Motocross Riders Eyeing Holeshot of 2018 Unadilla NationalPosted: Updated:
Tomorrow's race will be the 10th of 12 rounds and will feature several of the world's fastest riders as well as a handful of local competitors that are sure to grab your attention.
Racers like James Doolittle, from Binghamton, and Corey Burnett, from Bainbridge, who both grew up with fathers who raced dirt bikes, are just two of the area's dirt-loving enthusiasts scheduled to come out of the gates, fighting for the all-important holeshot in their classes.
"The holeshot is everything...you have a clear track and pick whatever line you want. If you start mid-pack you're spread out between 20 different riders," said Corey Burnett (649), Honda CRF450R.
"You got to stay smooth, pick the right lines, and stay smart," said James Doolittle (515), Suzuki RMZ 250.
Other course favorites include; Cooper Webb, who won the 2016 Unadilla National, and Justin Barcia of Monroe, NY, who is a 4-time Unadilla National podium finisher but was not able to compete in 2017 due to an injury.
Barcia said the wet weather has made the track slick and deep in some areas of the corners, but with the years of experience at Unadilla he feels confident that he will place high again for a great finish.
"I've raced these tracks a lot. My bike has been working pretty good, getting better each week, doing a lot of practicing, testing, and getting ready to tear it up," said Justin Barcia (51), Yamaha YZ 450.
But although the race has many riders geared for green, some take the moments just before Unadilla to reflect on just how lucky they are to have made it this far, in reach of a win this close to home.
"Every kid dreams of being out at Unadilla," said Corey Burnett. "Everybody up here grows up around dirt bikes, it seems, and it's always a dream to be out there with the pros."
And having a more than moderate fan-base, full of family and friends, is always a boost to any rider, according to James Doolittle.
"It helps push me a little bit. You got everyone you know cheering you on...it feels great," said Doolittle.
Below are the Unadilla Motocross Park races and classes, scheduled to begin on Saturday:
1st Motos - 1:00pm
450 Moto 2 (Live)Tomorrow - 3:00pm
250 Moto 2Tomorrow - 7:30pm