The world's best motocross racers traveled to upstate New York this past weekend to resume their battle for the coveted 450 and 250-class titles at one of the most historic venues in motocross, as Unadilla hosted the ninth round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross series and some of the best racing of the series thus far.
Red Bull KTM
After a two-week break from racing, Red Bull’s Andrew Short headed into Unadilla refreshed and confident after gaining another spot in the 450-class standings following a solid top-10 ride at round number eight in Washougal, Washington, moving him into sixth in the standings.
"It was nice having a couple weeks off from racing," Short commented about the break in the schedule. "I got to spend some time with my family, and also attend the WPS dealer show and Red Bull Loretta Lynn's Amateur National. It was great to mingle with dealers and young riders, and be the one to watch the riding for a couple days. Now, it's back to business, and I am ready to get back to the racing this weekend."
When the racing got underway at Unadilla, Shorty immediately put his Red Bull KTM into the top-ten after a solid start, but unfortunately was forced to retire from the moto after only three laps due to a mechanical issue.
In Moto #2, Short came back strong to secure a respectable eighth-place finish, and continues to sit in the sixth spot in the championship points standings as the series heads to Southwick.
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After a hard-fought seventh-place finish in Moto #1, Short’s Red Bull KTM teammate, Mike Alessi, rocketed out of the gate to grab an impressive holeshot to kick off the second moto, and proceeded to lead for nearly three laps before being displaced by a hard-charging Ryan Villopoto.
After battling inside the top three for several more laps, Alessi eventually dropped back to fourth, where he would finish the moto some nine laps later. With just three rounds left to go in the series, Alessi is sitting comfortably inside the top five in the championship points standings.
Craig Back In Action
Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Christian Craig was back in action after missing a round due to an injured wrist, and he looked very strong early on. After securing a second-place start to get the day off on the right track, Craig put up a respectable battle for the first few laps of the race. Showing a lack of rhythm and fitness due to the time off of the bike, however, Craig eventually faded back to ninth by the end of the moto.
Unfortunately for Christian, the second moto didn’t go quite as well, as he took a rock to the face that required an impromptu pit stop for a change of goggles. Craig rejoined the race, but was only able to scrape together a 22nd-place finish for 15th overall on the day.
In the 250 class, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin turned in a solid sixth place overall after 7-8 moto finishes, and TLD/Honda’s Cole Seely secured a top-10 finish after battling his way to 9-11 moto scores.
The series now takes another weekend off before returning for the Moto-X 338 National in Southwick, Massachusetts, where the women of the WMX series will also return for Round 6 of their series.
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