Kick (starting) It In Oakland

The fourth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series made its way north to the Coliseum in Oakland, California, over the weekend. The thought of rain in the forecast was on the mind of most riders coming into Saturday, but the northern storm made its way down to the south after Thurdsday night. Once the track was uncovered Friday morning, a technical, perfectly manicured track was unveiled. Saturday night’s racing was filled with drama as Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac suffered from a disastrous crash that caused him to DNF, and a first turn pileup in the 450 class cleaned out half of the riders. In the next 17 pages of this edition of Monday Kickstart, you’ll get updates on riders, plenty of pit photos, and as always, gratuitous promo girl photos. So, get to clicking, and enjoy!

Other links from Oakland Supercross 2013:

Race Report – Oakland Supercross 2013
“How Was Your Weekend?” – Oakland SX 2013
Pit Pass Video – “Safety First” – Justin Barcia


The Coliseum served as the venue for the fourth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series over the weekend, and the track was one of the most technical ones we’ve seen so far this season. Sand turns, technical rhythms, and two sets of whoops—one set immediately after the start, and one before the first triple—tested the riders’ ability on every level.
In the wake of the recent announcement that the JDR KTM team would be shutting down operations at the end of the Monster Energy Supercross Series, the three-man squad of Malcolm Stewart, Joey Savatgy, and Josh Cachia turned in their collective best finishes of the season. Stewart was 5th, Savatgy 6th, and Cachia 16th. Crew Chief Rene Zapata hinted that if the squad were to find a title sponsor before the series’ end, that the team might survive.
While SoCal was pounded with rain and foul weather, fans in Oakland were treated to a burst of sunshine in the afternoon hours. Though the wind did pick up and the temperatures did drop in the evening, the daytime scenery was amazing.
After Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps finished off the podium in fourth last weekend at Anaheim 2, Big Bear’s wife Brittney was finally allowed to leave her “lucky” checkered flag pants at home. “After Davi won Anaheim 1, they all made me wear them at Phoenix and Anaheim 2,” said the former Miss Supercross. “I was worried that people would think that I only owned one pair of pants!” Since Millsaps finished in the runner-up position at Oakland, we wonder if we’ll see these jeans again next week…
This is a whole new breed of pickupkit. Certain that it was gonna score him some race day action, this fella decided to pack his own protection.