Circle City Showdown: Everything From Indy SX 2013
Photos by Jeff Kardas and Michael Antonovich
And this season has been blown wide open yet again. At round 11 of the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Series, we saw one 250 title contender suffer season-ending injuries and the emergence of another to fill his void. A slew of deserving privateer and understated rider were able to have a career night in front of the packed Lucas Oil Stadium and one of their own landed the first podium of his career. In the the 450 class, we saw the race we have waited all year for: four of the sport’s fastest racers diced for the lead at one point in the 20-lap main, and two of them battled until the final flag.
First off, our thoughts our with Dean Wilson. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider suffered a vicious crash in the first lap of his heat race and it destroyed the title contender’s body. Wilson attempted to regroup and completed a slow lap before pulling off and heading to the Asterisk rig due to difficulties breathing. The medics transfered him to a local hospital, and early word said he suffered a broken back, should, ribs and a collapsed lung. Upon further review, it was concluded that his back nor shoulder were broken in the fall. Feel better, Deano.
Indianapolis marked the first week since A1 that Davi Millsaps’ Rockstar Energy Racing bike was not outfitted with red backgrounds. Following the 11th round, he is down nine points to Ryan Villopoto.
The layout of the Lucas Oil Stadium was rather basic, save for the two wall jumps and this short, deep whoop section. In their prime, they were a tall order for riders to get through, but a main rut was carved in once bikes repeatedly hit them.
The dirt was rather rocky, as stones such as these littered the soil. While on track walk, we spotted some good sized rocks that would be incredibly painful to be hit by.
Back-to-back sand sections proved to be a challenge; a wall jump launched riders into or over the first pit. There was a slight roller carved into the section that many were using as a landing in practice, but during the main event, the standard rolling method was more commonly used.
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