Canard Closes the Points Gap at Unadilla

With track-section names like The Gravity Cavity, The Wall and Screw-U, everyone knew the racing at the famed Unadilla motocross track outside New Berlin, NY, was going to be spectacular, and the 250cc Lights riders did not disappoint. E3 Spark Plugs Racing fans watched as Trey Canard captured his fourth consecutive win in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro MX Championship series aboard his Geico Powersports Honda. Oklahoma’s Canard has moved from 57 points behind championship point’s leader Christophe Pourcel (after Round 5) to only 16 points behind the Frenchman with three races to go.

Ochlocknee, Georgia, rider Justin Barcia provided a lot of the excitement in the 250cc Lights class of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro MX Championship race at Unadilla Valley Sports Park over the weekend. (Photo Courtesy of Geico Powersports Honda Racing Team.)

Scottish motocrosser Dean Wilson put his Monster Engery Kawasaki in the lead at the start of the opening moto at Unadilla while Pro Circuit teammate Pourcel was trying to recover from a horrendous start. Pourcel was on the charge and would catch Geico Powersports rider Justin Barcia but crashed hard as he battled with Barcia for the third spot. The Frenchman would remount but was too shaken from his crash to continue and pulled off the track leaving Wilson and Barcia to fight it out for the lead.

The battle up front continued until Barcia made a very aggressive inside move on Wilson that forced the Kawasaki rider off track. After Wilson’s crash, Barcia’s teammate and eventual race winner Trey Canard moved to second ahead of fellow Honda rider Blake Wharton. This time, it was Barcia that would go down after battling with Canard for the lead. Wharton would also slip by Barcia to finish a very respectable second place. Canard cruised home for the win but the story of the day at Unadilla Valley Sports Park was Pourcel’s 38th place finish in Moto One.

In Moto Two, Pourcel was riding for damage control as he positioned his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki into fifth place behind Hangtown 250cc race winner Eli Tomac. Dean Wilson had recovered from his opening moto crash with Barcia and was running in second behind Canard when Pourcel began a mid-race charge to the front. With two laps to go, Pourcel had passed Wilson and was battling with Canard for the race win. Pourcel got the better of Canard on the last lap but Canard’s 1-2 finishes gave the Geico Powersports rider his fourth overall national MX win in a row.

The AMA 250cc Pro Lights riders have two weeks off before teams travel to Southwick, Massachusetts, for Round 10 of the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro MX Championship at the famed Moto-X 338 motocross track. Don’t forget to visit the E3 Spark Plugs Blog for the latest motocross results from Southwick and remember to ask for E3 Car Spark Plugs the next time you change the plugs in your car, truck, motorcycle or SUV. E3′s patented DiamondFire technology delivers Energy, Efficiency and Ecology for any engine.



AMA 250cc MX – Unadilla MX (Round 9)
1)    Trey Canard, Shawnee, OK., Honda         (1-2)
2)    Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, GA, Honda    (3-5)
3)    Dean Wilson, Canada, Kawasaki        (6-3)
4)    Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki         (5-4)
5)    Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, TX, Honda    (2-9)
6)    Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO, Honda            (4-6)
7)    Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki     (38-1)
8)    Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha        (10-8)
9)    Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, TX, Suzuki    (8-12)
10)    Wil Hahn, Decatur, TX, Honda        (14-11)


1)    Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki     365
2)    Trey Canard, Shawnee, OK, Honda          -16
3)    Dean Wilson, Canada, Kawasaki          -36
4)    Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki          -45
5)    Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, GA, Honda    -117
6)    Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, TX, Honda    -122
7)    Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO, Honda            -132
8)    Broc Tickle, Holly, MI Yamaha            -156
9)    Jake Weimer, Rupert, ID, Kawasaki        -170
10)    Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha        -178