The season opener at Hangtown will be one that will not be forgotten for a long time. With four different winners in the men’s classes, a true rookie winning the overall in 250 Class (for the first time ever), and some great racing in the WMX series, the action was non-stop throughout the day. Here are some random bits from the first round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and be sure to check out Monday Kickstart TV if you have not had a chance to do so already. The Lucas Oil will take a break this weekend, but racing won’t, be sure to keep an eye on transworldmx.com for this coming weekend’s USGP from Glen Helen.
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Eli Tomac. What can you say? The kid is without a doubt, the real deal and on Saturday became the first rider in AMA history to win his very first 250 Class pro National. Sure, James Stewart won his first National as well, but he had also raced an entire SX series before hand. Tomac surprised just about every one and on the podium was, not surprisingly, at a loss for words.
Trey Canard was hauling all day long and came away with third overall. Once again, Trey is a contender and seems ready for the long fight.
Ryan Dungey’s Nike boots have served him pretty well so far this year. While Ryan was able to work his way through the pack, less than stellar starts and a stall in the first moto kept RD out of the running. An eighth overall is probably not what the SX Champ was looking forward, but it is a long season and the championship remains wide open.
You know that feeling you get before its race time? Butterflies, nerves, and all that goes along with it? Well multiply that by 1,000 and that is what these guys experience each and every week. When racing is your job, rest and relaxation well deserved before game time.
Tommy Searle and Mike Alessi both served notice that KTM development is going in a positive direction.
Ryan Villopoto is out for the rest of the season with his tib/fib injury from St. Louis. But the multi-time champ was on hand to show his support for his friends, fans, and the Monster Energy Kawasaki crew.
Mike Sleeter gave himself a two-stroke challenge. Riding a mostly stock 250SX, Sleeter ran very well in qualifying but was oh-so-close. Just one second kept him and his KTM Factory Services machine out of the main program.
Nick Wey and his son relax before race time. NYK has returned to the Monster Energy Kawasaki squad for the remainder of the season, replacing the injured Ryan Villopoto, who will unfortunately be out for the entirety of the Nationals.
The 450 podium. We have a feeling we will be seeing many different faces up here throughout the year.
Check out this handmade aluminum gas tank found on Brett Metcalfe’s Geico Powersports/Honda CRF450. We are not certain of the reason behind it, perhaps to increase fuel capacity, but it sure looks cool.
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TAGS: chad reed
, Christophe Pourcel
, eli tomac
, Lucas Oils Motocross Championship
, Mike Alessi