A New Race
In my relatively short lifespan I have heard the “another boring season” one too many times. Supercross was boring when McGrath was dominating, everything was boring when Carmichael was putting the smack down on the competition, and once the main contenders were injured, things got boring again with Villopoto winning nearly every race.
Well, as we all know Villopoto had an unfortunate accident ending his 2012 run (luckily he already locked down the 2012 Supercross championship), but after his crash did things get a little more exciting?
The crash in Seattle opened the door for great opportunities for some deserving riders. Andrew Short and Ken Roczen (who had stepped up to the big bike class aboard a KTM 350) put on an awesome battle with Short taking the win.
Short has been pushing for a win in the premiere class for years and it seemed as if every fan/industry person was more than happy to see him win. Some of you message board Nazi’s out there will say, “Yeah he won, but none of the front runners were there.” Yes, this is true, but as Chad Reed has always said, “You have to be in it to win it,” so give the guy some credit.
This absence of some of the more dominating riders also gave us a great race in Salt Lake City. Davi Millsaps took an early lead with Jake Weimer behind, pushing for his first win, and Ryan Dungey charging hard, fresh off his injury.
It seemed as if Millsaps had the race in the bag and would give JGR Yamaha their second ever victory, until a mistake in the rhythm section would hand over the lead to KTM’s Ryan Dungey who would take the lead all the way to the checkers.
There is one race left for the 2012 Supercross season. The season known more for injuries than any other will come to a close with a bang, giving winning opportunities to riders who never thought it would be possible against the dominating Villopoto. We are now less than four weeks away from the brutal Outdoors Nationals, and it leaves me thinking, can anyone dominate this summer? Or will we have a summer of war.