highlight Final Live NBC Show
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 10, 2010) – After a three-week break from action, the world’s fastest riders return to the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship this Saturday, August 14, for the Rockstar Energy Unadilla National in New Berlin, N.Y. Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey holds a seven-race win streak along with firm control of the 450 Class championship as the world’s most prestigious motocross championship heads to arguably the most legendary track in American motocross.
Also making waves in what will be another live network television broadcast of the 2010 season on NBC Sports is the inclusion of 2008 series champion James Stewart. After a year-and-a-half hiatus from the outdoor nationals, the second rider ever to complete a perfect season is returning for the remainder of the series with his San Manuel Yamaha team, making his long-awaited return to the series-and his return from a broken navicular bone he suffered during the 2010 AMA Supercross season. Stewart has not raced competitively in motocross since the 2008 Motocross of Nations, but he’s widely considered to be the fastest rider on the planet, so expectations are high.
Ryan Dungey has dominated in his rookie campaign in the premier class, achieving an unprecedented seven straight wins as a first-year rider. He currently sits 95 points ahead of Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short, and a strong performance this weekend could put him in position to claim the title as early as the following round.
Stewart’s Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship return and his potential battle with the sport’s rising star is something fans have been yearning for since the opening round of AMA Supercross in January. Stewart may not have raced competitively in seven months, but many feel he can at least go bar-to-bar with Dungey.
“While we’ve already had an incredibly memorable season with Ryan Dungey emerging as the star of the future, the return of James Stewart provides a captivating storyline as we close out the season and head toward crowning a champion,” said MX Sports Pro Racing Vice President Davey Coombs. “Ryan appears to be on his way to making history, and by adding James to the mix, it will be a must-see turn of events as arguably the two biggest names in the sport right now battle it out.”
In addition to podium stalwarts Andrew Short, GEICO Powersports Honda’s Brett Metcalfe, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Ben Townley, and Honda Red Bull Racing’s Kevin Windham, a special guest from overseas will return stateside: current FIM Grand Prix competitor Clement Desalle of Belgium will join Dungey at Rockstar/Makita Suzuki for Unadilla. He as earned a pair of overall wins in Europe so far this season and currently sits second in the championship. He made his U.S. debut last season at Washougal, finishing tenth (and third in the opening moto). Jason Lawrence, the “bad boy” of motocross, will make his 2010 debut at Unadilla as well, having spent the majority of the summer on the sidelines.
In recent weeks, the 250 Class has been Trey Canard’s stage for a breakout season. After claiming his first career win at RedBud, the GEICO Powersports Honda rider has yet to miss the podium’s top step, extending his winning streak to three events with a dominating 1-1 outing at Washougal. As the series enters its final month, Canard is chipping away at his championship deficit to Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel. After eight rounds, 38 points separate the rivals.
The competition in the smaller-displacement class has been memorable in 2010, with five different winners from five countries. The unpredictable action has served as a stellar complement to the premier class, and history has shown that at Unadilla, anything can and will happen.
Unadilla has hosted AMA Pro Motocross events since the series began in 1972. Prior to that, it was a part of the Trans-AMA series. It remains one of the most unique venues in motocross thanks to its rolling hills and incredible natural terrain. It boasts a high-speed layout, yet is the site of notorious and awe-inspiring obstacles like Gravity Cavity, The Wall, and the Skyshot. This season, the Robinson family has taken the initiative to improve sightlines for fans, highlighted by an infield spectator area. Additionally, they have gone to great lengths to improve the racing experience for both racers and spectators alike and have created a new uphill jump section sure to keep fans on their feet.
Making the return of James Stewart, the continued rise of Ryan Dungey, and the impending showdown between Trey Canard and Christophe Pourcel more exciting, the Rockstar Energy Unadilla National will be broadcast LIVE on NBC Sports with the final 450 Class moto beginning at 3 p.m. ET. Coverage of the 250 Class can be seen on SPEED on Sunday, August 15 at 4 p.m. ET. As always, a live stream of the first motos of each class can be seen at www.allisports.com/motocross.
With the 2010 Motocross of Nations just weeks away, Team USA will make a special announcement from Unadilla on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET. After claiming victory last year for its fifth straight win at the legendary competition, the U.S. will look to make it six in a row on home soil on September 25-26 as the “Olympics of Motocross” commences from Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood, Colo., which was also home to the fifth round of the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.