Monday, April 25, 2016

The Others...Foxborough.

The mudder that wasn't. Early Saturday morning looked like round 15 of Monster Energy Supercross would be a wet one in Foxborough, Massachusetts. 

Photo: Stacy Malmberg
For the first time dirt was rolled in to Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's New England Patriots. Rain made practice a mess but when the sun came out it'd be the Dirt Wurx crew that builds each weeks track taking control and preparing an awesome battlefield. The track was dry but the soft and slick. 

It took until about lap 10 in the 250 class for things to get really interesting. Malcolm Stewart was out front on his Geico Honda when Martin Davalos, Jeremy Martin and Shane Mcelreath tried to claim their positions on the track. The Husqvarna of Davalos got out front and would be pressured hard by Star Yamaha's Martin. At the end of their 15 laps they'd stay put for 1st and 2nd. Malcolm Stewart would hold on to 3rd and extend his points lead in the the East Coast Championship.

Most expected the 450 championship to be wrapped up in Foxborough. If Ryan Dungey finished in front of Ken Roczen he'd likely clinch. Well, not this week. RCH Suzuki rider Ken Roczen has really been finding some speed and comfort on the bike. He'd pass Dungey early and take the win, keeping the championship alive for another week. The KTM of Dungey would slip from 1st to 4th and get back to the final podium spot when the checkers flew. Eli Tomac put in an impressive ride and worked to 2nd overall on the night. As the season comes to an end, Tomac is my pick for the outdoor title.

Privateers in the main. The 250 class. The Traders Kawasaki team had Anthony Rodriguez (9th) and Justin Starling (11th), Henry Miller rode to an impressive 12th, Dakota Alix, Paul Coates, Daniel Herrlein (who won the LCQ), Vann Martin, Jacob Williamson, Cody Church along with the duo of Tyler Bereman and Darryn Durham all made it their class. Not a bad showing for privateers. The 450 class is deep. It's impressive when you look outside the top 10 and see names that could be on the podium on any given weekend. Cade Clason, AJ Catanzaro, Alex Ray and Nick Schmidt would join a packed 450 main.

Alex Ray has made a few mains this season and was coming off a semi transfer in St. Louis. Making the main in Foxborough would be a little sweeter though. Saturday was not only Alex's birthday, but his mom's as well. He'd have to do it from the LCQ, but once again Ray put his Spider Energy Honda in the 450 main event. Finding his consistency and feeling of belonging in the main events is bringing out more and more speed from the numbers 314. This week we not only #cheerprivateer for Alex Ray, we also say #Metallica. Find Alex in the pits for more on the Metallica reference.

Photo: Kyle Pesci

And now...The Others

5. 519 Joshua Cartwright
6. 201 Cedric Soubeyras
7. 90 John Short
8. 337 Nick Desiderio
9. 471 Logan Karnow
10. 32 Matt Bisceglia
11. 248 Travis Delnicki
12. 682 David Macfarlane
13. 351 Eric Grondahl
14. 326 Trevor Ezell
15. 619 Mark Weishaar
16. 527 Matthew Hammer
17. 760 Tyler Wozney
18. 389 Davey Sterritt
19. 795 Aaron Leininger
20. 547 Zachary Bishop Burnett
21. 931 Gradie Featherstone
22. 195 Keaton Ward

5. 167 Benny Blose
6. 801 Jeff Alessi
7. 282 Bubba Pauli
8. 509 Alex Nagy
9. 918 Michael Akaydin
10. 447 Deven Raper
11. 252 Kevin Weisbruch
12. 501 Scotty Wennerstrom
13. 976 Josh Greco
14. 385 Adam Gulley
15. 95 Dustin Pipes
16. 88 Ronnie Stewart
17. 466 Grant Ransdell
18. 713 Chad Cook
19. 133 Ricky Renner
20. 4 Blake Baggett
21. 70 Tony Archer
22. 291 Kyle White

Next week the series will stay east for the final time as they invade MetLife Stadium for round 16.

-Kyle Pesci

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