Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Others...Arlington and Where Does Chad Reed Belong?

The house that Jerry built. AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas would play host to Round 7 of the Monster Energy Supercross series and Round 1 of the 250 West championship. It’d be an event full of  new riders, new hopes, carnage and great racing. 

Fresh faces! The 250 class has switched to it’s East Coast Championship fight. This means an entire field of new guys. Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne is coming in to defend his championship but I think this coast is a little deeper in the speed department than what we’ve seen on the west. 
Qualifying times would be tight in both the 250 and 450 class. Setting the tone early can start the nights mind games. Pro Circuit Kawasaki has brought Martin Davalos back to the 250 class and he’d show his speed with a 49.475 to top the charts. The 450 class would prove just over a second faster when Eli Tomac put down a 48.395 aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki.

Let’s fast forward to the Main Events. The 450 class must still have the Fantasy Supercross players throughout the leagues scratching their heads. Eli Tomac was on the better side of his first or worst season. He’d put on a dominant ride as Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett would put their KTM’s respectively on the podium. Tyler Bowers would be the top finishing privateer on his Triggr Racing Kawasaki. He 250 class may have their hands full. Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne started around 5th and would hit the ground working towards the front. He’d then put on an aggressive charge to the lead and take his first win of the year. Many others were claimed in a big first turn crash and the Main may have been a bit of a salvaging night for some. Colt Nichols would finish 2nd on his Yamaha while Jimmy Decotis scores his first ever podium finish. Jimmy D has been on some good equipment during his career but he seems like a recharged rider on his JGR Suzuki. This class is going to be good all season! We’ve got to give it up to John Short who would not only make the Main but crack the top 10 on his TPJ (The Privateer Journey) backed ride in his home state. 

We’ve got to give it up to the guys at Traders Racing. Last year they made the switch to Yamaha and things look to be headed in the right direction as they come in The the series fielding a 3 man team. Managed by Kenny Day and under the watchful eye of Skip Norfolk, riders Jayce Pennington, Nick Gaines and Luke Renzland were all able to make the 250 Main Event. 

Chad Reed is definitely making money this year. He has contacts in this industry to help with nearly any need. He has a high dollar gear deal with Fox Racing and has even figured some ways to support his racing with a VIP package he offers directly through his team.  Let’s be honest though, Chad is about as close to a privateer as he’ll ever be. In fact CR22 is his only listed sponsor. Lately the Two Two has been catching some criticism on his 2018 season thus far. This got me thinking, where does Chad Reed belong? The gate at Arlington had a combined 11 past champions from either Monster Energy Supercross or the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships and was missing another 2 due to injury, a multi time Amsoil Arenacross champion, an Australian Supercross champion along with 3 other guys on factory teams. 16 of the sports best in the world on the gate in Arlington. Before you bash Chad Reed’s results, seriously think who should he have beat on this list: Tomac, Webb, Anderson, Musquin, Baggett, Wilson, Barcia, Tickle, Stewart, Grant, Bowers, Brayton, Seely, Peick or Bloss? Remember, that’s without Bogle and Roczen too. Chad’s results don’t necessarily seem as shitty anymore do they?

And now...The Others

  1. 85 Josh Cartwright 
  2. 725 Richard Jackson 
  3. 155 Drayke Sizemore 
  4. 214 Vann Martin 
  5. 471 Logan Karnow 
  6. 82 Cody Williams 
  7. 89 Jerry Robin 
  8. 401 Samual Redman 
  9. 373 Jacob Williamson 
  10. 132 Broc Gourley 
  11. 986 Lane Shaw 
  12. 179 Westen Wrozyna 
  13. 828 Mathew Weakley 
  14. 222 Ramyller Alves 
  15. 96 Zack Williams 
  16. 248 Travis Delnicki 
  17. 74 Jon Ames 
  18. 336 Chaz Braden 

  1. 211 Tevin Tapia
  2. 645 Cheyenne Harmon 
  3. 68 Justin Starling 
  4. 722 Adam Enticknap 
  5. 71 Josh Mosiman 
  6. 282 Bubba Pauli 
  7. 509 Alex Nagy 
  8. 383 Casey Brennan 
  9. 240 Bryce Stewart 
  10. 90 Dakota Tedder 
  11. 91 Alex Ray 
  12. 73 Brandon Scharer 
  13. 447 Deven Raper 
  14. 84 Scott Champion 
  15. 526 Colton Aeck 
  16. 78 Ronnie Stewart
  17. 708 Joe Perron
  18. 51 Justin Barcia

The east coast swing continues next in Tampa, Florida. This event should be huge. The home state for the series promoter, FELD Entertainment.

-Kyle Pesci

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