Sunday, April 20

STL 2

(Note: I am still trying to find ways to actually like this Blackberry thing I bought last month. To convince myself I didn't waste my money, I used it to post here this morning. Turns out it didn't work. So now I present the post I meant to post here about 15 hours ago. Yeah Matthes, it's a life-changing device.)

Something wicked did come this way, as Trey Canard simply refused to lose against Ryan Villopoto, and now he's a Supercross Champion. What's most impressive about his wild ride tonight is that it looked like all of the momentum had swung to Villopoto, and Canard basically needed to turn the totation of the earth back in another direction. I did some research and watched Discovery Channel this week, and it turns out that's hard to do. Things definitely were going Villopoto's way. RV notched three straight wins and Trey missed the podium each time, and everyone kept marching out the "Townley came from worst to first last year" talk, and then Villopoto went faster than Canard in St. Louis practice and in the heat race, and then he even caught and passed Canard in the main. At that point, it was suppsed to be over.

Canard didn't accept that. He ran the ragged edge for a lap and managed to keep up with RV. It was checkers or wreckers for Canard, I saw at least three massive mistakes that could have put him on the ground. It was the type of run you only see in those rare one-race championships, like Loretta Lynn's. Canard was out of control, pushing the envelope and pushing his luck, but he had enough speed to get to the inside of Villopoto as they headed up the face of the finish-line jump, and that was all he needed.

After the duo collided and RV ended up off the track, it comes down to a judgement call. Was Canard dirty? Was it wrong? Hey, a championship was on the line. Anything goes.

12 Comments:

carl said...

treys a punk, he put rv's life at risk and he gets away with it, not only should he have pts taken from him but he should be disqualified from the race and the tittle taken away, thats was the dirtiest move i have ever seen, trey said he wanted a head to head race with him and when he got it he knew he was beat so what did he do he took rv out, thats low, if you wanted it that bad go traid and get fast enough that you could beat ryan in a fair race, i know rubbins racin but come on man that was terrible

Jason Weigandt said...

Never in the history of supercross has a rider been DQed from a race and had a title taken away. It's not even close to the realm of possibility as to what would happen. The AMA is supposed to walk over to the Canard camp and take his plate away? There's no precedent for that whatsoever and then it just comes down to a judgment call, and of course if the AMA did that they would be ROASTED over an open fire.

It's ain't gonna happen.

cpsmith58 said...

Canard did what he had to. It was awesome. Normally, it MAY have been considered a bit dirty, but the rules change when the championship's on the line. I was there and saw it first hand, it was impressive.

I did think that it wasn't over and it was gonna get crazy when RV tried to get past Grant to get to Canard, but for whatever reason, RV couldn't do it. I'm thinking it was either

1) an injury to RV
2) a bike problem caused by the crash
3) RV just gave up, certainly the least likely scenario.

I was kinda looking forward to the fireworks when RV caught up, but it just didn't happen.

On a stupid note, I had no clue on the points going in, which is a first. I thought that RV could just finish 2nd behind Canard. I was woefully under-informed, what a complete moron I was.

Barron said...

I agree that the move was somewhat dirty, but that’s racing, this is how rivalries are born. Can you imagine RJ protesting Ward back in the day? Whoa is this little league or Supercross? Protesting is what children do, run and tell mom that it wasn’t fair well boo friggity hoo! RV has the east/west shootout in Vegas to make a statement with his riding. This is the guy who beat all of the world at the Des Nations last year (Of Nations didn’t sound right, sorry i'm old school like that) I don't think he is just going to roll over, I can't wait to see what happens the next time they meet on the track!

8pac said...

It was totally RV's fault for crashing. He could have let off the gas at any time, but he chose to risk it and got the bad end of the stick. That's racing.

Anonymous said...

Did someone say it was RV's fault for not letting off? It looked like he was on the gas in control and TC slid into him and booted him off the track. It happen pretty fast. I dont know if it was on purpose or not but the race still has a long way to go and he could have passed clean. There was a good chance that RV could have been hurt hitting the pole. How would TC feel about the championship then? If that is racing then I hope RV takes TC out everytime he gets near him. And another thing, is TC pointing to the sky thanking God for helping take out RV to win the championship?

racefan107@aol.com said...

When RV took Canard up to the tuff blocks in a turn;I guess that was ok.I've also seen RV make contact with Alessi while passing for no apparent reason a couple years ago at the nationals.So he gets stuffed and wants to cry about it-Boo-Hoo.Somewhere Alessi is laughing.

Jarid332 said...

I guess a lot of the RV fans are forgetting what Ryan did to Mike Alessi a few years back at Millville. Ryan would have put the same move on Trey if he had the chance. I know it, Ryan knows it. Heck even the Pope knows it.

Anonymous said...

Hey, no excuse for letting Canard make that move. He made no secret about giving 200%. That was the extra percent.

Dad

Anonymous said...

RV even admitted taking MA out on purpose. Do uto others.......

dRock said...

Alessi isn't laughing. he has no championships, a broken bone, and less support than ever. Dungey is going to make him look slow real quick I think.

As for the canard and RV deal, rubbin is racing! If you had a title on the line, and probably a huge contract bonus for a title, along with a bonus for a race win, you do it too.

RV lost the championship at the first race, not the last.

Anonymous said...

I disagree there, Jason. Trey was not out of control at all. If anything, RV was out of control trying to run Trey down and pass him. When he finally did, he cased the triple where Trey passed him, Trey was already committed to the inside line. Trey slid into him and RV could have easily let off the gas. If he wouldn't have tried to gas it and clear the finish line to stay ahead of Trey, he would have been fine. It was racin. Millsaps came over and told Trey after the race that he would have done the same thing without thinking twice. I know any other rider would have said the same thing, including Villopoto.