Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Others...Motor City Triple Crown

Detroit, Michigan played host to Round 8 of the Monster Energy Supercross Championships and it was a bittersweet one for me. Triple Crown action provides possibly the most entertaining races of the season and it’s my hometown race! The downfall for me...it’s a real struggle for privateers.

A top 18 time is what you need to transfer directly to the 3 Main Event format. The LCQ race provides the final 4 spots in the show, the rest of the field will be heading home before opening ceremonies even kick off. On a good note, FELD does payout the LCQ’s as they do in the standard racing format. 
Probably the biggest victim to the Triple Crown qualifying was hometown favorite Joey Crown. The number 89 CTR Yamaha rider was looking for his first Main Event of the 250 East series and would miss out on time by .002. A bobble in the LCQ would then end his night early. Surely not the night he’d been hoping for, but a step in the right direction during his rookie Monster Energy Supercross season.

Rider: Joey Crown | Photo: 309 Photography

Austin Forkner continues his season of dominance in the 250 class. The Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider has lead every single lap of Main Events thus far. His 3 Main Event sweep has extended his points lead to 13 over KTM rider Jordan Smith. Smith would finish with 2-2-4 scores for second overall. Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton had the speed and starts to give Forkner a run but small mistakes and constant struggles with the double before the finish line cost him more and more with each passing lap. He’d go on to finish third overall.

The 450 class seemed to be under the control of Eli Tomac’s Kawasaki for the night until the third Main Event. After going 1-1, Tomac would find himself outside the top 10 at the start of Main Event 3. Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM backed Blake Baggett got out front early before a move by Justin Barcia. Baggett would then put down the the fastest lap of the night with a 47.520 as he made a charge back towards the front and close in on eventual winner, Cooper Webb. It got good towards the end of Main Event 3. A couple of last lap moves would secure the overall for Tomac and third overall for JGR Suzuki’s Chad Reed. Cooper Webb would finish second overall and extend his points lead to six.

Chris Bloss had been competing in the 250 West Championship but decided to stay in race mode as a full privateer and contest the 450 class. The number 111 has seen success in the former Arenacross series and seemed comfortable with the faster paced races of the Triple Crown. After qualifying 17th fastest, Blose’s  consistency aboard his Husqvarna earned him 15th overall.

A practice injury to Honda’s Cole Seely would see him sitting this week out and allow 5th place 450 LCQ finIsher Cole Martinez a transfer into the nights Main Events. A little luck for the Leatt and GoPro backed privateer.

And now...The Others

  1. 401 Samual Redman 
  2. 90 Jeremy Hand
  3. 725 Richard Jackson 
  4. 407 Ben Nelko
  5. 125 Luke Neese
  6. 305 Hunter Hilton
  7. 914 Brice Klippel 
  8. 332 Dustin Winter
  9. 285 Marshal Weltin
  10. 795 Aaron Leininger
  11. 700 James Weeks
  12. 434 Parker Fleming
  13. 392 Michael Fowler  
  14. 996 Preston Taylor
  15. 89 Joey Crown
  16. 986 Lane Shaw 
  17. 116 TJ Albright
  18. 197 Dillon Cloyed

  1. 71 Cole Martinez
  2. 383 Casey Brennan 
  3. 723 Tyler Enticknap 
  4. 348 Joan Cros 
  5. 211 Tevin Tapia
  6. 412 Jared Lesher
  7. 282 Bubba Pauli 
  8. 313 Kyle Swanson
  9. 471 Logan Karnow 
  10. 393 Casey Brennan 
  11. 97 Adam Enticknap 
  12. 509 Alex Nagy 
  13. 606 Ronnie Stewart 
  14. 941 Angelo Pellegrini 
  15. 976 Josh Greco 
  16. 501 Scotty Wennerstrom 
  17. 62 Alex Ray
  18. 214 Vann Martin 

-Kyle Pesci


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