Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Recap of the AMA Toyota Motocross National far

So far this years Toyota AMA national’s sponsored by FMF have been exciting to say the least. In the fo fiddy class, RC has been killin it! Last weekend at high point, that double he was doing was nutz. That is now officially the Ricky Carmichael jump, and rightly so. James has been strong too, but he doesn’t seem like the same rider he was in the AMP’D MOBILE Supercross season. Hopefully he’ll step his game up sometime within the next 3 races, before the G.O.A.T. is gone for good. With the absence of Chad Reed, the bottom spot on the podium has been opened up, and so far it seems like we’re going to be seeing a lot of Davi Millsaps in the bronze position (at least in the races that Ricky will be attending). Davi has looked very strong this season, and seems to be right where he left off last year, after missing a good majority of races with an injury.
Not only is Davi racing really strong, but he has made the holeshot, and art form. Your pretty safe if you put your money on number 118 to cross the white line first. Now he just need’s a good nickname like Donnie "holeshot" Hansen. Any ideas?
The 2fiddy class has been very exciting as well, as we’ve already seen 2 different overall winners in 2 rounds. This season appears to be up in the air. Ryan Villopoto is last year’s defending champ and is running the number 1 plate with the red background (change your number to white man!). He has been hot, but not quite blistering hot like last year. He only has one moto win, and has been outright beaten by his Pro Circuit teammate Ben Townley.
Before the racing even started there was controversy though, as two of the front-runners, Villopoto and Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence, Tangled in practice Saturday evening, which resulted in a fight, and some disciplinary actions. RV was fined a small some of cash, and J-Law got fined, put on probation, and the always sought after, 40th gate pick (I hope you can sense the sarcasm) But J-Law has looked strong, and it seems like he will defiantly ear the top spot on the podium at some point this year.
Some of the other riders to ride really strong are Josh Grant, who got his first win ever last week at high point, Broc Tickle, Ryan Dungey, Brett Metcalfe, and Josh Hill. Although Josh Hill hasn’t quite rode up to his potential, yet, he has been putting in top 10 finishes pretty regularly.
We’re only 2 races into the season, and I’m still pumped as hell for the outdoor season. Outdoor motocross is true racing to me, not perfectly groomed tracks that have sub-1 minute lap times in supercross. The true men shine in motocross, and I think this season, we will really see who’s got chest hair, and who’s got peach fuzz.

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