Much like the track in Anaheim the previous weekend, the Phoenix track featured an abrupt wall/single-type obstacle after the sand sweeper, no doubt a part of Feld and Dirt Wurx’s effort to slow down and equalize the racing. Despite the effort, however, lap times are still dipping into the 51-second mark.
The Honda Muscle Milk crew, along with Timmy Ferry, help Trey Canard dial in the track mentally before practice. Trey had no trouble with the circuit all day, but his one mistake all night cost him dearly. Trey washed his front end on the last lap while riding in third place. Had he finished on the podium, he would have taken over the points lead, but his miscue helped Millsaps retain the red plate.
Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac continued to reassure everyone that he has no plans of giving up with red number plate. After logging the fastest race lap time of either class at Anaheim I, he ripped the fastest Lites lap in practice, won his heat race, then dominated the main event. Ken Roczen is likely the only West Coast 250 racer that can match speed with him, but being able to do it out front for fifteen laps without Tomac making a charge will be the big challenge for the Red Bull KTM racer.
Rock River’s Nick Paluzzi crashed in his heat race early in the evening, fracturing his C7 vertebrae. He remains in the hospital due to some residual numbness in a few of his fingers, but early medical speculation says he should make a full recovery. Get well soon, Lil’ Swap!
Troy Lee’s Cole Seely and Jessy Nelson both finished inside the top five of their heat race, and are quickly establishing themselves as the most consistent teammates in the 250 class. Nelson has already shown encouraging speed in his rookie supercross season, while Seely continues to build on his veteran status on the Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda team.