Well here we are: the final day of 2013. Could there be a better time to reflect on what has transpired this year? Over the last month, we have looked at a lot of memorable moments, ranging from Millsaps’ A1 win to what we have below.
AMA Motocross Championships Decided:
Undoubtedly, both Ryan Villopoto (450MX) and Eli Tomac (250MX) deserved their AMA MX titles this year. Prior to the start of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series, they were both the heavy favourites for their respective championships, so it was not surprising at all when they claimed their number one plates in Utah. Eli won the first 250MX title of his career. So, this will be a poignant moment when we look back on his career in a few years. Of course, a lot of people thought that he would win the title sooner, after Tomac won his first ever race back in 2010. Ryan Villopoto is on the other end of the spectrum; he has now won five AMA MX titles. But, he was particularly dominant this year.
Monster Energy Cup Madness:
The Monster Energy Cup is a special (and unique) event each year. Despite the fact that the MEC has only been around for three years, it has already become an established event that has become a permanent fixture on the motocross calendar. I believe that the 2013 edition of the event was the greatest one yet; we saw some crazy stuff. The ‘Joker Lane’ was at the centre of a lot of the excitement – both Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto missed the lane in separate mains, which had a massive impact on the results. Of course, there was the big fall that RV had after missing the lane, which also sent the world into frenzy. Clearly, the event was very exciting, and that is without mentioning James Stewart and his unlikely win following an eighth in the first main event!
The Untimely Retirement of Kevin Windham:
When Kevin Windham started the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, it was clear that things were not going great for him. However, despite this, it was still a big shock when he announced his retirement in between practice and the night show at A2. Although it was known that he was going to retire at some point in the near future, no one saw his Anaheim 2 announcement coming! It seems like it was the best decision for him, as he is now thriving in his new environment. Now, K-Dub is going into Anaheim 1 as a spectator for the first time in his career, which is going to be a very different experience.
Kurt Caselli Passes at the Baja 1000:
When it was revealed that Kurt Caselli had passed on following an incident at the Baja 1000, the motocross community were both stunned and silenced. Undoubtedly, this story was the most upsetting moment to come from this year; it hit everyone hard. At first, some rumours suggested that the fatality was a result of a booby trap. However, an animal crossing the track is now given as the reason for his fall. Whatever the cause, the result was that the sport lost an amazing rider. Kurt had enjoyed success in GNCC, WORCS, ISDE and Hare and Hounds, to name a few. Caselli truly was one of the greatest off-road riders – RIP Kurt.
The Final Southwick National:
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series visits a lot of tracks that are very similar; the soil is ripped and prepped to perfection more often than not. But there has always been one brutal circuit that separates the men from the boys. Southwick has a long and rich history in the sport; the event usually chucks up some surprises, because it is the only sand track on the schedule. It was announced at the start of the year that the 2013 Southwick National would be the last, sadly. So, the race this year was something special. Although there are rumours out there that suggest the event could make a comeback in the near future, as it stands at the moment there won’t be a national there again, which is unfortunate.
Words: Lewis Phillips
Image: Suzuki Racing