Monday, May 9, 2016

The Others...Vegas.

Making it close. Round 17 of Monster Energy Supercross brings a grueling season to an end. Things would get wet and close in Las Vegas.
Photo: Connor Moore
A unique race as east meets west in the 250 class. For the first time the 2 divisions would race the shootout as a championship points paying race and some riders would face each other for the first time of the season. Many could play spoiler. 

It was a perfect Vegas day through the first qualifying sessions and then the sky opened up dumping rain and hail inside Sam Boyd Stadium. Portions of the track were flooded and all remaining qualifying was canceled to allow the track crew to maintain the track as much as possible. They were able to drain the standing water but come race time things were sticky.

Racing in conditions like this levels the playing field and takes away nearly any advantages. Although it had to suck to ride in, we got some of the best battles of the year. Ryan Dungey in red, white and blue along with Ken Roczen in red and gold to support the new Captain America vs Ironman movie would put on a superhero like battle in the 450 class before both would go down over the same jump and Roczen lost the battle. The 250 east championship was in Malcolm Stewart's hand and only Aaron Plessinger had a chance at taking the title. After early problems, Plessinger put his head down and would catch Stewart. They literally went over the finish side by side and Stewart would claim his first championship. The 250 west championship left us with the most suspense after Cooper Webb bobbled and found himself at the back of the pack. Meanwhile Joey Savatgy was pulling away with the win and possibly the title. Webb would fight back and by the time the checkers flew he'd worked his way in to position to claim the championship by 1 point.

The 450 podium would end up with Ryan Dungey, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac. Meanwhile the 250 podium would get a mix of east and west contenders. Joey Savatgy, Zach Osborne and Malcolm Stewart would go 1,2,3 respectively.

The crazy conditions and stacked fields kept the majority of privateers out of the main events. Nick Schmidt made yet another 459 main event and would finish 16th. Bracken Hall would finish 17th. The number 201 of Cedric Soubeyras and the 92 of Ryan Breece would be the only privateers to make the east vs west main event.

This weeks privateer standout goes to Privateer Journey Suzuki rider Nick Schmidt. The number 79 made all but one main event this season in the 450 class and would finish the season 22nd overall. #cheerprivateer for the Milestone Assassin. 

And now...The Others.

250 (combined east and west)
5. 76 Scott Champion
6. 32 Matt Bisceglia
7. 84 Jimmy Albertson
8. 68 Cole Martinez
9. 83 Daniel Herrlein
10. 175 Paul Coates
11. 62 Justin Starling
12. 43 Fredrik Noren
13. 128 Alex Frye
14. 40 Kyle Peter
15. 556 Brady Kiessel
16. 45 Kyle Cunningham
17. 96 Noah Mcconahy
18. 85 Michael Leib
19. 48 Anthony Rodriguez
20. 159 Darryn Durham
21. 421 Vann Martin
22. 64 Dakota Alix

5. 447 Deven Raper
6. 519 Joshua Cartwright
7. 918 Michael Akaydin
8. 509 Alex Nagy
9. 314 Alex Ray
10. 251 Kyke Gills
11. 206 Thomas Ramette
12. 291 Kyle Whitw
13. 723 Tyler Enticknap 
14. 713 Chad Cook
15. 282 Bubba Pauli
16. 976 Josh Greco
17. 501 Scotty Wennerstrom
18. 625 Charles Lefrancois
19. 801 Jeff Alessi
20. 28 Weston Peick
21. 95 Dustin Pipes
22. 86 AJ Catanzaro

That's its for supercross. A quick break and we head to the great outdoors for 24 motos in the summer heat. 

-Kyle Pesci

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