Located in New Berlin, New York, the Unadilla National Finals facility is among the oldest and most famous in the entire United States. Unadilla is definitely the pride of New York State in terms of the gold standard of motocross competitive facilities, as it has been open for use all the way back to 1969. As the longest continuously running Pro AMA Motocross facility in the lower 48 states, Unadilla MX was an awesome venue for hosting one of the biggest and final major Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship events in 2016.
A massive field of competitors all gathered together at Unadilla to do battle in both the 250cc and 450cc racing categories, showcasing the best professional motocross athletes in the world competing on one of the most storied motocross facilities in the USA. While the 250cc and 450cc generally have different racing strategies and aspects for fans and event administrators to appreciate, they both brought a great deal of excitement and intense competition at the 2016 Unadilla National as part of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
The Unadilla National was such a great race not only because of the intense competition and motocross showcasing that it provided to fans and racers, but also because of how well prepared and well maintained the track and overall facility was heading into the event. When it comes to major outdoor motocross competitive events, often times weather can make or break the quality of a race because when rain or other factors compromise the integrity of the track conditions, it can make it difficult or even impossible for riders to fully exercise their abilities as motocross athletes.
An excessively wet track can seriously impede a rider’s ability to achieve high speeds, and it can also impede the rider’s ability to handle turns and sharp corners since the bike wants to dig deep into the mud when accelerating through and out of a hard turn. With this being said, the great conditions at the 2016 Unadilla National event allowed each racer to confidently go all-out in this race making for a really exciting race. For the informational benefit of motocross fans and athletes everywhere, a recap and final rankings of the 2016 Unadilla National competition in both the 250cc racing class and the 450cc racing class will be included below.
250cc Racing Class Unadilla National Finals Results
The 250cc racing class finals at the 2016 Unadilla National as part of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship went very smoothly, and yielded a podium of the usual suspects, so to speak. This is to say that some of the major players in the Lucas Oil 250cc division ended up stacking the podium, meaning that there were no major surprises, upsets, or unexpected rankings as a result of the 250cc racing class event at the Unadilla National. Although Austin Forkner did not take first, his presence on the top three podium is yet another significant boost to his career in the 2016 season.
The 250cc racing class was very well served by the optimal track conditions, and all of the riders were clearly taking advantage of those good conditions by open up their throttles very liberally, and were accelerating with extreme aggression since the track conditions would support that kind of riding strategy. The top three finishers in the 2016 Unadilla National 250cc Class race have had an exceptional season this year in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship tour, and their high ranked finish at Unadilla marked an important milestone as the 2016 racing season begins to wrap up and give way to the new 2017 season.
1st Place – 250cc - Cooper Webb:
Bringing home the first place victory within the 250cc racing class at the 2016 Unadilla National motocross competition, Cooper Webb added yet another major finish to his 2016 professional record. Cooper really knows how to squeeze every last bit of power out of his Yamaha built 250cc bike. Currently racing for the Yamalube Star Racing motocross team, Cooper Webb’s career has been doing great in 2016, and his array of sponsors continues to grow in light of his most recent successes.
His major sponsorships currently include Yamaha, Star Racing, Answer, Yamalube, and many more. Racing out of his hometown of Morehead City, North Carolina, Cooper Webb has been training and honing his motocross skills on the east coast since he was a young boy. Although he is not currently ranked in the top five riders in the 250cc Series Points rankings, he is not far off the mark and his earned series points from this first place victory at the 2016 Unadilla National are going to put him within striking range to enter the top five in the 250cc Lucas Oil rankings.
2nd Place – 250cc – Aaron Plessinger:
Managing to take the second place runner up position on the podium for the 250cc racing class competition at the 2016 Unadilla National event, Aaron Plessinger had a nearly flawless performance at the awesome track at Unadilla MX. Although after multiple failed attempts to overtake Cooper Webb, which represented the only imperfections in Aaron’s race, he was still not able to execute the pass in time and therefore missed first place by a small margin.
Aaron Plessinger is a very pragmatic racer who is aggressive at the right times, and conservative at the right times, making him a difficult racer for other competitors to contend with since he is a real chess player out on the track. He knows when to execute a major move, and when to hang back and hold his position, and that kind of strategic vision is a huge factor in his ability to take second place at the 2016 Unadilla National as part of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
3rd Place – 250cc – Austin Forkner:
A big fan favorite among the 250cc racing class, Austin Forkner was able to bring in the third place finish and round out the podium at the 2016 Unadilla National motocross competition. Forkner was in the top five 250cc Series Points rankings, but has since dropped out of the top five, though with this third place win under his belt he will be receiving a major boost to his 250cc Series Points ranking. These rankings are very important to the professional motocross athletes competing in the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship tour within the 250cc class, as they help to determine a rider’s overall standings within the league.
Right now, Jeremy Martin is leading the 250cc Series Points rankings in first place, and in this way he has a major target on his back to be taken down by the rest of the 250cc class racers. In fact, that was perhaps the only surprise of the 2016 Unadilla National, that Jeremy Martin was not able to make the podium at this prestigious race. That aside, Austin Forkner still had a tremendous race and is set to be a force to be reckoned with as we head into the 2017 racing season.
450cc Racing Class Unadilla National Finals Results
With the heightened power and intensity of the 450cc racing class competition, there is almost always a kind of raising of the stakes when compared with the 250cc racing class. This is not to say that the 250cc racing class is somehow requiring of lower skill thresholds, in fact the opposite is true in some respects, but the added engine power and displacement definitely allows for more intense speeds at times. Similar to the final results of the 250cc racing class event at the 2016 Unadilla National competition, the major players and top athletes in the Lucas Oil 450cc racing category made it into the top three podium qualification.
Similar to the 250cc, there really weren’t any upsets or unexpected finishes by any of the athletes competing in the 450cc racing class. Like so many other Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship tour events of 2016, Ken Roczen has absolutely dominated and set the standard for professional performance in the 450cc racing class. The 2016 Unadilla National event was no exception to Roczen’s 2016 season dominance, as he was able to take first place in this prestigious competition. The results of the 450cc racing class at the 2016 Unadilla National will be presented below.
1st Place – 450cc – Ken Roczen:
A massive league favorite within the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Ken Roczen was able to secure the first place victory in the context of the 450cc racing class segment of the 2016 Unadilla National competition. With an astoundingly dominant performance at Unadilla MX, Ken Roczen is now holding onto the second place spot within the 450cc Series Points rankings category with a current points total of 447.00 overall. Hailing from Apolda, Germany, Ken Roczen is currently racing for the RCH Racing team, and thriving with them as well. His major sponsorships right now include Suzuki, Dodge, Fox Racing, Soaring Eagle, Sycuan, and many more.
Ken really was able to dominate at the 2016 Unadilla National, as he is able to really sync up with the performance of his 450cc bike and exhibit outstanding throttle control. While some athletes shy away from really opening up the full power of their 450cc machines, Ken Roczen is generally very bold and aggressive in terms of fully utilizing every ounce of performance and power his 450cc can offer him. His cornering and hard turning at the 2016 Unadilla National was also a major strong point, and allowed him to thwart efforts to pass him up during the race. With Ken currently poised in second place within the 450cc Series Points rankings, it won’t be long before he will have the chance to surpass Ryan Dungey and enter first place in those rankings.
2nd Place – 450cc – Marvin Musquin:
Bringing in the second place finish within the 450cc racing class of the 2016 Unadilla National competition, Marvin Musquin is another athlete having a phenomenal 2016 racing season. Marvin is one of those riders that is able to compete at a high level in both the 250cc and 450cc racing categories, as he is a true renaissance man in the context of professional motocross racing. While many other athletes competing in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship tour will relegate themselves to either 250cc or 450cc, Marvin Musquin is blazing the trail for athletes to race across different engine displacement categories.
Although Musquin is doing well in the 450cc racing class, which is obvious given his second place finish at the 2016 Unadilla National, he is actually doing better in the 250cc Series Points rankings at the moment. Musquin is actually ranked in second place overall within the 250cc Series Points rankings, with a total of 479.00 points at the moment. Right now Marvin Musquin’s sponsorship profile includes major players like KTM, Red Bull Energy Drinks, AlpineStars, Oakley Motocross, and several others. He seems to be quite happy on his current racing team of Red Bull KTM Racing, and as long as he continues to perform well he has a real shot of leading the Series Points rankings heading into the 2017 season.
3rd Place – 450cc – Eli Tomac:
Rounding out the podium and finishing in third place at the 2016 Unadilla National in the 450cc racing class, Eli Tomac definitely needed to rank highly at Unadilla if he wanted to salvage his Series Points rankings at all. Although Tomac is a consummate pro with many victories under his belt, he is not ranked in the top five of either the 250cc Series Points rankings, or the 450cc Series Points rankings right now. In this way, he really needs to step it up as the 2017 racing season approaches if he wants to improve his all important Series Points rankings within the context of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Currently riding for the Monster Energy Kawasaki racing team, Eli Tomac’s sponsorship profile includes, but is not limited to, Monster Energy Drinks, Kawasaki Motorsports, AlpineStars, and a handful of other major sponsors. Riding out of Cortez, Colorado, Eli Tomac has been making a mark on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship tour, and his third place finish at the 2016 Unadilla National was both hard fought and well deserved. Although he has got some serious ground to cover if he wants to be viable and highly competitive in the 2017 Lucas Oil pro season, he is off to a good start with his third place finish at Unadilla.