Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Others...Minneapolis

New Stadium, new series! As Monster Energy Supercross rolled in to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis we get our first glimpse at the new home of the Minnesota Vikings and the 250 East Coast Championship contenders.

The first dirt inside U.S. Bank Stadium

Round seven on the year would serve as round one for the 250 East Coast Series. Names being thrown around as title contenders are Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammates Adam Cianciarulo and Joey Savatgy, Geico Honda backed Christian Craig and veteran Husqvarna rider Zach Osborne. While teams like Troy Lee Designs KTM and Star Yamaha look to shake things up with their riders. I look at Osborne as my favorite, now training with Aldon Baker.

The track seemed narrow and fast. Good starts would be key along with a good gate pick from qualifying times. Zach Osborne would top the 250 class with a 48.019. Topping the 450 field would be Kawasaki's Eli Tomac. Tomac set the bar with a 47.072 and was fastest by over a full second.

The night would start with a Joey Savatgy 250 heat race win with Christian Craig taking heat two. Davi Millsaps and Jason Anderson won their respective 450 heats. Semi qualifiers were topped by Ride365.com rider Malcolm Stewart and RedBull KTM's Marvin Musquin. Maybe a privateers best shot at the main event is his last. The last chance qualifiers fill the final 4 spots of each class. In 250 action it'd be Alex Martin, Dakota Alex, Tony Archer and Paul Coates making their first main of the season. Jacob Weimer, Jimmy Albertson, Cade Clason and Alex Ray would fill the final 4 spots of the 450 main event.

It's what we come for, main events. The whole day we wonder who has what it takes to win and in 15 minutes plus 1 lap we'd have the 250 class answer. Jordan Smith would jump out front on his TLD/RedBull KTM and ride lead nearly half the race before succumbing to the pressure of the number 17 of Joey Savatgy, who'd take win number one on the season. Zach Osborne would work to third and round off the podium. In 450 action Eli Tomac looked to cap off a solid day. He'd get out front quick and lead 24 of the 26 laps, taking the win. Teammates Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin would find eachother on the track as Marvin came through the pack and a rare Dungey bobble allowed the number 25 to claim second place and Dungey would finish a strong third.

A privateer I feel has his talents often overlooked is the number 49 of Anthony Rodriguez. Riding a Yamaha for his longtime training grounds of MTF (Millsaps Training Facility), he'd transfer directly from his heat then go on to a 7th place finish in the 250 main event. Keep an eye on A-Rod to be a top 10 threat all season.

Rider: Anthony Rodriguez | Photo: Chris Ganz ( browndogwilson.net )

And now...The Others

5. 81 Henry Miller
6. 88 John Short
7. 170 Zack Williams
8. 641 Keith Tucker
9. 351 Eric Grondahl
10. 309 Jeremy Smith
11. 559 Dylan Merriam
12. 313 Kyle Swanson
13. 914 Brice Klippel
14. 336 Chaz Braden
15. 558 Dylan Slusser
16. 814 Deven Sorenson
17. 746 Chase Stevenson
18. 931 Gracie Featherstone
19. 256 James Milton
20. 42 Kyle Cunningham
21. 740 Lane Stacey
22. 78 Nick Gaines

5. 374 Cody Gilmore
6. 291 Kyle White
7. 181 Dustin Pipes
8. 282 Bubba Pauli
9. 87 Chris Howell
10. 645 Cheyenne Harmon
11. 509 Alex Nagy
12. 95 AJ Catanzaro
13. 976 Josh Greco
14. 713 Chad Cook
15. 723 Tyler Enticknap
16. 708 Joe Perron
17. 918 Michael Akaydin
18. 151 Dakota Tedder
19. 71 Justin Starling
20. 606 Ronnie Stewart
21. 19 Justin Bogle
22. 2 Cooper Webb

The series will stay east and head to Atlanta, Georgia for Moto Fest. A three day weekend packed full of moto. Friday night brings Arenacross, Saturday Supercross and a Sunday amateur day.

-Kyle Pesci

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