Sunday, March 30

Ruts Up

To be honest, once it became clear that this track would get rutted and technical, it was Chad Reed's race to lose. And yes, Daytona and Minneapolis (and even Atlanta) where his to lose, too, and he did lose them, but it would have taken something really crazy to stop him this time. Reed is just an amazing supercross rider and when you really put the field to the test of skill, you're just not going to stop him (unless you're James Stewart). So with a real technical test, it was over, and even if Reed didn't get the holeshot, he would have won anyway because he's the only dude on earth that can ride 20 laps on a mega tough, mega rutted track like this and not make a ton of mistakes and crash.

We'll see how this all plays out. Dallas could still present some wrinkles, with a super hard pack surface when it's dry and/or the constant threat of mud. For now though, Reed has to be feeling like he's right back where he belongs.

9 Comments:

Kevin said...

I was surprised to find the main lites guys not racing, was this a non points race for the lites?

ian and kate said...

i totally agree. i am super pumped that he finally won again, although his gear didn't get the winning vote for me haha. but i guess you could see that as a foreshadowing of his win . . . or not. any who, the race was a little boring because of the fun, muddy tracks we've been used to watching lately, but eh, i can't complain. hopefully Reed will continue his momentum from this point onward.
--kate

slydoggy13 said...

Reedy was supposed to be on the top step anyways so it wasn't a big suprise to me. Hey Jason did you catch your flight to NC?

Lori Denning said...

I love the tough, rutted, muddy, crazy tracks. Then it isn't the same 3 guys on the podium every week. It is fun to see a race like Daytona, or even Toronto - more carnage, more change...

Anonymous said...

Weege,

Was Mathes there ?

I didn't pay any attention because I can't stand anything Canadian.

Except their oil, women, lumber and water.

I say we get George to annex the great white north except where them french speakers live.

I have a question. Canada, why does it exist ?

This is in jest ( kinda )

Anonymous said...

...wish RC was out there

Jason Weigandt said...

Sludoggy,
Didn't make it to NC. I forgot Canada was a foreign country when I booked that flight, and once I ran into some airport delays (thanks to weather, as I had also forgotten it is colder in Canada than in the U.S.), there were no other early flights to get out of there. So I called Bad Billy and Bowyer and had them come get me at the airport, and we cruised back to Morgantown. Got to follow the GNCC via live internet scoring. It was pretty cool, really, and I saved a ton of travel money. Props to my man Tim Cotter for helping fill in at the GNCC.

Jason Weigandt said...

Lori,
Daytona was carnage for sure, but unfortunately when a track is as tough as Toronto, the guys tend to go into "race the track" mode instead of "race the riders" mode. Scuttlebutt in the pits is the two perfect races of the year were the Lites mains in Phoenix and Minny, which is making the officials think that easier tracks and 250Fs are the way to go....

Jason Weigandt said...

Canadian Jest,
Matthes was there, but he went into full spectator mode and took the weekend off with helping us on the webcast. He really, really, likes Canada....