Photos by Jordan Powell and Ryne Swanberg
It’s pretty hard to believe that the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Series is already starting to wind down, but here we are 15 rounds officially in the books. Some are still focusing on a championship, but for others, you can tell that the excitement is starting to die down and focus is starting to be placed on outdoor prep. However, there was plenty of excitement inside the walls of the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Rain crept into the area late Friday night, and we don’t know if the Dirt Wurx crew thought it wasn’t going to be enough rain to cause any damage, but it was quite soggy Saturday morning. Soggy enough that we were on a rainy day schedule, with practice being pushed back a couple of hours. After romping around in the mud for the first two practices, the track did a complete 180 for the “night show,” and it was actually pretty epic. In fact, the Dirt Wurx crew had to water the track because it was getting dusty. Strange.
Foxborough was also another day race. It’s hard to say if we’re a fan of the schedule. While it’s nice for us as editors to get done at a reasonable time, there’s something about racing under the stadium lights that makes it a Supercross experience. You always hear about how excited rookies are to race under the lights, not the harsh sun. And speaking of the sun, it has to affect the visibility of the track. Once the sun started to move over the stadium, shadows started to fill some of the treacherous ruts in the rhythm lanes. When we asked some of the riders about the sun and the visibility, they agreed with us that it was hard to see for a short period of time. Still, it was another great day of racing, and we had plenty to talk about in this version of Monday Kickstart, presented by BTO Sports.
- Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull KTM’s Justin Hill still remains sidelined after his concussion he sustained in Detroit.
- Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart decided to compete last weekend in St. Louis after sustaining a hairline fracture at the previous round in Indianapolis. Stewart and Weston Peick collided last weekend, sending Stewart to the ground and re-aggravating a back injury he sustained in Daytona. There’s no doubt this has to be frustrating for the Suzuki rider, and the team announced earlier in the week that Stewart would be taking the rest of the series off in order to heal up and prepare for the first round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown.
- While we didn’t see it, we heard from different reliable sources that there was an off-track incident between RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Jake Weimer and AutoTrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia. The two riders have been running into each other the last couple of weeks, and allegedly, Barcia head-butted Weimer after the two spoke off the track in Foxborough. However, there hasn’t been an official word on the incident from the AMA.
- Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull KTM’s Alex Frye took a couple of spills in practice and ended up hurting his hand. The young rookie iced it up and came back out for the night show and finished 19th in the main event.