Monday Kickstart – Oakland SX 2012

We are four races into the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series and a clear frontrunner has yet to be revealed. With the exception of Trey Canard, who is back on the mend, each of the hype-mongers featured at the Anaheim I press conference now have wins. Ryan Villopoto easily won A1, Ryan Dungey made history giving KTM their first 450 Supercross win at Phoenix, Chad Reed put on a clinic in Los Angeles, and this weekend James Stewart emerged from the shadows with an exceptional ride in Oakland. Heading into Anaheim II, Reed and Dungey now share the points leading (both will run red plates at Angel Stadium), and Villopoto is just two points behind.
Even better, the racing itself has been exciting, and Oakland served up a big helping of bar-to-bar action. With exceptional weather, a track with continued line changes, and 46,000 fans packed into Stadium, the stage was set for a fantastic night of racing.

According to Feld Motorsports, 46,017 walked through the gates of Stadium on Saturday night to witness the best go at it.
Dirt Wurx definitely showed off its expertise in track building this weekend. What looked like a dusty, dry surface during the day, actually secured plenty of moisture underneath as well as set itself up to absorb the moisture that would inevitably invade the stadium when the sun set. Even in the sunlight, ruts developed and the riders noted that although it seemed hard-packed, it was actually quite soft. In short, the tire guys at Dunlop and Pirelli had their work cut out for them all day.