By Annie Connolly, 9.13.2010
Pala Race Report –
Although the 2010 450 Outdoor title had already been wrapped up a few weeks earlier, a lot of questions were to be answered at the inaugural final round at Pala Raceway. While Christophe Pourcel began the season strong, a few mistakes by him combined with strong rides by Trey Canard had changed things considerably and only seven points now separated the two championship contenders.
In the first 250 moto it was Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson who immediately jumped to the head of the class. Wilson clearly favored this track as he took off and completely checked out from the rest of the field. TLD’s Cole Seely was running an impressive second followed by Wilson’s teammates Tyla Rattray, Christophe Pourcel and the Geico Powersports/Honda of Trey Canard.
As the race progressed, the excitement kept building. Canard and Pourcel were neck and neck and pushing each other hard. Something had to give. After coming into the corner a little hot, Canard finally made the pass but got stuck in the berm on his way out, tipping over and losing many valuable spots. Pourcel slipped by unscathed and set his sights on the front of the pack. Canard remounted and took off, turning laps that were reportedly three seconds faster than Pourcel’s. Could he catch the #377 by the end of the race?
The crowd was in a complete frenzy as this question was answered. Pourcel had gone down hard and would end the race with a DNF. Canard fans were ecstatic – Although a bit anticlimactic, and under unfortunate circumstances the #38 would be the 2010 250 Outdoor Champion.
Wilson went wire to wire for the win, followed by teammate Rattray, Cole Seely hung on for an impressive third, while Canard finished in fourth.
As the gate dropped for moto #2 it was again the #108 of Dean Wilson up front followed by Canard, Rattray, DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Martin Davalos and Honda of Troy’s Les Smith. Canard eventually dropped to third as Tyla Rattray pushed by for second. The moto would finish in that order with Canard in third followed by teammates Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia rounding out the top five. At this point the championship would be official as Pourcel was unable to ride due to his shoulder injury sustained in moto #1. Your 2010 250 Outdoor Champion was Trey Canard.
After the race, Pourcel stopped by the Geico rig to congratulate the winner. Canard as we know, has demonstrated his good natured attitude this summer, even telling fans to stop “booing” the Frenchman. The events were also eerily reminiscent of last year’s title chase when Canard was injured late in the season. The two talented riders will now be making the move to the 450 class together. Rivals? Yes. Enemies? No.
By the time Ryan Dungey had already been crowned the 2010 450 Outdoor Champion the fight for second was just heating up. Red Bull/Honda’s Andrew Short had put in some impressive rides with equally great starts and just three points separated he and Geico Powersports/Honda rider Brett Metcalfe. Metty had also shown us he was capable of running up front but the motos at Pala were going to have to determine their final standings.
Short demonstrated his strong starts as he took the moto #1 holeshot and looked like he might check out. Dungey was running second and Metcalfe just outside the top five. Metcalfe had a bit of work cut out for him as he had to make his way by Motoconcepts/Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes who was holding the third spot and riding incredibly well. It was on lap four that Dungey caught and passed Andrew Short and just a few laps later that Metcalfe would also make a pass stick on Short. The moto would finish in that order with Dungey in the familiar number one spot, Metcalfe in second, Short in third followed by Ryan Sipes and Kyle Regal.
Moto two switched things up as Brett Metcalfe jumped off the gate to take the hole shot with Andrew Short in tow. Motoconcepts/Yamaha teammates Kyle Chisolm and Ryan Sipes followed in third and fourth. Metcalfe took off, trying to distance himself from the competitive field only to encounter a slight interruption as he was sent over the bars while heading downhill. The #24 was up quickly, but not fast enough as Short had already passed by. Short however, wouldn’t hold the lead for long either as Dungey moved through the pack to the front. Andrew Short would take second and Metcalfe third. These results would confirm that Brett Metcalfe would take second in the championship and Andrew Short would be third.
When the girls took the track this weekend it was Jessica “JP$” Patterson that was looking to wrap up a title. She came into Pala with a 22 point lead on second place, defending champion Ashley Fiolek. Patterson only had to win the first moto to secure her sixth women’s title.
In moto one Patterson made it work. She rode well and took the moto win over Ashley Fiolek and Vicki Golden. The championship was hers.
In moto two however, Ashley Fiolek was the first one to cross the finish as Patterson hit the ground hard towards the end of the moto. Apparently she banged up the same ribs as she did at X Games, but despite her fall she was still able to remount and finish in second. Fiolek would take the overall for the day with Patterson in second and Golden in third.
As the Outdoor season wraps up we’re always a little sad. With all of the history, talent and die-hard fans, along with many famous venues, this part of the year is always something to look forward to – and this summer hasn’t let us down. We’ve seen injuries, rivalries and of course, great racing… Oh and don’t forget the greatly anticipated return (and disappearance) of James Stewart…
Des Nations is next on the list but even as we look towards that race, thoughts will be drifting ahead towards the upcoming Supercross season. Between the rumors and truth of who’s going where and who’s riding what, I think we can all agree that the 2011 lineups are going to look drastically different. With all the changes going on, you better prepare yourself for an epic season.
Congratulations to this year’s champions, good luck at Des Nations and we’ll see you all in January!
Pala Results –
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Pala Motocross National
Pala Raceway, Septemper 11, 2010
450 Class (Moto Finish)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (1-1)
- Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda (3-2)
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda (2-3)
- Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda (6-4)
- Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha (4-6)
- Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha (9-5)
- Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda (7-8)
- Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (12-7)
- Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda (5-14)
- Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
450 Class Championship (Final Standings)
- Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 543
- Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 398
- Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 393
- Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda, 321
- Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 314
- Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha, 266
- Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 260
- Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha, 234
- Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda, 224
- Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Kawasaki, 223
250 Class (Moto Finish)
- Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (1-1)
- Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (2-2)
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (4-3)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (8-4)
- Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (6-5)
- Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (3-12)
- Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (7-7)
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha (5-9)
- Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha (14-6)
- Les Smith, York, S.C., Honda (13-11)
250 Class Championship (Final Standings)
- Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 474
- Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki, 446
- Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 443
- Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 437
- Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 348
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 327
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 287
- Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 285
- Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha, 251
- Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 213
WMX Class (Moto Finish)
- Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (2-1)
- Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (1-2)
- Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha (3-6)
- Tarah Gieger, Winter Gardens, Fla., Honda (7-3)
- Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha (5-5)
- Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., Yamaha (9-4)
- Sherri Cruse, Bakersfield, Calif., Suzuki (8-7)
- Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (6-9)
- Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, Mich., KTM (11-8)
- Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., Yamaha (10-14)
WMX Class Championship (Final Standings)
- Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha, 382
- Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 360
- Tarah Gieger, Winter Gardens, Fla., Honda, 295
- Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha, 252
- Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha, 239
- Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki, 230
- Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, Mich., KTM, 219
- Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., Yamaha, 202
- Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha, 179
- Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., Yamaha, 154