Weekend Preview: San Francisco SX

With three U.S. rounds in the books, the Supercross circuit heads north to San Francisco this weekend for round four. But¿the big question for the weekend may not be about the trio of frontrunners in the big-bore class, or the battle between Grant Langston and Andrew Short in the Lites (who are currently tied in points). The big news just might be, what will the weather do? There have been a few dire reports of the potential for wet weather, and last year’s Anaheim 1 mudfest winner, Kevin Windham is on the sidelines.

Will Ricky Carmichael extend his string of wins this weekend? While Ricky may not claim to be a great mud rider, after watching him fearlessly line up in a very nasty muddy rut and clear one of the triples on the course at A1 last year, there’s no doubt that he has some serious skills in the wet.

Can James Stewart make the jump back to the top of the podium? The word via James Stewart’s most recent newsletter (www.jamesstewartonline.com) is that he spent the week testing in California, and found a couple tuning items that were positive additions to his arsenal. And, minus James’ crash last weekend, it’s possible that he’d still have the points lead.

And can Chad return to the front of the pack to score his first win of the season? Obviously last weekend he discovered that Ivan Tedesco isn’t just going to lay down and let him go by (even his own teammate had to fight to pass Ivan), but there’s no doubt that Reed has plenty of speed. Subtract the mistake while he was leading the main in Phoenix, and the points could look very different.

One thing’s for sure, all of them are possible winners, but that brings us back to the weather. A1 in ’05 was a bad deal for Chad Reed and James Stewart, as both suffered from mechanical problems or crashes. This weekend could have some serious championship implications.

WEATHER:

So far this year, the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross tour has been blessed with exceptionally good weather; that is until this weekend. As of today (Friday, January 27), the forecast is calling for the potential for rain. Currently up in the Bay Area, there are clouds, but no rain and unfortunately that may change come tomorrow. A quick trip to weather.com, and we found¿

Friday: Showers late in the day, with temperatures in the 50s.

Saturday: 60% chance of rain all day, with temperatures in the mid 50s.

POINTS:

This year, the championship chase in both the West Coast Supercross Lites and Supercross classes are closer than ever. No more than four points separates Chad Reed and current leader Ricky Carmichael in the AMA title battle, while only one point separates Carmichael and James Stewart, who leads the World Supercross championship. For everyone, including the racers, this is shaping up to be one exciting season of racing.

As for the Lites division, Andrew Short and Grant Langston sit tied for the lead after both winning one round. Andrew won the grueling opening round in Anaheim, while Langston took the win at last weekend’s race in Anaheim.

Amp’d Mobile World Supercross Series (After 5 of 17 rounds):

  1. James Stewart (115/2 wins)
  2. Ricky Carmichael (114/2 wins)
  3. Chad Reed (106)
  4. Ivan Tedesco (87)
  5. Michael Byrne (78)
  6. Nick Wey (78)
  7. Jason Thomas (61)
  8. Jeff Gibson (60)
  9. Ryan Clark (56)
  10. Justin Buckelew (44)

Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series (After 3 of 16 rounds):

  1. Ricky Carmichael (70/2 wins)
  2. Chad Reed (66)
  3. James Stewart (65/1 win)
  4. Ivan Tedesco (46)
  5. Mike LaRocco (45)
  6. Jeremy McGrath (44)
  7. Ernesto Fonseca (44)
  8. Nick Wey (41)
  9. Michael Byrne (40)
  10. David Vuillemin (34)

Amp’d Mobile AMA West Coast Supercross Lites Seriees (After 3 of 8 rounds)

  1. Grant Langston (63)
  2. Andrew Short (63)
  3. Billy Laninovich (60)
  4. Nathan Ramsey (54)
  5. Ryan Villopoto (49)
  6. Jake Weimer (39)
  7. Brett Metcalfe (38)
  8. Mike Alessi (37)
  9. Paul Carpenter (36)
  10. Sean Collier (31)

SAN FRANCISCO TRACK:

Last year in San Francisco, Dirt Werx was forced to do their best at building a track when they were faced with adverse weather conditions, and like we mentioned before, they are going to have to do the same this year.

In 2005, thanks to the rain, sections were cut out of the track making for a much easier racing surface. This year, hopefully that won’t be the case, but we will just have to see once practice gets underway on Saturday. For your viewing pleasure here is a preview of what we the riders might expect to face this weekend as they do battle by the bay.

Be sure to check back on Sunday morning for the TWMX Race Report, and on Monday for Kickstart, to see how it all went down in San Francisco.