Monster Energy AMA SX is Hot in Dallas

Holy cow is all I can say.  Okay, it’s not really what I said in my head, or even out loud- but kids read this too, so “cow” it is.  But anyway, back to what has me so excited, AMA Supercross!  The East Lites just started a rivalry and showed some fast new talent after the West just left us with the point battle nearly tied and the Supercross class has been to fast consisent guys, one consistent quick guy and a fast crasher duking it out in one of the wildest seasons so far.

Last night in Dallas the Lites East Division got it’s start with a big win from Honda pilot Justin Barcia who rode with the maturity and poise of a number one plate holder.  Nice surprise was aggressive Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Darryn Dunham who scored a second after is ghetto to gangsta rise from last season.  Third was German phenom we have all been waiting to see- Ken Roczen who has only been on the bike for a couple weeks since breaking his arm in December.  Ken’s lap times were steady throughout, so my theory of him possible fading late in the moto were happily dashed.

Another dash on the night came from Chad Reed who went down hard in the sand whoops.  Chad went in nose first when he came up short tripling through. He got up slowly, favoring his left knee which looked like was wrenched.  His book looked caught on the foot peg, making him stay with the bike as it rolled over.  He would not finish and score one point.  That incident set him back to third, thirty points aft of leader and 2011 Champ, Ryan Villopoto of Team Monster Energy Kawasaki.  It’s only a bad race from RV away from the lead, but who knows how injured Chad is?  Speaking of RV, he was in an epic battle with Reed when the crash happened.  The two were once again putting on the race and show of a lifetime with perfectly executed passes without contact.  The two were pulling away and with Reed out, Ryan Villopoto sailed on adn away for another win and a thirteen point lead at 158 points.  Now sitting in second was the quick and consistent KTM of Ryan Dungey.  Dungey picked up second after a tooth and nail battle with Jake Weimer on the last lap.  Dungey found a groove and started peeling off some killer laps to reel in Weimer and the two nicest passers, who have taken ribbing for not being aggressibve enough, set to war.  Dungey stuffed through with a dumb lookback that allowed Weimer to get by again.  Dungey again carried huge outdoor style speed through the sand whoops/jumps and made a hard bike check pass stick with a finish leaving Weimers bike stuck in first gear.  Somebody is going to get fined eventually by the AMA officials, and I know a lot of fans are drawn to the sport by it, but I am kind of sick of the overly agressive contact.

So the series is still up in the air on all fronts and in all classes right now.  Catch more next week!

-Cory Stem


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