Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Others...Toronto.

Oh Canada. Monster Energy Supercross returned to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada and as the big rigs crossed the border, the 250 points leader would not.

A short start led to a big track.
The Championships in both classes are far from over. What seemed to be the Ryan Dungey show in the 450 class has now become a title fight. For the first time all season Dungey finished worse than 2nd, but still found himself on the podium. Ken Roczen seems to have found himself on his RCH Suzuki and after getting out front he'd click off laps to a comfortable win. KTM's Marvin Musquin looks like he has a win in his near future. He seems comfortable and has an urgency to find the front. He'd finish 2nd on the night. 

The 250 twist came in the form of Husqvarna rider Martin Davalos. An apparent documentation issue stopped the points leader from crossing the border and may have shattered the dreams of a championship. For others it gave a fresh start and a chance to take the red plate as series points leader. Troy Lee Designs/RedBull KTM rider Justin Hill brought out the whole family and when the checkers flew, he had made them proud. Yamaha backed Jeremy Martin went down in the first turn and would put in a very impressive rider towards the front. He'd work to 2nd by nights end. Matt Bisceglia gave the new MAD Suzuki team their first podium of the year with a 3rd place finish. Jeremy Martin now leads the points, but things are close.

Getting in and out can always be an issue when headed to another country. We touched on the Davalos issue, but he wasn't alone. Privateer Josh Greco has been living out of his RV while traveling to race the 450 class. His lack of a permanent residence had him turned away at the border. Even the factory teams run in to issues with semi truck restrictions in Canada. Although the following round is in the connecting state of Michigan, the rigs are forced to use the Buffalo, New York border crossing and are wanted out in a very timely manner. 

Crazy story of the week goes to Alex Nagy. The number 509 was involved in an accident while on the highway in Michigan. His dad's vehicle needed to be towed and Alex was stranded hours from the border. On the side of the road with all of his race necessities he'd get help from the police officer on scene. The officer loaded up Alex's stuff and gave him a police escort as he ripped his Suzuki to the next exit, where he'd wait for his mechanic to meet him and get back on the road.

Alex Nagy gets through the sand.
Toronto treated some privateers to solid performances. Jesse Wentland finished a career best 5th in the 250 main on his Sean Robertson tuned RSR Honda. He came from outside the top 15 after a first lap crash. He'd be joined in the main by the 61 of Gannon Audette, Paul Coates, Josh Cartwright (who made it 2 in a row), Logan Karnow, Daniel Herrlein and Cody Church. Nick Schmidt continues to make 450 mains. AJ Catanzaro, K1 Speed's Cade Clason and the 447 of Deven Raper all made the 450 main. I have to give it up to Swartz Creek, Michigan rider Jacob Williamson who made his supercross debut on his Lasco Ford Kawasaki. The number 373 qualified 14th and was running in the top 6 for most of his heat before a crash ended his night. This kid has main events in his near future.

And now...The Others.

250
5. 931 Gradie Featherstone
6. 90 John Short
7. 196 Keaton Ward
8. 653 Tyler Bereman
9. 297 Henry Miller
10. 389 David Sterrit
11. 703 Justin Rando
12. 351 Eric Grondahl
13. 619 Mark Weishaar
14. 248 Travis Delnicki
15. 558 Dylan Slusser
16. 655 John Paul
17. 423 Vicki Golden
18. 749 Gavin Kadlec
19. 675 Kyle Dillin
20. 326 Trevor Ezell
21. 411 Dylan Walker
22. 373 Jacob Williamson

450
5. 70 Tony Archer
6. 314 Alex Ray
7. 918 Michael Akaydin
8. 291 Kyle White
9. 374 Cody Gillmore
10. 509 Alex Nagy
11. 713 Chad Cook
12. 282 Bubba Pauli
13. 392 Michael Fowler
14. 120 Todd Bannister
15. 542 Johnnie Buller
16. 517 Jared Hicks
17. 548 Broc Schmelyun
18. 731 Steve Roman
19. 95 Dustin Pipes
20. 881 Jerry Lorenz
21. 801 Jeff Alessi
22. 34 Phil Nicoletti

Next week the series will roll in to the Motor City of Detroit.

#cheerprivateer

-Kyle Pesci

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