Monday Kickstart: San Diego SX 2012

Round six of the Supercross season took over San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium this past weekend and a near sold out crowd filed in to the concrete bowl on Friars Road. Now, as the points chase intensifies, we can expect closer passes as the riders lose their reserved nature for their inner competitive instincts.

The San Diego round's second triple was longer than the normal 75' gap, but the long, fast run in allowed riders to send it with ease. It was actually the other, standard length triple that caused issues throughout the day, which came after a reverse dragons' back.
Jason Anderson debuted the latest pant design from One Industries, the "Vapor." The revolutionary pant, which lacks any rubber, plastic, or other sewn on extras, is one and a half pounds lighter than the current high end lines. The pants feature a Velcro closuer and sublimated graphics that will not distort when stretched.
The East Coast kicks off this coming weekend in Dallas and many Lites teams, and many of the yet to be used bikes were already packed in the rig so that the team truck could leave directly from stadium and begin the drive to Texas.
Upon first glance the track, by Supercross standards, appeared mellow. The height of many jumps seemed to be shorter than what we had previously seen and there were no overly technical rhythm sections. While that proved to be a false assumption, thanks in part to the whoop section, it was one of the more fast paced circuits we have seen this year.
The Alpinestars display featured yet another new promotion, as many lined up to have the iconic "Astar" logo airbrushed on to their body before participating in a pit wide scavenger hunt.
TLD Honda's partnership with Fender Guitars is shown in this stack of speakers, which is used at some point in the day by a local band of Troy's choice.
This flawless vintage Honda, which sat opposite of a Baja ready XR 400 in the TLD spread, is on our list of wants.
Ryan Villopoto's Alpinestars brace is not the standard off the shelf unit. It is a one-off piece, tailored to fit the current points leader, and is constructed with more carbon fiber pieces.