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08.20.12

TLD / Lucas Oil / Honda Has a Rocky Weekend at Unadilla

AMA Motocross - New Berlin, NY

Unadilla Valley Sports Park has a reputation for being a brutal course. The natural terrain, elevations change, rocks and weather culminate to create a coup de grace for those not prepared for battle. The Troy Lee Designs team met the challenge head-on this weekend and lived to tell about it.

Jessy Nelson and Travis Baker both suffered bad starts in the first moto. They were 25th and 30, respectively, which meant they had their work cut for them. For the next half hour they ate rocks, roost and mud to claw their way up to 14th and 16th at the checkers. They needed to make up some lost points in the second moto and their starts were a big improvement.

Nelson hung with the lead pack for much of the moto but the bumps, ruts and rocks took their toll on the rookie and he slid to ninth at the finish. His solid second moto would net him yet another tenth place finish overall. Baker, meanwhile, was riding well after starting near the top ten. Unfortunately he would crash twice in the moto and only hang on to 14th in moto two for 15th overall.

Christian Craig proved he was game by qualifying fifth in 450-timed practice. He didn't get the start he needed though and it made the going tough. He worked his way to 12th but a big crash would send him back to the pits with a sore hip. He made a valiant effort to race the second moto but the pain was too much to bear and he called it a weekend.

The Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda riders are wearing SE Pro premium ventilated racewear, part of our 2013 moto collection, and available at your local retailer.



The team will now head to Pennsylvania for the penultimate round of the series at Steel City Raceway. With the WMX title coming to a close and the 250 and 450 riders all scrapping for points these last two rounds should be fun to watch. Stop by the Troy Lee Designs truck and meet the team riders if you make it to the races. See you there!

TLD would like to thank all of our team sponsors: Lucas Oil, American Honda, PPG, Red Bull, Adidas, Oakley, Seaspan, Fender®, Dunlop, Renthal, Alpinestars, ODI, McQueen Racing, Hot Wheels, GoPro, Shock Doctor, Pro Circuit, Showa, VQ OrthoCare, Couts Heating & Cooling, Specialized, Kasey Kahne, N-Style, VP Racing Fuels, DubyaUSA, Moto Tassinari, PixelMags, ARC, Braking, Boyesen, Cycra, Mammoth Mountain, DID, Dirt Star, Hinson, Twin Air, Pacific Collision Centers, Sports Care Center, Elrod Racing, and New Era.

450 Overall
1. Ryan Dungey 1-1 KTM
2. Broc Tickle 2-4 Kaw
3. Andrew Short 4-3 Hon
4. Davi Millsaps 3-5 Yam
5. Josh Grant 5-6 Kaw
6. Nico Izzi 6-8 Yam
7. Tyla Rattray 8-9 Kaw
8. Phil Nicoletti 7-11 Hon
9. Kyle Chisholm 12-7 Kaw
10. Mike Alessi 39-2 Suz
11. Robby Kiniry 10-12 Yam
12. Justin Brayton 15-10 Hon
13. Vince Friese 11-16 Suz
14. Austin Howell 14-14 Suz
15. James Stewart 9-35 Suz
16. Ben LaMay 16-15 Yam
17. Robby Marshall 20-13 KTM
18. Kyle Regal 13-21 Yam
19. Derek Anderson 22-17 Kaw
20. Jesse Wentland 19-19 KTM
21. John Dowd 17-26 Kaw
22. Jake Weimer 40-18 Kaw
23. Fredrik Noren 18-32 Hon
24. Evgeny Mikhaylov 21-20 Suz
25. Dakota Kessler 23-22 Hon
26. Ronnie Stewart 24-23 Suz
27. Jason Thomas 26-24 Suz
28. Cole Martinez 30-25 Kaw
29. Michael Stryker 29-27 KTM
30. Mike Sottile 28-28 Hon
31. Dalton Carlson 25-33 Yam
32. Ryan Blizzard 33-29 KTM
33. Todd Krieg 31-31 KTM
34. Michael Picone 34-30 KTM
35. Jake Loberg 27-37 Kaw
36. Kyle Sidle 32-34 Hon
37. Christian Craig 37-36 Hon
38. Kevin Rookstool 36-38 Hon
39. Michael Byrne 35-39 Suz
40. Les Smith 39-40 KTM

450 Points Standings
1. Ryan Dungey 480pts. KTM  *Clinched 2012 450 title
2. Mike Alessi 367pts. Suz
3. Andrew Short 311pts. Hon
4. Jake Weimer 293pts. Kaw
5. Broc Tickle 293pts. Kaw
6. Josh Grant 226pts. Kaw
7. Justin Brayton 202pts. Hon
8. Kyle Chisholm 182pts. Kaw
9. James Stewart 163pts. Suz
10. Davi Millsaps 150pts. Yam
11. Brett Metcalfe 142pts. Suz
12. Michael Byrne 138pts. Suz
13. Nico Izzi 123pts. Yam
14. Tyla Rattray 109pts. Kaw
15. Tommy Hahn 101pts. Hon
16. Ryan Sipes 94pts. Yam
17. Bobby Kiniry 73pts. Yam
18. Vince Friese 73pts. Suz
19. Les Smith 66pts. KTM
20. Ben LaMay 68pts.
21. Les Smith 66pts. KTM

250 Overall
1. Marvin Musquin 2-3 KTM
2. Eli Tomac 6-1 Hon
3. Ken Roczen 1-6 KTM
4. Justin Barcia 7-2 Hon
5. Blake Baggett 3-5 Kaw
6. Justin Bogle 11-4 Hon
7. Wil Hahn 9-8 Hon
8. Jason Anderson 5-12 Suz
9. Martin Davalos 13-7 Suz
10. Jessy Nelson 14-9 Hon
11. Blake Wharton 4-33 Suz
12. Jake Canada 12-13 Hon
13. Malcolm Stewart 10-18 KTM
14. Zach Bell 8-31 Hon
15. Travis Baker 16-14 Hon
16. Cole Thompson 15-15 Yam
17. Ryan Sipes 38-10 Yam
18. Alex Martin 37-11 Hon
19. Dakota Tedder 23-16 Kaw
20. Jacob Hayes 39-17 KTM
21. Ryan Zimmer 17-21 Hon
22. Mike McDade 19-20 Hon
23. Jeremy Martin 18-27 Yam
24. Vann Martin 25-19 Hon
25. Broc Schmelyun 20-36 Kaw
26. Chris Canning 27-33 Hon
27. Justin Starling 30-22 KTM
28. Ignacio Pazos 28-25 Hon
29. Mitchell Dougherty 29-26 Hon
30. Tony Lorusso 24-32 Suz
31. Zack Freeberg 22-37 KTM
32. AJ Catanzaro 36-24 KTM
33. Steve Roman 32-28 Yam
34. Tevin Tapia 26-34 KTM
35. Jackson Richardson 21-39 Hon
36. Daniel Herrlein 34-29 Hon
37. Matthew Babbitt 35-30 Hon
38. Kyle Bitterman 31-35 Hon
39. Kyle Peters 33-38 Yam
40. Shawn Rife 40-40 Hon

250 Points Standings
1. Blake Baggett 436pts. Kaw

2. Justin Barcia 412pts. Hon

3. Eli Tomac 408pts. Hon
4. Ken Roczen 385pts. KTM
5. Marvin Musquin 336pts. KTM
6. Wil Hahn 255pts. Hon
7. Blake Wharton 215pts. Suz
8. Jason Anderson 206pts. Suz

9. Jessy Nelson 189pts. Hon
10. Travis Baker 168pts. Hon
11. Jake Canada 149pts. Hon
12. Malcolm Stewart 137pts. KTM
13. Alex Martin 119pts. Hon
14. Justin Bogle 112pts. Hon
15. Gareth Swanepoel 106pts. Yam
16. Ivan Tedesco 105pts. Kaw
17. Kyle Cunningham 96pts. Yam
18. Martin Davalos 80pts. Suz
19. Kyle Peters 73pts. Yam
20. Ryan Sipes 55pts. Yam

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