Monthly Archives: February 2012
Two races down and we are already asking, “Can anyone stop Barcia?” It is no secret that Barcia is fast, fearless and a little crazy; so when it came time for 2012 season to kick off, many people were putting there money on Barcia to run upfront.
After proving he was here for another championship by taking the first win in Dallas, Barcia rolled into Atlanta with even more confidence that his speed could possibly be unmatched by his fellow Lites riders. A mistake in the heat race would put the lightning fast Honda rider to the ground, giving speculation that the third year Lites rider is going back to his over aggressive ways….. Yeah that thought was wrong.
Barcia would pull the holeshot and lead every lap of the main event with consistent form, proving his maturity. Barcia would not only extend his points lead, but would also become the fourth rider in history to repeat wins in Atlanta aboard the Lites bike.
With a limited amount of races in the East Coast Lites series, Barcia has found himself with a great head start above the competition for the championship. His maturity and speed have proven to be untouchable but with teammate Justin Bogle, contender Blake Baggett and Texan Blake Wharton on the charge; will Barcia be able to go undefeated?
It was a sell out crowd in Atlanta, Georgia as 70,000+ fans experienced one of the most exciting and historic races of the season.
Fan favorite Kevin Windham would make his 200th main event on February 25 at the Georgia Dome. Being a native southern boy, it was a special race for him even though his results were mediocre for the veteran racer. Windham admitted he was “asleep at the gate,” and his poor start would have him fight back to an eighth place finish on the night.
One of the great stories of the night was Cole Seely stepping up and filling in for the injured Trey Canard aboard the Muscle Milk Factory Honda 450 in the Supercross class. The West Coast Lites contender had the expectations of a top 10 finish, much like he did last year while filling in; but Seely would prove to be even more impressive come main event time.
A great jump on the gate earning the holeshot would put Seely in an early lead in, front of the staked and ever talented Supercross class. Seely would throw down consistent laps under pressure, holding off former champion Ryan Dungey for seven laps. When Dungey put the pass on the remarkable replacement rider, Seely described himself falling apart for the remainder of the race. Though his consistency fell off, Seely would finish in sixth right behind Honda teammate Justin Brayton and 3 spots ahead of his best Supercross class result from 2011.
The Atlanta crowd would be on their feet all night while current points leader Ryan Villopoto set down a blistering pace as he franticly raced toward the lead. A poor start by Villopoto would give a huge advantage to Dungey and it was time for RV to put in work.
Villopto would set some of the fastest lap times of the night but it was not enough to catch Ryan Dungey. Dungey would not only stop Villopoto’s 3-win win streak; but would also give KTM their second ever Supercross class win and close the points gap to only 10 between himself and Factory Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto.
With Australian title contender, Chad Reed, out of the series; could this win be the beginning of a new two-man race to the championship? It is evident that Dungey is becoming more comfortable on his new KTM every race, and all riders know jumping to a different brand of motorcycling is never easy a first; but is his momentum and growing comfort on the motorcycle enough to hold off Villopoto when the current points leader pulls a consistent start? We may find out as the series heads North to St. Louis, Missouri on March 3.
As humans we tend to consistently ask, “What if?” And as fans of an extremely dangerous sport, we tend to ask “What if” all the time. What if David Bailey never crashed, what if Villopoto didn’t break his leg in 2010, what if Canard had better luck, what if Greg Albertyn never hit that deer (younger fans look up MXDN 1994). We can say the same thing for seemingly hundreds of unfortunate incidents in our sport, and after Saturday, February 18, we ask again “what if?”
After great jump off the gate, points leader Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed were engaged in a fierce battle for the lead; practically running away from the competition. Reed’s form, consistency and speed were on-point throughout the night and it was clear that the former champion was faster than the current points leader. The race could not be playing out any better for the Australian, until an untimely mistake struck.
An error in one of the more technical sections of the track sent Reed over the bars and onto his head. To add to the horrifying crash, Reed’s leg was caught in the motorcycle, dragging him with the tumbling bike.
Reed is known for being one of the toughest riders on the circuit. After getting up and riding back to a top 20 finish after taking one of the most spectacular crashes in motocross, Reed earned the reputation of being one tough Ausie. After this accident he did not walk off the track, and at that point, everyone knew it was bad.
Chad Reed Tweeted this morning, “Well I spent the day in the hospital yesterday here’s the damage.. 2 broken ribs, broken spinous T6. Torn ACL and fractured tib fib…”. This news is bad. Real bad. Chad Reed will be out for the rest of the 2012 championship, and after his impressive performances we will be left asking, what if Chad Reed never crashed?
The time is here. Tonight is the night we find out who put in the work and who is just hype. Tonight the gate will drop in Texas for the first round of the Supercross Lites East Coast Championship.
After a very up and down rookie season, Germany’s World Champion, Ken Roczen, ended 2011 with a bang scoring his first Supercross Lites victory in Las Vegas. This year he is more mature, more experienced and ready to do battle as a tittle contender. But how will the young European hold up against his ever-competitive competition?
Monster Energy Procircuit Kawasaki has been a dominant force since the beginning of the team a couple decades ago. Winning more championships than any other Lites team in history, Mitch Payton and the crew hope to add more tittles to already impressive quiver with the hard charging Blake Baggett and newcomer to the team, Darryn Duram. Both riders have put out videos, giving us a taste of what we have to look forward to.
Geico Honda will also be in full force come nighttime, with rookie sensation Justin Bogle and fan favorite/all around 2-stroke destroyer Jimmy Decotis. Winning the last outdoor national of 2011, Bogle convinced all skeptics that he is the real deal, but can he put in the same results as a rookie in the indoors?
I believe there is one more rider on the Geico roster as well….. oh yeah, Justin Barcia! One of the more exciting riders to ever throw a leg over a dirt bike, Barcia is looking to defend his 2011 championship any way he can. After proving his heart by winning the 2011 championship with a broken wrist, Barcia will come into 2012 healthy, focused and ready to dominate.
Moto fans, we are just a few hours away from witnessing some of the most revved out, aggressive and stylish racing this year. So go put some laps in at your local track, come home and glue yourself to the couch because you do not want to miss a minute of coverage. Who will come out swinging, claiming he is the beast of the east?
As the West coast rounds come to a close, 2011 Supercross champion, Ryan Villopoto, puts his head down to show the competition that he is not here to lose his title.
As I have said before, if Villopoto gets a start he is nearly unbeatable. His competitive drive and work ethic are shown throughout every lap on the track, but did we get a taste of an Ausie beast ready to attack?
Favored by some, the insanely long whoops and technical rhythm sections of the San Diego round kept most racing tight till the end. Though competition was tight, Villopoto once again was on another level setting a blistering pace and seemed to have the race in the bag. That is, until former champion Chad Reed found his opportunity to attack.
Finding a little luck from a group of oblivious lappers, Reed was able to close the gap on the reigning champion. A late pass in the race would normally destroy the heart of most riders, but it just put fire in the soul of the historically dominant rider. RV would find the ideal time to put a clean pass back on the Australian in a 180 degree turn, and would hold on to the lead for the final lap.
With three wins under his belt for the 2012 season, Ryan Villopoto extends his points above favored riders Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey and James Stewart. Next week the series moves East to Dallas, does the West coast native have what it takes to hold down the points lead in the radically different environment?