Christophe Pourcel 2012

Over-achiever Trey Canard a mere two laps from winnin his first National, but a crash and subsequent broken wrist ended his chance of winning

Justin Barcia (151) took the inside line, while Trey Canard (39) and Christophe Pourcel (377) fanned out. Despite Barcia's inside approach, Canard emerged with the second moto holeshot.

Barcia Bike 151

The women's pro class has been a big hit among spectators, although the schedule should be changed so that the women race before the men.

Dariyn Durham is on a long list of local High Point talent (Branden Jesseman comes to mind). He had flashes of brilliance, but couldn't crack the top ten.

COMMANDANT OF THE FOREIGN LEGION: Apparently, Pro Circuit owner Mitch Payton knows something that other teams haven't fully been able to grasp—foreign riders are fast and cheap. During his tenure as the most dominant team manager in the sport, Payton has hired Mickael Pichon, Grant Langston, Ben Townley, Brett Metcalfe, Stephane Roncada, Eric Sorby, Pedro Gonzalez and Jamie Dobb to fly the Pro Circuit flag. Mitch's gambling with foreign talent has paid off in spades, and now with Pourcel and Tyla Rattray in his 2009 stable, Mitch might well be named the secretary-general of the U.N.

WE WILL REPEL THEM ON THE BEACHES: The biggest news before the outdoor series began was centered on the European invasion. Historically, very few GP riders from across the pond actually can make the grade in the U.S. Most Euro stars elect to stay in Europe. For every Greg Albertyn, Sebastien Tortelli or Grant Langston who are willing to make the trip over, there is a Stefan Everts, Antonio Cairoli, Alessio Chiodi, Josh Coppins, Steve Ramon and David Philippaerts who elected to stay in Europe. This year, three former GP riders set their sights on the AMA 250 National championship. The aforementioned Pourcel, current 250 World champ Tyla Rattray and 250 GP runner-up Tommy Searle planned on catching the Americans off guard with their speed. Now that the series is four rounds deep, it's safe to say that these riders are the real deal. They have pigeonholed their way into the American racing scene, congealing into consistent top-five riders.

TREY TAKES IT ON THE CHIN: The 250 class hasn't been hit by as many injuries as the 450 class, but the 250 series lost one of its bright stars at High Point. After clawing back to a second-place finish in the first moto despite a poor start, Geico's Trey Canard led the majority of the second moto ahead of Christophe Pourcel. Feeling the pressure of being a few minutes away from winning his first AMA National, the Elk City, Oklahoma, native went down and broke his right wrist. This comes after an up-and-down Supercross series and an outdoor series that ended at Washougal last year with a broken femur. There's no question that Trey is fast, but he needs to get out from under that black cloud.


What certainties remain through the remainder of the 2009 Lucas Oil National series? (1) More riders will get hurt. (2) Some of the walking wounded will return. (3) The three-man wars between Chad Reed, Andrew Short and Ivan Tedesco in the 450 Class and Ryan Dungey, Christophe Pourcel and Tyla Rattray will continue. (4) Josh Grant and Justin Barcia can still be spoilers. (5) As Ryan Villopoto and Mike Alessi have proven, the series can turn on a dime.


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