By Michael Antonovich, Donn Maeda and Jordan Powell
In the days preceding the third round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, heavy rain in the forecast had riders, mechanics, and fans expecting the worst. The weather report showed a 100% chance of rain, but thankfully on Saturday morning, the rain tapered off by 9:00 a.m. When the Dirt Wurx crew removed the plastic tarps and unveiled the track, the racing surface was perfect, save for a wet spot or two that was easily fixed. But you already know that, right? Here’s all the stuff that you couldn’t see on the television broadcast. Enjoy!
Preparations for Los Angeles Supercross started to take place days before Saturday. Each section of the track is perfectly manicured by the Dirt Wurx crew, and the end result looks like something straight out of a video game.
Thursday served as media day for the third round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, but as you can see, the track was still way under construction.
Southern California was pounded with rain all Friday night and leading into Saturday morning. The Dirt Wurx crew was way ahead of the game, and they had the track completed and covered before the rain even hit. Even though there was lots of water in between lanes, the track was completely dry when the tarp was removed.
Because of the rain, the whole track walk and practice schedule was pushed back a few hours. Here, the riders meeting was held at its normal time, but not in its normal location.
Heading into the third round, there was a two way tie in the Supercross class between Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey, and both riders ran the red backgrounds.
Since the 2012 season has started, Ryan Dungey has been checking off the lists of "firsts" for KTM. In Anaheim, he took his Red Bull KTM 450SX-F to the team's first podium in the Supercross class by placing third. In Phoenix, Dungey grabbed the holeshot in the 20-lap main and never looked back as he flew into first place. With that, he tied himself up with Ryan Villopoto, and he showed up to L.A. with some shiny red backgrounds.
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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all weekend, you know by now that Trey Canard was seriously injured in a crash at the start of the Supercross main. Canard suffered fractures to his T10 and T12 vertebrae and will undergo surgery to stabilize them this Thursday. Thankfully, Trey is suffering no loss of feeling or movement. We will post more updates as they become available.
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