Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Others...Emerald City

For the second straight round, Mother Nature would play her role in the Monster Energy Supercross Championships. Round 13 was a wet one in Seattle’s Century Link Field. 

Mud...Lots of mud! The rain started early in the week and never stopped. The track was tarp covered by the Dirt Wurx crew in attempt at a best case scenario. Practice and qualifying was cut to one late session and the rest became a night of survival.

It doesn’t happen often, in fact maybe never in a Supercross. It became similar to the feeling of a Southwick Pro National when the number 388 of Brandan Leith came out taking advantage of the track in its best form and getting that single lap that would hold as the fastest time of not just the 250 class qualifying, but the entire night program. Leith would then work to a 9th place finish in Heat 2 and transfer to the Main Event, where he’d go on to a career best 14th overall. 

Main Events were cut due to the extreme weather and conditions. Yamaha rider, Aaron Plessinger got out front early and would lead all 8 laps on his way to the win. Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton, although over 30 seconds back would finish 2nd and Adam Cianciarulo put his Pro Circuit Kawasaki on the final step. The 450 class was an example of the fastest guy doesn’t always win. Jason Anderson looked very fast and aggressive all night. It proved to be just a little too much as he’d eventually settle for 2nd behind Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac. Marvin Musquin was all alone in 3rd when the checkers flew.

Noah McConahy. It’s been a bit of an up and down season for the number 75. Returning from some serious injuries and battling some fresh ones, Noah had a no matter what attitude when it came to Seattle. 1.) It’s his home race 2.) He left the exact round one year ago on a backboard. Noah wanted redemption. On the sport, on that stadium and on his mindset. First race jitters and the injuries weighing heavy, qualifying 34th still wasn’t how Noah had planned to start his day. Placed in Heat 1, Noah would ride calm, consistent and good enough to secure a trip to the Main Event. He’d DNF the Main, but a giant step in self worth was taken on this day. 

Rider: Noah McConahy

And now...The Others

  1. 741 Blake Wharton 
  2. 424 Tyler Custer
  3. 277 Kordel Caro
  4. 497 Brock Leitner
  5. 170 Michael Leib 
  6. 141 Robbie Wageman 
  7. 422 Philipp Klakow
  8. 188 Gage Schehr 
  9. 651 Jake Hogan
  10. 271 Kyle Fry 
  11. 122 Chris Howell 
  12. 427 Deegan Vonlossberg 
  13. 240 Bryce Stewart 
  14. 86 Dylan Merriam 
  15. 321 Bradley Lionnet 
  16. 137 Martin Castelo 
  17. 820 Dalton Oxborrow

  1. 805 Carlen Gardner 
  2. 80 AJ Catanzaro 
  3. 282 Bubba Pauli 
  4. 447 Deven Raper 
  5. 918 Michael Akaydin 
  6. 181 Dustin Pipes 
  7. 542 Johnnie Buller
  8. 192 Beni Williams
  9. 526 Colton Aeck 
  10. 251 Kyle Gills
  11. 91 Alex Ray 
  12. 73 Brandon Scharer 
  13. 39 Kyle Cunningham 
  14. 509 Alex Nagy 
  15. 722 Adam Enticknap 

-Kyle Pesci

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