CORONA, CA – August 9, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Despite being limited by injuries in 2014, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad has stood tough throughout the AMA Pro Motocross Championship and has achieved solid results and multiple wins thanks to the efforts of its championship-winning duo of Blake Baggett and Dean Wilson, along with sophomore up-and-comer Justin Hill. While the team unfortunately will be without Hill’s services for the second straight round, it boasts two new additions heading into New Berlin, New York’s Unadilla for the 10th round of the 12-race season on Saturday, August 9.
Following a lengthy comeback from injury, veteran Darryn Durham will rejoin his teammates for the final three rounds of the summer, while amateur star Chris Alldredge will make his professional debut at Unadilla and close out the season with the squad.
Baggett Building Momentum
Baggett’s last outing two weeks ago at Washougal resulted in yet another overall podium performance for the 2012 250 Class titleholder. With just three rounds and six motos remaining, Baggett knows he needs to seize the opportunity each time the gate drops in hopes of closing in on the championship lead. With a week of rest to regroup and refresh, Baggett is feeling better than ever and has no doubt he can be the rider to beat on Saturday afternoon.
“The break was good for us because we were able to make some adjustments on the Kawasaki KX250F for the last three rounds that we believe will put us in a position to win each time out,” said Baggett. “My goal from here to the end is to get as many wins as possible and let things play out as they will. We’re fighting all the way up until that final checkered flag and won’t settle for anything less than battling for wins.”
Baggett currently occupies third in the 250 Class standings, 54 points out of the lead and just 11 points behind second.
Wilson Awaits ‘Dilla
Wilson is a fan of the legendary Central New York circuit, having won there in dominant fashion during his title-winning 2011 campaign. Wilson’s height could actually work to his advantage on the sprawling layout and he believes this could be the weekend where he breaks into the forefront of the 250 Class. Wilson made the most of the brief hiatus from competition and is feeling rejuvenated coming into Unadilla.
“It’s been a while since I raced at Unadilla, but I really like that track,” said Wilson. “We had a great ride there a few years ago and with this past week off, I’m feeling really good about our chances this weekend. Time is running out to get up on the box, and I’d like nothing more than to battle for a win here before the season is out and put that Kawasaki KX250F back on top one more time for the whole Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team.”
Wilson currently sits 12th in the championship standings but needs to make up just 13 points in order to break into the top 10.
“Double D” is Back
Durham had high hopes for a memorable 2014 AMA Pro Motocross season, but following a crash while testing for the opening round he suffered a small fracture in his knee that required surgery and had kept him sidelined until now. Durham has been prepping for his return to the nationals but didn’t want to rush back into the fold. With the final off week now behind him, Durham decided Unadilla would be the right place to make his return and finish out the season. As one of the most likeable riders in the pits, many hope Durham can find some success over the final three weeks of action. One thing is for sure, there’s no pressure on the veteran in his comeback.
“I’ve just been waiting for this day to come since I found out I wouldn’t be racing at Glen Helen and now it’s finally here. It’s kind of surreal, actually,” said Durham. “I’m just going out there to have some fun on my Kawasaki KX250F. No pressure. I’m going out there to try and battle with the lead guys in the class and make the most of the time I have remaining this season. I couldn’t be happier.”
Alldredge Hopes to Add to Pro Circuit’s Legacy
After an impressive final season in the amateur ranks, Alldredge established himself as the top A-class rider in the country. On the heels of second and third-place effort at Loretta Lynn’s last week, Alldredge has officially graduated from Team Green and is following in the footsteps of riders like Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Villopoto, Dean Wilson and Adam Cianciarulo before him, right into a seat with the winningest team in the history of the sport.
“This is just an honor to be completely honest,” said Alldredge. “I only dreamed of one day racing for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki and Mitch Payton, and to realize that dream has come true hasn’t really hit me yet. I know that as soon as I line up along that gate with my teammates and the rest of the guys in the 250 Class it will be very real, and it will be up to me to prove I belong here. I’m excited for the chance to put the Kawasaki KX250F through its paces and we’ll see how things end up. This is the very start of my career so I just want to take it one race at a time and not get ahead of myself.”
Photos courtesy of Steve Cox, Hoppenworld and Monster Energy Kawasaki
Up Next >> Unadilla National
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki boasts 10 wins amongst seven different riders at Unadilla, with Wilson serving as the team’s most recent winner back during the 2011 season. The four-rider effort is the largest contingent of competitors the team has had during the AMA Pro Motocross season. Unadilla is iconic for its combination of high speed, big air and rough conditions, which makes it one of the toughest tracks in all of motocross.
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