Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Others...Arlington.

Just when you thought you knew exactly how the championships would work out! Racing under the big screen as Monster Energy Supercross took over AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and things got a lot more interesting.

The track sits in the shadows of the Dallas big screen. Photo: Bubba Pauli
Everything is bigger in Texas right? The track yes, but the racing...Ryan Dungey's 450 points lead got smaller and Joey Savatgy's crash in the whoops may have handed the 250 class to Yamaha's Cooper Webb.

For the first time this season, RedBull KTM rider Ryan Dungey went an entire night without a race win. In true Dungey form he'd find the podium at the end of the night with a strong ride to 2nd. It'd be RCH's Ken Roczen who would make the first lap pass and keep Dungey at bay. Roczen looks to be coming in to his own and gained 3 points in the 450 championship fight. Husqvarna's Jason Anderson charged all night. He'd strongly but quietly find the final step on the podium by the end of the main event.

Pro Circuit's Joey Savatgy has been on a mission of becoming a lion in the 250 west championship. His day in Texas was clicking. Fastest qualifier, heat race win and was passing for the lead early in the main event. Then things went severely wrong for his championship efforts. Geico Honda rider Christian Craig was protecting the inside line through the whoops and Savatgy would clip the back of Craig's Honda. Savatgy would go down and watched Webb go to the lead. Only able to rebound to 10th, a 3 point lead would be an 11 point deficit by nights end. Christian Craig would hold on for 2nd and Zach Osborne would ride his Rockstar Husqvarna to a 3rd. Once again Colt Nichols would show consistency and get 4th on the night.  

To me there's nothing better than seeing a privateer get in the main. That means a lot of my excitement comes from the semi and last chance qualifiers. Did you see Alex Ray's holeshot in the 450 semi? He'd have to go to the LCQ and would get the final transfer to the main. How about Noah McConahy's last corner pass on Blake Lilly for the final transfer to the 250 main? Nick Schmidt and Deven Raper would find themselves in the 450 main. McConahy's teammate Chris Howell would make another 250 main. My privateer of the week however goes to the Maxima Oils/ #82 of Trevor Reis. He'd win the 250 LCQ and go on to 19th in the main event. 

Trevor Reis in flight. Photo: Brandon Schlegel
And now...The Others.

5. 212 Chase Marquier
6. 188 Dillan Epstein
7. 556 Brady Kiesel
8. 645 Cheyenne Harmon
9. 138 Blake Lilly
10. 383 Casey Brenna
11. 820 Dalton Oxborrow
12. 460 Jake Mohnike
13. 903 Cody Doerfler
14. 486 Damon Back
15. 352 Alex Harvill
16. 715 Kele Russell
17. 357 Joshua Hernandez
18. 256 James Milson
19. 321 Bradley Lionnet
20. 621 RJ Wageman
21. 252 Kevin Weisbruch
22. 792 Bracken Hall

5. 801 Jeff Alessi
6. 918 Michael Akaydin
7. 761 Cade Clason
8. 99 Heath Harrison
9. 291 Kyle White
10. 713 Chad Cool
11. 240 Bryce Stewart
12. 282 Bubba Pauli
13. 80 Zack Williams
14. 135 Robert Fitch
15. 471 Logan Karnow
16. 643 Jake Oswald
17. 509 Alex Nagy
18. 501 Scotty Wennnerstrom
19. 708 Joe Perron
20. 421 Vann Martin
21. 47 Tommy Hahn
22. 247 Teddy Parks

The west will rest. Next up on the schedule is the the east coast version of A1 as the series heads to Atlanta. 


I'd like to dedicate this weeks "The Others" to Gene Ritchie. The man behind RedBUd MX in Michigan passed away at the age of 79. The Ritchie family is motocross and Gene will be missed.

-Kyle Pesci

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