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Supercross has been excellent thus far. Three different winners in both classes, great racing, an amazing track last weekend, Brock Leitner making night shows for Canada fans and the best is yet to come: Jess Pettis is in for Oakland!
Just over two months ago jess Pettis was poised to showcase his skill and line up at A1 when disaster struck at the Future West AX leaving him with a broken wrist. The air was let out of his Supercross ballon faster than he was riding. I have seen every Canadian that has ever tried to race in the US for Supercross and the hype I had for Jess Pettis going in Matched Cole Thompson, Doug Dehaan, and JSR, who all had great careers south of the border under the big lights. The only Canadian beyond or you knew was going to be great that was Darcy Lange in my opinion.
There are some great similarities between Jess and Darcy Lange. Both were born in small towns in BC. Both are born and raised on the BC Arenacross series, and they are both skilled and talented when stringing together rhythm sections and insane corner speed. Darcy’s accomplishments are unmatchable but I really see a good thing coming/happening for Pettis. This latest injury was small enough to no stop him from chasing his goal and it looks as if it hasn’t slowed him down either. I believe he’s got that, “right amount of NFG” to make night shows and even main events. I talked to Jess about this weekend and how he sees it going or wants it to go:
“I’m beyond stoked on my SX debut this weekend in Oakland. I have been putting in lots of hard work and have a solid little group of people in my corner. I’m going into the weekend with a very open mindset, and not setting much for expectations. Obviously, I’m a racer at heart and want to have a good result, whether it’s making the main event, or whatever it is, but to come out healthy and happy with how I rode, is all I want.”
I really like the maturity Jesse seems to have about this next step in his career.
Now, what do us fans need? As of now, Brock Leitner has been doing a great job giving us all something extra to cheer for with him making two-night shows in a row. Brock is a good rider but I think it’s fair to say that jess Pettis has a bit more speed within his craft. In saying that, having Jess Pettis in this weekend at Oakland can give our country another boost of positive Canadian pride. There is really nothing like those times in the past (80’s 90’s and early millennium) when Doug Dehaan, JSR, Carl Vaillancourt or Ross Pederson were always a threat to make main events a night to night basis. Then Darcy Lange followed by Cole Thompson in the late 2000’s made Canadian race fans so proud knowing these guys would cost problems and get great results on the biggest stage in the world. Now, we have Jess Pettis so do we as Canadian fans have another reason to cheer LOUDLY? I think so.