Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Others...Seattle

Back to the west coast. Century Link Field is home of the 12th man and the Seattle Seahawks. In typical Seattle fashion, the weather would play a major role heading in to round 14 of Monster Energy Supercross.

The Dirt Wurx  crew had thing covered | Photo: Zane Courtway

The Dirt Wurx crew had the odds stacked against them as they fought Mother Nature to prepare a track suitable for a very close championship fight. The 450 class would head into the round with just 4 points separating KTM's Ryan Dungey and Kawasaki's Eli Tomac. The amount of rain and wind would cut qualifying down to just one 10 minute session. The delayed program allowed the track to be worked and qualifying times seemed fairly normal with Cooper Webb topping the 450 class with a 57.219 and Justin Hill's 59.717 leading the way in the 250 field. Fans got clear skies come race time, although the track would be very soft and become the most technical track of the season.

This week I'd like to breeze through the racing and focus on what we are really here for...privateers. That being said, Aaron Plessinger and Justin Hill would top the 250 heats. Marvin Musquin and Cooper Webb took the heat wins in 450 action. Smartop/MotoConcepts rider Justin Brayton would advance through semi one while Husqvarna backed Dean Wilson took semi two. Jon Ames would get the 250 LCQ win aboard his BPRMX Yamaha, while Austin Politelli put his Yamaha in the main with the 450 LCQ win. 

The 250 main event would get a full restart after a tangle up between Noah McConahy and Chase Marquier. It wouldn't take long for the GNCC skills of Aaron Plessinger to show as he worked into the lead. The Yamaha rider looked comfortable on the challenging track in route to his first win of the season. He'd be joined on the podium by Justin Hill and another first time podium guy, TLD/KTM's Mitchell Oldenburg. Main event action in the 450 class had you holding your breath no matter who you were cheering for. Marvin Musquin got out front early on his Factory KTM. As he charged to his second win of the season, the points crunchers were doing the math in their heads as a mediocre start by Eli Tomac made him work for his second place finish. Jason Anderson put his Husqvarna on the final step of the podium. Behind them it was Ryan Dungey on his RedBull KTM putting on a charge from dead last in turn one to fourth when the checkers flew. His work salvaged not only his night but his championship points lead...kind of! Tomac and Dungey would leave the night tied in points and although they will both run the red plate at round 15, but only one will have the rights to it a week after. This is the championship fight we've wanted for years! 

Okay, privateers. Not only was it a good night for a few, but a few who are close to us here at Killer Customz. Louisville, Kentucky's Michael Akaydin made his only career main event in 2015 and has been hungry for more ever since. A good start in the 450 LCQ would get the 918 up front, where he'd lead the opening lap and settle for second place and his second career main event. Bubba Pauli made some noise one week prior while leading his hometown 450 LCQ. A small mistake would cost Pauli his first career main event. This week the 282 came in knowing the speed was there and he'd work his way into qualifying position in the LCQ.  Akaydin and Pauli are buddies who were pitting together in Seattle and theyd be able to head to the line for the 450 main together. 

Rider: Michael Akaydin | Photo: Zane Courtway

Making good on their chance at being off privateer island, Alex Ray Heath Harrison and Noah McConahy would transfer to the mains. Ray has scored 9 points this season in the 450 class and is beginning to look comfortable on his Cycle Trader Yamaha. Harrison and McConahy returned to racing action in the 250 West Championship after the east coast swing. Noah missed the first two mains of the season but has since went on to five in a row. His season unfortunately was ended with a back injury just after the first start of the 250 main event. Heath has shown top 10 speed this season, however Seattle would be just his second 250 main of the season.

And now...The Others

  1. 262 Connor Pearson
  2. 76 Scott Champion
  3. 275 Johnny Jelderda 
  4. 805 Carlen Gardner
  5. 715 Kele Russell
  6. 321 Bradley Lionnet 
  7. 430 Dylan Summerlin
  8. 154 Brandon Scharer
  9. 962 Dimitri Rolando
  10. 424 Tyler Custer
  11. 283 Kai Mukai
  12. 448 Broc Shoemaker 
  13. 211 Tecin Tapia
  14. 660 Stone Edler
  15. 138 Blake Lilly
  16. 330 Cade Autenrieth
  17. 58 Chris Alldredge

  1. 476 Collin Jurin
  2. 151 Dakota Tedder
  3. 740 Lane Staley
  4. 251 Kyle Gills
  5. 976 Josh Greco
  6. 713 Chad Cook
  7. 722 Adam Enticknap
  8. 645 Cheyenne Harmon 
  9. 542 Johnny Buller
  10. 313 Kyle Swanson
  11. 447 Deven Raper
  12. 277 Kordel Caro
  13. 723 Tyler Enticknap 
  14. 606 Ronnie Stewart
  15. 509 Alex Nagy
  16. 291 Kyle White
  17. 33 Josh Grant
  18. 14 Cole Selly

The series will now take its first break as we head in to the Easter weekend. Next up is Salt Lake City. This round is one of my favorites as Utah is a huge advocate state for motorsports.

-Kyle Pesci

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