Monday Kickstart – Arlington, TX

The 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series is rapidly winding down, but the action at the races has been anything but boring. Every weekend there is a new winner, and almost every weekend there is some crazy on-track action. This past weekend in Arlington, Texas, didn’t disappoint, but the racing on the track wasn’t the only news that went down. Sit back, relax, and take a break from the Monday grind with this week’s Monday Kickstart.

Without a doubt the biggest news heading into the weekend's race in Arlington was James Stewart's arrest. While he reportedly wasn't allowed to talk about the case—for the obvious reason that it's still pending—him and his team carried on throughout the day as if it never happened. James appeared to be his normal self, however, he did keep to himself and away from the media as much as possible.
Without a doubt the biggest news heading into the weekend's race in Arlington was James Stewart's arrest. While he reportedly wasn't allowed to talk about the case—for the obvious reason that it's still pending—he and his team carried on throughout the day as if it never happened. James appeared to be his normal self, however, he did keep to himself and away from the media as much as possible.
One thing that definitely remained the same for James was the fan presence at the San Manuel/Yamaha pit area, as his autograph line was one of the longest in the pits.
One thing that definitely remained the same for James was the fan presence at the San Manuel/Yamaha pit area, as his autograph line was one of the longest in the pits.
When the night show got underway, James was also well received by pretty much everyone in attendance, entering the arena to loud cheers. In most people's eyes, his arrest was just a mistake that he is going to have to deal with.
When the night show got underway, James was also well received by pretty much everyone in attendance, entering the arena to loud cheers. In most people's eyes, his arrest was just a mistake that he is going to have to deal with.
During opening ceremonies, Two Two Motorsports/Bel Ray's Chad Reed entered the stadium wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey and promptly pulled off a picture perfect nac-nac.
During opening ceremonies, Two Two Motorsports/Bel Ray's Chad Reed entered the stadium wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey and promptly pulled off a picture perfect nac-nac.
Team Honda's Trey Canard also did a nac-nac, which actually isn't any big news as he does it during pretty much every opening ceremonies, but we really liked this shot and wanted to include it.
Team Honda's Trey Canard also did a nac-nac, which actually isn't any big news as he does it during pretty much every opening ceremonies, but we really liked this shot and wanted to include it.

Every week we Tweet about how cool the transfers that Geico Powersports/Honda's Kevin Windham pulls off during opening ceremonies, and unfortunately due to not being allowed to film inside the stadium, we haven't been able to show a video of it. In lieu of a video, however, here's a sequence of his second transfer from the face of a rhythm section tabletop to the side of the landing for the first triple. Click on it for a wallpaper-sized version.
Every week we Tweet about how cool the transfers that Geico Powersports/Honda's Kevin Windham pulls off during opening ceremonies, and unfortunately due to not being allowed to film inside the stadium, we haven't been able to show a video of it. In lieu of a video, however, here's a sequence of his second transfer from the face of a rhythm section tabletop to the side of the landing for the first triple. Click on it for a wallpaper-sized version.
The Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is absolutely huge and in the second year of the series visiting the venue, it was another hit with attendance.
The Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is absolutely huge and in the second year of the series visiting the venue, it was another hit with attendance.
While the stadium is incredibly big, the attendance was still very good as most of the stadium was packed with fans.
While the stadium is incredibly big, the attendance was still very good as most of the stadium was packed with fans.
We couldn't go through this Kickstart without showing a photo of the Jumbtron that hangs from the top of the retractable roof. It's the largest HD screen anywhere, and made it very easy to catch all the action that went down.
We couldn't go through this Kickstart without showing a photo of the Jumbtron that hangs from the top of the retractable roof. It's the largest HD screen anywhere, and made it very easy to catch all the action that went down.
Last year the weather for this race was snow, cold, and more snow. This year, the heat was on, as temperatures reached the mid-80s and fans packed the pits later in the day.
Last year the weather for this race was snow, cold, and more snow. This year, the heat was on, as temperatures reached the mid-80s and fans packed the pits later in the day.

The whoops in Texas we absolutely huge. During track walk, everyone took an extra couple minutes to fully check out the massive mounds of dirt. During racing, they proved to be the single obstacle that gave many riders trouble. And during the Supercross class main event, the first set of whoops caused Stewart to make a couple huge mistakes and ultimately take out Chad Reed while the two battled.
The whoops in Texas we absolutely huge. During track walk, everyone took an extra couple minutes to fully check out the massive mounds of dirt. During racing, they proved to be the single obstacle that gave many riders trouble. And during the Supercross class main event, the first set of whoops caused Stewart to make a couple huge mistakes and ultimately take out Chad Reed while the two battled.
Not only did the whoops cause Stewart problems in the main, ultimately making him get out of shape and crash into Reed, but they gave some of the three digit Lites riders fits all day. During practice AJ Catanzaro took a soil sample after getting bucked off his bike.
Not only did the whoops cause Stewart problems in the main, ultimately making him get out of shape and crash into Reed, but they gave some of the three digit Lites riders fits all day. During practice AJ Catanzaro took a soil sample after getting bucked off his bike.
Also during track walk, we spotted Jimmy Weinert showing off some old leathers from back in his glory days of racing. Here, he talks to Supercrossonline.com's Jim Holley, who coincidentally is also an accomplished racer himself.
Also during track walk, we spotted Jimmy Weinert showing off some old leathers from back in his glory days of racing. Here, he talks to Supercrossonline.com's Jim Holley, who coincidentally is also an accomplished racer himself.
The track itself held up decently throughout the night, but with two sand sections, extra work was needed between races to keep the racing surface in good shape. In this photo, the Dirt Wurx crew breaks down the rut that built up in the first turn after every race of the night.
The track itself held up decently throughout the night, but with two sand sections, extra work was needed between races to keep the racing surface in good shape. In this photo, the Dirt Wurx crew breaks down the rut that built up in the first turn after every race of the night.
Geico Powersports/Honda's Justin Barcia continues to impress in spite of his broken right wrist. With the help of his Allsport Dynamic brace, Justin has managed to consistently be the fastest rider on the track. In Arlington, however, Barcia got all he could handle from Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Dean Wilson, as the two intensely battled in both their heat race and the main event.
Geico Powersports/Honda's Justin Barcia continues to impress in spite of his broken right wrist. With the help of his Allsport Dynamic brace, Justin has managed to consistently be the fastest rider on the track. In Arlington, however, Barcia got all he could handle from Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Dean Wilson, as the two intensely battled in both their heat race and the main event.

This photo was taken during the battle that took place between Dean and Justin in their heat race. In this race, Barcia came out on top, but after some very entertaining laps of close block passing and racing, Wilson beat Barcia on the last lap to take home the win.
This photo was taken during the battle that took place between Dean and Justin in their heat race. In this race, Barcia came out on top, but after some very entertaining laps of close block passing and racing, Wilson beat Barcia on the last lap to take home the win.
On the podium, Barcia was visibly upset about losing the race. Be that as it may, however, he still left Arlington with the points lead and only one more East Coast Lites round remains before the season final in Las Vegas.
On the podium, Barcia was visibly upset about losing the race. Be that as it may, however, he still left Arlington with the points lead and only one more East Coast Lites round remains before the season final in Las Vegas.
Throughout the day, Wilson was reportedly suffering from a bit of stomach flu, but you wouldn't have known, as he was the fastest qualifier. Here, he talks with his dad between practice/qualifying sessions.
Throughout the day, Wilson was reportedly suffering from a bit of stomach flu, but you wouldn't have known, as he was the fastest qualifier. Here, he talks with his dad between practice/qualifying sessions.
Chris Gosselaar has been competing in the East Coast Lites series aboard a privateer Suzuki RM-Z250, but for Arlington he was aboard a full factory Rockstar Suzuki. According to team manager Rene Zapata, Gosselaar will be riding the bike for the team at the next couple rounds, filling in for injured Ian Trettle.
Chris Gosselaar has been competing in the East Coast Lites series aboard a privateer Suzuki RM-Z250, but for Arlington he was aboard a full factory Rockstar Suzuki. According to team manager Rene Zapata, Gosselaar will be riding the bike for the team at the next couple rounds, filling in for injured Ian Trettel. "Since he was already riding a Suzuki, it was a perfect fit for us," Rene said.
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto has every reason to be happen. While he didn't take home the win in Arlington, he did leave the Lone Star State with the points lead, thanks in large part to the Reed/Stewart incident.
Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto has every reason to be happy. While he didn't take home the win in Arlington, he did leave the Lone Star State with the points lead, thanks in large part to the Reed/Stewart incident.

While strolling through the pits, we stopped by the Monster Energy Kawasaki semi, and while you've probably already seen the cool carbon fiber guards and parts on Villopoto's machine, it's worth another look.
While strolling through the pits, we stopped by the Monster Energy Kawasaki semi, and while you've probably already seen the cool carbon fiber guards and parts on Villopoto's machine, it's worth another look.
The FMF exhaust on RV's bike is also a thing of beauty. Word is that FMF will be offering the titanium system with carbon fiber end cap soon.
The FMF exhaust on RV's bike is also a thing of beauty. Word is that FMF just went into production on their titanium systems with carbon fiber end cap, so look for them soon at a dealership near you.
Here's the backside of what went down between Reed and Stewart. During the early laps of the main event, Reed was running second and Stewart third. After some intense battling that saw James take over second from Reed, Stewart made a mistake in the whoops leading up to this turn, handing second back to Reed. A lap or two later, James was right on the rear wheel of Chad in the same whoops, he got sideways, and crashed into the back of Reed, sending the Honda rider over the berm and onto the concrete floor. Chad was bruised and battered, but picked up his bike and continued on to finish eighth.
Here's the backside of what went down between Reed and Stewart. During the early laps of the main event, Reed was running second and Stewart third. After some intense battling that saw James take over second from Reed, Stewart made a mistake in the whoops leading up to this turn, handing second back to Reed. A lap or two later, James was right on the rear wheel of Chad in the same whoops, he got sideways, and crashed into the back of Reed, sending the Honda rider over the berm and onto the concrete floor. Chad was bruised and battered, but picked up his bike and continued on to finish eighth.
Another shot of Reed going over the berm.
Another shot of Reed going over the berm.
James also picked up his bike, rejoining the race quicker than Chad, and ultimately finished fourth. Throughout the race, though, there was smoke coming from the underside of his YZ450F. We aren't sure exactly what was going on, but it appeared that it hindered James from really making a charge back up to the front.
James also picked up his bike, rejoining the race quicker than Chad, and ultimately finished fourth. Throughout the race, though, there was smoke coming from the underside of his YZ450F. We aren't sure exactly what was going on, but it appeared that it hindered James from really making a charge back up to the front.

While James might have had a very eventful main event, his brother meanwhile turned in his best finish of the season, carding a fifth in the Lites class main. Malcolm has shown excellent speed throughout the season, but crashes have hindered him from running at the front for an entire race. In Arlington, the young Stewart rode consistently throughout the entire day, posting fast qualifying times and smooth laps in the main.
While James might have had a very eventful main event, his brother meanwhile turned in one of his best finishes of the season, carding a fourth in the Lites class main. His other top-five finish came in Indy where he turned in another fourth. Malcolm has shown excellent speed throughout the season, but crashes have hindered him more than once. In Arlington, the young Stewart rode consistently throughout the entire day, posting fast qualifying times and smooth laps in the main.
There have been a few times this season that Kevin Windham has had to ride the LCQ, and he had to again in Arlington. Fortunately for K-Dub, however, he managed to get the holeshot and immediately checked out ahead of Yamaha mounted Weston Peick.
There have been a few times this season that Kevin Windham has had to ride the LCQ, and he had to again in Arlington. Fortunately for K-Dub, however, he managed to get the holeshot and immediately checked out ahead of Yamaha mounted Weston Peick.
It's no secret that Reed works very closely with Pro Circuit to set his bike up. Bones—PC's suspension expert—sets up his suspension while Mitch and the PC guys take care of producing plenty of power for Reed to compete against the full-factory machines. Here, Chad talks with Payton following the final qualifying session of the day.
It's no secret that Reed works very closely with Pro Circuit to set his bike up. Bones—PC's suspension expert—sets up his suspension while Mitch and the PC guys take care of producing plenty of power for Reed to compete against the full-factory machines. Here, Chad talks with Payton following the final qualifying session of the day.
At the beginning of the season, the Hart & Huntington Kawasaki's didn't have any Kawasaki logos on them—or even green for that matter. Now, the front number plate has a Kawasaki logo and the front fender of Chris Blose and Ivan Tedesco's machines are a bit greener. It begs the question if the team is now getting some sort of support from Kawi.
At the beginning of the season, the Hart & Huntington Kawasaki's didn't have any Kawasaki logos on them—or even green for that matter. Now, the front number plate has a Kawasaki logo and the front fender of Chris Blose and Ivan Tedesco's machines are a bit greener. It begs the question if the team is now getting some sort of support from Kawi.
It has now been a couple of weeks since the devastating disaster in Japan, but quite a few of the teams are still running Japan flag stickers on their bikes. Showa made the stickers that you see here on the forks of the Factory Honda's of Trey Canard and Cole Seely.
It has now been a couple of weeks since the devastating disaster in Japan, but quite a few of the teams are still running Japan flag stickers on their bikes. Showa made the stickers that you see here on the forks of the Factory Honda's of Trey Canard and Cole Seely.

Andrew Short's practice bike was in the Red Bull KTM pits likely getting serviced for him to take back to his Texas home. The rear end of the bike looks short in this photo, though, due to the steel rod in the rear of the bike while the shock was out getting worked on.
Andrew Short's practice bike was in the Red Bull KTM pits likely getting serviced for him to take back to his Texas home. The rear end of the bike looks short in this photo, though, due to the steel rod in the rear of the bike while the shock was out getting worked on.
For the past couple of races, Shorty has had a few minor mechanical issues that have caused him problems. Both times it has been issues with his throttle body. The first incident was a rock hitting the throttle body and breaking the grey plug off. Last week in his heat race at Toronto, the black hose you see leading up to the tank came unplugged—something that normally could never happen—forcing him to pull out of the heat race and ride the LCQ. Thankfully, everything went smoothly this week at what is a local race for the Texas resident.
For the past couple of races, Shorty has had a few minor mechanical issues that have caused him problems. Both times it has been issues with his throttle body. The first incident was a rock hitting the throttle body and breaking the grey plug off. Last week in his heat race at Toronto, the black hose you see leading up to the tank came unplugged—something that normally could never happen—forcing him to pull out of the heat race and ride the LCQ. Thankfully, everything went smoothly this week at what is a local race for the Texas resident.
We captured this BEAUTY of a mullet in front of the KTM pits.
We captured this BEAUTY of a mullet in front of the KTM pits.
Privateer Kawasaki rider Matt Lemoine has been having a great season, battling against the factory riders and turning in some respectable finishes. This week he turned in another top-five finish. Lemoine also has some of the coolest looking helmets on tour. While the photo might not do it justice, this helmet is flat black and very cool looking in person.
Privateer Kawasaki rider Matt Lemoine has been having a great season, battling against the factory riders and turning in some respectable finishes. This week he turned in another top-five finish. Lemoine also has some of the coolest looking helmets on tour. While the photo might not do it justice, this helmet is flat black and very cool looking in person.
Defending Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey has been quietly inching his way closer to the top of the points standings. Following his win last week in Toronto, and his third place finish this week, Dungey now sits third in points only seven points out of the lead.
Defending Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey has been quietly inching his way closer to the top of the points standings. Following his win last week in Toronto, and his third place finish this week, Dungey now sits third in points only seven points out of the lead.

It's t-shirt tiiiimmmmeeee!!!
It's t-shirt tiiiimmmmeeee!!!
Ezno's Wil and Craig Decker were on hand in Arlington to help out with suspension settings and check in with the enzo-supported teams. Here, they go over some suspension settings between practice sessions with DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha's rookie Gannon Audette.
Ezno's Wil and Craig Decker were on hand in Arlington to help out with suspension settings and check in with the enzo-supported teams. Here, they go over some suspension settings between practice sessions with DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha's rookie Gannon Audette.
VMS/Yamaha's Austin Stroupe was rocking a new clean-shaven hair cut. Stroupe has been attempting to ride back into shape following a pre-season injury and shown flashes of his former speedy self in the process. This week in Arlington, Stroupe turned in a strong ninth place finish.
VMS/Yamaha's Austin Stroupe was rocking a new clean-shaven hair cut. Stroupe has been attempting to ride back into shape following a pre-season injury and shown flashes of his former speedy self in the process. This week in Arlington, Stroupe turned in a strong ninth place finish.
There were two riders back under the San Manuel/Yamaha tent this weekend, as Kyle Regal returned to action after taking some time off due to injury. It was originally thought that Regal had broken the Scaphiod bone in his wrist—a bone that is difficult to heal due to a poor blood supply and usually means months of time off the bike. Upon closer examination, however, it was discovered that Regal had only chipped his Radius bone, and was cleared to ride once that healed up. Regal showed some good speed all day in Arlington, but a crash in the whoops during the main event dropped him to a 16th place finish in the main.
There were two riders back under the San Manuel/Yamaha tent this weekend, as Kyle Regal returned to action after taking some time off due to injury. It was originally thought that Regal had broken the Scaphiod bone in his wrist—a bone that is difficult to heal due to a poor blood supply and usually means months of time off the bike. Upon closer examination, however, it was discovered that Regal had only chipped his Radius bone, and was cleared to ride once that healed up. Regal showed some good speed all day in Arlington, but a crash in the whoops during the main event dropped him to a 16th place finish in the main.
Team Honda's Trey Canard is on fire and showing unbelievable speed. His win in Arlington marked his third of the season and also pushed him closer to the top of the points standings, as he now sits in fourth, 16 points back from the leader Villopoto.
Team Honda's Trey Canard is on fire and showing unbelievable speed. His win in Arlington marked his third of the season and also pushed him closer to the top of the points standings, as he now sits in fourth, 16 points back from the leader Villopoto.

Pick up kits were everywhere in Texas!
Pick up kits were everywhere in Texas!
Ryan Dungey fans sporting Dungey pit up kits from over the years.
Ryan Dungey fans sporting Dungey pit up kits from over the years.
Hart & Huntington's Ivan Tedesco has been riding with a torn ACL in his knee for a little while now, and Arlington didn't go quite to plan for the Kawasaki rider. He crashed a couple times and ultimately finished 15th. Expect IT to finish out the final four rounds of the series, though, before going under the knife to repair his knee.
Hart & Huntington's Ivan Tedesco has been riding with a torn ACL in his knee for a little while now, and Arlington didn't go quite to plan for the Kawasaki rider. He crashed a couple times and ultimately finished 15th. Expect IT to finish out the final four rounds of the series, though, before going under the knife to repair his knee.
Another rider that returned to action in Arlington was MotoConcepts/Yamaha's Tommy Hahn. Hahn has been out for a few rounds now, but after his performance in both practice and the night show, you wouldn't have known it. The Texas native posted the 10th fastest qualifying time in practice then promptly finished seventh in the main event.
Another rider that returned to action in Arlington was MotoConcepts/Yamaha's Tommy Hahn. Hahn has been out for a few rounds now, but after his performance in both practice and the night show, you wouldn't have known it. The Texas native posted the 10th fastest qualifying time in practice then promptly finished seventh in the main event.
See you guys next week in St Louis!
See you guys next week in St Louis!