More drama in Toronto surrounding FIM Competition Director John Gallagher! Multiple people witnessed the untelevised incident of Brock Tickle slapping Justin Barcia on the back of the helmet after the heat race. This appeared similar to what Jason Anderson did to Vince Friese at A2. John Gallagher stated in his past TV interview in relation to discipline, “it's been very consistent in Supercross, as long as I have been involved. If it becomes physical on the race track, like a couple years ago [Reed Black Flag] or off the race in track, in the pits, immediately that's a disqualification for the evening.” It appears Mr. Gallagher needs more consistency himself, especially when TV cameras don’t catch the action. Does he only disqualify riders if he gets an interview, like when he black flagged Chad Reed and disqualified Anderson? Like I said before, John Gallagher is not a guy who should have the authoritative control he does. His ego changed both Reed and Anderson's seasons potentially costing them money, sponsors and future opportunities. Come on guys! This is Supercross racing at the highest level and I don't think Reed, Anderson or Tickle deserved disqualifying. Gallagher based the Anderson and Reed decisions on emotion and ego. I bet if the Tickle and Barcia incident was caught on TV and Gallagher got his TV time there would have been a disqualification.
Now to the actual Toronto Supercross results; and then there were two. The 2017 champion has narrowed down to Eli Tomac or Ryan Dungey. Eli did his part by winning the race, and Dungey overcame a bad start to finish second. Dungey’s creativity with his line choice after the finish line proved his tenacity. Dungey found a line that allowed him to square up the straight away and miss the exposed concrete. He made almost every pass here. The only rider who picked up on the same line was Brock Tickle (who should have been disqualified by Gallagher’s past standards) who held on for a strong third place and the first podium of his career. Marvin Musquin barely finished the race placing 13th as he was battling a serious illness. Unfortunately, his 13Th place finish seriously hurts any championship hopes he might have had.
Early in the Main event it looked like Eli would take a nice chunk out of Dungey's championship lead, but in the history of Supercross I have never seen a rider better than Dungey at managing bad nights, injuries and illness. Dungey’s bad nights end in 2nd or 3rd place finishes. The only rider in Supercross history that could compare to him is Jeff Stanton, but Dungey has had more longevity and speed than the six time National and Supercross Champion.
In the 250 class Zach Osborne has established himself as the fastest guy week in and week out. With Joey Savatgy going down late in the Main Event Osborne has a 12 point lead in the series. Zach has mentioned he is moving to the 450 class next year, but I think that's only if he wins the Championship. Clearly he has planned on winning this for a while, as fans we are just finding out now. Let’s see how he handles Daytona.