After traveling up and down the West Coast for six weeks, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series made its way East to Arlington, Texas, for the seventh round. Not only that, the seventh stop on the circuit marked the first round for the East Coast 250 riders. With plenty of drama and excitement to go around, we present you with another Monday Kickstart, presented by One Industries.
Words by Jordan Powell
Photos by Jordan Powell and Jeff Kardas
Arlington, Texas, not only marked the seventh round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, but it also marked the first round of the East Coast 250 series. Early in the morning, the dirt inside the Dallas Cowboys Stadium appeared to be moist and tacky, but as the day unfolded, it turned into a dry, hard-packed, and slippery track, which had many riders complaining. Nevertheless, the racing action kept the crown on their feet all night long.
Tire warmers are a common sighting in the Moto GP circuit, but the same can’t be said about motocross. However, with temperatures hanging around the 40-degree mark early in morning, Mike Williamson (Ryan Villopoto’s mechanic) was seen heating up the tires to match the temperature of the closed stadium. This way, the air pressure wouldn’t fluctuate once inside. As the day progressed, the temperatures climbed, and the need for tire warmers were no longer needed.
After Saturday night’s race, Zach Bell is probably the most talked about rider, but it’s not because he won. After grabbing the holeshot in his heat race, it looked like the Geico Honda rider was going to easily cruise to the checkers, but with one lap to go, disaster struck. In an attempt to scrub the face of a triple, Bell’s foot was caught up with his footpeg, and was ejected off of his bike. The crowd stood in silence as the young rider laid face down in the hard-packed, Texas dirt, forcing the red flag to come out. Moments later, cheers erupted as Bell stood up on his own, and walked away with nothing more than a few bruises and cuts. Miraculously, Bell said that he wasn’t knocked out after falling nearly three-stories. There have been plenty of speculations about the new 6D helmet the Geico Honda riders are wearing—some good, some bad—but after that incident, you can’t argue with the safety of it.
Once Bell walked away from the track, a staggered start was once again put into play.