Monday, February 29, 2016

The Others...Atlanta.

Hot-lanta! We got good racing and round one of the 250 East Championship as Monster Energy Supercross made a stop in the Georgia Dome. It didn't come without a little bit of controversy and impressive rides.

Photo: Jay Moore | GoPro
Let's start in the 250 class. This venue would serve as the first round of the East Championship, giving us a completely new field of 250 riders. The favorites coming in were headed by two time outdoor champ Jeremy Martin, multi time Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers and Malcolm Stewart. However, it'd be the Husqvarna of Martin Davalos who'd get out front early and never look back. Malcolm Stewart would hold on for 2nd after a run in with a downed rider and the Yamaha of Aaron Plessinger would charge through the field to the final step on the podium. 

My biggest disappointment of the night comes from Pro Circuit rider, Tyler Bowers. I just personally thought he'd be challenging for the win. After Atlanta, it looks like his battles with back surgery and Epstein-Barr Virus in the off season may have him still getting back up to speed. 

The 450 class is causing some post race controversy. KTM teammates Marvin Musquin and Ryan Dungey left the field as the Yamaha of Chad Reed held 3rd. For most the race it looked as if Dungey was comfortable behind Musquin, who was on his way to a career first 450 win. With a lap to go the KTM's were lapping the number 7 of James Stewart, who didn't leave much room for the leaders. Musquin would check up and case a triple section that'd allow Dungey to cruise to the W. Musquin rebounded for 2nd and Reed was still back there in 3rd when the checkers flew.

Fast privateers. Darryn Durham, Dakota Alix, Benny Bloss, Gannon Audette, Marshal Weltin, Paul Coates and Jesse Wentland would all make the 250 main. Nick Schmidt, AJ Catanzaro and Heath Harrison made the 450 main event. All privateers.

Jesse Wentland and the 63 machine had one hell of a day going. The RSR Honda rider would qualify 12th and use a 4th in his heat to transfer directly to the main. After a decent start he'd find himself in 8th and threatening to move forward. Around lap 8 the Kawasaki of Arnaud Tonus would land on the back of Wentland, forcing Jesse to the pits to have his severely damaged exhaust tweaked back to a rideable manner by mechanic Sean Robertson. Wentland would get back on track and salvage a 20th place main event finish. Hopefully this was just a case of the unlucky #13 transponder and we will see Jesse in the top 10 next week.

Jesse Wentland's bike post race. Photo: Sean Robertson
And now...The Others.

5. 653 Tyler Bereman
6. 643 Jake Oswald
7. 195 Keaton Ward
8. 351 Eric Grondahl
9. 90 John Short
10. 142 Josh Bartosh
11. 471 Logan Karnow
12. 519 Josh Cartwright
13. 703 Justin Rando
14. 412 Jared Lesher
15. 421 Vann Martin
16. 297 Henery Miller
17. 558 Dylan Slusser
18. 83 Daniel Herrlein
19. 547 Zachary Bishop
20. 336 Chaz Braden
21. 512 Andrew Silverstein
22. 411 Dylan Walker

5. 447 Deven Raper
6. 509 Alex Nagy
7. 70 Tony Archer
8. 801 Jeff Alessi
9. 291 Kyle White
10. 713 Chad Cook
11. 252 Kevin Weisbruch
12. 501 Scotty Wennerstrom
13. 630 Jeffrey Meurs
14. 314 Alex Ray
15. 918 Michael Akaydin 
16. 761 Cade Clason
17. 868 Michael Docherty
18. 34 Phil Nicoletti
19. 54 Wil Hahn
20. 29 Andrew Short
21. 708 Joe Perron
22. 240 Bryce Stewart

Next up, Supercross will take over the infield of Daytona International Speedway during bike week. The roughest and maybe most challenging round on schedule.


-Kyle Pesci

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