My analysis of the 2015 Anaheim Supercross Opener

 

 

Well, we had no RV (I have to say, I missed making leprechaun jokes, but maybe that is just me), we had no Stew and we had no two strokes, but somehow the Supercross circus went on without a hitch. For those concerned that something would be lost, take a page from Aaron Rogers and just relax. The sport went on without Hannah, it went on without Johnson, it went on without McGrath and Carmichael, and now it will go one without the angry Lilliputian (there, I did it… That feels better).

 

The lack of Stewart and RV may have made for some good pre-race bench racing, but in the end, someone always steps up and takes the victory. Supercross stops for no man, and the show must go on. Now, lets get into some serious conversation about something that really matters, like who’s idea it was to stick a giant banner on the left ¼ of my screen so I am watching the racing again in 4:3 like it is 1999? Whoever this guy is, he must be tarred and feathered immediately, then forced to watch Bubba’s World reruns for a week straight. That will show him…

 

Here is my take on the top ten-

 

1St Place: Kenny “My English Is Better Than Yours” Roczen – Well, well, well here we are again. Another opener and another blitzkrieg of the SoCal “brah” set by the ever-likable German. The win is not particularly surprising, considering Kenny won the opener last year and then proceeded to take his Katoom to the 450 National title outdoors. There has been some nattering in the pits about the switch to Suzuki, but the RM-Z is a proven (it ought to be, they have been racing the same bike since 2008) bike and it is pretty clear the Teutonic Terror knows how to twist the loud handle. The question will be, can he prevent the big mid-season fade that has plagued him the last few years. Time will tell.

 

Gear Grade:B- (a bit too radioactive for my taste, he resembled a lighting bug strapped to a rocket powered banana out there)

Riding Grade: A+

 

 

2nd Place: Jason “Real Men Do It Un-tucked” Anderson – Holy Hooska Batman! I have not seen a Husky go that fast since I sat on my remote while watching On Any Sunday and send Malcolm Smith hurtling across the desert at 3x speed. I have to admit; I totally did not see this one coming. Yes, Jason is a 250 SX champ, but the same could be said of about 50 kids going back to 1986 that never did diddly squat on the big bikes. He was wayyyyyy off the pace most of last summer and I had doubts coming in as to whether there was too much hype about the kid. Well, it appears I have to eat a flat-bill and just shut up, because he showed me.

 

All the talk about the “unproven” Husky was BS too, because it is basically just a Factory KTM, but it was still cool to see such a historic brand back in the limelight. I love the look of the new bikes and prefer it 1000% to the black-bart looking bikes they ran last season. Congrats to Sweden on this glorious outcome, they may have lost Saab, but they have gained Jason Anderson.

 

Gear Rating: C+ (I’m not really a big fan of any of the Rockstar gear. They could use a major revamp IMO)

Riding Grade: A++ (bonus point for being a rookie and putting a bend in his bill on the podium)

 

 

3rd Place: Trey “I’m Pretty Fly® For A White Guy” Canard – Trey was my pick (and a lot of people’s I’m sure) for the win. He was coming off an amazing end to the outdoors and was by far the fastest guy at the Monster Cup. Of course Zee German was not there, but that doesn’t take away from the speed she showed in Vegas. I still think if he had got a better start he could have won last night, but the wily Deutschländer hit the Jimmy John’s boosters off the start and checked out. Still, third is a solid start to the season and if Trey can keep the Honda off the deck, I think he will be a legitimate threat for the title.

 

Gear Grade: B (What is it with nuclear green gear this year? Did everyone go to a Godzilla marathon and come out with visions of irradiated monster-sized profits?)

Riding Grade: B+

 

4th Place: Ryan “It Appears Drafting Does Not Work In Motocross” Dungey – Remember “Angry Dunge”? The guy who would put it in there and punt anyone foolish enough to venture in his path? That guy was fun to watch, but less effective in the “ I need points to win the title department”. He was flashy, but prone to yard sales and just not who this guy is (Jake Weimer might disagree, but that is a discussion for another day). This Dungey tics off the laps and waits for others to crash or get tired. If he could actually get a start every week that might work out well, but if you are going to start sixth or seventh every week, you are going to need some help to win this thing. In the end, I have no doubt he will be in the mix for the title, but I do think he is going to need more than one win this year if he is going to score his second Supercross crown.

 

Gear Grade: C- (this Fox stuff looked like a glow stick someone left on the floor at a rave in David Vuillemin’s Le Black night club)

Riding Grade C+

 

5th Place: Andrew “If I Was Any Nicer I Would Be A Puppy” Short – Sweet jiminy Christmas I was pumped for Andrew last night. His win in the first heat was by far my highlight of the whole evening and I was so excited to see him fight off Roczen for the win. Even after that, I held no real allusions about his ability to score a top five, but damn son! You showed me something in the main holding onto the front-runners for so long. It appears the Fountain of Youth is actually in Texas, not Florida. For Short to be so competitive, for so long is just a testament to his work ethic and commitment to racing. No one would ever accuse him of having 1/50th of James Stewart’s talent, but he has heart in spades and that is something that can’t be measured on a lap time chart. Plus his Fly gear was bitchin last night, so there is that.

Gear Grade: A+ (I loved this green sort of camo look for some reason)

Riding Grade: A+ (wins the heat, rides upfront and holds off Dunge long enough to give him Chad Reed flashbacks from 2011)

 

 

6th Place: Justin “I’m A Neat Freak” Barcia – How is it possible that a guy who looks like an extra from Duck Dynasty is a neat freak? For me, this was the revelation of the night and it left me reeling until I saw the “pylon” again and felt the need to tweet my venom at Fox Sports and the Twitterverse #DeathToThePylon. As to his riding, I was a bit concerned early on as he hovered around mid-pack. Things were not looking great, and they only got slightly better as the night went on. His starts appear to have gone the way of the dodo and his “holy crapanoly” speed looks to be stuck somewhere back in 2011. At no point during the night did I go, “oh, there is Justin Barcia!” Hopefully Bam Bam and Johnny’O will get things back on track and we will see Barcia and JGR up front, but at this point, I have concerns…

 

Gear Grade: C- (Okay, am I the only one that thought this getup looked like a seagull pooped on him? At least he did not look like a drag queen this year. Maybe the sequins and stars will be back next week)

Riding Grade: C- (He needs better starts and to move to the front quicker)

 

 

7th Place: Weston “Tiny” Peick – Good ride last night for the escapee from Privateer Island. I actually saw him attempt a scrub at least twice, and while it looked slightly awkward, it got the job done. This guy reminds me of a grizzly bear on a mini bike out there and he could probably flatten a triple if he cased it hard enough. A 7th is a good finish for Weston and I would think JGR would be happy with this result. I think he could sneak in and get a fifth, but a podium finish would need to wait until the herd is thinned quite a bit. Solid ride by a rock solid guy.

 

Gear Grade: C+ (A perfect fit for the low-key Peick, this Fly gear was pretty forgettable to me)

Riding Grade: B

 

8th Place: Broc “It Is Good To Be Back” Tickle – This is a solid ride by a guy coming off what could have been a career threatening injury. I am glad RCH stood by Broc and gave him back his ride this year. I think he could be contending for top fives again and I’m sure Mike Alessi is happy to have his favorite berm back for another year.

Gear Grade: B- (Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it, eh…)

Riding Grade: B

 

9th Mike “I Appear To Have Lost A Rotor” Alessi – OK, tell me for one moment you were not hoping for another cry-gate. Last year, “The Hype” got the year kicked off with an epic heat race win and an even more epic podium breakdown. It was great entertainment and I think The Universe was pleased. This year, Mike was quietly competitive and mostly off the radar, with the exception of his going full dirt track and eschewing a rear brake at one point. Apparently someone at the hot tub factory forgot about the whole righty-tighty, lefty-loosey thing. Going forward, a 9th is a good finish for the Motoconcepts team overall and if he can keep it in the top ten all year, even Tony should be pleased.

 

Gear Grade: C (WFT is Mike wearing anyway? Motoconsepts gear? Is this JT gear branded as something no one wants to be seen in? Not sure on this one.)

Riding Grade: C

 

10th Place: Chad “Pink Is The New Black” Reed – Well damn, this in not what I had hoped for. I love Chad Reed, I bleed blue, yellow, green, red, green again…oh never mind. I root for him and live and die by the crests and valleys of his success. Last year, I almost had an aneurism when he won Anaheim and I nearly hung myself when he plowed into that San Diego whoop. He is the one guy I root for most, but even I have my doubts about how this year will go. I am not ready to throw in the towel after one round, but the outdoors, MXoN and Monster Cup did not leave me with a warm and fuzzy coming into 2015. Hopefully he will get the kinks worked out and prove all the doubters wrong one more time. I’m pulling for you Sir Speedy.

 

Gear Grade: 1991 grade A+ 2014 grade B (I love Shift and I love Chad, but this left me a bit unsure. I want to love it, but I don’t. Maybe it needs to grow on me…)

Riding Grade: C- (He needs better starts and a lot better finishes if 2015 is going to be his year.)

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My Oakland Supercross recap-Quadrophonic Sound

                                Oakland Supercross – Quadrophonic Sound

 

 To quad, or not to quad, that is the question- Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the bros and bimbos of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of announcers and by jumping the damn thing, shut them up? To jump, to brraap- no more.

 

 Here are my thoughts on a long and lovely night in the Black Hole.

 

1st Place: Ryan “Slim Shady” Villopoto– Look who’s back, Poto’s back, tell a friend, Poto’s back, Poto’s back, Poto’s back…. Well, here we are again. It seems like just two weeks ago, I was watching old Kris Kringle roost off into the sunset for another dominating win. This green guy, he’s pretty good it would seem.

 

 Once I saw last night’s awesome track, I had a bad feeling about my hopes for the night.  The Oakland track was super tacky, super technical and super cool. It was a great track to watch and a perfect track for a guy who likes to grip it and rip it like RV. I think most people watching practice, felt it would probably be one of two guys who would win last night- Poto or Stew. As it turned out, the prognosticators were correct and RV ripped his Williamson-tuned KXF to another victory.

 

 All this, without jumping the vaunted “QUAD” the announcers kept prattling on about. I bet after listening to last night’s show, old BROtocross has developed a nervous twitch. One more mention of that damn thing and Gary Denton was going to show up at sign up for A3. In the end, it pretty much came down to this: RV is badass and calculating, JS7 is badass and reckless, tonight calculating won. RV got a better start and no amount of crazy balls bravado was going to deny the Ginger this day. Riding Grade: A+ (No quad, but who cares?) Gear Grade: B (I’m not usually a fan of the Darth Vader look, but when you team has looked the same for seven years, I welcome any change and RV looked pretty cool)

 

2nd Place: James “Quadzilla” Stewart- Oh boy, Raining Yellow guy must have been on the edge of his seat last night. His boy looked goooood out there. James was obviously feeling the flow on that uber-technical track and was cutting through the pack 2009 style. Like some kind of white (and black) knight, he blazed a path to the front in an attempt to vanquish the evil Dred Pirate Roberts out front. Alas, twas not to be…

 

 Even with a quad in his back pocket and the full might of the Raining Yellow army behind him, Stewie could not run down the throttle-twisting Lilliputian this night. On the bright side, James has without a doubt, been one of the fastest guys this year at several of the races. He has two seconds, a fourth and a yard sale. Not a bad run of finishes for the King of lawn darts and about what I would expect at this point. If he actually gets a start on a night where he is on it, look out, but until then, he will have to play second fiddle. Riding Grade: A  Gear Grade: B (I did not love it, but I appreciated the juxtaposition of is storm trooper get up against all the Johnny Cash impersonators out there)

 

3rd Place: Chad “Wait till San Diego” Reed- Well, I’m just gonna say it, I liked last week better. Call me bitter, but this whole Oakland thing did not do it for me. Yes, the track was great. Yes, the 250’s were awesome (I sure hope Mitch did not wheel himself into the Bay, Pastrana style, after Deano’s KXF went…cough!!). Yes, Dianna Dahlgren looked slightly less over-muscled last night (WTF is with her this year anyway? I know she is a fitness model, but even my wife said she looks like a dude. Somebody get that girl a hamburger stat.). Yes, it was on live, but after last week, nothing short of a Reed win was going to leave me feeling anything but disappointed. Last week, I got a splendiferous present and now it is back to reality, a very harsh and green reality.

 

 Early on, I thought Chad might actually have a shot at this thing. He got a great start and was hanging with RV. Then old trainer-boy started to poor on the coals and left my guy behind. Then it was Stew’s turn and I was flashing back to the dark days of 2013. Once JS7 got by, however, the Maginot Line held and Reedy took it home to the finish. Even though I greedily wanted another win last night, this was exactly what #22 needed to do. Stay in this, take it when it presents itself and just keep chipping away.  Everyone but Dungey is known to take a few chances out there and if you stay close to RV, I think there is a good chance he will give you an opportunity to make up some points.  Riding Grade: B  Gear Grade: D (I hate black bikes and I hate black gear. Why did Chad retired the beyond badass Aussie colorway for the night show [and on Australia day no less]? The Raiders are not even any good for God’s sake! Next year, let Raider Nation suck it and wear something decent.)

 

4th Place: Ryan “I shot my wad last week” DungeyOk, so be honest, how may of you really thought we were going to see an all-new Ryan Dungey out there last night? Last weeks aggression was a refreshing change, but a leopard doesn’t change its spots people. There is no way the Dunge was going turn into Rollerball 2.0 overnight. Personally, I think A2 was basically a big EFF YOU to all the people busting his balls. Time will tell, but when Ryan pulled up on Reedy last night and read that metaphorical “Hello Ryan” but patch on his rear, he saw a nice safe fourth, not an invitation to damn the torpedoes.

 

 Still, a fourth is not terrible by any standards and it is actually pretty damn good if you consider the way The Dungenator looked in his heat race. At one point, it looked like he was actually trying to break his Factory Edition KTM by slamming it into every obstacle as hard as possible. Timing is for losers bro, and the Minnesota Mauler was having none of it. Thankfully, Ryan pulled it together before his KTM went all Pingree on him and snapped in half. 

 

 After last night, The Dunge is knotted with his energy drink loving teammate at nine points back of the leader. Not a disaster, but not trending in the right direction either. Two weeks and two podium-less finishes, one Rocky style, one Ritchie Cunningham style. Which Dungey will we see in Anaheim next week? I’m hoping for the holeshot and checkout one, but that one is a rare bird indeed.  Riding Grade: C (“High Ryan”, enough said) Aggressiveness Grade: 0 Bradshaws Gear Grade A+ (I love this Bradshaw-esque Fox colorway and best of all- IT WAS NOT BLACK)

 

5th Place: Justin “I’m in the mix” Brayton–  Another very solid ride for JGR’s main man Brayton. He looked good out there at times last night, but seemed to be just a tick off the leader’s pace. First, he missed transferring out of the Heat, and then he got a little too close for comfort to his teammate in the Semi race (J-Bone had to have been sweating bullets). In the Main, he was good, but not great and unable to challenge the top guys. Still it is really nice to see him upfront and think that he might have a realistic shot at pulling off a win. Maybe next week for Iowa’s finest.  Riding Grade: C  Gear Grade: A (I loved this O’Neal stuff. It is colorful without being schitzo and a nice complement to his blue Yamaha. Bonus points for the cool Toyota helmet)

 

6th Place: Kenny “Scheiße Nacht” Roczen- Auf Wiedersehen red plate, my old friend, until we meet again.  Last night was not awesome for the points leaders in either class. Much like the TV camera, it certainly appeared that red plate was adding about 30 pounds of unwanted weight to the front of those bikes. Neither Seely nor Roczen had a night for the ages and left the bay minus that pretty red plate. I predict better things are ahead for both going forward. Riding Grade: C-  Gear Grade: C+ (A return of his A1 kit, this stuff is a little too crazy for my taste)

 

 

7th Place: Justin “Eject Mav, Eject!” BarciaWHOA…did you see that? That was the most amazing near-death experience since Carol Ann was told to go into the light. How in the H-E-Double hockey sticks did he manage to not pummel himself into a shaggy blonde ragdoll on that? Feet off the pegs? Check. Nose down and completely out of control into a rhythm section? Double check. If that were this guy, I would have been into the cheap seats and straight to the ICU in .43 milliseconds.

 

 In the end, it came down to an amazing save and another subpar night for the Bamster. Not sure what is going on with is team, but something seem to be amiss. Maybe the CRF is still not up to snuff, or maybe he has just been watching to much Honey Boo Boo. Either way, it is not good. Considering Team Barcia was getting cheesed off at him getting thirds last year, I can’t imagine they can be too pumped with this current situation. Still, he did finally look like someone other than a One Direction groupie dressed him, so there is that.   Riding Grade: C+ (Not a great night overall, but a solid comeback after nearly meeting his maker) Gear Grade: B- (I was hoping for a return to the Wonder Woman getup, but no dice)

 

 

8th Place: Will “I pulled a quad” Hahn- Wilbur, you diminutive little acrobat you. You had those commentators abuzz with tails of your aerial antics. You would have though they had never seen Winners Take All for goodness sake. Everyone knows the Himalayas are the ultimate Supercross obstacle and all this talk of jumping four little mounds is just so much hyperbole. You need distance, not height my friends, and make sure you check that throttle cable.  Riding Grade: B  Winners Take All Grade: 4 Carl’s Gear Grade: B

 

9th Place: Jake “The other green guy” Weimer-  It has to be tough being Jake. You have a Factory ride in the most successful team, you had the most successful trainer (and quit him) and you are teamed with the gnarliest munchkin this side of the Emerald City. That is a lot of pressure for anyone, and Jake does not seem to relish it. He seems like an awesome guy and maybe, just a bit to nice for this line of work. Top ten is certainly nothing to bat an eye at, but I’m sure he and his team hope for more. I think a podium is still possible, but he will need a little help to get it.  Riding Grade: C  Gear Grade: C (Didn’t hate it, or love it, and they still can’t spell)

 

10th Place: Andrew “All smiles” Short- Another nice night of racing for BTO’s top gun. Andrew got a little face time by winning a Semi race (Thank you again Feld) and got to give a little love to BTO and KTM. In the main, he was solid but outside of the main battle so we did not see much of him on TV. Still, he pulled a sweet whip at the finish of the Semi and got to show off his Fly threads. I’m glad to see Shorty putting together such a solid year and hope he keeps it rolling. Riding Grade: B  Gear Grade: A very fly B+ 

By teyblyy Posted in Misc

A2-The resurrection of Reed

                                              

 

 Sweet Mary Mother of Moto was that one awesomely amazing night of racing! Hell, I was pretty much satisfied after Dunge’s man berries dropped in the first heat and he started going all Bradshaw on everyone.  The dude was froggie last night and just looking to jump. Little did I know that was just an appetizer salad to a main course of Supercross thrills, spills and chills.

 

 On top of all that great racing, we had the retro night, which is right in my wheelhouse as you might imagine. I totally love stuff like this that mixes things up and adds a little spice and it was great to see some of the teams get behind it. A major bravo to Team Honda, JGR, Crossland Motorsports and all the other guys who donned retro gear and even a few crazy seventies numbers. I would also like to send a major raspberry to all the teams that stuck to the same old, same old and just ran their usual kit. Would it have killed Kawasaki to be green again for ONE NIGHT? Sure, their bike might not look like the same stupid Monster can it has since 2007, but come on! Have a little fun for poop’s sake.  Everyone knows you can’t go full retard and win an Oscar, but you can go full retro and win the hearts of millions (ok maybe hundreds, but still).

 

 Here are my thoughts on probably my favorite night of racing in the history of EVER.

 

 1st Place- Chad “Write off this” Reed:  First of all, I want to preface things by stating that I am indeed a total Chad Reed homer. I have pulled for him since he got here and love the guy’s heart and determination. I pulled for him against the nearly unbeatable RC and Stewart, and I have pulled for against the litany of other guys he has had to face in the last decade plus. Yes, I was incredibly cheesed off when he went all pussy and bailed on the outdoors, but I stood by my man nonetheless. I nearly died when he hit the Chad-a-pult and damn near cried when he cartwheeled at Dallas two years ago. I love motocross, so I always enjoy it no matter who wins, but I really care when it involves Chad. For whatever reason, he is my guy, and will be so until he hangs up that #22.

 

  That said, even I had my doubts CR22 would ever hit the top step again. First of all, he was pretty much not great last year and second of all, he was pretty  much not great last year. Plus he is old, stubborn, finicky, running his own team, has a kid, is richer than Midas and blah blah blah…. Well you know what? I was wrong. I was dead wrong. And holly s%#@! balls am I glad to admit it.

 

 Last night, Chad showed that he may indeed be the most mentally tough man ever to race in this sport. Since 2002, Chad has been up against some of the greatest riders the sport has ever seen and every one has had his number. He has been beaten over and over, but never let that defeat him mentally. To keep fighting and believing in yourself, after all that, is a rare gift and probably more important than the great physical gifts Chad has been blessed with. Lots of dudes are fast, but very few are as tough and doggedly tenacious as number 22. He really is one of a kind, and I count myself lucky to have been able to watch him over the years. Thanks again for the ride. Riding Grade: A+++++++++++(Seriously, what do you think I was going to give him? I was going to give him more, but I ran out of pluses.) Gear Grade: A (loved the Emig inspired retro Shift threads. It could have used a little more camo, but I’ll allow it).

 

 2nd place- James “Hey, that’s my foot” Stewart:  This was a very solid ride by the formerly fastest man on the planet. He inherited the lead when my other man crush, Dungey, huck-a-bucked himself out of the driver’s seat and looked like a shoe-in for the win. To be honest, however, even then I had my doubts about whether James could hold on for the win. Whenever I watch him, I am just waiting like a kid turning a Jack-in-the-box. Dut-tadut-ta-dudaly-dute-SPRONG!

 

 At any point, the crash may come, but to his credit, JS7 kept it on two wheels last night. This in spite of two pretty aggressive moves by RV and a pretty blatant attempt to steal his oh-so-minty boots (maybe RV needed to freshen his breath). James was really lucky not to break something or twist a knee in that exchange. After that, it still looked like he might hold on, but for maybe the third time in twelve years, he was not as fast as Chad Reed. That was the race, plain and simple. Stew just did not have the Aussie covered this night and the Universes got put on their head.

 

 Still, a second is very solid and he is actually not out of the title fight in spite of a DNF at A1. Overall, it was a very good night for Suzuki and the ripped one.    Riding Grade: B+ (No Crazy Balls, but no yard sale either)  Gear Grade: B- (Not loving the whole schmedium thing James has going on this year, but I actually liked the black and yellow colorway)

 

3rd place- Kenny “My English is better than yours” Roczen: Hello red plate, my old friend, it is nice to have you back. Last night was a solid performance by Zee German. At one point I thought it was going to be his race to win, but then he seemed to tighten up and got gobbled up by the Twotwo Express. He certainly looked fast and capable of winning. Personally I think the Red Bull buzz wore off on about lap 14 and then he hit the wall. Whatever the reason, it was a nice podium finish and enough to take back that pretty red plate. Plus, his Fox gear looked badass, so there is that. Riding Grade: B  Gear Grade: A

 

4th place- Justin “Captain Retro” Brayton:  OK, now this is how you do retro. JGR hit it out of the park with this 70’s bumblebee get up (Big win! When was the last time anyone looked at a Yamaha and did anything but scratch their head?). Personally, I think Yamaha should bring back this look as at least an optional color. It always looks cool and really resonates with the only demographic with enough money to actually afford a 450 four-stroke these days. When you added in Brayton’s old school gear, you had by far the best look of retro night.  

 

 As to Cele-Brayton’s riding, I thought he rode very well once again. His heat race win was exciting to watch and showed that last week was no fluke. He did a great job holding off RV, then got passed and passed him back for the win! #Awesome

 

 The main did not go as well with a so-so start, but he kept his head down, stayed out of the carnage and carded a very good fourth. Overall, this was a great night for JGR with a heat win (and sweet look) and now Justin is only five points out of the series lead! Riding Grade: A+ (Heat) B (Main) Gear Grade: A retrotastic A+

 

5th Place- Ryan “Pardon me, is that your boot?” Villopoto: Bit of a rough night for the champ. First, his team totally sucks a big one by not going full retro, then he tries to steal Stew’s boot (unsuccessfully), then he gets torpedoed by the second coming of Damon Bradshaw. Overall, it was a pretty bummer of an evening by the gingeriest leprechaun in moto. Oh well, there is always next week to smash everyone’s will again.  Riding Grade: C+   Gear Grade: C (No retro-BOOOOOOOO)

 

6th Place- Ryan “ You want some of me punk?” Dungey: WHOA NELLY! Where in the name of man friends did this come from? It would appear Dungey is tired of everyone from Matthes to Kelly Rippa busting his balls about not being aggressive enough. Last night, the guy rode like he had a scorpion in his Feeguns. Torpedo Tickle-check. Ram Ryan-double check! Win race….well, we may have to work on that part of the equation.

 

 Early on, it looked like this might be the Dungenator’s night to zero in on a victory. Then his targeting computer went all haywire and he started careening off stuff. Oh well, he still got to tell all the pit pundits to suck it and Roger to get off his back. Plus he executed a nearly perfect pick-up pass on the redheaded munchkin so he got my vote.  With the top five only 5 points apart, this is still anybody’s game. Did I mention I love this sport?  Riding Grade: C (Should have had the win, but pooped the bed) Aggressiveness Grade: 5 Bradshaw’s    Gear Grade: A- (Not really retro, but very nice none the less)

 

7th Place- Weston “Everything he hits, he destroys” Peick: Awesome ride by The Nihilist to seventh place. On a night were Reed won, it is fitting his archenemy from last year should have a good night as well. This was a major bounce back (pun intended) for Peick who tried to teach Phoenix who was the boss last week by pounding the bejesus out of the track with his linebacker’s physique. It was a great showing for the guy who just does not give a f&%#. Riding Grade: A  Gear Grade: B+ (bonus points for the sweet retro yellow and blue Zook)

 

 8th Place- Josh “It’s my turn to make the main this week “ Hill: Wow, it really was a retro night last night, Josh hill won something (Semi) and made the top ten. J-law must have been rolling a car somewhere in tribute. Smoke ‘em if ya got’em!

 

 I like Josh and am happy to see him have a solid finish. It would be nice for RCH if both their guys could make the main on the same night, but it appeared the Universes had Tickle in their sights last night.  Oh well, maybe next week.  Riding Grade: B Gear Grade: B

 

 9th Place- Andrew “Bubba Burger” Short: Another top ten for Shorty and he is only four points back from Twilight Sparkle (What in the hell was with Barcia’s get up last night? He looked like someone rolled him in yogurt and then barfed French fries all over him. The dude just can’t stop giving) in seventh for the title chase. It would be nice if he could maybe win a semi to get a little face time with the cameras, but overall BTO has to be pleased.  Riding Grade C+ Gear Grade: B

 

 

10TH Place-Jake “I’m glad Dungey did not stuff me this time” Weimer: Do you think the people running Answer know that ANSR is not a word? I know these home schooled kids that don’t make it need a job, but seriously. Every time I see it, I want to take Johnny O’s boot gator and smack someone in the face with it. Somewhere in Santa Rosa, Micky Dymond is ashamed… Riding Grade C- Gear Grade: Do you have to ask the ansr?

By teyblyy Posted in Misc