Monday Kickstart – Seattle SX

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: this weekend hosted some incredible racing. The points chase is closer than ever, and we are all witness to a historical championship, no matter who takes the title. Check out some of the action you may have missed from Seattle, Washington, where the West Coast Lites also returned to action.

The crowd in Seattle is normally large, but this year seemed even bigger than usual, no doubt due to the historic points chase unfolding in the 450 class and the relatively dry weather in the Puget Sound city. The rain steered clear of Qwest Field on Saturday, but the track was still pretty saturated from the weekday showers.
The crowd in Seattle is normally large, but this year seemed even bigger than usual, no doubt due to the historic points chase unfolding in the 450 class and the relatively dry weather in the Puget Sound city. The rain steered clear of Qwest Field on Saturday, but the track was still pretty saturated from the weekday showers.
Ryan Villopoto grew up in nearby Poulsbo, Washington, so Seattle serves as his hometown race. Naturally, the crowd roars to life whenever he is on the track. During opening ceremonies they extended a warm welcome to him when he was introduced in the frigid weather.
Ryan Villopoto grew up in nearby Poulsbo, Washington, so Seattle serves as his hometown race. Naturally, the crowd roars to life whenever he is on the track. During opening ceremonies they extended a warm welcome to him when he was introduced in the frigid weather.
Although the rain stayed away, the track was still pretty gnarly. It took only a few laps in the first B practice session for jump faces to get chewed up and ruts to form just about everywhere. Numerous riders found the wrong side of the dirt over the course of the afternoon.
Although the rain stayed away, the track was still pretty gnarly. It took only a few laps in the first B practice session for jump faces to get chewed up and ruts to form just about everywhere. Numerous riders found the wrong side of the dirt over the course of the afternoon.
Rob Dyrdek stopped in to promote his upcoming Street League event in Seattle, as well as to represent for Monster and DC Shoes, who he shares with the Supercross series. As you can imagine, the word spread like wildfire that RD was in the pits, and swarms of people buzzed around the Monster Energy pit party rig.
Rob Dyrdek stopped in to promote his upcoming Street League event in Seattle, as well as to represent for Monster and DC Shoes, who he shares with the Supercross series. As you can imagine, the word spread like wildfire that RD was in the pits, and swarms of people buzzed around the Monster Energy pit party rig.
Inside the Monster Energy pit rig, Dyrdek, the Pro Circuit team, and Ryan Villopoto signed autographs to adoring fans, some of whom lost their minds when they saw the Fantasy Factory star in the flesh. Inside the Monster Energy pit rig, Dyrdek, the Pro Circuit team, and Ryan Villopoto signed autographs to adoring fans, some of whom lost their minds when they saw the Fantasy Factory star in the flesh.
Inside the Monster Energy pit rig, Dyrdek, the Pro Circuit team, and Ryan Villopoto signed autographs to adoring fans, some of whom lost their minds when they saw the Fantasy Factory star in the flesh. Inside the Monster Energy pit rig, Dyrdek, the Pro Circuit team, and Ryan Villopoto signed autographs to adoring fans, some of whom lost their minds when they saw the Fantasy Factory star in the flesh.

It took no time whatsoever for nearly every jump face to look like this.
It took no time whatsoever for nearly every jump face to look like this.
Seat bouncing was a necessity for the Lites riders who jumped the triple on the west side of the track. A 180-degree turn just before the triple jump face left little room to build momentum, and the ruts didn't help matters either. As you can imagine, many a rider cased the landing over the course of the practice sessions.
Seat bouncing was a necessity for the Lites riders who jumped the triple on the west side of the track. A 180-degree turn just before the triple jump face left little room to build momentum, and the ruts didn't help matters either. As you can imagine, many a rider cased the landing over the course of the practice sessions.
This shot of Broc Tickle was snapped in the first A group practice session, so you can imagine how quickly those ruts developed, and how important line selection was.
This shot of Broc Tickle was snapped in the first A group practice session, so you can imagine how quickly those ruts developed, and how important line selection was.
Jimmy Decotis suffered the wrath of the triple worse than anyone. He came up short in practice, and cased it with such force that he dislocated his elbow. Although the Asterisk crew was able to put it back in place, Jimmy D still required a trip to the hospital and is still in a lot of pain. Get well soon, Jimmy!
Jimmy Decotis suffered the wrath of the triple worse than anyone. He came up short in practice, and cased it with such force that he dislocated his elbow. Although the Asterisk crew was able to put it back in place, Jimmy D still required a trip to the hospital and is still in a lot of pain. Get well soon, Jimmy!
The 450 guys definitely paid close attention to the Lites practice to get better understanding of the track. Chad Reed examined it closely while the Cats prepped the course in between sessions, and Broc Tickle gave him his two cents after he came off the track.
The 450 guys definitely paid close attention to the Lites practice to get better understanding of the track. Chad Reed examined it closely while the Cats prepped the course in between sessions, and Broc Tickle gave him his two cents after he came off the track.

Go Pro upped their ante in the video game this week (literally). Mounted to a radio-controlled helicopter, the mini HD camera added another unique angle to the practice sessions.
Go Pro upped their ante in the video game this week (literally). Mounted to a radio-controlled helicopter, the mini HD camera added another unique angle to the practice sessions.
Although American Honda Racing is without a rider, the team still made the trip to Seattle and put their sidelined riders' bikes on display. Even though they don't have their team riders on the track, they still provide support to the other satellite teams, including Two Two Motorsports, Geico Honda, and Troy Lee Designs Honda. On the bright side, Honda as a manufacturer grasped 4 of the 6 podium positions on the night.
Although American Honda Racing is without a rider, the team still made the trip to Seattle and put their sidelined riders' bikes on display. Even though they don't have their team riders on the track, they still provide support to the other satellite teams, including Two Two Motorsports, Geico Honda, and Troy Lee Designs Honda. On the bright side, Honda as a manufacturer grasped 4 of the 6 podium positions on the night.
Question marks have surrounded Josh Hansen during the West Coast Lites hiatus, not because of off-track antics, but because of the status of his broken hand. Could he ride the pace? Could he finish a race? Would he even race? He was visibly in good spirits early in the day, and started practice off fine. A big crash, though, reinjured his hand, dislocating a finger, as well as hurting his collarbone.
Question marks have surrounded Josh Hansen during the West Coast Lites hiatus, not because of off-track antics, but because of the status of his broken hand. Could he ride the pace? Could he finish a race? Would he even race? He was visibly in good spirits early in the day, and started practice off fine. A big crash, though, reinjured his hand, dislocating a finger, as well as hurting his collarbone.
The track conditions and layout puzzled all of the riders on the track, that is, everyone except James Stewart. If you caught the broadcast on Speed, then you know well what we are talking about, but it was even more apparent trackside. Many riders rode well, but most everyone was visibly cautious and calculating. Not James. He rode like he'd been spinning laps on the track for the past week.
The track conditions and layout puzzled all of the riders on the track, that is, everyone except James Stewart. If you caught the broadcast on Speed, then you know well what we are talking about, but it was even more apparent trackside. Many riders rode well, but most everyone was visibly cautious and calculating. Not James. He rode like he'd been spinning laps on the track for the past week.

The time on the American Honda 450 definitely served Cole Seely well. He rode with more confidence than he has all season. He logged fast lap times in practice, had great starts all night, and pretty much waxed the rest of the field in the main event.
The time on the American Honda 450 definitely served Cole Seely well. He rode with more confidence than he has all season. He logged fast lap times in practice, had great starts all night, and pretty much waxed the rest of the field in the main event.
Seely and Tickle put on a great show for the crowd in their heat race. They battled for most of the heat, and Seely edged Tickle for the win by the narrowest of margins. Both are pretty clean racers, and as soon as they landed off the finish line they eagerly high-fived.
Seely and Tickle put on a great show for the crowd in their heat race. They battled for most of the heat, and Seely edged Tickle for the win by the narrowest of margins. Both are pretty clean racers, and as soon as they landed off the finish line they eagerly high-fived.
Although Hansen re-aggravated his hand in practice, he rode very well in his heat race, taking the win pretty easily.
Although Hansen re-aggravated his hand in practice, he rode very well in his heat race, taking the win pretty easily.
Kyle Cunningham put in a solid day of riding in Seattle, posting one of the fastest lap times of the day in practice, then ending the night with a respectable fourth-place finish, just shy of the podium. Cunningham's stock is rising right along with his results.
Kyle Cunningham put in a solid day of riding in Seattle, posting one of the fastest lap times of the day in practice, then ending the night with a respectable fourth-place finish, just shy of the podium. Cunningham's stock is rising right along with his results.
The Dirt Wurx crew worked diligently throughout the night to maintain the track and keep it relatively safe. In between in practice session, heat race, and main events, the Cats were out smoothing out what they could.
The Dirt Wurx crew worked diligently throughout the night to maintain the track and keep it relatively safe. In between in practice session, heat race, and main events, the Cats were out smoothing out what they could.

Newly-crowned 2011 Arenacross champion Tyler Bowers showed up to race the his Babbitt's Kawasaki. He qualified for the main event, but logged a 17th-place finish to end his night.
Newly-crowned 2011 Arenacross champion Tyler Bowers showed up to race the his Babbitt's Kawasaki. He qualified for the main event, but logged a 17th-place finish to end his night.
Two Western Washington icons: Rainer beer and Ivars Seafood.
Two Western Washington icons: Rainer beer and Ivars Seafood.
A tip of the hat has to go to Greg Crater of Renton, WA for running Team Hurricane gear from the movie Winners Take All. Sadly, he didn't make the main event, but he put in a good ride in the LCQ, taking fifth behind Kyle Partridge.
A tip of the hat has to go to Greg Crater of Renton, WA for running Team Hurricane gear from the movie Winners Take All. Sadly, he didn't make the main event, but he put in a good ride in the LCQ, taking fifth behind Kyle Partridge.
Troy Lee Designs Travis Baker has definitely had a season of ups and downs, and he has expressed his frustrations with his crashes. He kept it on two wheels this weekend, however, and signed off on ninth place overall in the Lites main event.
Troy Lee Designs Travis Baker has definitely had a season of ups and downs, and he has expressed his frustrations with his crashes. He kept it on two wheels this weekend, however, and signed off on ninth place overall in the Lites main event.
The Troy Lee Honda team rocked some metallic SE3 Pistonbone helmets this weekend. Pretty sweet.
The Troy Lee Honda team rocked some metallic SE3 Pistonbone helmets this weekend. Pretty sweet.

Eli Tomac continues to impress, snatching up podiums left and right. With his second-place finish in Seattle, Tomac is now just 7 points out of the lead in the West Lites Series.
Eli Tomac continues to impress, snatching up podiums left and right. With his second-place finish in Seattle, Tomac is now just 7 points out of the lead in the West Lites Series.
Seattle marked Cole Seely's second career win, and although he is well out of striking distance of the championship, only Josh Hansen has more wins on the season.
Seattle marked Cole Seely's second career win, and although he is well out of striking distance of the championship, only Josh Hansen has more wins on the season.
These two definitely had reason to celebrate. Tickle and Seely battled in their heat race, but Seely took a commanding win in the main event, while Tickle settled for third (although pretty impressive considering Tickle broke his collarbone during the hiatus).
These two definitely had reason to celebrate. Tickle and Seely battled in their heat race, but Seely took a commanding win in the main event, while Tickle settled for third (although pretty impressive considering Tickle broke his collarbone during the hiatus).
Ivan Tedesco is literally limping through these last few rounds of Supercross with a blown-out ACL, but he still managed to blast out of the gates to win the main event's holeshot. He is riding with plenty of discomfort, so it isn't surprising that he faded back to 14th by the time the checkers flew. Hopefully he will dial in that knee, and we will see a speedy recovery.
Ivan Tedesco is literally limping through these last few rounds of Supercross with a blown-out ACL, but he still managed to blast out of the gates to win the main event's holeshot. He is riding with plenty of discomfort, so it isn't surprising that he faded back to 14th by the time the checkers flew. Hopefully he will dial in that knee, and we will see a speedy recovery.
A first-turn pileup ended Austin Stroupe's main event. Andrew Short and Nick Wey were also involved, but they were able to continue racing. Stroupe's night ended, but he reportedly is doing fine now.
A first-turn pileup ended Austin Stroupe's main event. Andrew Short and Nick Wey were also involved, but they were able to continue racing. Stroupe's night ended, but he reportedly is doing fine now.

Something clicked for Mike Alessi this weekend and garnered his best finish of the year with sixth place in the main event. After struggling throughout the season, even failing to make main events, Alessi finally looks to be developing some comfort on the Supercross track.
Something clicked for Mike Alessi this weekend and garnered his best finish of the year with sixth place in the main event. After struggling throughout the season, even failing to make main events, Alessi finally looks to be developing some comfort on the Supercross track.
James Stewart checked out early in the main event, easily taking the win, but the racing was still plenty exciting. Reed and hometown hero Ryan Villopoto banged bars on the final lap for third place, but a tip over by RV2 allowed Reed to seal his spot on the podium.
James Stewart checked out early in the main event, easily taking the win, but the racing was still plenty exciting. Reed and hometown hero Ryan Villopoto banged bars on the final lap for third place, but a tip over by RV2 allowed Reed to seal his spot on the podium.
Kevin Windham seems to really enjoy racing in Seattle. He has benefited from the mud in recent years, and even took the win last season. In practice, he edged out James Stewart for the fastest qualifying lap, and in the main event he rode a solid race taking second behind Stewie.
Kevin Windham seems to really enjoy racing in Seattle. He has benefited from the mud in recent years, and even took the win last season. In practice, he edged out James Stewart for the fastest qualifying lap, and in the main event he rode a solid race taking second behind Stewie. In other news, K-Dub is in talks with American Honda about, once again, filling in on the factory team for the outdoor motocross season while Trey Canard heals up. It would be great to see number 14 on the outdoor track another season.
James was pumped after the race. And why not? There are only nine points separating first and fourth place. Before St. Louis, it didn't look like he could bounce back, but it is absolutely anyone's game now.
James was pumped after the race. And why not? There are only nine points separating first and fourth place. Before St. Louis, it didn't look like he could bounce back, but it is absolutely anyone's game now.
Go Pro is everywhere! That's the first champagne cam we've seen outside of the strip club.
Go Pro is everywhere! That's the first champagne cam we've seen outside of the strip club.

Seattle Supercross wasn’t the only racing on the track this weekend. The 2011 World Mini Grand Prix concluded in Mesquite, NV as well this weekend. Check out some photos from the amateur action…

It was an almost perfect week for Copper Webb. With four titles out of the five classes he entered, his competition didn't have too much for him.
It was an almost perfect week for Copper Webb. With four titles out of the five classes he entered, his competition didn't have too much for him.
Justin Bogle is Geico Honda's amateur rider for a good reason, he's fast. His unique style and the way he attacks the track puts him constantly up front. He was able to take home two titles in the 250 Stock and Mod classes.
Justin Bogle is Geico Honda's amateur rider for a good reason, he's fast. His unique style and the way he attacks the track puts him constantly up front. He was able to take home two titles in the 250 Stock and Mod classes.
Thinks were looking to be in Steven Tokarski's favor at the beginning of the week when he took a first moto win in the 250 Mod Intermediate class at the beginning of the week, but a third place in moto two kept him out of the running. Overall, two third place finishes were a good way to end the week.
Thinks were looking to be in Steven Tokarski's favor at the beginning of the week when he took a first moto win in the 250 Mod Intermediate class at the beginning of the week, but a third place in moto two kept him out of the running. Overall, two third place finishes were a good way to end the week.
Colt Nichols was everywhere in Mesquite, Nevada, with six different classes in his lineup. Out of the six classes, he took home a title in the 450 Mod Intermediate class, as well as two other top five finishes at World Mini.
Colt Nichols was everywhere in Mesquite, Nevada, with six different classes in his lineup. Out of the six classes, he took home a title in the 450 Mod Intermediate class, as well as two other top five finishes at World Mini.
Jessie Huntley from Nuevo, California, also showed a lot of speed in the six classes he entered. JHunt went on to take two top five finishes in the 450 Mod and Stock Intermediate classes.
Jessie Huntley (853) from Nuevo, California, also showed a lot of speed in the six classes he entered. JHunt went on to take two top five finishes in the 450 Mod and Stock Intermediate classes.

Rutted up, beat up, blue-grooved, and completely rough. All those words described Mesquite MX. While the jumps seemed pretty tame for most of the riders, the roughness of the track definitely separated the field of riders.
Rutted up, beat up, blue-grooved, and completely rough. All those words described Mesquite MX. While the jumps seemed pretty tame for most of the riders, the roughness of the track definitely separated the field of riders.
KTM's Carson Mumford took home two top three finishes in the 65 9-11 classes in Mesquite, Nevada. He was also the youngest kid in the top three being only nine years old.
KTM's Carson Mumford took home two top three finishes in the 65 9-11 classes in Mesquite, Nevada. He was also the youngest kid in the top three being only nine years old.
Gabriel Jairala was able to take home won of those titles in the 9-11 class, but narrowly lost out on a second.
Gabriel Jairala was able to take home won of those titles in the 9-11 class, but narrowly lost out on a second.
Derek Drake is one of the main competitors in the 65 9-11 class, and he was also able to take home a title.
Derek Drake is one of the main competitors in the 65 9-11 class, and he was also able to take home a title.
Ciaran Naran is also another young ripper on the Orange Brigade. He was also sporting a helmet done up by Grombomb. Grombomb is a newcomer to this drink game, but it was pretty good!
Ciaran Naran is also another young ripper on the Orange Brigade. He was also sporting a helmet done up by Grombomb. Grombomb is a newcomer to this drink game, but it was pretty good!
One of the top competitors all week long in the pro class was Jessy Nelson. Out of the four classes he entered, he placed in the top five in three of those.
One of the top competitors all week long in the pro class was Jessy Nelson. Out of the four classes he entered, he placed in the top five in three of those.

Not only was Grant Ransdell able to finish in the top five in the 250 Mod Pro class, he did it on a two-stroke. His 4-6 finish gave him a fifth overall, and that put him up front with some names like Bogle, Hayes, Nelson, and Peters.
Not only was Grant Ransdell able to finish in the top five in the 250 Mod Pro class, he did it on a two-stroke. His 4-6 finish gave him a fifth overall, and that put him up front with some names like Bogle, Hayes, Nelson, and Peters.
Kyle Peters is new to Yamaha for 2011, after making the switch from a Honda, but color change didn't seem to affect him much in Mesquite. Four classes and three podium finishes in the pro class are some great results to put on his resume.
Kyle Peters is new to Yamaha for 2011, after making the switch from a Honda, but color change didn't seem to affect him much in Mesquite. Four classes and three podium finishes in the pro class are some great results to put on his resume.
Granny Smith Apple Turndown...perfected.
Granny Smith Apple Turndown...perfected.
Continuing with the same speed from Oak Hill, Justin Hill was able to put in some solid finishes at World Mini. He definitely has the speed, and he proved that by winning two different motos, but he was unable to take home any titles.
Continuing with the same speed from Oak Hill, Justin Hill was able to put in some solid finishes at World Mini. He definitely has the speed, and he proved that by winning two different motos, but he was unable to take home any titles.
Stilez Robertson has missed the first couple of amateur races this season due to some compressed vertebra, but he was back in full force in Mesquite. The time off didn't seem to affect him as he went on to win a title in all the five classes he entered.
Stilez Robertson has missed the first couple of amateur races this season due to some compressed vertebra, but he was back in full force in Mesquite. The time off didn't seem to affect him as he went on to win a title in all the five classes he entered.

Early morning motos were pretty muddy for all of the riders, but as the hot Nevada sun beat on it all day, it quickly became dried out and dusty.
Early morning motos were pretty muddy for all of the riders, but as the hot Nevada sun beat on it all day, it quickly became dried out and dusty.
Austin Politelli ran into some bad luck early in the week when a crash in one of the pro classes sent him to the hospital with a broken scapula. Get well soon, Austin.
Austin Politelli ran into some bad luck early in the week when a crash in one of the pro classes sent him to the hospital with a broken scapula. Get well soon, Austin.
Blake Green pulled off a couple of moto wins in the 85 class, and he dedicated the wins to his Grandma that passed away to breast cancer.
Blake Green pulled off a couple of moto wins in the 85 class, and he dedicated the wins to his Grandma that passed away to breast cancer. He was unable to take home any titles, but he did take home numerous top-five finishes.
Jacob Hayes had consistent speed all week, and that was enough to give him a title in the 450 Stock Pro class.
Jacob Hayes had consistent speed all week, and that was enough to give him a title in the 450 Stock Pro class.
Where Bogle and Hayes didn't win, Gavin Faith was right there to take over. The two riders didn't have much for Faith in the 450 Mod Pro class, and he took an easy 1-1 finish.
Where Bogle and Hayes didn't win, Gavin Faith was right there to take over. The two riders didn't have much for Faith in the 450 Mod Pro class, and he took an easy 1-1 finish.
See you next year, World Mini!
See you next year, World Mini!