It was by no means an easy night, but if Damon Huffman proved anything at the San Francisco Supercross, it’s that he has the grit as well as the game to contend for the 2004 THQ World Supercross GP championship.
For the second consecutive weekend, “Huffy had to go through the Last Chance Qualifier to get into the 250cc main event. Unlike the previous race in Anaheim, he finished first in the LCQ and looked quite convincing in doing so. The problem all night had been starts, but the #20 Moto XXX/Yoshimura Honda rocketed out front in the final qualifier.
Unfortunately, the starting woes continued in the main event. While Grant Langston—Huffman’s primary rival in the SXGP championship race—took the early lead, Damon came through the first turn in 17th place. Ironically, it was that predicament that gave him the opportunity to show how serious he is about winning the championship. Undaunted by bleak circumstances, “H-Diddy put his head down and charged to what many in the Moto XXX family believe to be his best ride of the year. When the checkers flew, Huffman crossed the finish line in eighth place.
Langston finished in fourth position and re-claimed the WSXGP lead by one point, but Huffman remains determined to win.
“We can go back and forth all season, he said, “which is fine because I plan to be on top when it’s finished. Overall, I was happy with the way I rode, just not with the outcome. I’m not happy with having to go through the LCQ. I had a horrible pick on the line and just didn’t gate well.
As for Tim Weigand—the team’s 125 West rider—luck just wasn’t on his side. A heat race crash sent him to the LCQ, where he was in position to transfer to the main event until disaster struck. A rider directly in front of him hit neutral going over a jump and effectively stopped on the landing, leaving Timmy nowhere to go. The resulting collision sent both riders to the ground without another chance to transfer.
As this is being written, the Moto XXX rig is rolling toward Houston’s Reliant Stadium where Damon Huffman is optimistic about re-gaining his points lead this Saturday night.
Moto XXX would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2004, because without them, it couldn’t be done. American Honda, Yoshimura, O’neal, Honda Genuine Parts, Sidi, Tag Metals, Blackfoot, Motul, Pro-X, Utopia Optics, N-Style, Lucky 13, Uni Filter, VP Fuels, Braking, Motion Pro, Hinson, Metaltek, NoleenJ6, Dunlop, Fat Wreck Chords, RK Chain, Excel Wheels, Vortex, ARC, Works Connection, Carbon Fiber Works, Galfer, SDG Seats, Plasticwerks, Engine Ice, PPG, Asterisk.