Thursday, January 24, 2019

Was Webb Shafted on the Triple?

Cooper Webb came out swinging at the first Triple Crown stop of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series. Just three rounds in and the Triple Crown format would look to shake things up as we’d visit Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California for the second and final time. 

The Triple Crown is advertised as a three “Main Event” format of racing. Three shorter sprints as opposed to the traditional 20 minute Main Event. It’s a chance for almost anyone to grab a decent start and make a run for the checkers as time quickly runs out. At the same point, one mistake could ruin your night. 

PC: Brandon Schlegel

Newly signed RedBull KTM athlete, Cooper Webb looked rejuvenated with these quick races. He literally shot down the competition in “Main One” and backed it up with a W in “Main Two.” Third in “Main Three” would secure the overall, but was his night really as successful on paper as it seemed in Anaheim? 

Cooper came in to Round Three sitting 8th in Points and 13 points back in the Championship. On the result sheet his overall victory was worth 26 points. A 3 point advantage over Eli Tomac and 7 points over Ken Roczen. His win would bump him from 8th to 3rd in the Championship, and now sitting back 6 points. But why? Didn’t Cooper just win two mains? Shouldn’t points be paid per Main Event?

This really got me thinking of how the Triple Crown was designed to shake things up and how Cooper kind of got shafted. We should have a three way tie heading in to week 4! 

Overall Points After Round 2
  1. Roczen 44
  2. Barcia 43
  3. Tomac 40
  4. Baggett 37
  5. Wilson 34 
  6. Musquin 33
  7. Anderson 32
  8. Webb 31 
  9. Plessinger 29
  10. Brayton 28
  11. Seely 27
  12. Reed 23 

Overall Points After Round 3 
  1. Roczen 63 
  2. Tomac 61
  3. Webb 57
  4. Barcia 56
  5. Musquin 56
  6. Wilson 52
  7. Anderson 46
  8. Baggett 45
  9. Plessinger 45
  10. Seely 44
  11. Brayton 37
  12. Reed 33

Overall Points After Round 3 w/ Triple Points System

  1. Roczen 104
  2. Tomac 104
  3. Webb 104
  4. Musquin 100 
  5. Barcia 81 
  6. Wilson 79
  7. Anderson 72
  8. Plessinger 71
  9. Seely 71
  10. Baggett 63 
  11. Brayton 58 
  12. Reed 55 

What do you think? Should the Triple Crown stops payout points per race? If we are going to call them Main Events, shouldn’t they be treated as Main Events?

-Kyle Pesci

The Others...Glendale, AZ.

It’s already week two and one thing guaranteed is dry racing conditions as Monster Energy Supercross heads inside the retractable roof of State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

After a disappointing week one, Adam Cianciarulo would rebound for a perfect night. The 92 Kawasaki won his heat and convincingly took the 250 Main Event win. The red plate will stay with Colt Nichols after a second place finish. Shane Mcelreath claimed the final step of the podium.

Two weeks and two winners in the 450 class. This time it’d be the number 4 of Blake Baggett claiming his first career 450 Main Event win. Jason Anderson rebounded from a lousy week one for second place. Ken Roczen took third on the night and let his consistency earn him the red plate heading in to Round 3.

The BWR Team (Brian White Racing) has been a staple in the pits for a few seasons now. They’ve been a stepping stone for guys like Alex Ray and Noah McConahy. Brian’s brother, Kyle has even made a 450 Main Event. This season the team stepped up their pit presence and is having solid success with the number 805 of Carlen Gardner. Gardner made it 2 for 2 in 450 Main Events this season and backed up last weeks 17th with an 18th in Glendale. Keep it up boys! 

Rider: Carlen Gardner | PC: Brandon Schlegel

And now...The Others

  1. 122 Chris Howell 
  2. 471 Logan Karnow 
  3. 910 Carson Brown
  4. 418 Renton Minuto 
  5. 260 Dylan Woodcock 
  6. 255 Johnny Garcia
  7. 621 RJ Wageman 
  8. 271 Kyle Fry 
  9. 767 Mason Wharton
  10. 277 Kordel Caro
  11. 105 Tomas Ravenhorst 
  12. 474 Niclas Hallafors 
  13. 446 Blaine Silveira
  14. 221 Mathias Jorgenson
  15. 275 Johnny Jelderda 
  16. 188 Gage Schehr 
  17. 321 Bradley Lionnet 
  18. 348 Joan Cros

  1. 951 Ryan Surratt 
  2. 941 Angelo Pellegrini 
  3. 393 Daniel Herrlein 
  4. 282 Bubba Pauli 
  5. 214 Vann Martin 
  6. 97 Adam Enticknap 
  7. 723 Tyler Enticknap 
  8. 383 Casey Brennan 
  9. 509 Alex Nagy 
  10. 448 Broc Shoemaker 
  11. 424 Tyler Custer
  12. 211 Tevin Tapia
  13. 330 AJ Catanzaro 
  14. 75 Cody VanBuskirk 
  15. 99 Austin Politelli 
  16. 74 Cade Autenrieth 
  17. 313 Kyle Swanson
  18. 17 Joey Savatgy

-Kyle Pesci 


The Others...Splashing in to A1

2019 has brought us another year of Monster Energy Supercross and Mother Nature made Round One in Anaheim, California a challenge.

The Others is back! What we do is highlight the guys you probably didn’t even know were there. Many attempt to qualify for the night show field of 40 and after the Last Chance Qualifiers, only 22 remain to put on the show us fans came to see. The top 4 from each classes LCQ joins their respected Main Event. 5th thru 22nd hit the showers early and watch the show from the stands just like you and I. They are “The Others.”

It was just normal ‘ol beautiful California all day. The Dirt Wurx crew offered up prime dirt conditions from morning qualifying all the way through the majority of the night show. Then as the Mains linerd up, the rain began to fall. Evening the field or giving advantage to certain riders, the cards would be dealt with constantly changing track conditions.

In 250 action, Colt Nichols may have came as a bit of a surprise by taking the Main Event win. His Yamaha teammate, Dylan Ferrandis took second and KTM backed Shane Mcelrath rounded out the podium. 

In the premier 450 class it was yet another blue surprise when Justin Barcia put his Factory Yamaha atop the box. Ken Roczen still amazes me with his return from career threatening injuries and finished second on the night. Championship favorite, Eli Tomac fought through the pack to take the final podium step.

Depending on your definition of privateer you may disagree with this shout out but, Chris Bloss looked good on his Gas Monkey/AJE Husqvarna. Bloss has plenty of experience but is making a comeback to the big stadiums and joining a team who has been making a name for themselves over the last couple seasons. The number 111 would crack the top 10 with a 9th overall. 

Rider: Chris Blose | PC: Brandon Schlegel

And now....The Others

  1. 216 Devin Harriman
  2. 141 Robbie Wageman 
  3. 122 Chris Howell 
  4. 105 Tomas Ravenhorst
  5. 85 Dare DeMartile 
  6. 260 Dylan Woodcock
  7. 418 Renton Minuto
  8. 474 Niclas Hallafors
  9. 427 Deegan Vonlossberg 
  10. 255 Johnny Garcia
  11. 621 RJ Wageman
  12. 767 Mason Wharton 
  13. 17.  446 Blaine Silveira 
  1. 188 Gage Schehr 
  2. 35 Mitchell Harrison
  3. 348 Joan Cros
  4. 60 Justin Starling
  5. 54 Dylan Merriam

  1. 97 Adam Enticknap 
  2. 62 Alex Ray 
  3. 330 AJ Catanzaro 
  4. 606 Ronnie Stewart
  5. 118 Cheyenne Harmon
  6. 99 Austin Politelli
  7. 723 Tyler Enticknap 
  8. 58 Brandon Scharer
  9. 214 Vann Martin 
  10. 951 Ryan Surratt 
  11. 393 Daniel Herrlein 
  12. 509 Alex Nagy 
  13. 282 Bubba Pauli 
  14. 80 Heath Harrison
  15. 121 Matt Bisceglia 
  16. 74 Cade Autenrieth 
  17. 383 Casey Brennan 
  18. 941 Angelo Pellegrini

-Kyle Pesci