Where the hell did our summer go? Just the other day we were headed north for the Hangtown kick off and now it’s over, just a memory of days spent in the sun. Those twelve weeks of racing with the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship were excellent and every weekend we expected something incredible to happen on the track. The final round, the 2016 Ironman MX, was an incredible ending and we’ve got plenty to show in the next few days. But first, Kickstart.
– If you’re from the Midwest, you know that powerful storms are a staple in the summer. Central Indiana was hammered with weather midway through the week, with a tornado even touching down roughly a mile from the track’s entrance. We had concerns about Saturday’s chances of rain, but aside from a quick downpour in the morning, all was well when the gates dropped.
– A longer, international Supercross season? That’s by far the biggest topic in the pro pit area right now and the general consensus from teams is positive for the change. Don’t expect Feld to break any news on this soon, as it’s still considered top secret, but it’s one of many changes (like a Chase format) set to hit the sport in just a few years.
– Suzuki’s future in the US is another common conversation, but one thing is for sure: Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki Racing will again be the “factory” effort for the 250 division, and they’ll receive even more support next season. Now, who will ride for them is another question. European MX2 competitor Brian Hsu hinted at a move to the US for Suzuki’s 250 team in a recent interview with Vurbmoto, but the actual people running the operation had no idea of this plan. We’ll keep an eye on this.
– Andrew Short’s final pro moto was a bittersweet scenario. He knew that a malfunction with the WP air shock just before the gate dropped would keep him from running the full moto, but he still blasted out of the gate with the rest of the pack. Well, ahead of them, actually. The BTO Sports KTM rider is known for his quick reaction time and he ended his career with a final holeshot. So badass.
– Riders on either side of the Atlantic are throwing out expectations for the two MXGP rounds in the US, and the MX2 guys are particularly vocal about each other. Check out out How Was Your Weekend interviews for the American’s take on their competition in the next two weeks.