Photos by Rich Shepherd
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”― Aristotle
It’s hard to wait it out these days. The ease of information has crushed our ability to just hold out for the better or as Aristotle says the sweet fruit. Saturday night saw the 3rd running of the Monster Energy Cup. A million dollar cash prize for the man who takes all three wins. The event itself is a one off and basically gives us a look at who will be hot as they enter into the New Year for the Monster Energy Supercross series. With what we saw on Saturday night it’s going to be hard to wait. The Action was nonstop every time the gate dropped giving us fans exactly what we wanted to see. That race will get watched thousands of times on Youtube this week giving that super fan the sweet fruit for the time being. We have to wait now to see the very best of the sport battle once again come January 2014. Basically two months of news, info, videos, pics will all be shared hyping up the biggest series in the world for moto keeping all of us fans on the edge waiting patiently for A1. It’s going to be long days till that first Saturday night in 2014, but if the Monster Cup is any indication of the type of action we’re in store for then Aristotle isn’t a liar by saying the fruit will be sweet. A1 will be a big old bowl of the sweetest fruit we all want our hands on.
How about this kid from BC named Casey Keast? It’s always great to watch a racer from your country shine on the grand stage. Ross Pederson did it for years, and then came JSR, Carl Vaillancourt, Blair Morgan, Darcy Lange, Dusty Klatt, Colton Facciotti, Tyler Medaglia and Cole Thompson. I may have missed a couple guys but that’s a well known list of Canadian hero’s that have shown they can run with the big dogs. Now add in Casey Keast, a Canadian National Amateur Champion, who showed us his skill at the Monster Cup. The killer start he grabbed in main 1 really helped him out but he belonged where he finished. Even my camera guy Rich Shepherd said, “That kid rode great. If he was doing that one big triple that a few kids did he could have maybe made the podium.” His 4-12 scores gave him 6th overall for the night and a bucket load of respect from all his old and new fans in Canada. I would also think this will get him an invite back for 2014. I watched all those kids, Forkner, Saxton, Faulk, race at the Mini O’s last year and was blown away at how fast these kids rip. Casey Keast showed me live on Saturday night that he belongs in that group. Hopefully Casey has enough support to keep this path going he’s on and stick with all these kids that will be the future of the US series down the road. It’s going to take time away from school, lots of money, travelling, and countless hrs of practice, tears, struggles, as well as ups and downs to reach the top. Having been seen at the level and live around the world like that, Casey showed us all he can do it. That’s the good and bad of being part of a race like the Monster Cup. These types of advantages weren’t available for most of the names above when they were amateurs. I’m betting that long drive home for Casey and the family has been interesting to say the least. A lot of what if’s, and should we. If there is any chance for you to do it Casey, and the Keast family, then by all means go for it. If you want big rewards you have to take big chances. Regardless of how I look at it or others for that matter, what I saw on Saturday was super cool for a young kid from BC that likes to ride a dirt bike. Thanks kid for adding to an amazing night of racing from the best sport in the world.
The reaction that Ryan Dungey had after Villopoto told him great race but you missed the Joker lane was priceless. It was pretty funny for anyone watching except Dungey. I’m betting the entire pits were full of laughs and Joker lane jokes about Dungey. Then main 2 saw that amazing battle between Stewart and Villopoto. Both riders gave us a show that was mind blowing. The last lap flag comes out and neither rider had used the Joker lane yet. Stewart led taking the lane only to look back after exiting and not seeing the #2 of Poto. He missed the Joker lane. Did that really happen for the second time of the night? It’s even harder to believe it happened to the guy that shared that info with the guy that missed the Joker lane in main 1. Talk about a wet brain moment. Unfortunately the karma bug snapped Villopoto right after he made a mistake getting launched off his bike. It kind of sucks because it would’ve been crazy to see the reaction from Villopoto after Stewart shared the same info with him as he did with Dungey an hour earlier. What a crazy night!!
So a crazy weekend of racing, a crazy announcement from SPI regarding the new Rockstar Energy Motocross Nationals, and only two weeks out of the highly anticipated Future West AX series. Is it just me or has this year’s off season been way too exciting? Will this all lead to a bigger and better 2014 for Canadian motocross? It’s hard to speculate but things are happening and that’s better than nothing happening, right? Have a great week race fans and thanks for the support on GuaranteedMX.com