Monday Kickstart Presented by ONE Industries – Oakland SX

For the first time in nearly three decades, the AMA Supercross series returned to Oakland. In recent years, the NorCal audience has watched Supercross inside AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco, but the series jumped across the Bay this year, and it did not go unnoticed. Close to 45,000 fans filled Oakland-Alameda Stadium despite some dreary weather and light rain showers. The track was tough, technical, and slick, which provided excellent racing for the fans, although it did come with some carnage. Check out everything you may have missed in the next few pages of Monday Kickstart…

Geico Honda's Eli Tomac looks to have found his stride in Supercross, as the Colorado native earned his second-consecutive podium at Oakland. ET led the first few laps of the main event before losing his front end in a slippery corner in the rain. Still, he got up and charged back to third by the race's end. Here, Elil strikes his best "Blue Steel" pose for the ladies.

Geico Honda's Eli Tomac looks to have found his stride in Supercross, as the Colorado native earned his second-consecutive podium at Oakland. ET led the first few laps of the main event before losing his front end in a slippery corner in the rain. Still, he got up and charged back to third by the race's end. Here, Elil strikes his best "Blue Steel" pose for the ladies.

The Dodge Motorsports/Hart & Huntington bikes of Ivan Tedesco and Chris Blose had a new look this week. "We have a great sponsorship deal with ARMA Energy SNX," explained team manager Kenny Watson. "Our bikes will look like this at three rounds: today, and Seattle and Salt Lake City, I believe."

The Dodge Motorsports/Hart & Huntington bikes of Ivan Tedesco and Chris Blose had a new look this week. "We have a great sponsorship deal with ARMA Energy SNX," explained team manager Kenny Watson. "Our bikes will look like this at three rounds: today, and Seattle and Salt Lake City, I believe."

The Pick-Up Kit Revolution is in full effect these days. Who would have thought that Ryan Dungey would have been such a trend-setter as he trolled the Tallahassee Mall for chicks?

The Pick-Up Kit Revolution is in full effect these days. Who would have thought that Ryan Dungey would have been such a trend-setter as he trolled the Tallahassee Mall for chicks?

Ken Roczen's Red Bull KTM 250SX-F if equipped with the factory aftermarket accessory electric starter. "I love it!" he said. "No more kicking for me!" Rocky also said that in testing, he couldn't even detect the extra weight that the system - and most notably its battery - added to the bike.

Ken Roczen's Red Bull KTM 250SX-F if equipped with the factory aftermarket accessory electric starter. "I love it!" he said. "No more kicking for me!" Rocky also said that in testing, he couldn't even detect the extra weight that the system - and most notably its battery - added to the bike.

With Adidas being one of the Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda team, the footwear legend made a special display seat for the team, which features suede construction and genuine Adidas stripes. Sadly, the seat isn't actually used for riding.

With Adidas being one of the Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda team, the footwear legend made a special display seat for the team, which features suede construction and genuine Adidas stripes. Sadly, the seat isn't actually used for riding.

In addition to stands, bike pads, helmet shelves and other injection-molded plastic items, Motoconcepts also produces goggles. Though Motoconcepts goggles were on display in the team's POP set-up, all of the team riders wear EKS Brand goggles to race in. Interesting.

In addition to stands, bike pads, helmet shelves and other injection-molded plastic items, Motoconcepts also produces goggles. Though Motoconcepts goggles were on display in the team's POP set-up, all of the team riders wear EKS Brand goggles to race in. Interesting.

Covering Supercross as a member of the media is a tough job, and the days are long; starting in the early morning and going until well after the checkered flags fall. That said, it's understandable that Matthes likes to pack a lunch.

Covering Supercross as a member of the media is a tough job, and the days are long; starting in the early morning and going until well after the checkered flags fall. That said, it's understandable that Matthes likes to pack a lunch.

Check out the cool bike stands in the Red Bull KTM pits. Made by the team's exhaust manufacturer, Akrapovic, the stand is made of titanium header-pipe tubing. Yes, they are super trick, and yes, they are available to pthe public for sale. www.akrapovik.com

Check out the cool bike stands in the Red Bull KTM pits. Made by the team's exhaust manufacturer, Akrapovic, the stand is made of titanium header-pipe tubing. Yes, they are super trick, and yes, they are available to pthe public for sale. www.akrapovik.com

The pits in the US paddock are looking great these days, mirroring the style of the World Championship GP pits. We love the large blow-up photos of the riders, which double as walls for technicans and riders to meet behind, out of the public's eye.

The pits in the US paddock are looking great these days, mirroring the style of the World Championship GP pits. We love the large blow-up photos of the riders, which double as walls for technicans and riders to meet behind, out of the public's eye.

After a year Down Under, PJ Larsen is back in 2011 and will contest the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Championship for team JDR Motorsports KTM. The team's main sponsor is J Star Motors, but PJ says that he's still waiting for them to "pimp his ride."

After a year Down Under, PJ Larsen is back in 2011 and will contest the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Championship for team JDR Motorsports KTM. The team's main sponsor is J Star Motors, but PJ says that he's still waiting for them to "pimp his ride."

Los Angeles Supercross winner Cole Seely had a night he'd rather forget in Oakland. After suffering a terrible start in the main, Seely landed on a Tuff Block and broke his rear brake pedal off. He was forced to withdraw from the race, right then and there.

Los Angeles Supercross winner Cole Seely had a night he'd rather forget in Oakland. After suffering a terrible start in the main, Seely landed on a Tuff Block and broke his rear brake pedal off. He was forced to withdraw from the race, right then and there.

Team Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda has been producing some great behind-the-scenes videos each week. This is Masa Shirotani, the madman behind the clips.

Team Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs/Honda has been producing some great behind-the-scenes videos each week. This is Masa Shirotani, the madman behind the clips.

Nick Wey has a new mechanic in the Valli Motorsports Yamaha pits. After a season or two away from the scene, Jeremy Hoyer returned to spin wrenches for Team 27. Many of you may remember Hoyer from his Geico Honda days. Welcome back, Jeremy!

Nick Wey has a new mechanic in the Valli Motorsports Yamaha pits. After a season or two away from the scene, Jeremy Hoyer returned to spin wrenches for Team 27. Many of you may remember Hoyer from his Geico Honda days. Welcome back, Jeremy!

Do you remember who raced this bike to the Western Regional 125cc Supercross Championship? That's right: Travis Preston, the rider who now lives in North Carolina and teaches riding schools. Man, how we miss Presto's dry sense of humor and podium speech comedy.

Do you remember who raced this bike to the Western Regional 125cc Supercross Championship? That's right: Travis Preston, the rider who now lives in North Carolina and teaches riding schools. Man, how we miss Presto's dry sense of humor and podium speech comedy.

Ryan Villopoto had the fastest lap in the first practice session, but the AMA stripped him of it because he had stopped to check out the whoops at the end of the session. The rules state that the riders cannot stop to examine parts of the track during sessions. They are given only the track walk to check out stuff.

Ryan Villopoto had the fastest lap in the first practice session, but the AMA stripped him of it because he had stopped to check out the whoops at the end of the session. The rules state that the riders cannot stop to examine parts of the track during sessions. They are given only the track walk to check out stuff.

The J-Star/JDR/KTM team is one of the coolest looking teams in the pits, and their Tagger-painted Bell Moto-9 helmets definitely help.

The J-Star/JDR/KTM team is one of the coolest looking teams in the pits, and their Tagger-painted Bell Moto-9 helmets definitely help.

The over-under section of the track inevitably casts harsh shadows once the lights come on in the stadium, so Feld opted to wire up some shop lights and hang them from the bridge to brighten up the under section.

The over-under section of the track inevitably casts harsh shadows once the lights come on in the stadium, so Feld opted to wire up some shop lights and hang them from the bridge to brighten up the under section.

Dungey's Leatt Brace cleverly extended his name perfectly across the back support, so his jersey transfers were not compromised. Kinda cool.

Dungey's Leatt Brace cleverly extended his name perfectly across the back support, so his jersey transfers were not compromised. Kinda cool.

The whoops were gnarly in Oakland. We've said it before, but it was definitely the case this week. Even James Stewart said in his pre race interview on JS7.com that they were the biggest he's seen since 2003. The claimed many a victim in practice, including Ivan Tedesco, Nick Paluzzi, and Austin Stroupe.

The whoops were gnarly in Oakland. We've said it before, but it was definitely the case this week. Even James Stewart said in his pre race interview on JS7.com that they were the biggest he's seen since 2003. The claimed many a victim in practice, including Ivan Tedesco, Nick Paluzzi, and Austin Stroupe.

Nick Paluzzi also fell victim to the whoops and took the handlebars to his abdomen in the process. He went to the Asterisk medical unit with stomach pains, but did return to racing, although he did struggle most of the night.

Nick Paluzzi also fell victim to the whoops and took the handlebars to his abdomen in the process. He went to the Asterisk medical unit with stomach pains, but did return to racing, although he did struggle most of the night.

As with all Katooms, the J-Star/JDR/KTMs boast hydraulic clutches, but we noticed theirs have Brembo cylinders married to ARC levers and mounts. Looks pretty trick.

As with all Katooms, the J-Star/JDR/KTMs boast hydraulic clutches, but we noticed theirs have Brembo cylinders married to ARC levers and mounts. Looks pretty trick.

We spotted Cool-G himself, Grant Langston walking the track early in the day. We would love to see him racing the track instead, but we were happy to see him nonetheless.

We spotted Cool-G himself, Grant Langston walking the track early in the day. We would love to see him racing the track instead, but we were happy to see him nonetheless.

Just beyond the over-under, a small whoop/rhythm section slowed the riders down before they entered the big sand turn. As you can see, the singles/giant whoops were sloped and staggered to create more interesting lines. Just about every rider on the track had his own way of getting through the section.

Just beyond the over-under, a small whoop/rhythm section slowed the riders down before they entered the big sand turn. As you can see, the singles/giant whoops were sloped and staggered to create more interesting lines. Just about every rider on the track had his own way of getting through the section.

Ken Roczen has made his presence known from the very beginning of the season, battling each week for the overall fastest lap in the Lites class. However, his results have not exemplified how fast he really is. Wrecks, mis-timings, and a few mistakes in the main events have kept him from enjoying some podium pie. Each week, though, he improves on his main event performances. In Oakland, he finished fourth, just off the podium.  We have a feeling he may steal a win before the season heads east.

Ken Roczen has made his presence known from the very beginning of the season, battling each week for the overall fastest lap in the Lites class. However, his results have not exemplified how fast he really is. Wrecks, mis-timings, and a few mistakes in the main events have kept him from enjoying some podium pie. Each week, though, he improves on his main event performances. In Oakland, he finished fourth, just off the podium. We have a feeling he may steal a win before the season heads east.

Roczen adds his own custom flair to his boots each week, drawing the 194 onto the outside of his toebox. He may have to hit up Deft's Logan Darien for a full custom paint job like he's done for his friend Nate Adams.

Roczen adds his own custom flair to his boots each week, drawing the 194 onto the outside of his toebox. He may have to hit up Deft's Logan Darien for a full custom paint job like he's done for his friend Nate Adams.

The Fox riders, including the Geico Honda Lites riders and Ryan Dungey, sported custom Oakland Raider V3 helmets for the 44,394 fans in attendance. The helmets were very cool, but the fan turnout was spectacular.

The Fox riders, including the Geico Honda Lites riders and Ryan Dungey, sported custom Oakland Raider V3 helmets for the 44,394 fans in attendance. The helmets were very cool, but the fan turnout was spectacular.

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Ivan "Hot Sauce" Tedesco played off of his nickname in practice, sporting a mini Tabasco bottle on top of his helmet. No word yet on official sponsorship, but we are keeping our fingers crossed for an IT9 flavor of sauce for our hot wings.

With Dave Osterman handling management responsibilities for the TwoTwo Motorsports team, Chad Reed is free to concentrate on racing and, ultimately, returning to the podium.  This week, he did just that and even commented on the podium,

With Dave Osterman handling management responsibilities for the TwoTwo Motorsports team, Chad Reed is free to concentrate on racing and, ultimately, returning to the podium. This week, he did just that and even commented on the podium, "It's just like old times, seeing the number seven just over the number 22."

J-Star/JDR/KTM's Dan Reardon returned to racing this weekend in Oakland, and although he was forced to the LCQ, he did manage to qualify for the main event, and finished 16th place.

J-Star/JDR/KTM's Dan Reardon returned to racing this weekend in Oakland, and although he was forced to the LCQ, he did manage to qualify for the main event, and finished 16th place.

Red Bull KTM's Mike Alessi is still having a difficult time on the Supercross track. Although he is self-admittedly an outdoor expert and not an SX-specialist, he failing to qualify for the main event. He showed us he had the ability back on his Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki, but in Oakland, he failed, yet again, to qualify for the main event, finishing fourth in the LCQ.

Red Bull KTM's Mike Alessi is still having a difficult time on the Supercross track. Although he is self-admittedly an outdoor expert and not an SX-specialist, he failing to qualify for the main event. He showed us he had the ability back on his Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki, but in Oakland, he failed, yet again, to qualify for the main event, finishing fourth in the LCQ.

James Stewart took a nasty digger on the first lap of the first practice, when he severely cased a triple and went over the bars. He hit his head pretty hard, and later in practice he hit it again after catching a tuff block in a triple-triple section, where he wadded up again. He did not come out for the second timed practice, but he must have been successful at shaking out the fuzz in his head, as he dominated the main event.

James Stewart took a nasty digger on the first lap of the first practice, when he severely cased a triple and went over the bars. He hit his head pretty hard, and later in practice he hit it again after catching a tuff block in a triple-triple section, where he wadded up again. He did not come out for the second timed practice, but he must have been successful at shaking out the fuzz in his head, as he dominated the main event.

Ivan Tedesco fell victim to the huge whoops in practice, and the wreck induced spasms in his back. He was questionable for the main event, but he did come out and finish tenth in a pretty gutsy ride.

Ivan Tedesco fell victim to the huge whoops in practice, and the wreck induced spasms in his back. He was questionable for the main event, but he did come out and finish tenth in a pretty gutsy ride.

The ruts developed early inside Oakland-Alameda Stadium, well before the rain came. Most of the bowl turns yielded at least two big ruts to choose from, and even with multiple track-prep sessions, they returned each and every moto.

The ruts developed early inside Oakland-Alameda Stadium, well before the rain came. Most of the bowl turns yielded at least two big ruts to choose from, and even with multiple track-prep sessions, they returned each and every moto.

The hip-style jump turn made its 2011 debut in Phoenix, and it was back for the Oakland round. This section had two very different lines. The riders could either hit the rut and turn down over the small table (as shown by Cole Seely), or they could rail the far outside as a turn. It made for some cool photos.

The hip-style jump turn made its 2011 debut in Phoenix, and it was back for the Oakland round. This section had two very different lines. The riders could either hit the rut and turn down over the small table (as shown by Cole Seely), or they could rail the far outside as a turn. It made for some cool photos.

As the day rolled along, the rut in the hip jump dug deeper and deeper, making for a pretty technical obstacle on the track. When the rain started falling, more and more riders chose to rail the outside turn and avoid the rutted lip whenever possible.

As the day rolled along, the rut in the hip jump dug deeper and deeper, making for a pretty technical obstacle on the track. When the rain started falling, more and more riders chose to rail the outside turn and avoid the rutted lip whenever possible.

Chad Reed debuted a bitchin' second set of Shift gear, this time in the colors of his native Australia. It is the second of three colorways said to become available in the Fall. Yes, their flag is blue, red, and white, but their international team colors are green and gold. Anywho, he also sported a flat black Fox V3 helmet with matching accents. Reed's buttpatch read

Chad Reed debuted a bitchin' second set of Shift gear, this time in the colors of his native Australia. It is the second of three colorways said to become available in the Fall. Yes, their flag is blue, red, and white, but their international team colors are green and gold. Anywho, he also sported a flat black Fox V3 helmet with matching accents. Reed's buttpatch read "Australia Day" which is Oz's official national day, and was celebrated just days before Supercross on the 26th.

Nick Wey rocked a flat black helmet of his own, with the typical Mandingo and Rockstar logos, of course.

Nick Wey rocked a flat black helmet of his own, with the typical Mandingo and Rockstar logos, of course.

Trey Canard suffered a nasty crash over the finish line jump in the final practice session. After clipping the top of the landing, he got squirrelly, and sent it straight into the starting gates. He walked away from the crash, but it did not look pleasant.

Trey Canard suffered a nasty crash over the finish line jump in the final practice session. After clipping the top of the landing, he got squirrelly, and sent it straight into the starting gates. He walked away from the crash, but it did not look pleasant.

Reed accepted a gift from defending champ Ryan Dungey in the final corner of the last lap of the main event. Dungey, who was running second, gave up his line, unaware that Reed was right behind him. As Dungey moved across the track, Reed held his inside line, twisted the throttle up the finish line jump face, and sailed over before Dungey could cross the line.

Reed accepted a gift from defending champ Ryan Dungey in the final corner of the last lap of the main event. Dungey, who was running second, gave up his line, unaware that Reed was right behind him. As Dungey moved across the track, Reed held his inside line, twisted the throttle up the finish line jump face, and sailed over before Dungey could cross the line.

Dungey was crushed by his mental error. Here, he looks on as Reed makes his podium speech for second place… which Dungey had worked all race for, and gave up in the final turn.

Dungey was crushed by his mental error. Here, he looks on as Reed makes his podium speech for second place… which Dungey had worked all race for, and gave up in the final turn.

Word is, Honda will not choose a replacement for Josh Grant while he heals up. As a factory team without a major title sponsor, they do not have the same pressure that other teams with title sponsors have to keep a second bike on the track. For now, it seems, Trey Canard will be Honda's lone soldier.

Word is, Honda will not choose a replacement for Josh Grant while he heals up. As a factory team without a major title sponsor, they do not have the same pressure that other teams with title sponsors have to keep a second bike on the track. For now, it seems, Trey Canard will be Honda's lone soldier.

Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe scored his best finish of the season. He was pumped on his fifth-place performance, and is looking to build on that in the coming weeks.

Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe scored his best finish of the season. He was pumped on his fifth-place performance, and is looking to build on that in the coming weeks.