Just when you thought the racing action couldn’t get any better, the Monster Energy Supercross series hit Toronto. To find out everything that happened last weekend in Toronto, take a look at this week’s Monday Kickstart.
Round 12 of the Monster Energy Supercross series made its way across the border to Toronto over the weekend, and the racing action continued to get even better as the night unfolded.
With thousands of fans in attendance, Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Ryan Dungey pulled off a win in Toronto. After his chain derailed and forced him to not finish the race at the beginning of the season, Dungey was pretty far out of the points race. Going into the next race in Dallas, though, he is now only eight points behind first place.
One weekend ago, the right handed turn after the start straight in Jacksonville, Florida, mixed things up a bit as many riders became victims of the first turn pileup. This weekend, however, things were back to the usual left handed turn, and the pileups were kept to a minimum.
As for the pits, well, there wasn't much of a pit area for the fans to check out. Just like Indy, the rigs were about five feet apart from each other, and the only two options they had were to pit out of the back of the semi...
...or to pit in the basement of the stadium. Either option didn't leave a lot of room for the mechanic to work in, but it was definitely a whole lot warmer inside the stadium.
A little over two weeks ago, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto had a 26 point lead over second place rider, James Stewart. Two races later, he's three points behind new series leader, Chad Reed. With five races left, and the top three within less than 10 points from each other, the series might be going down to the wire when it comes to Las Vegas. Order your tickets now!
"22 is #1" At the beginning of the season, a lot of people didn't think that Two Two Motorsports' Chad Reed would be in this position. Consistency has played a huge role for Reedy, and 11 races later, he is now in control of the points lead.
At the beginning of the Supercross main event, riders were going everywhere off the start, and Fabien Izoird led the pack into the first turn. He ended up finishing in 13th, but on the podium, he was pumped about his start. "My bike was dialed and I was feeling very good. I can't thank the Monster Energy Kawasaki team enough!"
Rocks. Everywhere. The dirt inside the Rogers Centre had tons of rocks for the riders to deal with, and a lot of the bikes were equipped with some sort of protective equipment to deflect this.
DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha rider Gannon Audette has been one of the few riders to wear a chest protector all season long. After seeing the dirt inside the stadium, though, we were quite surprised to see that there weren't more riders electing to wear a chest protector in the Lites class.
Andrew Short's mechanic, Frank Latham, attached this to Short's rear brake. "This keeps rocks from getting jammed in here and making the rear brake useless."
Before first practice, there weren't any poles on the track to keep riders from jumping over the corners of the track. After first practice, though, a pole was placed after the off-camber turn, and another was placed after the finish line jump.
Fans love to be sprayed with champagne. And to capture all the excitement from this, GoPro attached a camera to the bottle of champagne Reed used to spray the fans.
Going into the night show, Ryan Sipes had the third fastest time overall. After jumping into an early lead in main event, though, Sipes and Wharton came together, and the Yamaha rider was sent off the track. He was dead last by the time he got his bike fired up, and he came all the way back to fifth by the end of the race. "I guess Blake wanted the spot a little more than I did," Sipes commented. "I guess I got into him in Houston, and he got back at me. It is what it is, and he felt that he had to do it."
After that whole incident, holeshot winner and third place finisher Blake Wharton went on to say "I believe the pass in Houston between the two of us was a racing incident, and I believe what happened here was a racing incident, too."
After the Supercross Lites main event, a fan jumped onto the stadium floor and had the stadium going nuts.
His moment of glory was short lived, though...
...as he got slammed face first into the rock filled dirt.
We're betting that didn't feel good.
Matt Lemoine was awarded the nickname of "Jenga" after he appeared on DMXS radio a while back. "They asked me what I was doing, and I told them that I was playing Jenga. After that, it turned into an ongoing joke, and the name kind of just stuck."
The Fox helmets worn by the Geico Honda riders in Toronto were pretty sweet looking, and we were liking the flat yellow look. This helmet was worn by Barcia, as you can see the diamond-shaped Allsport Dynamic logo. Two of us on staff wear one as we have both broken our wrists, and just like Barcia, we won't ride without one.
When the gates dropped in the Supercross main event, a few riders came into each other, and Austin Stroupe and Mike Alessi blasted through the tuff blocks, and went onto the other side of the track.
We're not sure how the two would have finished after the race because they both entered the track in a better position. Both riders were penalized, but both riders DNF'd. Alessi ran into some bike problems, and Stroupe crashed out.
Trey Canard put in another solid ride in his first full season in the 450 class. He battled with second place finisher Chad Reed for a few laps, but he ended up finishing in third.
This wasn't the normal starting lineup that Short is used to being in, but after not finishing his heat race, he was forced to the LCQ. It took him a while to battle up into the front, but he made it into first by the end of the race.
One of the biggest battles in the LCQ came from these two riders, Fabien Izoird and Jason Thomas. On the last lap, JT$ was in the final transfer spot, but Izoird snuck on in to get second. The two riders got pretty close to each other in the last turn, and there were some words to be shared between the two after the race.
In the pits, Monster girls and Rockstar girls were nowhere to be found since there wasn't a "pit party" going on. Once the night show started, though, the Monster girls came on out.
After James Stewart and Ryan Villopoto came into each other in the main, RV2 had to make a quick stop into the mechanic's pit to adjust his bike. After all of that, he finished ninth.
After exiting the whoops, Ivan Tedesco was seen crawling off the track on his hands and knees. He looked to be in a lot of pain, but he eventually got back going and he finished 18th.
A mullet and a "WFO" sweatshirt...classic!
This one takes the cake, though. An old school Carmichael pickup kit, and a mullet. What chick wouldn't be impressed by this?
After his crash in Jacksonville, a lot of people were wondering if Red Bull/San Manuel's James Stewart was going to be in good enough shape to race. When he won his heat race, though, those thoughts were laid to rest. However, when he tangled up with Ryan Villopoto in the main, he had to fight through the pack and he finished fourth overall.
Valli Motorsport Yamaha's Nick Wey turned in an impressive ride in the Supercross main event with a sixth place overall. It was his best finish so far this season, and he sits in 10th place for series points.
If you watched the World Cup a few months back, you definitely heard that annoying buzzing noise coming from your TV. Well, Rogers Stadium started to sound the same way with these green horns. This guys friend obviously felt the same way about the green horn, and he tried to rip it away.
Starts are key in any race, so prepping the starting line is critical. While some riders like to be set up in a hard packed rut, most like the rut to be packed in so that it creates a level surface.
Shock Doctor makes a variety of products for a lot of different sport disciplines. For Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett, he chooses to wear the Shock Doctor mouth guard. Head injuries can be common in the sport of motocross and the Shock Doctor site states, "When there is an impact to the jaw or mouth, the mouthguard absorbs and redistributes the force of the blow, lessening the severity of an impact and possibly keeping the force of an impact from moving to the brain." For more info, check out http://cmg.shockdoctor.com/
It was a tough night for Bobby Kiniry. A crash in his heat race, and a crash in the LCQ, kept him from making it into the main.
Being only his second race back since his injury, Darryn Durham turned in another impressive ride by finishing ninth overall. He said, "My foot feels fine, but it just hurts a little bit when I go through the whoops. So, I just strap my boot down tight and pin it!"
A lot of riders still continue to show their support for Japan. We mentioned it last week in Monday Kickstart, but in case you weren't able to see it, Reed's butt patch means, "To Live In Hope."
With all of the rocks on the track, many riders had some sort of front rotor covers. This carbon fiber cover made by Galfer was used to protect Rockstar Suzuki's Jason Anderson's bike.
The fans filled the pits to find their favorite riders, but since it was pretty cold outside, a lot of riders hid in the comforts of their rig.
The support in Canada for Justin Barcia almost matched Dean Wilson's.
The support was definitely for good reasons. In Toronto, Barcia went on to win his heat race, and he also placed second in the main. Did we mention that he is doing it with a broken wrist? As of right now, he is 16 points ahead of second place rider, Dean Wilson. As for the scooter, it was a good distance from the pit to the track, and riding a scooter was definitely a better option than walking. We wish we had one!
A lot of tracks this season have incorporated some sort of sand section into the design to challenge the riders a little bit more. This one was right after the start straight, and it had lines that constantly changed throughout the night.
The word on Rockstar Suzuki's Ian Trettel is that he is now out of his coma and off of his meds. He still isn't able to speak because of the tube that was down his throat, but he is coherent and knows what's going on around him. There is definitely a lot of progress being made by the young rider. Get well soon, Ian!
Hopefully Canard wasn't talking about going over the bars. We've definitely been there and done that, and we know for a fact that isn't fun.
It was the second win this season for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson, and the fans went nuts. A lot of Canadians have an attachment to Deano because after leaving Scotland, he lived in Canada for a few years. His first place finish ended up bumping him into second place in the series, and he is now 16 points behind Justin Barcia.
After the race, Wilson threw his goggles into the crowd, but his throw came up short and landed on the tarp covering the seats.
This guy made the treacherous climb, beer and all, to grab the goggles, and he let out a victorious roar to celebrate his amazing feat.
A few weeks ago Kyle Regal was reported to be out with a broken wrist. Initially, Regal thought he had a broken scaphoid, but after further evaluation, it was a chip to his radius. He is now all healed up, and he's hoping to make his return at Dallas.
The emergency crew that was on hand in Toronto. Sweet!
Since his big crash in Indy a couple of weeks ago, Jason Anderson has been battling with some back spasms. His crash in Jacksonville didn't help his cause any better, and the spasms kept flaring up in Toronto. Because of this, he was unable to make the main.
Weston Peick grabbed his first holeshot of this season in his heat race. He led for a couple of laps, but then finished seventh. In the main, he almost finished in the top 10, and he took home a 12th