Did you see the first edition of the MX Vice ‘Memorable Moments’ last week? If not, allow me to explain what is going on here. Seeing as there is very little racing left to enjoy this year, we have started to reflect on what has transpired in the last eleven months. The first edition of ‘Memorable Moments’ went live last Tuesday, and here is another.
Bulgarian GP Rider Attendance:
Unfortunately, the Bulgarian GP was memorable for all the wrong reasons; it was at that race that we first saw less than twenty riders entered for the MX1 class. Sadly, this did turn into a regular occurrence soon enough, to the dismay of most. It seems as though the 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship will be remembered for the empty gates, which really is unfortunate, as putting that aside, we saw amazing things this season, most of which will be touched on in this column each week.
The Return of a Legend:
Undoubtedly, one of the more popular decisions that Youthstream made this year was to go back to Maggiora for the first time in many years. Maggiora is popular with many fans of the sport around the world, because of the legendary events that it has hosted in the past. It did not disappoint this year, fortunately, as the MX1 GP was arguably one of the better races we saw over the course of the season. Of course, the Italian fans would have gone home slightly disappointed, as Paulin defeated their hero (Cairoli) on his home turf. But, for us, that added to the excitement of the event!
AMA Motocross Welcomes the Rookies:
I am sure that you are thinking that rookies enter the sport every year, so what makes 2013 so memorable? Well there was a lot of hype surrounding the rookies that made their debut this year, and in a couple of years time, I’m sure that we will be reminiscing about their first season as a professional whilst they are hoisting a number one plate high above their head. Of course, the guys that I am talking about are Cooper Webb and Adam Cianciarulo. Sure, it was not the most successful debut for either guy. However, they eventually made an impact, and served notice that they are going to be a major player in the near future.
Cooper had the best time of it on paper, as he was the only one of the two that finished on the overall podium (he did this at the Lake Elsinore season finale). However, both riders ran up front on a few occasions, just like most thought they would. I am sure that Adam would have had the same sort of success as Webb (if not better), had he not succumbed to illness and then had to deal with an iron deficiency for the remainder of the season. It is going to be very interesting watching these two in the coming years.
An American Adventure:
Clement Desalle, and Kevin Strijbos were put under the spotlight earlier this year, when they elected to compete in rounds two and three of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season. It is very interesting whenever a rider decides to compete in a different series across the pond, hence why we were all watching intently. Although neither guy enjoyed the same sort of success that they have in the FIM Motocross World Championship, they were competitive. Desalle scored fifty eight points in total, with a best finish of fifth (twice). In comparison, Kevin had a seventh, as his strongest finish, with forty-five points scored overall. Intriguingly, that trip has left them contemplating a full-time move to the United States in the near future.
The Resurgence of Whatley:
Kristian Whatley hogged a lot of the headlines this year; his resurgence was a popular talking point for most. Going into 2013, very little people were talking about Whatley. However, the MBO Sport Yamaha rider forced everyone to sit up and take notice; he was simply dominant whilst working towards three titles! Although we didn’t consider him a contender for wins at the beginning of the year, it was expected of him by the time the gates fell at Farleigh Castle. When we look back on 2013 in a couple of years time, it will be remembered because of Whatley, and how dominant he was. It truly was an incredible season.
Words by Lewis Phillips
Image courtesy of Suzuki Racing