The Matthes Report: Hangtown

Matthes breaks it down.

Wednesday 25th May 2016
7:17pm GMT

Matthes breaks it down.

Well folks, we’ve now begun our outdoor motocross series here in America. Supercross is over and it’s now time to open up that throttle, hang back and push it to the limit. I love supercross but near the end of that series, I’m ready for outdoors.

Hangtown, in Northern California, was the site of round one and we saw winners in each class that weren’t that surprising, but the way they won was. Joey Savatgy on the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki went 1-1 and looked awesome. Jimmy John’s RCH Suzuki’s Kenny Roczen went 1-1 and really laid waste to everyone. Both riders were dominant and the rest of the classes were probably wondering what in the hell happened?

The good thing about the series is there’s a hell of a lot more racing to go and with most of the tracks on the east coast, there are circuits coming up that are quite different from Hangtown. So if you didn’t do as well as you would’ve liked that’s two things that you can tell yourself in order to sleep at night.

With that in mind let’s peruse some comments from some riders and other people after Hangtown to hear what they had to say and then translate that into what they REALLY meant.

Ken Roczen: “Like everybody says, nobody really knows where they’re at. Sometimes you can come in and feel really good and you’re not that good, or the other way around. I felt like I was riding a little better in the first moto, but second moto I made the pass happen pretty quick. I actually didn’t have that good of lines. Towards the end with a few laps to go I switched up some of the lines, because I stuck to the same line and I’m like, man, I don’t really like it."

Translation: “I didn’t know where I was at coming in here, my lines weren’t great and I STILL killed these dudes! How sweet is that?"

Joey Savatgy: “But, all in all, I knew I would be in the top five. My main goal was to come here and leave on the podium. I would be happy with a podium, especially because it’s a long series"

Translation: “I would be happy with just making it out of here alive, because a lot of the 250 guys lose their minds out there. I can’t believe I survived and actually won this damn thing."

Phil Nicoletti: “It was good for first round. Tenth overall, I’m happy with it."

Translation: “I hate California and hate California tracks, so to make the top ten overall is amazing for me."

Andrew Short: “Yeah, my second moto was definitely a lot better. My speed was definitely my weakness today. This track didn’t suit my style. I feel like when it’s hard pack and fast you have to kind of go balls to the wall and that’s not my style. I was expecting it to be a lot sandier and rougher and softer."

Translation: “Yeah, my second moto was definitely a lot better. My speed was definitely my weakness today. This track didn’t suit my style. I feel like when it’s hard pack and fast you have to kind of go balls to the wall and that’s not my style. I was expecting it to be a lot sandier and rougher and softer." Andrew Short does not lie people!

Roger DeCoster: “For us, Ryan is always a little bit conservative at the first round and it was the same this year, although I was happy that the gap was not as big as last year. Last year I was really worried leaving here."

Translation: “Did you see how bad Tomac smoked us last year? At least this year Ryan kept the leader in sight! I feel SO, SO, SO much better right now."

Roger DeCoster (again): “He [Musquin] knows what he needs to work on. He needs to work on himself. The 450 is a tough class and a lot of guys go fast."

Translation: “Yeah, uhhh Marvin just really needs to man up here."

Words: Steve Matthes | Lead Image: Suzuki Racing


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