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  1. Hill Extends Points Lead With Fourth Straight West Regional 250SX Class Win ARLINGTON, TX – February 12, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – In front of a crowd of 57,807 fans inside AT&T Stadium, Monster Energy Supercross made its annual trip to Texas on Saturday night for the sixth round of the 2017 season. On a dramatic night of racing, Frenchman Marvin Musquin rode brilliantly to score his first-career 450SX Class victory with a dominant wire-to-wire effort aboard his Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing machine. In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill took advantage of misfortune experienced by Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath to claim his fourth consecutive win and extend his championship points lead. Musquin’s first career win came in dominant fashion. Photo: Feld Entertainment, Inc. When the gate dropped for the 450SX Class Main Event it appeared as though Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb would become the first rider to earn multiple SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Awards this season. However, a downed rider off the start forced officials to throw the red flag, which immediately brought the race to a halt and forced a restart. As the 22-rider field launched off of the starting line for the restart it was Musquin who captured the holeshot and put his KTM out front for the first time in 2017, narrowly edging out RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Bogle and Webb. Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider and championship leader Ryan Dungey was buried outside of the top-10 following his worst start of the season. As Musquin rode effortlessly at the front, Webb began his attack by jumping his way past Bogle for second on Lap 1. On the ensuing lap Seely followed Webb past Bogle for third. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, who started seventh and entered the night with back-to-back wins, broke into the top five on Lap 2 and started to make a run on the lead group. Tomac was on fire as he clicked off blazing fast laps and inched onto the rear wheel of Bogle, making the pass for fourth on Lap 6. Musquin had opened a comfortable lead over the field a quarter into the race, and on Lap 7 Webb slowed quickly after suffering a flat rear tire in his chase of the lead. He lost several positions before ultimately getting attention in the mechanics areas and falling out of contention. Webb’s misfortune allowed Seely to move into second, and a hard-charging Tomac into third. However, shortly after moving into podium position Tomac crashed on Lap 8 and dropped out of contention following damage suffered on his Kawasaki. The hard luck of his fellow competitors worked to the advantage of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson who jumped into third, just ahead of his teammate Dean Wilson and Dungey, who valiantly fought his way into the top five after starting 13th. In just his second race for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Wilson fended off the attacks from Dungey for several laps, but the reigning two-time champion’s persistence paid off with a pass for fourth on Lap 20. With no one to challenge him, Musquin rode steady the entire 26 laps and took the checkered flag by a margin of 5.3 seconds for his first premier class win. Seely equaled his season-best result in the runner-up spot, followed by Anderson with his first podium of the year. Dungey enjoyed an impressive comeback, but saw his current six-race podium stream come to an end finishing fourth. Seely earned his best result of the season in second. Photo: Feld Entertainment, Inc. Musquin becomes the 61st different 450SX Class winner in history and the Frenchman to claim victory since David Vuillemin this same weekend 15 years ago in 2002. He dedicated the win to his brother, Mika Musquin, who suffered career-ending injuries in a crash at the end of 2015 in Europe. “I grabbed the holeshot on the restart and just tried to focus on what was in front of me. It was so easy to make a mistake out there tonight,” said Musquin. “This [victory] feels so good, to stand up here [on top of the podium] for the first time in my career. I’ve dreamed of this since I was a little boy in France and would like to dedicate this to my brother, who has been so supportive of me and gone through difficult times the past few years.” Despite finishing off of the podium, Dungey still managed to leave Texas with a larger advantage in the championship due to Tomac’s troubles. He now holds an 18-point lead over Musquin and sits 22-points ahead of Seely, who both surpassed Tomac, who finished 15th, in the standings. Dungey fought his way back to fourth after starting 13th. Photo: Feld Entertainment, Inc. In the Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event, McElrath was quick out of the gate as he raced to his second SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award of the season, with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates Justin Hill and Austin Forkner in tow. McElrath and Hill instantly set the pace at the front of the field while Forkner settled in behind them. The battle for the lead was on immediately as the championship’s most consistent and successful duo of McElrath and Hill paced one another during the opening laps, establishing a small cushion over their fellow competitors. Rookie Forkner continued his pursuit just behind the duo, while GEICO Honda’s Jimmy Decotis was hot on his rear fender. As McElrath encountered lapped traffic near the halfway point of the race, he meticulously found his way around without any difficulty, which allowed him to pull away from Hill. As he maintained that comfortable lead out front, disaster struck for McElrath on Lap 16 when his bike lost pace and caused him to lose positions, ultimately allowing Hill to take over the lead. McElrath would continue to drop back and eventually had to retire from the race. Forkner then moved into second, while Yamlube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger found his way into third after starting 12th. Hill consistently laid down fast laps out front to grab his fourth consecutive victory and seventh win of his career by a margin of just over two seconds. He’s the first Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider to win four in a row since Christophe Pourcel did in 2010. Hill has now won more races this season alone than his entire career entering 2017. “It was a tough break for Shane [McElrath] tonight. I hate to win like that but we never gave up all night,” said Hill. “This is the first time I’ve been in the championship fight this late in the season and I’m going to do all I can to bring it home. It’s great for the entire team to extend our lead heading into the break.” Forkner earned a career-best finish in second, giving the Pro Circuit team its first 1-2 sweep since the season-ending East/West Regional Shootout in Las Vegas during the 2014 season, which was won by Hill. Plessinger enjoyed an incredible come-from-behind effort to finish third. Hill has won four straight 250SX Class Main Events. Photo: Feld Entertainment, Inc. Hill’s lead in the Western Regional Championship extended to 21-points over Plessinger, whose third-place finish moved him into second. After a 22nd-place finish McElrath slid back to third and faces a 25-point deficit to the lead, one full race. The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season continues next Saturday, February 18, with the seventh round and its debut inside the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. It will mark the championship’s return to Minnesota for the first time since 2013. The action can be seen via tape delay on FS1 at 7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET. Forkner gave Pro Circuit a 1-2 sweep of the podium. Photo: Feld Entertainment, Inc. Monster Energy Supercross AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas February 11, 2017 450SX Class Results Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Suzuki Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., KTM Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki 450SX Class Championship Standings Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 129 Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 111 Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 107 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 100 Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 85 Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., KTM – 83 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 71 Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 64 Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna – 64 Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki – 55 Western Regional 250SX Class Results Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna Cole Martinez, Rimrock, Ariz., Yamaha Hayden Mellross, Australia, Yamaha Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Honda Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki – 138 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 117 Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 113 Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna – 106 Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda – 91 Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 90 Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha – 72 Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Honda – 60 Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 55 Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Suzuki – 54 For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, please log onto www.SupercrossLIVE.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross.
  2. Chris Cooksey

    Ryan Dungey Isn't Dead!

    Congratulations to Ryan Dungey on his highly successful racing career! He will go down as one of the all-time greats in the sport of Motocross and Supercross. While the sport is beneficial with Dungey’s participation, the sport will survive without it. After hearing his retirement speech, at his personal press conference, I am curious to see how he handles retirement. Retirement for professional athletes can be tough. Athletes define themselves by their skills and Dungey's entire life has been dedicated to the goal of winning. Once winning is no longer an athlete’s sole goal in life, depression can take hold. The identity of their professional self dies and they are forced to reinvent themselves. In the heat of the moment Dungey probably wished he was normal and didn't have the intense pressure or stress anymore. While this is true, he will still miss the adoration of so many fans. He will never be able to recreate the feeling of crossing the line to win a Supercross Championship. His life will be full of great joy and good times but the feeling of being Champion cannot be replicated. Ryan Dungey will be remembered as one of the hardest working and determined riders in the sport’s history. This skill will help him moving forward or it will be his downfall. Unfortunately, professional athletes are not held to normal societal rules and many are socially inept. They are so used to everything being geared towards them and their goals. In retirement they are expected to instantly become regular people. They no longer receive special treatment or have an entire team geared toward assisting them reach their goals. They lose many “friends” who were there to feed off their fame and fortune. This is devastating to their psyche. Dungey will need to learn how to widen his focus. The tunnel vision required to be a Champion can alienate an athlete in regular society. Retiring athletes often have an identity crisis when it all ends. During their careers they have a team of people helping them focus and move forward. When they retire this giant support system shrinks to a few people and things can feel lonely. In the next couple years Ryan and Lindsay will be challenged in their relationship. The divorce rate for professional athletes upon retirement is extremely high, their relationship dynamic will completely change. I have heard many people say, “He is rich and has a hot wife, life is good!” While this is true many professional Motocross racers don't have the money to sit back and reflect. Ryan has the money to allow the nothingness of retirement set in. Ryan doesn't need to enter the regular workforce and will have a lot of time on his hands. Ryan will have to find a new motivation for getting up in the morning, much like Kevin Windham. He might want to give Windham a call and allow Windham to explain the emotional roller coaster that lies ahead, and unlike his professional career this will be played out in private. While we celebrate Ryan Dungey and his historic career achievements, I am concerned for him as a human being. I don't think Ryan will go very far from the sport, he has too much to offer. Hopefully he will make the transition and embrace his new life in whatever role he chooses. RD5 is no longer his identity, he is now Ryan from Minnesota. I personally appreciated Dungey this season as this was my first season in the Supercross media and he made it very memorable. He answered my press conference questions honestly and didn’t hide his emotions. I took a lot of heat after Glendale, but I wouldn't have it any other way. He showed his human side, something he never showed earlier in his career. If you want a perfect example of the struggles an athlete goes through upon retirement, check out the documentary State of Play: Happiness. (Photos by LC)
  3. So I asked Reed and Tomac if with Roczen out did it fire them up that everyone already crowned Dungey? Watch the fireworks....... I am not sure when they will post the press conference, but I thought it was a fair question. I will add a link to the press conference ASAP. This post has been promoted to a wiki
  4. The Deplorable

    3 Riding Styles, Eli, Marvin, Kenny

    Eli, the bull in a china closet... chooses what he sees as the fastest line no matter how rough it is. Marvin, the technical rider... chooses what he sees as the fastest line based on the smoothest line. Kenny, I see him as a combination of those two. A healthy Roczen could beat them both. Anderson, haven't figured that out yet. Dungey, always looked for the shortest path around the track. Almost always took the inside line. Barcia, a great rider, but wastes too much time trying to take others lines away. My 2 cents...
  5. September 20, 2017 Motor Sports Newswire PICKERINGTON, OH – September 20, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the professional competition numbers for pro-licensed riders competing in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship for the 2018 season. All riders use the assigned professional number for competition. In addition, the current champion runs the No. 1 plate instead of an assigned professional number when competing in the class or region in which the No. 1 plate was earned. When competing in a class other than the class where the championship was earned, the rider must use the assigned professional number. 2018 Top 100 and Career Pro Numbers for AMA Supercross and Motocross * Career Numbers ** New Career Number for 2018 About the American Motorcyclist Association Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today. Source: American Motorcyclist Association
  6. My day in Glendale: I arrived around 9:45am with plenty of time to pick up my credentials and head through the pits looking for anyone willing to chat. At Jimmy Albertsons's truck I stopped to see if he was alright after his crash last week. While Jimmy wasn't there his wife Georgia Lindsay Albertsonwas willing to give me the scoop on his health. Jimmy was sore but ready to put it in the Main for her, it was her birthday. On my way to the track walk I glimpsed the BMX dirt jumping practice, it's crazy how big those guys can go on bicycles! From there I headed towards the tunnel and happen to catch @Vince Friese’s mechanic hanging out by the MotoConcepts truck. I took the opportunity to ask him about all the drama surrounding Jason Anderson last week. He couldn't believe how much negative attention the stiff arm got him. Somebody once told me he was a bouncer for a Death Metal band, so I asked. He laughed and said he toured with a “rock band,” not Death Metal. We both had a good laugh that nobody mentioned the aggressive move by Malcom Stewart in the corner before the “incident.” At the track walk I noticed a tall guy with a Rocky Mountain team shirt and realized it was Benny Bloss. I am 6’4 so when someone is taller than me I usually notice, Benny is a nice kid. He has raised his handlebars and is using a slightly taller seat this year, let’s see how this helps him in the East Coast 250 Class. He agreed and nodded when I told him us tall guys have to stick together, then I snapped a photo of him towering over Cooper Webb (you can find the picture in the gallery I posted). On the track walk I watched as Marvin Musquin eyed up the whoops, clearly concerned with the size. I had a quick chat with Tony Alessi about his appearance on the PulpMX show and I assured him he came off likable and we laughed at his “50% less crazy comment.” At the tunnel I ran into Big James Stewart. I told him it was good to see him back at the races. As I left the stadium I ran into another old friend, Roger Larsen with Seven. Roger is the guy putting together everything for Malcom. We talked about the untrue rumors, mainly www.weedfinder. com reported as their title sponsor and yes I asked him about James. Roger didn’t know what James was planning, or at least he didn't share the plan. From the press box I watched the night’s action and had the opportunity to mingle with Jason Thomasand his VIP’s. The press box was definitely buzzing after Eli demolished the field! Next, things took an unexpected and unscripted turn. After the race concluded and fans headed for their exits, I followed SX regular reporters Jason Weigandt and Jimmy Holley to the press room (truth be told I was nervous as I am new to media coverage). Walking into the press room felt like being at a night club and going from the VIP room to the Platinum room with upgraded benefits. The riders made sure to display their respective energy drinks and appropriately adjusted their hats to represent their sponsors. I chose a seat front and center and that is when the fireworks went off! My first question was to Austin Forkner. I thought it was not fair that he had such high expectations placed on him as a rookie. I asked him if it was a relief to get his first podium. He answered very eloquently and my confidence grew, now the 450 guys were up. I didn’t want to ask a cookie cutter questions which would elicit a cliché answer. I wanted to ask a tough but fair question. Literally, everybody had said the series was over after last Saturday with Ken Roczen horrific crash. With Eli Tomac previous arm pump struggles most people assumed Dungey would run away with the title. I genuinely wanted to know if Chad and Eli felt disrespected by the fact that fans had “unofficially” crowned Dungey and if that idea provided any extra motivation. My question was simple; “Chad and Eli, did it fire you guys up last week after the [Ken] Roczen injury that pretty much everybody kind of crowned Dungey at that point? How did that make you feel?” Chad answered as if I asked him if he was happy Ken got hurt, which is not at all where I was going. When I tried re-directing him to the question; “I wasn't asking about Ken, were you mad that everyone crowned Dungey?” (It's hard to hear this follow up because after you ask your question you pass the mic). At this point Dungey jumped in still responding to Reed’s perception of the question, but to everyone’s surprise answered with emotion he is not known for. I always knew there was more to Dungey than the “ahh shucks” interviews he typically gives. He looked me in the eyes as he gave his response about how terrible Roczen’s injury was and how it could happen to any one of them at which point his wife, sitting behind me, clapped and whispered an unflattering comment.. Even Weigandt, sitting next to me, thought the question was fair and was perplexed by the answers given. I had several take-aways that night. First, when the press conference concluded I might as well have had the plague the way the riders looked at me! The second take-away, I don’t mind. I don’t script my questions, I ask what I want to know and what the fans want to know. I also have great respect for the industry, but I’m not worried about being bros with the riders. If the riders take the question out of context, so be it. The Supercross podcasts and message boards are having fun with the press conference. They saw a glimpse of the person Dungey really is and not what he wants you to think. If you don't want tough questions asked then don't have a press conference. You can check out my question at Since the press conference most people liked the question and enjoyed a real answer. Others have questioned my credentials and to them I say: • -Worked in the industry for over 20 years • -Raced AMA Supermoto in 2003 and 2004 with a couple top 10 finishes • -Made Arenacross main events in 1997 • -Held an AMA Pro Liscense in 2007 • -Obtained a Bachelors degree in Communications from ASU (home of the Walter Cronkite • School of Journalism). While I can’t attend the entire SX series live, I’ll see everyone again in Seattle. Maybe by then we can unofficially crown Dungey champion! Thanks, Chris Cooksey #supercross
  7. NumberCruncher

    Why was Reed in 16th place anyway??????

    If anyone here actually attended the race you may have insight the rest of us do not. So until there is any evidence to the contrary, I am assuming Reed intentionally hung back in 16th place waiting for Dungey. Yeah I know there are a ton of Reed/Dungey threads but nobody has mentioned this yet. NC
  8. Eli Tomac showed up and did exactly what was needed to close the point gap on Ryan Dungey. Now Tomac must work hard to avoid giving any points back to Dungey. Dungey’s horrible Main event began with Marvin Musquin smashing into the starting gate, causing both Jason Anderson and Dungey to flinch leaving them with horrible starts. Dungey rode determined to a disappointing 4th place finish battling horrible vision, he had no tear offs after the 10 lap mark. The track was one lined and typically this is where I would blast Ricky Carmichael for his poor design, but with all the restrictions placed on the use of space Carmichael did a great job, other than the sand section. A couple of weeks ago I was very critical of the sand in Atlanta, saying sand was alright if it was in a turn. I was wrong, sticky beach sand has no place in Supercross! All it did was ruin Goggles and force single file racing. Adam Cianciarulo used the Dunlop Sand tire last night both Reed and Dungey were out of tear offs about halfway through the main event. I understand Daytona is a different beast when it comes to Supercross, but with a sandy base why add a stickier version in two turns? The biggest surprise last night was Jeremy Martin, at one point I thought he might win the Main event. But should I have been surprised? Martin is a two time outdoor National Champion who grew up riding in Millville, MN, which has similar dirt to Daytona. Martin hired Ryan Villopoto as his riding coach last Monday. I believe he is angling for the vacant spot at Honda left by Ken Roczen in 2018. I don't think we will see Roczen until 2019, if ever. Roczen still has some serious recovery time as he mentioned in his TV interview last night he needed cadaver cartilage replacement in his elbow and he was waiting on a donor. I am somewhat familiar with this process, as I need knee replacement surgery myself. This is a somewhat new procedure (here are couple links to explaining the process http://faoconline.com/home/videos/cartilage/cartilage-transplants-allograft-(from-cadaver http://www.sportsmd.com/knee-injuries/knee-cartilage-replacement/ ). I also heard he has extensive nerve damage and after 10 plus surgeries this is to be expected. Nerves are weird, nerve healing is not an exact science. Different doctors will give you different theories but all seem somewhat unsure exactly how long, or if nerve damage will ever heal. This led me to the sad but likely scenario that Roczen might be done. On the bright side I hear his contract is guaranteed for 3 years. Adam Cianciarulo was the feel good story, after years of injuries and many people writing him off he got the win putting himself in title contention. Adam chose to use a sand rear tire and it paid off! Every time Joey Savatgy got close he was blasted with beach sand. Hopefully this is a second beginning for the likable Ciancirulo, he has paid his dues over the last few years. Points leader Zach Osborne had his worst night so far, he had a good start but multiple mistakes on the one lined track left him salvaging a 5th place finish. Now heading into Indianapolis only 7 points separates Ciancirulo, Savatgy and Osborne. There is destined to be a battle to Vegas, there was no Crown!
  9. MotorBoatin

    Ryan's New Job

    Didn't take Ryan long to find a new career Shamelessly peddling shit on the internet
  10. RMZ819

    Tomac

    I was a little outside the strike zone with him. He has done much better than I thought he would. The kid has won on 3 different types of tracks. He is the real deal. But!!!! He will still finish 3rd at best when the championship is decided. IMO, It will be Tomac to KTM if Dungey retires.
  11. redrider144

    Has Dungey been playing possum?

    Most of us have assumed that RD is "over it" but he certainly didn't look that way last night. I think there is a VERY good chance tha we see Dungey go for it from here on out. Eli better not sleep on him, especially with how the lappers played out. You know Dungey has to be pissed off right now.
  12. RMZ819

    Reeds Future?

    The way I see it Reed is shit out of luck for a future Ride with Yami or any other team. He is a cancer at this point of career. What he did last night does not fly in the pits. IMO, having him as a teammate to my boy Webb is a bad thing for Webb. Reed is the only lapper in SX that thinks he is a number 1 guy. The dude got on the box earlier in the year and bassically said he sucked because Yami wouldn't listen to him on bike setup. He hasn't done shit since so it looks like Yami is right.
  13. Eli Tomac showed up and did exactly what was needed to close the point gap on Ryan Dungey. Now Tomac must work hard to avoid giving any points back to Dungey. Dungey’s horrible Main event began with Marvin Musquin smashing into the starting gate, causing both Jason Anderson and Dungey to flinch leaving them with horrible starts. Dungey rode determined to a disappointing 4th place finish battling horrible vision, he had no tear offs after the 10 lap mark. The track was one lined and typically this is where I would blast Ricky Carmichael for his poor design, but with all the restrictions placed on the use of space Carmichael did a great job, other than the sand section. A couple of weeks ago I was very critical of the sand in Atlanta, saying sand was alright if it was in a turn. I was wrong, sticky beach sand has no place in Supercross! All it did was ruin Goggles and force single file racing. Adam Cianciarulo used the Dunlop Sand tire last night both Reed and Dungey were out of tear offs about halfway through the main event. I understand Daytona is a different beast when it comes to Supercross, but with a sandy base why add a stickier version in two turns? The biggest surprise last night was Jeremy Martin, at one point I thought he might win the Main event. But should I have been surprised? Martin is a two time outdoor National Champion who grew up riding in Millville, MN, which has similar dirt to Daytona. Martin hired Ryan Villopoto as his riding coach last Monday. I believe he is angling for the vacant spot at Honda left by Ken Roczen in 2018. I don't think we will see Roczen until 2019, if ever. Roczen still has some serious recovery time as he mentioned in his TV interview last night he needed cadaver cartilage replacement in his elbow and he was waiting on a donor. I am somewhat familiar with this process, as I need knee replacement surgery myself. This is a somewhat new procedure (here are couple links to explaining the process http://faoconline.com/home/videos/cartilage/cartilage-transplants-allograft-(from-cadaver http://www.sportsmd.com/knee-injuries/knee-cartilage-replacement/ ). I also heard he has extensive nerve damage and after 10 plus surgeries this is to be expected. Nerves are weird, nerve healing is not an exact science. Different doctors will give you different theories but all seem somewhat unsure exactly how long, or if nerve damage will ever heal. This led me to the sad but likely scenario that Roczen might be done. On the bright side I hear his contract is guaranteed for 3 years. Adam Cianciarulo was the feel good story, after years of injuries and many people writing him off he got the win putting himself in title contention. Adam chose to use a sand rear tire and it paid off! Every time Joey Savatgy got close he was blasted with beach sand. Hopefully this is a second beginning for the likable Ciancirulo, he has paid his dues over the last few years. Points leader Zach Osborne had his worst night so far, he had a good start but multiple mistakes on the one lined track left him salvaging a 5th place finish. Now heading into Indianapolis only 7 points separates Ciancirulo, Savatgy and Osborne. There is destined to be a battle to Vegas, there was no Crown! View full article
  14. ckny

    Dungey Retired

    KTM just announced he's retiring.
  15. The Deplorable

    The Dunge not happy

    Horrid start. No tear offs. Uber aggressive pass on Sealy. An angry Dungey is just what's needed. I wonder if we'll see Tomac with some real competition now...
  16. Chris Cooksey

    motocross Round 8 Atlanta: Dungey’s Revenge!

    Round 8 Atlanta: Dungey’s Revenge! The past week was full of message boards and journalists (myself included) asking, “What's wrong with Dungey?” He came to Atlanta ready to silence his critics. I stand by my analysis that he is battling an illness, but clearly he is getting better. Dungey did look fatigued towards the end of the race as opposed to Eli Tomac who remained fresh. With that said, Dungey got it done and this is what defines him as a Champion! He can seemingly raise his level when needed while taking what's given on other days. Marvin and Eli have to be frustrated, both guys were faster than Dungey all day, including the Main event but bad starts caused both guys to struggle. The Atlanta track wasn't ideal for passing and the sand section was downright silly. Why put beach sand on the backside of a wall jump? I like the sand sections when built in turns. Wall jumps without sand cause guys to get blasted with dirt, again putting sand there was ridiculous. Another part of the track I didn't like was the dog leg before the triple. Maybe they had to build it that way to fit the stadium, but in any form of racing a dog leg creates single file racing unless it is followed by a double apex 180 degree turn. In the 250 race, Zach Osborne finally reached the top step of the podium! Osborne took the long road to the top. For those who don't know his story, here is the short version. Osborne was highly touted coming out of the Amateur ranks signing with Factory KTM. This didn't work out and he ended up earning the dubious nick name “snack pack,” the name given to him from outdoor national commentator at the time David Pingree. After losing his ride at KTM the only option to continue his career was to take a ride in Europe. Osborne fought hard and earned himself a ride with Geico Honda but after a couple years of not reaching his potential they let him go. Zach then signed with the Rockstar Husky team. While last year was filled with disappointments, this year is proving different. Almost 10 years after becoming a Pro he earned his first SX win. Osborne took the hard road showing through dedication his old nickname, “snack pack” was lifetimes ago. I put him as the East title favorite, but this coming week will be telling. Is this going to make him want to win every race, or is this just the monkey off his back? I am predicting the competition is in trouble. Alex Martin and Jordan Smith seemed a lock for 2nd and 3rd in the 250 main until Martin cleaned out his teammate. Smith missed the on/off jump and was out of the normal rhythm, still Martin shouldn't have jumped in there and cleaned him out. It makes senses if they were battling for a win, but when both TLD KTM riders are in podium spots with little or no chance to catch Osborne, it becomes a stupid move. Team manager Tyler Keefe has to be pulling his hair out. Although Dungey’s performance was great, it's a 17 race series! Tomac and Musquin can't allow Dungey any more breathing room. Let's be real though, if Dungey is up more than 30 points after Daytona this is likely over.
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