Though the 450-class title in the 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Championship series was already claimed by Ryan Dungey last weekend at Southwick, a number of riders were still looking to cement their names in the history books with a race win at one of the final two stops of the tour.
The Steel City National hosted round 11 of the 12-race series on Saturday afternoon in the beautiful rolling hills of Delmont, Pennsylvania, and with thousands of the most hardcore East Coast motocross fans lining the fences at the famed circuit, Honda Red Bull Racing’s Kevin Windham took an incredible win after a near three-year hiatus from the outdoor motocross winner’s circle!
When the gates dropped for moto number one, Windham rocket down the start straight on his fire-breathing factory Honda and immediately moved into the second position. An extremely relaxed K-Dub waited in the shadows patiently for early leader Brett Metcalfe to make a mistake, and when he eventually did on lap number seven, the wily veteran pounced.
“This is just unbelievable… It feels like I could do this forever!” -Kevin Windham
Windham held down the lead at the halfway point of the race, but fell back into the second spot for another brief stint. With two laps to go, however, K-Dub turned it up a notch in an attempt to seize the opportunity that lied just ahead, and his efforts resulted in his first National moto win since 2007!
“I can’t thank Honda Red Bull Racing enough for giving me this opportunity to come out and race again,” Windham said from the podium. “This is just unbelievable… It feels like I could do this forever!”
Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short (pictured above) pulled the moto two holeshot with K-Dub close in tow. Carrying momentum from his moto one win, an energized Windham put a pass on Dungey to move into second early on, and then set his sights on Shorty out front.
After a fierce battle for the lead, Short fell to both K-Dub and Dungey and eventually settled into the fifth spot by moto’s end. Up front, Windham held down the lead for two laps before succumbing to Dungey’s pressure, but his 1-2 moto scores were still good for first-place overall for the day!
Be sure to catch the final round of action at Pala Raceway in San Diego, California next Saturday the 11th!