Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Others...Indy

Eleven rounds in and things are getting heated in both of the Monster Energy Supercross Championships. Lucas Oil Stadium turned into a battlefield as the series invaded Indianapolis, Indiana.

Chaos from the start. From the first practice the tone was set for the night and may all riders take note that with championships on the line, nobody will take it easy. Zach Osborne and Adam Cianciarulo played a quick chess match that ended when the Husqvarna of Osborne slammed the 36 machine of AC off the track. Adam would pull out of practice, favoring his left leg he'd eventually qualify eighth. His Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate, Joey Savatgy would top the 250 class as the only rider to drop in to the 45 second lap times. Only one rider would crack 45's in the 450 class as well, Marvin Musquin onboard his RedBull KTM.

The first shot at the main event comes in 250 heat racing. TLD KTM rider Jordan Smith claimed heat one. The top nine transfer and we were excited to see the 931 of Gracie Featherstone get the final transfer spot from heat one to make his first career main event. Heat two would be topped by the Husqvarna of Zach Osborne. 450 class heats would be won by Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin. Defending champ, Ryan Dungey still looks off. He'd find himself in a semi qualifier, where he'd transfer to the main behind Justin Brayton. Another Justin, Bogle took his semi win onboard his RCH Suzuki. With just four spots left on the gate for the main events in each class, Dylan Merriam, Josh Cartwright, Luke Renzland and Eric Grondahl joined the 250 field. Seeing a factory guy in the 450 main is a rare sight, especially the 41 machine of Trey Canard. He'd win and bring Nick Schmidt, Kyle Chisholm and the 722 Adam Enticknap with him. Enticknap squeezed in after a hard charging AJ Catanzaro pounded his way to the final transfer spot and came together with K1 Speed/BWR rider Cade Clason. Cade went down and AJ flew off into the scoring tower. The 722 rolled by in disbelief and pumped for another main event on his resume.

Dropping the gate on the main events has brought good action all season and Indy was no different. Joey Savatgy got the 17 out front quick and would be pressured by Zach Osborne. Osborne would put the white front fender of his Husqvarna inside of Savatgy every chance he got and at the halfway point would slam inside for the lead. He'd pull away while Savatgy held down second and Jordan Smith finished a hard fought third. In 450 action it was once again the Kawasaki of Eli Tomac. The guy is on another level right now. Ryan Dungey rode the majority of the main event in second place before being caught and passed by his RedBull KTM teammate, Marvin Musquin. They'd finish that way and Tomac gained even more ground in the championship fight.

Pounding out laps at Club MX in South Carolina has the number 81 of Henry Miller improving every week. The Triggr Racing rider qualified twentieth in the 250 class in Indy. He'd go on to transfer from heat race one with an eighth and then put on a career best eleventh place performance in the main event.

Rider: Henry Miller | Photo: Jim McMillan

And now...The Others

5. 914 Brice Klippel
6. 54 Gannon Audette
7. 740 Lane Staley
8. 183 Lorenzo Locurcio
9. 677 Cody Williams
10. 441 Brandon Goirley
11. 613 Nick Schnagl
12. 248 Travis Delnicki
13. 170 Zack Williams
14. 256 James Milson
15. 386 Aaron Gulley
16. 118 Levi Kilbarger
17. 742 Christian Telker
18. 313 Kyle Swanson
19. 336 Chaz Braden
20. 155 Drayke Sizemore
21. 619 Mark Weishaar
22. 285 Tony Archer

5. 80 Cade Clason
6. 606 Ronnie Stewart
7. 713 Chad Cook
8. 181 Dustin Pipes
9. 282 Bubba Pauli
10. 723 Tyler Enticknap
11. 374 Cody Gilmore
12. 151 Dakota Tedder
13. 291 Kyle White
14. 71 Justin Starling
15. 509 Alex Nagy
16. 708 Hoe Perron
17. 918 Michael Akaydin
18. 240 Bryce Stewart
19. 501 Scotty Wennerstrom
20. 314 Alex Ray
21. 95 AJ Catanzaro
22. 411 Dylan Walker

Next wee the series heads to the Motor City of Detroit, Michigan. With rounds running out, every point means more than ever.

-Kyle Pesci

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