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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Wilson Grabs Fifth Podium at Unadilla Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson rode two strong motos to finish third overall at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center near New Berlin, NY. Wilson led the...

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Wilson Grabs Fifth Podium at Unadilla

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson rode two strong motos to finish third overall at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center near New Berlin, NY. Wilson led the first moto before a crash sent him back to sixth. In the second moto, the 18-year-old rookie battled for third place in the moto and overall. Tyla Rattray went 5-4 to finish fourth overall and Christophe Pourcel crashed in the first moto and did not finish, but he rebounded to win the second moto and claim 25 championship points to finish seventh overall. In the 450 class, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Nick Wey went 12-12 for 13th overall.

Podium
Wilson led the first six laps of Moto 1 before he was taken out and fell back to the fifth spot. He battled with his teammate Rattray through the remaining 10 laps and finished sixth. In the second moto, the battle with Rattray continued as the two raced each other for the entire moto with Wilson getting the better end of it and finishing third.

"It's good to be on the podium," said Wilson. "I'm a little disappointed I wasn't a little higher. The take out was pretty bad, but I've already put it behind me. I had never been to Unadilla and I really like the track. It is a place for good racing and I think we showed that today."

Moto Win
Pourcel had a lot on his mind as he lined up on the gate for the second moto. After crashing in the first moto and hurting his ribs, he knew he had to go out and score as many points as he could. He got a good start coming out fifth and then slowly worked his way to the front of the field. With two laps to go, he passed the leader and took the moto win, ending the day with a 16-point lead in the championship standings.

"I knew I needed to get as many points as I could," said Pourcel. "I rode really hard during the second moto and just put everything out of my head. Today was a tough day, but I'm glad I came back and won the moto."

Fourth Place
Rattray made his debut at Unadilla and rode strong through both motos battling until the last lap for the final podium position. After starting outside of the top ten in the first moto, the South African rider moved all the way up to fifth. In the second moto, he got a much better start, dogging his teammate Wilson for third in the moto and overall, but ending up fourth as he was unable to make the pass.

"I rode better than my fourth place result," said Rattray. "I want to be on the podium every week and challenging for wins. Today was okay, but I know I can be mixing it up with the leaders more."

Down Hard
Pourcel had the lead in the first moto, when he went down in a tricky section of rollers on the first lap. The crash broke most of the front end of the bike and Pourcel also was hurt.

"My back and side were really hurting so I knew I couldn't finish the moto," said Pourcel. "I was going through there and just made a little mistake that turned into a big crash."

Perseverance
Wey battled throughout both motos charging late in each to get up to 12th position. The Michigan native rode faster as the motos progressed making moves late to ensure his 13th overall.

"I need to be more aggressive at the start of each moto," said Wey. "The last few weeks I've been right there in the top ten and I can be there every race. I just need to push harder early, because I know I have the endurance to finish strong."

Happy Birthday
Ryan Villopoto had an early birthday present as he returned to riding two weeks ago. After making a stop at Loretta Lynn's to show off the 2011 KX450F, Villopoto traveled to Unadilla to celebrate his 22nd birthday on Friday with the race team and his supporters.

Championship Hunt
With Pourcel holding a 16-point lead in the 250 class, his teammates Wilson and Rattray are also lurking close by. The rookie Wilson is just 20-points back of second place and Rattray is just nine markers back of Wilson. With three races remaining it should be an exciting chase for the title.

-source: kawasaki racing

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Series AMA
Drivers Ryan Villopoto , Dean Wilson , Tyla Rattray