MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It’s been two weeks since the world’s best riders took to the track, but this Saturday, August 13, American Motocross returns to action with the Rockstar Energy Unadilla National from New Berlin, N.Y. The ninth round of the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship will bring the biggest names in the sport back to the legendary Unadilla facility, which in over four decades of existence, has become an international motocross destination. Fittingly enough, the global battle for the 450- and 250-Class championships between riders from all over the world will resume, as just four rounds of competition remain.
The on-track festivities from one of the most iconic tracks in the sport of motocross will boast an early start time. Opening ceremonies will kick off at 12 noon EST, while motos are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. EST. Additionally, live final moto coverage of the 450 Class will be showcased on NBC Sports at 3 p.m. EST. The second live domestic broadcast on the network this summer will feature the most competitive motocross racing on the planet, across millions of households throughout the country.
At the series’ previous stop from Washougal Motocross Park, the dramatic battle for the 450 Class title continued to evolve, with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto ultimately taking control of the lead in the standings, while Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey raced to his third win of the season. After amassing a class-leading four wins, and sitting atop the championship since the opening round, TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed fell to third, following a fourth-place effort. As the dominant trio of the 450 Class heads to Unadilla fresh off a break from competition, just nine points separate the three riders, including a single point between Villopoto and Dungey.
There has been little doubt through the first eight rounds of the season that the premier class title would be decided amongst Villopoto, Dungey and Reed. While Reed proved to be the most consistent over that span, his frightening incident at Spring Creek two rounds ago tightened the points race with his younger rivals. Now, both Villopoto and Dungey have capitalized on Reed’s misfortune, and have set the stage for a memorable showdown over the final month of competition.