Monday Kickstart – Atlanta SX 2012

Photos by Jeff Kardas and Mark Hector

The on-track action during this past weekend’s round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross in Atlanta, Georgia, was live on SPEED, but that doesn’t mean that was all that went down. The pits were packed all day long with diehard fans, and we managed to round up all the important information in this week’s edition of Monday Kickstart. Enjoy…

For many years, Atlanta served as the opening round of the East Coast swing, but for the past few years it’s been the second round out east. In spite of that, though, Atlanta still continues to draw some of the biggest crowds of the entire year. This year the race was completely sold out, and all day long the pits were packed with people.
Here are what the pits looked like throughout the day. Wall-to-wall people made walking around very difficult. On the bright side, it’s awesome to see this many people at a Supercross.
The Atlanta track was one of the first true East Coast style tracks and featured clay dirt that is very prevalent out east. Many riders praised the track for it’s difficulty, but also mentioned that it was one of the toughest and most technical tracks of the season so far.

 

The track had a long sand section where riders jumped off a single and landed in the soft sand. Here’s what it looked like before riders began to tear it up, making it very rough.
Here’s what the sand looked like after the racing was all done. Needless to say, it was one of the more difficult portions of the track. During his heat race, Davi Millsaps jumped the furthest into it, landing on the second roller and easily launching 20 feet into the air.