DC Shoes has really stepped up in a big way for the motorcycle industry in the last year. Just recently they partnered with Pala raceway to create the Moto Training Facility, a state of the art training area for some of the finest pro riders in the business.
DC hosted its first "Ladies Learn to Ride Day" with DC pro motocross athlete, Jolene Van Vugt on Monday, October 11th at the DC Moto TF at the Pala Raceway. Though no backflips were attempted by any of the women learning to ride, they did get some great instruction from the only female member of the Nitro Circus. A good time was had by all in attendance and DC plans on more events like this in the future.
Another thrilling Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations took place in Thunder Valley and Team USA obtained an eventual win at their home track in front of a passionate crowd of 32000 weekend spectators. Second overall was Team Belgium, who improved his last year's third position, and third was Team Germany making their podium comeback.
Team USA was in second position behind Germany when the third race started, but a superb performance of Ryan Dungey and Andrew Short brought USA their 21st victory, their sixth in a row. Steve Ramon, Clement Desalle and Jeremy Van Horebeek handed Belgium a second final position.
Team Germany, who was leading the Nations point standings after race two, had a bitter sweet ending completing the podium in the Thunder Valley track.
Great Britain finished fourth overall just one point behind Germany and Italy completed the top five. France was struck by bad luck as Marvin Musquin dnf'd twice due to mechanical problems, dropping the team down to seventh.
RACE 1 (MX1 & MX2)
Race one started with a surprising holeshot of Barragan, but the Spaniard could not stand the pressure of his pursuers and he finally finished fourth. American Dungey got the lead already in lap two and dominated until the end, while his team mate Canard was involved tangle with Osborne just after the start as both went down at turn one - Canard ending an eventual twelfth.
Italian Cairoli went on the track committed to beat American Dungey, but he could only finish second almost six seconds behind the American after an early chase. Australian Metcalfe did a consistent race and finished third ahead of Barragan.
Paulin completed the top five, while his team mate Musquin could not finish the race due to a mechanical problem on his KTM machine.
Roczen was blocked by Canard and Osborne, whom he found on the ground in front of him when taking turn one. Though he worked his way up to finish in a solid sixth position. Belgian Ramon finish seventh, followed by British Wilson and Portuguese Gonçalves.
Race 1 top ten: 1. Ryan Dungey (USA, Suzuki), 35:56.436; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:05.598; 3. Brett Metcalfe (AUS, Honda), +0:22.000; 4. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:25.704; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:32.917; 6. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:39.361; 7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:43.201; 8. Dean Wilson (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:47.329; 9. Rui Gonçalves (POR, KTM), +1:15.068; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +1:22.218;
Nations top ten: USA, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Italy, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Portugal, New Zealand.
RACE 2 (OPEN & MX2)
American Short opened the second race with an incredible start taking the holeshot and leading the heat until he made a mistake. After a crash Short dropped back to position 25th but committed himself to do his beat for USA and took an eventual 13th.
16 year old Roczen, who received the Ricky Carmichael Award for being the youngest best placed rider in the Nations, took advantage of Short's mistake and led the race until he was overtaken by Townley -on the bigger machine- in lap five. The New Zealander managed to keep the lead until the end of the heat and finished six seconds after Puerto Rican Regal.
Roczen was finally third followed by Belgian Desalle, who would become the overall winner of the Open class by the end of the day. Nagl and Wilson finished fifth and sixth respectively, while American Canard, who started 15th after a bad start, managed to end in seventh position.
Brit Anderson was eighth, while Italian Monni and Belgian Van Horebeek completed the top ten.
Again French Musquin had a mechanical problem and did not finish the race.
Race 2 top ten: 1. Ben Townley (NZL, Honda), 36:11.627; 2. Kyle Regal (PUR, Honda), +0:06.246; 3. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:07.235; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:30.171; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:37.809; 6. Dean Wilson (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:41.751; 7. Trey Canard (USA, Honda), +0:56.298; 8. Brad Anderson (GBR, Honda), +0:58.070; 9. Manuel Monni (ITA, Yamaha), +1:20.316; 10. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:25.010;
Nations top ten: Germany, USA, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, Australia, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal.
RACE 3 (MX1 & OPEN)
Race three started with Germany at the front of the Nations point standings, USA second and Belgium third, all the countries being really tight in points. Americans Dungey and Short gave their best for their country in the last heat and they actually dominated the race, starting with Short first and Dungey second then swapping position to see the Suzuki rider victorious.
Belgian Desalle finished third ahead of Italian Cairoli, who had to race all the way through from an initial 14th position,
and Australian Metcalfe completed the top five.
Other Belgian Ramon contributed to his country's final second position by finishing seventh in the third heat, followed by French Boog and Swiss Tonus. Paulin did not have a good start and could only finish ninth and Australian Marmont completed the top ten.
Race two winner Townley had a mechanical failure while he was second and could not finish the heat.
Eventually Team USA moved up to the top of the podium, exploiting also the crash of Germany's Nagl who did not finish the race. Belgium clinched the runner up position while Germany came back onto the podium courtesy in third, even though the trio's hopes for victory came to a bitter end in the final heat.
Dungey (USA) took the individual MX1 victory, Roczen (Germany) won the MX2 as well as the Ricky Carmichael Award and Desalle (Belgium) won the Open class.
Race 3 top ten: 1. Ryan Dungey (USA, Suzuki), 36:41.709; 2. Andrew Short (USA, Honda), +0:10.230; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:17.577; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:22.593; 5. Brett Metcalfe (AUS, Honda), +0:27.187; 6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:29.778; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:31.946; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +0:33.135; 9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:58.530; 10. Jay Marmont (AUS, Yamaha), +1:05.494;
Nations top ten: USA, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Australia, France, New Zealand, Portugal, Puerto Rico.
The biggest Motocross event of the year, the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations, has come to its 64th edition which will see the "Olympics" of Motocross come back to the United States of America and make its first appearance at Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood, Colorado. World MX1 Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli of Team Italy and World Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey of Team USA will give battle to the rest of the 32 Nations entering the event.
Last time the event was in the USA it was in 2007 when Team USA took an incredible home win at Budds Creek, Maryland. Home Team USA is actually on a winning streak since their 2005 victory in Ernee, France, but among the 32 teams entered in the event there are several ones looking to beat the most successful team at the Motocross of Nations. Second last year, France is the first on the list of those wanting to beat USA, followed by third placed in 2009 Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and several more all to battle amongst each other this weekend.
Following their dramatic win at Franciacorta, Italy, last year, Team USA is ready to defend the Chamberlain Trophy this year on their stomping grounds. For the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations' comeback to the USA, Team Manager Roger De Coster kept last year's MXoN debutant Ryan Dungey and added 2010 AMA Nationals Lites Champion Trey Canard (MX2) with Colorado's Andrew Short (Open) completing the team, both to make their first appearance at the event.
Dungey made a stunning debut in the FIM Supercross World Championship by winning the Title straight away onboard his 450cc Suzuki, the same bike he used to win the AMA Nationals later on in the year and give Roger De Coster his last two Titles on Suzuki-"The Man" joining KTM next year.
Canard battled tooth and nail with Christophe Pourcel -who injured at the last round of the series- for the eventual AMA Nationals Title in the 250cc class but ended third in the AMA Supercross series-West Coast.
Short will be really feeling at home this weekend as he is native of Colorado. The American was 12th in the World Supercross series and third in the Nationals, 450cc class.
Being second on the podium since 2007, the MXoN's comeback year to the USA, Team France is hungry for their second win at the event after their first and only Chamberlain Trophy from 2001. Coach Olivier Robert, who actually debuted in the role in 2001, has selected a strong line up made of Gautier Paulin in MX1, who replaces Christophe Pourcel after the latter has recently injured his shoulder, Marvin Musquin in MX2 and Xavier Boog in the Open class.
Racing his first MXoN last year and shocking the opposition with a moto win at his 450cc debut before crashing in the final heat, Paulin is determined to make up for a season he started with a leg injury, the mishap preventing him for chasing the MX2 Title.
That Title was won by countryman Musquin, again lining up in the MX2 class, which he won at his first ever Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations last year.
The squad will be completed by MX1 rookie Boog, steering the factory Kawasaki at the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations after he entered the top ten of the 2010 FIM Motocross World Championship.
Another strong presence at the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations is marked by Team Belgium, winning the event 14 times against the 16 wins of Great Britain and the record of 20 wins of USA. This year Belgium will line up the factory Suzuki pair Steve Ramon (MX1) and Clement Desalle (Open), with the latter having finished second in the World MX1 Motocross Championship. The third man of Belgium will be Van Horebeek, who has successfully completed his first season with Kawasaki.
Nagl, Roczen and Schiffer will make Team Germany, who is another squad aiming at a podium finish in Lakewood. Nagl was chasing the MX1 World Title until he broke his collarbone at mid season while Roczen ended a bitter second in the MX2 World Championship after several mechanical failures.
Entering the top five last year, Team Great Britain underwent a lot of changes to finally line up Nicholls (MX1), America based Wilson (MX2) and multiple British Champion Anderson (Open).
Italy was also under the spotlight as their top riders Cairoli and Philippaerts received the all clear to ride only two weeks in front of the event after issues with their sponsorship were settled. Unfortunately Philippaerts injured his knee and will be replaced by Monni (Open). MX1 World Champion Cairoli will be eager to beat Dungey in the MX1 class while Lupino completes Team Italy in MX2.
Australia will be made of Metcalfe (MX1), Ferris (MX2) and Marmont (Open) while New Zealand will feature Coppins (MX1) -at his last International race before retiring to race just the Australian and New Zealand series- Groombridge (MX2) and Townley (Open). Almost racing at home, Canada will have Medaglia (MX1), Benoit (MX2) and Keast (Open).
Among the top riders attending the event will be GP winners Tanel Leok (Estonia), Barragan (Spain), Gonçalves (Portugal), Osborne (Puerto Rico), while Switzerland's Tonus will be back in action after taking his maiden Grand Prix podium in the last Grand Prix of 2010 in Fermo, Italy.
Some of the most exotic countries in the event are Japan, Brazil, Iceland, Philippines -at their first time in the event- Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico.
The world's most prestigious motocross championship is closing in on the conclusion of yet another memorable season of American motocross. On Saturday, the world's best riders head to Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa., for the 11th round of the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship for the annual Labor Day tradition just outside downtown Pittsburgh.
Last weekend in Southwick, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey solidified his historic rookie season in the premier class of the sport by capturing the 450 Class title with his ninth consecutive victory. The championship caps off what has been a record-setting year for the 20-year-old rider who becomes the first rookie in history to capture both the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross titles. Additionally, Dungey has surpassed legend Ricky Carmichael for the most successful rookie season in the premier class outdoors.
In the 250 Class, the continuing battle between Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Christophe Pourcel, who currently leads the division, and GEICO Powersports Honda's Trey Canard is heating up after an up and down day for both riders at Southwick. Currently, only 13 points separates the duo, but Canard has gained on his rival at every round since grabbing his first win back at Round 6.
Additionally, the MotorcycleUSA.com Women's Motocross Championship will compete in its seventh round of the season, led by points leader and DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha rider Jessica Patterson, who raced to her fifth overall victory at the previous stop.
Even though he's wrapped up the premier class title, Ryan Dungey is still going to approach the final two rounds of the season with the same mindset - to win. His nine wins this season tie Ricky Carmichael for the most ever by a rookie and the opportunity to break the record of the greatest motocross rider of all time is something Dungey won't want to pass up.
Honda Red Bull Racing
Southwick was arguably the worst race of the season for Andrew Short. After misfortune forced him to make the field with a provisional, Short never had the chance to get in a groove and found himself coming from behind in each moto, posting a season-worst 18th-place finish. With Brett Metcalfe only three points out of second place, Short will look to fend off his Honda counterpart at Steel City.
Southwick marked one of the strongest outings for Kevin Windham in his return to the outdoor nationals, posting a fifth-place finish thanks to seventh and fifth-place moto scores. Despite missing the majority of the season, Windham continues his gradual climb through the standings, currently sitting in 16th place with only four rounds of racing to his credit.
GEICO Powersports Honda
Heartbreak is the way to describe Brett Metcalfe's day at Moto-X 338. The Australian rider looked to be on his way to his first career 450 Class moto win only to run out of fuel on the final lap. The bad luck continued to Metcalfe in Moto 2 when he found trouble off the gates, but a determined effort through the field helped him garner seventh-place finish and secure some valuable points in his quest to overtake Andrew Short in the standings.
If there was ever a weekend to turn an entire season around, Mike Alessi experienced it at Southwick. The runner-up from the opening round of 2010 hadn't been on the overall podium since Round 1, but a pair of stellar motos helped Alessi grab his second runner-up effort of the season while also vaulting him into fourth place in the standings with two rounds remaining.
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda
The fastest practice time of the day suggested Ben Townley would be a threat to take the win in the 450 Class at Moto-X 338 and the New Zealander was in the thick of the battle early on in each moto, only to encounter trouble and lose valuable ground. After a DNF in Moto 1, he overcame an early fall in Moto 2 to fend off his challengers and secure second place, helping him to a seventh-place finish overall.
Josh Grant's day at Southwick came to an end before it really ever had a chance to begin. The sophomore 450 Class rider fell on the first lap of practice and injured his right shoulder. As a result, he was forced to sit out the remainder of the day and could end up on the sidelines for the final two rounds as well.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki
Southwick was more of the same for Tommy Hahn. A promising start to the day was highlighted by a stellar runner-up effort in Moto1. However, he experienced trouble in Moto 2, posting a DNF and dropping him to eighth overall.
Monster Energy Kawasaki
After a short hiatus from the top 10, Nick Wey made a return at Southwick, using solid eighth and ninth place moto scores to finish sixth overall.
"Southwick went well for me," said Wey. "Steel City should be even better. Everything is sort of clicking right now and I'm having fun riding for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team."
Joining Wey under the Monster Energy Kawasaki tent this weekend at Steel City is Scottish rider Billy McKenzie. McKenzie rode for factory Kawasaki in Australia this summer and he is ready to race in America.
"These last two rounds should be a lot of fun," said McKenzie. "I was planning on racing in the States at least once this year and getting the chance to race for Monster Energy Kawasaki is incredible."
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
While he still sits atop the 250 Class standings, Christophe Pourcel's advantage over Trey Canard is dwindling. Currently, his advantage sits at 13 points and Steel City, where he took the overall win last season, could serve as the ideal place to get back atop the podium.
"I feel like there is less pressure when you're leading the points," said Pourcel. "I am just going to go out and ride fast. I won Steel City last year so I am confident going into this weekend."
The series most recent winner and newest father, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyla Rattray has mixed emotions heading into Steel City, but he is still running off the high off the happiness he experienced at Southwick. Hopefully, it carries over to his performance on the track.
"I want to get back to racing, but I don't want to leave home right now," said Rattray. "This week has been great and the family is fantastic, but it is time to get back out there and race."
Dean Wilson is looking to improve upon his Southwick finish with a strong ride at Steel City.
"This week at Steel City should be good," said Wilson. "We only have two races left and I want to get more wins."
GEICO Powersports Honda
While his four-race winning streak may have come to an end, Trey Canard still carries considerable momentum coming into Steel City. After a tough second moto hurt his chances at gaining even more ground on Pourcel, Canard will be hungrier than over to bounce back and make it known that the final four motos of the season will have to go through him.
Justin Barcia experienced a much-needed boost at Southwick, thanks to a strong runner-up effort. The New York native, who considers Moto-X 338 to be one of his favorite tracks, took his second moto win of the season and hopes that momentum will carry over to Steel City this weekend.
With a significant 22-point lead over her rival and Honda Red Bull Racing rider Ashley Fiolek, Jessica Patterson appears to be in control of her own destiny over the final two rounds of the season. However, Steel City has proven to be a wild card race in the WMX Championship in the past and could once again change the landscape of the title fight. Both riders are hungry and want to add another coveted championship to their collection and will likely put on a show for the fans on Saturday.
Series Statistical Report
FMF Steel City National
Steel City Raceway - Delmont, Pa., September 4
* Steel City is the second of two rounds held in the state of Pennsylvania.
* The renowned facility has hosted an AMA Motocross event since 1989.
* The Steel City track is one of the most picturesque on the circuit and features one of the most technically challenging layouts of the 12 national events.
* Ryan Dungey and Ashley Fiolek clinched their respective 250 and WMX Class titles at Steel City last season.
* Ryan Dungey's nine straight victories are the most ever by a rookie and the most ever by a rider that didn't achieve a sweep of all 12 rounds.
* Dungey's nine wins ties the rookie record set by Ricky Carmichael.
* Dungey has swept both motos at the last five rounds and has captured 16 of the last 18 motos. He boasts an average finish of 1.9 and remains the only rider in the class to capture more than one moto win.
* With his ninth win in the 450 Class, Dungey sits 13th on the all-time wins list and has more 450 Class victories than he did through three years of 250 Class competition.
* Dungey possesses the best average finish of any rider in the 450 Class at 1.9 and best average start at 3.0.
* Andrew Short has the most holeshots in the class with eight.
* Through 10 rounds of his rookie season, Ricky Carmichael had seven overall wins. He went on to win the final three rounds to bring the total to nine.
* Through 10 rounds of his rookie season, Ricky Carmichael had 12 moto wins. Dungey has 16.
* Dungey currently boasts an 11-moto winning streak. Carmichael's longest in his rookie season was five.
* Throughout his entire rookie season, Carmichael had five moto sweeps. Dungey has seven through 10 rounds.
* Only Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki and GEICO Powersports Honda riders have won 250 Class motos in 2010. Each team boasts five overall victories.
* Tyla Rattray has only one moto win this season, and has surprisingly has led just one lap. Both of his overall wins have come from a pair of runner-up efforts.
* Of the five different winners in 10 rounds of the 250 Class, four were first-time winners in 2010.
* Three of Mitch Payton's four Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders have won an overall in 2010.
* Canard possesses the best average finish of any rider in the 250 Class at 4.1. Pourcel holds the best average start at 4.5.
450 Class Stats
* The first 450 Class race held at Steel City was September 4, 1994. Mike LaRocco won on a Kawasaki.
* This will be the 17th time the gate will drop for a 450 Class race at Steel City.
* Ricky Carmichael, Kevin Windham, Jeff Emig and James Stewart have won at Steel City in both classes. Ryan Dungey will look to join that group.
* Ricky Carmichael won five consecutive races at Steel City from 2002 to 2006.
* From 1989-1993, Steel City hosted the 500cc National Championship. Kawasaki won all five races with Jeff Ward winning from 1989-1992.
* Suzuki and Kawasaki have swept Steel City in both the 450 and 250 classes twice, Honda has done it once.
* After an eight year drought at Steel City, Kawasaki has gone back-to-back with wins and stands as the winningest manufacturer at the track.
* Tommy Hahn became just the second first-time winner at Steel City last season.
Wins by brand at Steel City
Kawasaki - 6
Suzuki - 4
Honda - 4
Yamaha - 2
First Time Winners at Steel City
Grant Langston, 2007 - Yamaha
Tommy Hahn, 2008 - Kawasaki
Last win by brand at Steel City
Kawasaki - 2009
Yamaha - 2007
Suzuki - 2006
Honda - 2004
Riders to win Steel City in both classes
Brand Sweeps at Steel City
Kawasaki: Mike LaRocco, Robbie Reynard - 1994
Honda: Jeremy McGrath, Steve Lamson - 1995
Suzuki: Ricky Carmichael, Broc Hepler - 2005, 2006
Kawasaki: Tommy Hahn, Christophe Pourcel - 2009
Past Winners at Steel City
September 5, 2009 Tommy Hahn, Decatur, TX Kawasaki
August 31, 2008 James Stewart, Haines City, FL Kawasaki
August 26, 2007 Grant Langston, South Africa Yamaha
September 3, 2006 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL Suzuki
September 4, 2005 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL Suzuki
September 5, 2004 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL Honda
August 31, 2003 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL Honda
September 1, 2002 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL Honda
September 2, 2001 Kevin Windham, Centreville, MS Suzuki
September 3, 2000 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL Kawasaki
September 5, 1999 Greg Albertyn, South Africa Suzuki
September 6, 1998 Doug Henry, Oxford, CT Yamaha
August 31, 1997 Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA Kawasaki
September 1, 1996 Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA Kawasaki
September 3, 1995 Jeremy McGrath, Murrieta, CA Honda
September 4, 1994 Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN Kawasaki
450 Class Point Standings - After 10 of 12 rounds
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 468
2. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 317
3. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 314
4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 273
5. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda, 271
6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 260
7. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha, 216
8. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 204
9. Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda, 201
10. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ky., Yamaha, 194
450 Class Overall Wins
Ryan Dungey - 9
Chad Reed - 1
450 Class Moto Wins
Ryan Dungey - 16
Mike Alessi - 1
Josh Grant - 1
Chad Reed - 1
Andrew Short - 1
450 Class Wins by Brand
Suzuki - 9
Kawasaki - 1
450 Class Laps Led
Ryan Dungey - 157
Andrew Short - 56
Brett Metcalfe - 25
Ben Townley - 20
Mike Alessi - 19
Josh Grant - 19
Chad Reed - 16
Kevin Windham - 7
Clement Desalle - 4
450 Class Holeshots
Andrew Short - 8
Brett Metcalfe - 3
Ryan Dungey - 2
Kevin Windham - 2
Mike Alessi - 1
Justin Brayton - 1
Chad Reed - 1
Ryan Sipes - 1
250 Class Stats
* The first race was held at Steel City on October 1, 1989. Jeff Matiasevich won on a Kawasaki.
* This will be the 22nd time the gate will drop at Steel City for a 250 Class race.
* Three riders have won back-to-back races at Steel City: Robbie Reynard (93-94), Kevin Windham (96-97), and Broc Hepler (05-06). James Stewart won three in a row (2002-2004).
* Robbie Reynard and James Stewart are the winningest riders at Steel City with three victories each.
* Suzuki has won three of the last five races at Steel City. Kawasaki has won two of the last three.
Wins by brand at Steel City
Kawasaki - 10
Suzuki - 6
Yamaha - 3
Honda - 2
First time winners at Steel City
Jeff Matiasevich, 1989 - Kawasaki
Last win by brand at Steel City
Kawasaki - 2009
Suzuki - 2008
Yamaha - 1997
Honda - 1995
Past Winners at Steel City
September 5, 2009 Christophe Pourcel, France Kawasaki
August 31, 2008 Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN Suzuki
August 26, 2007 Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA Kawasaki
September 3, 2006 Broc Hepler, Kittanning, PA Suzuki
September 4, 2005 Broc Hepler, Kittanning, PA Suzuki
September 5, 2004 James Stewart, Haines City, FL Kawasaki
August 31, 2003 James Stewart, Haines City, FL Kawasaki
September 1, 2002 James Stewart, Haines City, FL Kawasaki
September 2, 2001 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL Kawasaki
September 3, 2000 Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, MD Suzuki
September 5, 1999 Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL Kawasaki
September 6, 1998 Robbie Reynard, Norman, OK Suzuki
August 31, 1997 Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, LA Yamaha
September 1, 1996 Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, LA Yamaha
September 3, 1995 Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA Honda
September 4, 1994 Robbie Reynard, Moore, OK Kawasaki
September 5, 1993 Robbie Reynard, Moore, OK Kawasaki
September 27, 1992 Jeff Emig, Highland, CA Yamaha
September 29, 1991 Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK Suzuki
September 30, 1990 Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA Honda
October 1, 1989 Jeff Matiasevich, La Habra Heights, CA Kawasaki
250 Class Point Standings - After 10 of 12 rounds
1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 399
2. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 386
3. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki, 364
4. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 363
5. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 291
6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 262
7. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 259
8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 232
9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha, 210
10. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 195
250 Class Overall Wins
Trey Canard - 4
Christophe Pourcel - 2
Tyla Rattray - 2
Eli Tomac - 1
Dean Wilson - 1
250 Class Moto Wins
Christophe Pourcel - 9
Trey Canard - 6
Justin Barcia - 2
Tyla Rattray - 1
Eli Tomac - 1
Dean Wilson - 1
250 Class Wins by Brand
Honda - 5
Kawasaki - 5
250 Class Laps Led
Christophe Pourcel - 101
Trey Canard - 91
Dean Wilson - 40
Justin Barcia - 35
Eli Tomac - 35
Wil Hahn - 13
Tommy Searle - 2
Tyla Rattray - 1
250 Class Holeshots
Eli Tomac - 5
Christophe Pourcel - 4
Trey Canard - 3
Wil Hahn - 3
Dean Wilson - 3
Justin Barcia - 1
Nico Izzi - 1
WMX Class Stats
WMX Class Point Standings - Thru 6 of 8 Rounds
1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha, 288
2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 266
3. Tarah Gieger, Winter Gardens, Fla., Honda, 229
4. Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha, 190
5. Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki, 180
6. Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, Mich., KTM, 176
7. Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha, 169
8. Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., Yamaha, 138
9. Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha, 135
10. Erica Cook, Natalia, Texas, Yamaha, 113
WMX Class Overall Wins
Jessica Patterson - 5
Ashley Fiolek - 1
WMX Class Moto Wins
Jessica Patterson - 8
Ashley Fiolek - 4
WMX Class Wins by Brand
Yamaha - 5
Honda - 1
After more than a week of training and testing since the Motocross Outdoor National race at Unadilla, a difficult decision was reached today by James Stewart and Team to withdraw from the remainder of the Outdoor National race series. Due to his abbreviated Supercross season, Stewart, with the full support of his Team, had hoped to return to the track much earlier in the Outdoor National Series. But a slow healing injury kept Stewart out of the series until recently, when he received medical clearance just a few short weeks before Unadilla. With only four races remaining in the Outdoor Series, both Stewart and his Team worked hard to train and test. And despite a very sincere attempt to return to racing, the rush to do so was visible. Though Stewart had a good run in Moto 1 at Unadilla, lack of physical preparation and challenges with the bike set up forced him off the track in Moto 2. Though they've had some time to make adjustments, James and the Team have decided they just aren't ready to compete in the Series.
"I hope my fans will understand. I have said before that I wanted to be on the track starting in Sacramento. But the slow healing nature of my wrist injury made it impossible to do that. Watching race after race and not being a part of the series was very hard. All along my motivation was to get back to racing and return to the Motocross National Series for my fans and sponsors. The reality is, though my wrist is feeling great, I'm not ready to race at this level. As much as I'd like to be out there, I need more time to prepare so that I don't put my entire career at risk by getting injured again. A younger James might not have been mature enough to make this decision, but I've learned a lot in recent years and sometimes you have to do what's right, despite what's in your heart. I'd like to apologize to my fans, the Outdoor National series and my sponsors. You've been incredibly supportive of me throughout these recent months. I am sorry if what I've said or done has disappointed anyone in any way, but I'll be back on the track at Anaheim 1 and ready to race. I plan to work hard over the next few months and do what I know I need to do to prepare for a chance at the next Supercross Championship title" said Stewart.
From Team Manager Larry Brooks "We had every intention of racing Southwick and beyond, but sometimes you have to see the bigger picture and make a decision based on what's right, not on what you'd like to do at the time. We're a Team and we have to do what we feel is best to ensure we have every opportunity to win the next Championship."