The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series made its lone trip over the border to Canada for the ninth round of the year and the 2017 Toronto SX. We won’t lie, this is one of our favorite stops of the season just because of the vibe the city offers. This year’s weather was less than favorable, with temperatures below freezing and a wind chill that made things feel even worse, but luckily there’s Tim Horton’s and Steamwhistle to sip on that made it worthwhile. Check out what we saw and heard in the six…
– Tempers are high right now! We caught a few brief exchanges between riders of all levels in Toronto and there are some rivalries building in both classes. This is going to get good in the next few weeks.
– An eventful night for Broc Tickle. After a bunch of block passes with Justin Barcia for fifth place, the RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing rider got into it with BamBam and according to multiple people, took a swipe at Barcia in the tunnel. He was reprimanded by the FIM immediately but was somehow allowed to line up with last gate pick in his semi race, which he won. This continued into the main event, as Tickle finished third for the first time in his career. Wow.
– We missed the last-lap crash RJ Hampshire had in the 250 main event and apparently it was severe enough to break his tibia and fibula in his leg. The GEICO Honda rider managed to finish the race in fourteenth place and it sounds like his SX season is now done. Who will fill in for that bike? It remains to be confirmed, but we expect to hear news soon.
– Cooper Webb was not in the lineup again due to the slow recovery from a shoulder injury he sustained in Minneapolis. Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha is taking his return day by day, so there’s some chance he lines up in Daytona. He reportedly rode during the week, but things did not line up to race Toronto.
– Marvin Musquin did not ride as well as some expected, especially in Toronto, but turns out the Red Bull KTM rider was very sick prior to making the trip north. He finished the night in thirteenth.
– Rundown of bikes in the main event
Honda – 6
Suzuki – 6
KTM – 4
Kawasaki – 3
Husqvarna – 2
Yamaha – 1
Yamaha – 8
Honda – 5
Kawasaki – 3
KTM – 3
Suzuki – 2
Husqvarna – 1