Monday Kickstart – Phoenix SX 2012

By Brendan Lutes and Donn Maeda

The second round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series ¬†went off without a hitch last weekend inside Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. And with a live broadcast on SPEED, you likely already saw all the on-track action as it went down. What you didn’t see, though, was what went on behind-the-scenes and inside the pits. So without wasting anymore of your time, here is this week’s Monday Kickstart.

Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda rider Cole Seely carried the red plate - designating the series points leader - into Phoenix. "It looks good," joked Seely. "It matches my Honda perfectly. It's really cool to be the first rider of the season to earn the red plate. I hope to have it many more times throughout the series."
Ryan Morais reported that his transition to the 450 class is going well, and that he feels comfortable aboard the larger bike and the with the longer 20-lap main events. "It might have been tough if I didn't practice 20-lappers all winter long," joked Mo. "But everything is all new for me: a new class, a new bike, a new team and a new brand." Last week, Morais reported that his Yamaha YZ450F actually ran too cool at Anaheim 1, and that the radiators would be partially blocked off for Phoenix. And how about the largest single improvement made to the YZ450F? "When we rotated the engine 2mm forward in the chassis, that really made a difference in the way the bike cornered," said Morais. "The vague feeling that the front end had before was totally eliminated." Lightspeed and Dubach Racing offer kits to rotate the engine in the chassis.
John Knowles from Scott Sports shows off the new Trey Canard signature Hustle goggle. "Trey played a huge role in the look of the new goggle," said Knowles. "He chose the Hustle frame because he likes the adjustability of the fit system. And if anyone is curious, he likes setting number three." To learn more about the TC41 Hustle goggle, visit www.scott-sports.com
Now that's a serious tripod...
Quote of the weekend? Rockstar Suzuki's Jason Anderson: "I was looking through a magazine, and there was a photo of me sitting there with my long hair all in my face, and I thought, 'That's no good. I can't be looking like that,' so I cut my hair off and started tucking in my jersey."
Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto was wearing a new version of the Alpinestars Bionic neck brace, that had a lot more raw carbon fiber exposed.
John and Kelly Louch are two behind the scenes players in motocross and Supercross. John is a highly regarded personal trainer who currently works with Austin Stroupe and Nico Izzi of the Star/Valli/Rockstar Yamaha team, while Kelly runs The Connection, the modeling agency responsible for supplying the Monster Energy girls.
From 2009 to 2011, Ryan Villopoto penned a guest editorial column in TransWorld Motocross titled, "Big Game." Nice to see that the name is still alive and well!