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WOW! That is the only thing that comes to mind after watching last weekend’s Supercross. I honestly wasn’t planning on talking about Supercross this week but after watching that race, I feel I must. This has been one of the best races I’ve ever seen. From start to finish, almost every race I had more than one “holy poop balls batman that was crazy!” moments. I think my neighbors could hear me screaming. I believe that the way the track turned out had a lot to do with it how intense it was. Before I get to “the Musquin moment” (if you saw the race you know what I’m talking about) I want to talk about all of the other craziness that went on. (I apologize for how long this is, but a lot went happened)
I’ll start with what we all saw in the first 450 heat. To be blunt, Eli Tomac was riding like poop… but I think everyone could see he was struggling big time all day. He was briefly in the lead in the heat race, but soon fell back to 5th and was battling with Seely. We have been so used to seeing him just dominate most of the season, so seeing this was strange. Perhaps it was the pressure that comes with the red plate. Then we saw heat 2 and watched Ryan Dungey have a flawless race, looking great on a not so easy track. The big poop balls batman moment that happened in heat 2 has been a bit overshadowed with everything else that happened. Josh Grant took out Malcolm Stewart HARD. It had to be one of the most brutal, blunt take outs I’ve seen: Grant SLAMMED him. The question is whether Stewart deserved it or not. It was clear to see that Stewart cut over in the rhythm just before the turn, which was extremely dangerous. I’m not sure why Stewart would try this, or even if it was on purpose, but Grant definitely didn’t care why it happened and clearly showed Stewart what he thought about it by taking him out. I’m honestly surprised that the AMA hasn’t done anything about this. They have been a stickler for stuff like this lately. I don’t really want to see the AMA step in; I’m just shocked that they haven’t.
Now we get into the semis. In semi number 1 there were some take outs, but the big one that I think everyone couldn’t believe was on the last lap in the last turn. Tyler Enticknap and Deven Raper both have never made it to the main and they were both going for it. Tyler came in hot on the inside trying to get the final transfer spot from Raper and they both went down. Somehow Raper’s foot got caught in Tyler’s back wheel locking it up and Tyler was unable to move. Tyler was just a few bike lengths away from making his first main event. It was heartbreaking to watch. I reached out to Tyler and asked him “what was going through your head when that happened?” he simply said, “I can’t believe this shit is happening!” I would assume that’s what was going through Raper’s head, and really anyone who was watching too.
Semi 2 was just as crazy. We were treated to an awesome battle between Cole Seely and Dean Wilson. They both raced a great, clean battle and both kept their bikes on two wheels. Seely eventually came out on top and was the first to see the checkered flag. Then yet another crazy last turn moment. AJ Catanzaro went for a last turn “pass” on Dakota Tedder and they both hit the dirt. Then (after getting pushed off the track, and forced to go through the whoop section backward) in spectacular fashion Ronnie Stewart goes around them both and edges out AJ for the final transfer spot. We saw the crowd full of Ronnie Stewart fans with their yellow shirts on going nuts cheering for Stewart. A bit of a warmer ending in this semi, for Stewart at least… I felt like a proud parent or something for Ronnie and it just proves that you should never give up. I think at this point my neighbors thought someone was dying because I was screaming so much.
Jumping to the 250 main even we saw a great race from Zach Osborne who put on a fantastic ride to fight through the pack to get the win. The big drama came from Joey Savatgy who went down near the end of the race. Basically, after getting back up he didn’t enter the track where he crashed and decided to cut a decent portion of the track. He ended up gaining about 10 seconds and didn’t lose two positions he might have lost if he got back on where he fell off. It was a weird situation, and after watching it back I’m not sure what was going on in Savatgy’s head. Perhaps this was a dumb mistake made from the pressure of the red plate, or maybe he thought it was going to be ok, I really don’t know. Either way, it ended up costing him big time because the AMA ended up docking him 5 positions. I honestly don’t disagree with the AMA on this decision. It sucks for him, but it was a dumb move on Savatgy’s part and he got the penalty for it. It also tightened up the points with the top 3 only separated by 1 point. The 250 main in Vegas will be an exciting one to watch, winner takes all!
Now to the biggest drama of the night, the 450 main! First off, I’d like to sit here and pour a big bowl of my own words and eat them up “ Sadly I believe that the only way that Dungey will win the championship is if Tomac is unable to finish a race, whether that means a bike failure or Tomac actually getting hurt.” Nom nom nom! All eaten up. This is Supercross, anything can happen.
The first laps looked like it was going to shape up to be a good race with Tomac and Dungey swapping positions already. After Anderson went down early in the race and Tomac got the lead, I’m sure I’m not the only who thought it was all over, and Tomac would take the win. Shortly after, we saw Tomac forget the most important thing, remember to keep his feet on the pegs! So of course, he went down. At this point I’m surprised my neighbors didn’t call the police, I was yelling so loud. He was really slow to get up and get going but I still had faith that he’d catch up. Lap after lap I was watching what position Tomac was in and he wasn’t moving up like I expected him to like he has done in the past. I’m really not sure what it was with Tomac that night, he wasn’t looking good all day. Some were saying that he couldn’t push on a track like that, but I’m not convinced that was the only thing because we saw Anderson go from 8th to 3rd, which isn’t something we always see from Anderson like we do Tomac. Hell maybe DeCoster/KTM paid someone to tamper with Tomac’s bike or for him to throw the race. (I’m joking obviously). Whatever was going on with him, I believe he’ll be thinking about that tip over for a long time and how a simple mistake cost him the championship.
Now let’s talk about the front. Marvin Musquin was able to go by Dungey fairly easily early on in the race. Musquin was clearly the faster rider but Dungey was able to stay within a few seconds of him throughout the race. Then we get to the last lap and coming around the long (easy) sweeper Musquin made a “mistake” that allowed Dungey get around him take the win. I don’t think from watching it and hearing what Musquin said on the podium, he clearly moved out of the way and let Dungey win to get the 3 extra points. With that said, do I think it was wrong? Well as a fan watching, it’s not fun to see that happen. As a rider, I understand why he did it. I believe that KTM probably didn’t tell Musquin straight up “if you are in that position let Dungey win” It was more likely put in his head that KTM winning the championship is the most important thing and it benefits the whole team if they do, so help the team out by letting Dungey get the maximum amount of points. But you could hear in Musquin’s voice in his podium interview that he was disappointed in not getting the win. Also, I wouldn’t want to get on the bad side of KTM and Roger DeCoster, because I’m sure they have a lot of power at the track and I can imagine if they wanted to, they could really F with Musquin’s Supercross career. I also think Musquin might have made a bit of a statement by how he let Dungey get around him. It was so obvious, I think Musquin made it that obvious on purpose. I mean he could have faked a mistake in a rhythm section and it would have been believable because everyone was making mistakes there. So I’m thinking that was his way of saying “I’m faster, but I have to do this” while not really saying it. He probably still should have done a heelclicker over the finish. It would be nice if the riders could actually say the truth and not have to play these games. That’s really the biggest problem I have with the whole situation. Musquin and KTM should just simply say what they did and not make up a bull shit lie. We all saw what happened.
This has truly been one of the most exciting, drama filled races I’ve seen in my life. It has a lot of people talking and arguing about what’s right or wrong, which I love. Now with Ryan Dungey now 9 points ahead, I highly doubt he, the king of consistency, will screw up enough so that Tomac will be able to win the championship. But I will keep my spoon handy to eat those words too if necessary. Anything can happen. I’m definitely looking forward to watching Vegas. The main thing everyone has to do is learn from Tomac’s mistakes…and remember to keep your feet on the pegs!