Local flavor returns to Unadilla MX on Saturday

CONTRIBUTED In this Aug. 10, 2018, file photo, Bainbridge’s Corey Burnett charges into a corner during press day at Unadilla MX in New Berlin.

Professional motocross returns to New Berlin on Saturday with a host of riders competing in their home state as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship holds the 34th running of the Unadilla National at Unadilla Motocross Park.

Corey Burnett of Bainbridge returns to Unadilla for a third time, competing in the 250 class, while another pair of riders hailing from New York enter among the favorites.

Burnett is making his third appearance at the track after also competing in 2017 and 2018. His debut saw him take 20th in the 250 consolation race after missing out on the finals. The following year he competed in the 450 class, but again failed to qualify, taking 27th in the consolation race.

Burnett is back in the 250 for 2019, looking for his first appearance in the event's headline races.

Several other riders from New York will also be in action Saturday, including some of the sport's premier names. Justin Cooper of Cold Spring Harbor enters the weekend third in the 250 class points standings, totaling 346 points through nine of 12 events. He trails only Dylan Ferrandis (366) and Adam Cianciarulo (394).

Cooper earned his first career win July 22, 2019 at Florida National and is in contention for the season championship.

The Empire State also boasts a top-10 rider in the 450 as Justin Barcia of Monroe enters the weekend ranked seventh with 221 points. Points leader Eli Tomac of Cortez, Colorado looks to improve on his first-place 392 points, already 50 points ahead of second-place Marvin Musquin of LaReole, France.

More than 15 other New York riders will be in action Saturday, some from the local area. James Doolittle of Binghamton and Spencer Mang of Fort Plain will both compete in the 250 Class.

Saturday's action begins at 8 a.m. with practice and qualifying lasting until 11:45 a.m. The 125 All Stars race and consolation races will last until 12:30 p.m., with the four final motos set to run from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Unadilla MX is at 5986 State Highway 8 in New Berlin.