By Emery & Antonovich
After a few weekends off, it was great to be back at the races. The 2016 Monster Energy Cup is the perfect event for the offseason because it gives riders a chance to shake down their new bikes and fans a few more things to ponder during the cold months until Anaheim One. We'll say that this year's race didn't have the same hype as year's past, mostly due to the long list of riders that opted out of racing due to injuries or lack of prep, but that didn't hinder the action. The top three overall finishers in the Cup Class were within just a few points of each other and there were battles in all three of the main classes.
We spent four days in the desert and have posted plenty of content to the site from the race and the Monster Energy FMX High Rollers Contest. After you finish reading this post, go check out our other work and come back later in the week for more.
– Yeah, Ken Roczen's debut on the Team Honda HRC bike went well. The defending race winner was the fastest rider in the afternoon qualifiers, dominated the first race of the night and looked set to take the win in race two until a wild crash in the long rhythm resulted in a DNF. Uninjured and unfazed, Roczen rebounded to win the final race of the night, but the twenty-first place finish severely impacted his final results. Roczen was candid in our How Was Your Weekend interview and said that the team's base setup for the bike is excellent, especially considering the short amount of time they've had on the all-new machine. He'll start a boot camp program in Santa Barbra soon and will not race again until Anaheim One.
– When you have a second, cruise over to the race report and look at the results of the Amateur All-Stars class. There's no denying the talent of the young riders, but damn, there were some big swings in finishes between the two motos. That's what makes it one of the best classes of the night.
– Congrats to Cameron Mcadoo for his holeshots in the All-Stars race. The MotoConcepts rider aced both starts (must be a thing with the MCR bikes) and was awarded a brand new Toyota Tundra.
– We were on the edge of our seats for the final laps of the SuperMini moto. Stilez Robertson, Carson Mumford, and Seth Hammaker traded close passes for the top spot and all three riders knew that the win would give them the overall victory. The battle went to the last turn, with Robertson edging Mumford to the finish. Good job, dudes.
– Silly season news: we're hearing that RCH will be a three-man squad with Broc Tickle, Justin Bogle, and Dean Wilson, and that all of the riders will have a common look in apparel and helmets. Expect this news to drop in the next few weeks.
– That JGR 250 team? Word is Suzuki wants to bring Matt Bisceglia on as a thank you for his fill-in work over the summer. The other spot is still "open" but you know that there are a handful of riders vying for it.
– A grip of All-Star riders hit the deck on Saturday. Here's hoping all of them are okay.