DUNLOP TIRE INSTALLER DAN CUNNINGHAM
Before we get too far along, we’d like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Dan Cunningham, a Dunlop tire installers that sadly passed away on the Sunday morning after the 2018 St. Louis Supercross. The Dunlop crew is a close-knit crew of hard-working and friendly guys, and the news of Dan’s passing hit many in the paddock. On Friday, a small wreath was placed at his tire changing stand underneath the awning.
To whomever at Dirt Wurx that made the decision to tame down the obstacles on the Indy track, good call. The soil in the stadium is always soft and the countless ruts that develop over the course of the night are even more treacherous than the jumps and whoops. Had any of the mounds gotten built with steep faces or peaky landings, it’s very likely that the injured rider count would have grown considerably over the weekend.
WEST COAST LINE UP
We’re all for more Showdowns between the East and West regions of the 250 class, but maybe the location of the duels should be more central? Only eighteen riders entered the Indianapolis Supercross race in the West Region, which meant all of them made the cut for the night show. The East Coast, meanwhile, had thirty-one riders on the entry list and ten riders were left out of the night show, despite the fact that some of them clocked quicker lap times than the West Coast counterparts.
What’s your stance on the late-race run-in between Dean Wilson and Broc Tickle. The two friendly racers were in a duel for second place, a spot that Wilson held for much of the moto and then conceded to Tickle due to a pass in the whoops. Determined to regain the spot, Wilson went for a block pass on Tickle in a tight turn, but the resulting impact put Tickle on the ground and out of podium contention. After the checkered flag, Tickle rode directly to Wilson and voiced his frustrations. Wilson apologized on the podium and in the press conference and said that he didn’t expect Tickle to turn down so quickly due to the lapped rider.
So it sounds like this clash might not be over just yet. After some dicing in 450 Heat Race Two, the “training partners” slash title rivals exchanged words in the tunnel. We understand that tension is high with so much on the line, but we have to wonder if KTM’s executives have voiced their displeasure of the two marquee athletes at any point this year. Both are locked into long-term contracts with their respective manufacturers, intended to remain under Aldon Baker’s training program, and will be in title contention against the other for years to come.
One week after Eli Tomac trounced the field in St. Louis, Marvin Musquin did the same in Indianapolis. The Red Bull KTM rider was untouchable for the full duration of the race, as he nabbed the holeshot and gapped Tomac in the early laps by a comfortable margin. When Tomac went down (more on that below), Musquin really opened up a 29.439-second lead over the field, lapped up to seventh place, and earned his second Main Event win of the year (his other victory came at Anaheim One). With these two performances occurring back to back, it’s clear that the pace of the front-runners is very similar. It’s just a matter of getting them together at the same time.
Apparently, only the in-stadium cameras caught Eli Tomac’s Main Event crash. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was one of the many in the 450 field that had mastered the massive quad jump that was hidden in the middle lane, until one small mistake in the feature race resulted in a minute loss of speed and a massive case. When Tomac flew over the bars and onto the ground, we figured his night was over but to our surprise, he rejoined the race and retained a quick pace. The number of riders that Tomac put a lap down when he ran in second place no doubt came in handy because he managed to finish in fifteenth place.