Photos by Michael Antonovich and Jeff Kardas
Ah, Atlanta. While Anaheim may receive all the acclaim that comes with a new season, the Georgia race is by far the most attended event on the 17-stop Monster Energy Supercross tour. The fans are rabid (we mean that in the excited sense of the word, not medically, but who knows what happens when you eat bad raccoon), Carhartt and camouflage abounds, and the stadium bubbles with excitement and anticipation. We love heading to the ATL each year, as it allows us to fill up on sweet tea and Chick-fil-A, then see all of the racing action that takes place on the sprawling Georgia Dome floor.
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The Georgia World Congress Center which hosts the pits is a massive plot of floorspace. This section of the convention center is just one building in the complex, which was hosting multiple events (hardware chain True Value held a convention) in the same weekend.
Because Atlanta is the lone Supercross round to hit the Southeast and far East Coast (yes, there is Daytona, yet that round lacks the same interaction as a typical SX), it draws in a startling number of fans. The bulk of people at the event are from under the Mason-Dixon line, but we know of people making the event a vacation and coming from the winter-logged Northeast.
Once they were let into the main area, the fans swarmed every tractor trailer and waited for a glimpse of their favorite rider. This photo was shot at 12:45, over two hours before Chad Reed’s autograph signing was scheduled to take place.
There have been grumblings on the status of the Velocity 3 Race Team, and late last week, everything came to light. Just before the Atlanta Supercross, both Kyle Chisholm and Bobby Kiniry were released from their contracts and have linked with other teams for the remainder of the season. The quickly formed race team is said to have one major financial backer (not Kenny Germain or Brian Berry), but funds needed to compete have never come through.
Thanks to a call from the JGRMX team, Kyle Chisholm quickly rebounded from the setback. Chisholm will fill-in for the injured Josh Grant for the remainder of the Supercross season as Grant recovers from a broken tib-fib and injured shoulder.