The series made its one and only stop in the land of the maple leaves last weekend, and the event went off without a hitch. No frozen mud; no blaring smoke detectors; just some good old fashioned racing. If Ryan Villopoto continues his winning way, he could be nipping at Ryan Dungey’s proverbial heels before you know it. In the Lites Class, everyone knows that rookie sensation, Justin Barcia, is more than living up to the hype surrounding him. He took his flashy style all the way to his first indoor win in only four tries. While Christophe Pourcel remains in the points lead, his third place this weekend helped Austin Stroupe put a small dent int the points gap. Stroupe’s 2-2-2-2 finishes so far this year are beginning to mimic another former Suzuki rider’s performances…that’s right Matthes, 1997 East Coast Regional 125cc Supercross Champ, Tim Ferry.
Back then Ferry had to deal with the likes of another very crafty Frenchman, Stephane Roncada, and another blistering fast but erratic rookie, Ricky Carmichael. I know, weird! Red Dog podiumed at every round that year, but never took a win. By consistency alone, Ferry snapped up the title.
Alright, enough nerding out for one post. The important thing is that Barcia’s win added a little change and excitement to the series. As we head into Dallas this weekend, Dungey still holds a 17 point advantage over Villopoto. With Pourcel’s third place on Saturday, Stroupe was able to close within seven points of the leader. For now, here are some of our best shots from Saturday’s Canadian action.