Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Others...MinneSNOWta

U.S. Bank Stadium was the place to be if you were in Minneapolis. Inside, Monster Energy Supercross offered their Triple Crown format for Round 14 of the series. Outside, snow....lots of snow!

Okay, so the talk of the week is Broc Tickle. He’s not a privateer, but he’s a buddy. Opinions are out there on this situation and I felt I should at least voice mine quickly. This isn’t about my friend “getting caught” or whatever you may call it, but this 4 year ban talk is bullshit. We watched it ruin the career of James Stewart, Cade Clason be pushed aside and a few more that are questionable. So yes, it’s in the rule book as a banned substance. 4 years? This is not the Olympics. I agree there needs to be rules and they need to be followed by all. There also needs to be a system put in place for our specific sport and the training our athletes subject themselves to. I leave you with a question. As our sport progresses and in a season where we have seen more than a few injuries, could “performance enhancing drugs” make for a safer sport? I’m not talking steroids or blood doping, but adderall or other recovery and focus aids. Anyways, #letbrocride

Day qualifying can send you straight to the three Main Event format. With no Heat Races, the LCQ is a true last ditch effort. Held before the night show, only four from each class get the final spots and three shots at earning some points. Illinois based and KCMX supporter Bubba Pauli rode his ass off in the 450 LCQ to take the final spot in the Mains. It’d be the first Main Event for the 282 this season on his TXS Productions/Skillz Racing Kawasaki.

I’m so up in the air on this format, as most privateers miss out on the nights gate drops, but it does offer up some great and mixed up racing. No rider won more than once all night. Consistency is key. 3-3-1  was good enough for Jeremy Martin to take the 250 class overall. Zach Osborne and Jordan Smith respectively rounded off the podium. Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner was your race one winner and it’d be downhill from there, ending the night with a broken collarbone and 10th overall. Eli Tomac’s 1-4-3 finishes secured the overall. Jason Anderson had some issues in race two and even with a last race win would settle for 2nd overall. Marvin Musquin took 3rd overall and completed a podium of guys with 1 win each on the night.

The 201 of Cedric Soubeyras has had a few weeks of chaos, but has seemed to find a home with the HEP Suzuki  Team. After some solid results early in the season, the French rider landed a fill in ride on the LVN100 Suzuki Team. Josh Hansen is the man behind that squad but has been M.I.A all season and when Matt Bisceglia got hurt, they needed a rider. Last week Cedric showed up to race, only to find out the rig had left the stadium. Dustin Pipes and the HEP crew stepped in to help the fellow Suzuki rider. This week Cedric would again ride under the HEP tent to a 16th overall with 16-16-14 Main scores. 

Rider: Cedric Soubeyras

And now...The Others
*LCQ's at this round were in the day program to qualify for the 3 race format.

  1. 172 Tanner Basso
  2. 89 Jerry Robin 
  3. 725 Richard Jackson 
  4. 401 Samual Redman 
  5. 248 Travis Delnicki 
  6. 151 Carter Gordon
  7. 155 Drayke Sizemore 
  8. 828 Mathew Weakley 
  9. 530 Bodie Wood

  1. 91 Alex Ray 
  2. 73 Brandon Scharer 
  3. 80 AJ Catanzaro 
  4. 805 Carlen Gardner 
  5. 181 Dustin Pipes 
  6. 509 Alex Nagy 
  7. 471 Logan Karnow 
  8. 918 Michael Akaydin 
  9. 914 Brice Klippel 
  10. 526 Colton Aeck 
  11. 708 Joe Perron
  12. 976 Josh Greco 
  13. 713 Chad Cook 
  14. 608 David Pulley
  15. 308 Nicholas Jackson 
  16. 722 Adam Enticknap 

-Kyle Pesci

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The Others...Emerald City

For the second straight round, Mother Nature would play her role in the Monster Energy Supercross Championships. Round 13 was a wet one in Seattle’s Century Link Field. 

Mud...Lots of mud! The rain started early in the week and never stopped. The track was tarp covered by the Dirt Wurx crew in attempt at a best case scenario. Practice and qualifying was cut to one late session and the rest became a night of survival.

It doesn’t happen often, in fact maybe never in a Supercross. It became similar to the feeling of a Southwick Pro National when the number 388 of Brandan Leith came out taking advantage of the track in its best form and getting that single lap that would hold as the fastest time of not just the 250 class qualifying, but the entire night program. Leith would then work to a 9th place finish in Heat 2 and transfer to the Main Event, where he’d go on to a career best 14th overall. 

Main Events were cut due to the extreme weather and conditions. Yamaha rider, Aaron Plessinger got out front early and would lead all 8 laps on his way to the win. Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton, although over 30 seconds back would finish 2nd and Adam Cianciarulo put his Pro Circuit Kawasaki on the final step. The 450 class was an example of the fastest guy doesn’t always win. Jason Anderson looked very fast and aggressive all night. It proved to be just a little too much as he’d eventually settle for 2nd behind Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac. Marvin Musquin was all alone in 3rd when the checkers flew.

Noah McConahy. It’s been a bit of an up and down season for the number 75. Returning from some serious injuries and battling some fresh ones, Noah had a no matter what attitude when it came to Seattle. 1.) It’s his home race 2.) He left the exact round one year ago on a backboard. Noah wanted redemption. On the sport, on that stadium and on his mindset. First race jitters and the injuries weighing heavy, qualifying 34th still wasn’t how Noah had planned to start his day. Placed in Heat 1, Noah would ride calm, consistent and good enough to secure a trip to the Main Event. He’d DNF the Main, but a giant step in self worth was taken on this day. 

Rider: Noah McConahy

And now...The Others

  1. 741 Blake Wharton 
  2. 424 Tyler Custer
  3. 277 Kordel Caro
  4. 497 Brock Leitner
  5. 170 Michael Leib 
  6. 141 Robbie Wageman 
  7. 422 Philipp Klakow
  8. 188 Gage Schehr 
  9. 651 Jake Hogan
  10. 271 Kyle Fry 
  11. 122 Chris Howell 
  12. 427 Deegan Vonlossberg 
  13. 240 Bryce Stewart 
  14. 86 Dylan Merriam 
  15. 321 Bradley Lionnet 
  16. 137 Martin Castelo 
  17. 820 Dalton Oxborrow

  1. 805 Carlen Gardner 
  2. 80 AJ Catanzaro 
  3. 282 Bubba Pauli 
  4. 447 Deven Raper 
  5. 918 Michael Akaydin 
  6. 181 Dustin Pipes 
  7. 542 Johnnie Buller
  8. 192 Beni Williams
  9. 526 Colton Aeck 
  10. 251 Kyle Gills
  11. 91 Alex Ray 
  12. 73 Brandon Scharer 
  13. 39 Kyle Cunningham 
  14. 509 Alex Nagy 
  15. 722 Adam Enticknap 

-Kyle Pesci

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The Others...Indy (East vs West)

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana was host to Round 12 of the Monster Energy Supercross Series. It’d also host an early spring snow storm that shutdown the pits and had riders packed in the stadium basement or taking cover in the semis.

Serving as an East vs West Shootout, we’d get our first shot at seeing the best 250 riders from each coast display their skills. We’d also get the return to racing by Blake Wharton. The once factory supported title contender has joined the IB Corp Team with help from Ryan Hughes. Not much has changed with the number 741. Over the front riding style with hair flowing from behind the helmet. His speed remains as well.

Qualifying keeps the East and West separated. The West’s Joey Savatgy cranked out a 44.122 that topped the best from the East’s Jeremy Martin, who put down a 44.579. Marvin Musquin seems to benefit from a smaller whoop section and a not so jumpy track design. It proved he was comfortable with his 43.319 qualifying time. 

The Main Events provided possibly the best racing of the season. Jeremy Martin would benefit from a good start and as he clicked off laps, the chase was on behind him. Points leader, Zach Osborne and contender Aaron Plessinger were stuck in turn one and would work from around last towards the front. AP made it to 5th while Osborne worked his way to a 7th. Adam Cianciarulo started around 10th and after a battle with TLD/RedBull KTM’s Jordan Smith would get to second with a last lap pass on Luke Renzland. Renzland made just a small mistake that allowed AC by but would hold on to a career best and first podium finish in 3rd. It was also a first for the Traders team and Ohlins Suspension in Supercross. I called it early in the day. Going back to the less aggressive track layout and a very worn whoop section, Marvin Musquin just looked comfortable. He’d go on to a 450 Main Event win. Husqvarna’s Dean Wilson landed his first podium of the year in 2nd and Justin Brayton once again found himself on the podium. 

Dylan Merriam. This guy had a solid ride last week and was riding some momentum in to this weeks race. The number 86 was looking good in practice until a clipping a tricky triple-single in to a corner. As the bike front flipped, Merriam stayed on for the ride. Strolling back through the pits I shot him a thumbs up and got back a painful head shake. We then stood behind the starting gate before the 450 LCQ and relived the crash. “I better make this main and it’ll all be worth it.” This was Dylan’s answer to the stiffness that was setting in. Dylan made the Main with a 2nd  in the LCQ and went on to a season best 18th. I later passed Dylan sitting in the same seat where he had his head down just hours ago, now smiling as he gave me a “well, it was worth it.” Seeing will power and determination in the flesh can give you the chills. I promise you, Dylan Merriam is a bad dude.

Rider: Dylan Merriam

And now...The Others 

  1. 85 Josh Cartwright 
  2. 64 Michael Mosiman 
  3. 151 Carter Gordon
  4. 188 Gage Schehr 
  5. 986 Lane Shaw 
  6. 214 Vann Martin 
  7. 57 John Short
  8. 725 Richard Jackson 
  9. 171 Yannis Irsuti
  10. 608 David Pulley
  11. 427 Deegan Vonlossberg 
  12. 137 Martin Castelo 
  13. 170 Michael Leib 
  14. 42 Dakota Alix 
  15. 174 Josh Osby
  16. 619 Mark Weishaar

  1. 81 Chase Marquier 
  2. 48 Henry Miller 
  3. 401 Samual Redman 
  4. 240 Bryce Stewart 
  5. 447 Deven Raper 
  6. 138 Blake Lilly 
  7. 509 Alex Nagy 
  8. 330 Cade Autenrieth 
  9. 282 Bubba Pauli 
  10. 733 Steve Mages
  11. 73 Brandon Scharer 
  12. 78 Ronnie Stewart 
  13. 181 Dustin Pipes 
  14. 471 Logan Karnow 
  15. 914 Brice Klippel 
  16. 122 Chris Howell 
  17. 80 AJ Catanzaro 
  18. 84 Scott Champion 

-Kyle Pesci

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