Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship’s Unadilla National Results

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Ryan Dungey, riding a Suzuki RMZ Dirt Bike, won both motos in the 450 class to claim his eighth consecutive overall title in nine starts on the 12-stop championship series, which continues in two weeks at Southwick, Mass.

“I really wasn’t thinking overall,” said Dungey, 20, from Belle Plain, Minn. “Just race each race the best I can.”

Earlier that day, Dungey had learned he had been named captain of Team America for the Motocross des Nations on Sept. 25-26 in Lakewood, Colo. Last year, Ryan, Jake Weimer and Ivan Tedesco won the championship in the 63-year-old event in Franciacorta, Italy, and he’s  super stoked to have another chance to do that.

“Awesome,” he said. “It’s cool to be able to represent the USA.”

On top of all that, he added 50 points in the championship standings. He now has 418, 115 ahead of second-place Andrew Short.

Trey Canard, 19, of Shawnee, Okla., won the 250 title, taking the first moto and finishing second in the second to last year’s champion, Christophe Pourcel, of France. Pourcel had the ride of the day when he hunted down Canard from well back and passed him on the next-to-last lap.

The fourth straight win for Canard.

Dungey also got the best of James. Stewart won both 450 motos at Unadilla in 2008, when he completed a perfect season, winning all 24 motos in a 12-race season to grab the AMA crown.

However, he had not raced motocross in nearly two years, and he broke his wrist in an AMA Supercross event in January.

Stewart’s comeback, his potential threat to Dungey’s winning streak and the fact that the second 450 moto was televised by NBC Sports might have created some pressure, but Dungey was more than able to deal with it. Stewart, 24, had a tough time, finishing third in the first moto and 35th in the second, when he pulled off the track early in the race.

No reason was given for Stewart’s departure, but it did not appear to involve an injury or mechanical problems.

“You know, to be honest, it’s good to have him back,” Dungey said, adding that he anticipates future battles with Stewart the last three races of the season. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Canard, riding a Honda, got a leg up in the first 250 moto when Pourcel, who came in as the points leader, went down early in the race and went out. The Frenchman came back for the second session, however, and stalked Canard from well back. He passed him shortly before beginning the last lap, and went on to win and pick up 25 points.

Pourcel’s series lead now is 16 points over Canard, 365-349.

“To walk out of here with a 16-point deficit instead of 38 (at the start of the day) feels great,” Canard said. “In the second moto, I made some mistakes and he was able to catch me, but I knew I had the overall.”

Justin Barcia was second overall at 250, finishing third and fifth, and Dean Wilson was third, after hitting the finish sixth and third. Clement Desalle, of Belgium, the second-ranked rider in the European Gran Prix, raced for the first time at Unadilla and was second to Dungey in both 450 motos. Brett Metcalfe, of Australia, had a fifth and a third to finish third overall.

James Bubba Stewart, biggest name in Motocross, was back on the track after almost two years.

Ryan Dungey came out a winner again! Saturday at the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship’s Unadilla National on Saturday in front of a crowd of about 17,500 at a sunny Unadilla Valley Sports Center.

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