Monday, April 4, 2016

The Others...Santa Clara.

After a week off allowing riders a chance to spend time with family and loved ones for Easter, Monster Energy Supercross headed to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Photo: Connor Moore
This is a stretch where the schedule takes a toll on the riders. Many used the break after Detroit to return home but travel essentially the series headed from Detroit to Santa Clara and back to Indianapolis, Indiana totaling 4,730 miles between the 3 rounds. Some riders would team up with others and carpool the journey from east to west and back.

The 250 class switched back to the west coast championship after over a month break and it'd be Star Yamaha's Cooper Webb picking up right where he left off. Webb would take the win and pretty much stamp defending his title with only one round left and a 16 point lead over the nights 3rd place finisher, Joey Savatgy. Husqvarna rider Zach Osborne pulled the start and looked in control early. He'd have to settle for 2nd after Webb reeled him in. Colt Nichols put in an impressive ride from 17th to 6th and as he went forward another impressive performance was by Mitchell Harrison although a crash had him go backwards after running in the top 3 he'd finish 18th.

Ryan Dungey is not only in control of the 450 class, it seems he is out to make a statement. He rides with aggressiveness and urgency. It seems to me this is a rider who not only in his prime, but still has room to grow. Dungey put his RedBull KTM on the top step in Santa Clara. RCH Suzuki rider Ken Roczen put up a fight early but slid back to a comfortable 2nd place. Jason Anderson rose to a 3rd on his Husqvarna. I feel like Chad Reed has been a little under the radar this season, but a 4th place finish for a guy who is on a new team and has been on the podium this year seems pretty good for an "old guy." Josh Hansen made a return to racing and traded in his number 100 for is earned 57 and would go on to a 14th place main event finish.

James Stewart. I'm still trying to wrap my head around this. One of the most talented riders this sport has ever seen and this season has just been a disaster. From injuries to looping out and his DNF this weekend, I can only hope that James finds his old form. He was looking great in Santa Clara until apparent bike issues forces him to pull out of the race. I think we will see James with a podium before this season is over.

Privateers. It's a weekly battle that keeps me on the edge of my seat. With the depth in each class, riders know their chance at a main event will take good starts, aggressiveness and a little luck. First off we hope Deven Raper is ok after his 450 LCQ endo. He got that start but ran out of luck a few corners in. Cade Clason, Nick Schmidt and Alex Ray would put their machines in the 450 main event. Blake Lilly, Ryan Breece, Chris Howell and Noah McConahy would all qualify for the 250 main.

Photo: Connor Moore
Noah McConahy is this weeks privateer standout. The JMC Husqvarna rider would transfer directly from his heat race and go on to a career best 13th in the main event. I talked with Noah during the west coast break and he was back home in Washington working harder than ever. It showed it Santa Clara.

And now...The Others.

5. 558 Brady Kiesel
6. 188 Dillan Epstein
7. 212 Chase Marquier
8. 275 Johnny Jelderda
9. 715 Kele Russell
10. 263 Dimitri Rolando
11. 460 Jake Mohnike
12. 424 Tyler Custer
13. 903 Cody Doerfler
14. 820 Dalton Oxborrow
15. 271 Kyle Fry
16. 574 Brian Burns
17. 178 Brian Alquist
18. 277 Kordel Caro
19. 902 Killian Auberson
20. 321 Bradley Lionnet
21. 381 Kinser Endicott
22. 203 Zachary Command

5. 625 Charles Lefrancois
6. 918 Michael Akaydin
7. 713  Chad Cook
8. 282 Bubba Pauli
9. 291 Kyle White
10. 501 Scotty Wennerstrom
11. 95 Dustin Pipes
12. 542 Johnnie Buller
13. 662 Travis Bannister
14. 976 Josh Greco
15. 247 Teddy Parks
16. 252 Kevin Weisbruch
17. 509 Alex Nagy
18. 723 Tyler Enticknap 
19. 251 Kyle Gills
20. 447 Deven Raper
21. 801 Jeff Alessi
22. 374 Cody Gillmore

We talked about that travel. Next week the series switches back to the east coast and rolls in to the home of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

-Kyle Pesci

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