American Motocross Finale Preview

September 7, 2011

All eyes will be on Pala Raceway this weekend as the Motocross riders head to San Diego, CA to finally finish the twelfth round of the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. And so far, this season has been a crazy one.

The series started off with Chad Reed hitting big at Hangtown but with Ryan Dungey not far behind. Reed looked like he was going to dominate this season until Ryan Villopoto found his stride to take the win ay High Point. It then became a three man battle for the Championship title as Reed, Dungey and Villopoto fought it out on the track.

Then there was Spring Creek. Fans watched as Reed literally flew out of the race. With one wrong bump, Reed was launched into the air, off of his bike and off the track onto an embankment. Then, true to Reed style, he got up, got back on his mostly-intact bike and finished the race. But Reed just wouldn't be the same for the rest of the season. Reed not only had been thrown off of the track, he had been thrown out of the battle for first leaving the two Ryan's to duel it out.

Reed's slip up left Villopoto wide open to take the lead with Dungey uncomfortably close behind. Even after his bike mishap at Southwick where Dungey was left standing at the gates after they dropped without his motorcycle, Dungey kept the point gap tight.

Last weekend at Steel City, the Ryan's put on one of the best shows of the season. Dungey held on to first place through the entire first race but was passed in the final turn by Villopoto who further widened the point gap. And while the second race was pivotal for Dungey to stay on Villopoto's tail, Villopoto had an easy time taking the first place position and staying there leaving Dungey in second, once again.

Chad Reed may have had a rough second half of the season after his extraordinary crash at Spring Creek, but the rider proved that he's willing to get right back on his bike to finish. He may not be able to secure the title, but hopefully he will go out strong rather than just fizzling out at the end of this season.

Pala Raceway is the newest American Motocross raceway and is located a mere 25 miles from the ocean. But while San Diego is having one of its hottest weeks of the year, hopefully it will cool off for this weekend's races. This weekend will be putting the riders to the ultimate test as the season comes to an end. Who will be the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Champion?

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