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I think because of how close the points are the Supercross races are still exciting. A lot of people complain about the format change with the 20 min mains but I think it’s been for the better since we haven’t seen the series come down to the last round this tight in many years.
I think we got spoiled with the Savatgy penalty because having 3 guys within 1 point coming into the last round is pretty sweet considering all 3 guys aren’t afraid to send it. I’m pulling for “Whacko Zaco” just because I know that he’s a really good dude and has been the fastest guy throughout the series. His starts are pretty hit or miss so he’s going to need to focus on nailing it as it will be hard to rip through the pack with the combined East-West class and double the amount of factory equipment. Speaking of factory equipment Musquin’s bike looked pretty production like through that rut on the last lap. Honestly, I think KTM played their cards perfectly; let Marvin by and follow him for 20 min like your every day training at Baker’s factory. Watch his lines on a very technical track that you know he excels at to drop the field and then he moves over to let you gain max points. That’s called racing smart and tactically.
Now, what in the sweet F is Josh Grant doing finishing 1 spot ahead of Tomac? That’s called racing dumb. The only reason I could think of why Kawi did nothing about this would be hoping that they could protest KTM for Musquins move. If this title comes down to a couple points at the end I’m sure they will look back and say why did grant beat Eli by one spot in New York???? Did Eli’s mechanic and Grants mechanic not talk to each other or know what position everyone was in and why did Grant not let Eli by the first time he caught him before stalling? I know its high-pressure situation but come on boys use your heads. If my teammate did that or even a friend I would be pretty pissed because if the tables were turned I would for sure let someone by. I let Jer by at the final Arenacross in 2014 when he was racing for the title out west. I also remember in 2010 at the last race at Walton, Kyle Beaton (Blackfoot teammates) was almost crashing from looking back so many times to make sure I went by him without a fight. We’ve seen this stuff in racing at every level so it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone when it happens, nor should anyone be pissed by it.
This time of year is nice (besides the rain) but usually, you have been riding at home enough that your fitness is good, the tracks are still soft and not blown out, you have the motivation to ride and you can comfortably pin it. On top of all that the bikes are still in good shape so when it’s nice out it’s easy to be super pumped to spin laps anywhere. On the pro side, we are getting close to photo shoot time and get to shake down the race bikes, try some setups and build up that eagerness to get the nationals started.
I think we are going to look into putting the metal mesh system behind gates at Pleasant Valley like how the GPs have it. I think that’s finally the answer to fair starts and not sacrificing perfectly good tires on cement or dealing with randomly garbage ruts behind other starts. It also will make staging a lot quicker and straight forward without having to mess around for ten minutes behind the gates. There will be a cost but even if you run strips the length of bikes, the amount of material won’t be overly excessive.
Anyways that’s my rant for this week, I’m sure it will be a bit more exciting next week as I head to Ontario for photo shoots and testing maybe a Vlog with the boss man himself ! Until next time, get out there and engineer some start pads!