Monday, March 12, 2018

The Others...Tampa

It’s been since 1999 and the wait came to an end when Monster Energy Supercross made its return to Tampa, Florida for Round 8 of the championship fight. Life’s a beach and the sand was inside Raymond James Stadium.

Photo: Kyle Pesci
 The sand section just before the finish line was gnarly. It looked to have a hard base, but it never got there. It was deep, long and changed by the second. It was a section to show that even the sports elite are human. A lap with a great run through the sand would be followed up by one that was pure struggle. I think every rider either crashed or came to a complete stop at some point of the day in that section. That being said, privateer Ramyller Alves may have been the fastest through the sand this week. He also may have been laying in the sand more than anyone.
Even with the sand, qualifying times were quick. Star Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis clicked off a 49.402 to top the 250 class. The only rider to dip in to the 48 second range was Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac. His 48.916 was the best of the 450 class.

JGR Suzuki moved the defending 250 West Champion, Justin Hill up to the 450 class this week and a Heat 1 win would show he means buisness no matter the bike size. Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson took the W in Heat 2. Anderson’s teammate, Zach Osborne would take 250 Heat 1 and fellow class veteran, Martin Davalos took Heat 2. 

Chad Reed was the talk of the night as he went for a record breaking 228 career Main Event starts in the premier class. He’d have to go through the LCQ to get there but 228 would happen in Tampa with the LCQ win. Reed is about as privateer as he’s ever been and it was pretty damn cool to hear the crowd as he took the LCQ win. It’s amazing how many haters the 22 has seemed to have this season. Didn’t seem like anyone was disappointed tonight!

For the first time in his career, Austin Forkner would take the checkers in a 250 Main Event. Dylan Ferrandis joined the podium in 2nd with the champ, Zach Osborne in 3rd. In the 450 class Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin put on a battle for the win. Tomac lead early but would then chase the 25 of Musquin for nearly 14 laps before making a pass stick for the win. Jason Anderson worked from a start outside the top 5 to the final podium spot.

Luke Renzland has been impressive. The Traders Racing number 38 would get a good jump out of the gate and hold his ground for the 20 lap Main Event. He’d cross the line 7th. This makes it 2 for 2 on the season with top 10 finishes.

Rider: Luke Renzland | Photo: Kyle Pesci
Honda’s Cole Seely went down hard in his Heat Race. A quad though the rhythm section just before the sand could make up a ton of time. It could also bite you without warning. A red flag came out for the #14. Something we never want to see and something that a guy like Cole sure as hell doesn’t deserve. Get well soon CS⚡️14.

And now...The Others

  1. 114 Brandon Hartranft
  2. 96 Zack Williams 
  3. 725 Richard Jackson 
  4. 570 Cody VanBuskirk 
  5. 214 Vann Martin 
  6. 61 Heath Harrison
  7. 85 Josh Cartwright 
  8. 986 Lane Shaw 
  9. 82 Cody Williams 
  10. 471 Logan Karnow 
  11. 228 Donny Brown
  12. 171 Yannis Irsuti 
  13. 172 Tanner Basso
  14. 179 Westen Wrozyna 
  15. 222 Ramyller Alves 
  16. 261 Wilson Fleming
  17. 581 Kyle Bitterman 
  18. 309 Jeremy Smith

  1. 201 Cedric Soubeyras
  2. 722 Adam Enticknap 
  3. 211 Tevin Tapia
  4. 86 Dylan Merriam 
  5. 447 Deven Raper 
  6. 48 Henry Miller 
  7. 80 AJ Catanzaro 
  8. 78 Ronnie Stewart
  9. 383 Casey Brennan 
  10. 84 Scott Champion 
  11. 708 Joe Perron
  12. 509 Alex Nagy 
  13. 90 Dakota Tedder 
  14. 805 Carlen Gardner 
  15. 282 Bubba Pauli 
  16. 71 Josh Mosiman 
  17. 240 Bryce Stewart 
  18. 14 Cole Seely

On to Hot-Lanta! 

-Kyle Pesci 

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