Surprisingly, it has been a relatively quiet week in the world of motocross; there hasn’t been a lot of news that has filtered through. But, we have full details on everything that has taken place around the world here, as well as a look at what is happening this weekend. Of course, our ‘Weekly Wrap Up’ is the best place to catch up on all motocross news!
Injuries, Injuries, Injuries:
Darryn Durham is one of the more popular guys in the pits, because of his style and laid-back attitude. But, despite the high expectations that his fans had of him, the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider has had a disastrous year so far. Before this year, he had not raced on the west coast, so the slick tracks are new to him. At Anaheim 2 this past weekend, the track reached up and bit him – he crashed hard in practice. Durham knocked himself out in the fall, and will miss the next couple of weeks, as a result.
AMA Supercross Penalties:
Usually, a governing body tends to stay away from any controversial penalties. However, the AMA penalized Jason Anderson at Anaheim 2, after he jumped on a red-cross flag. Anderson finished in second at the end of the main event, but he was docked two places, which meant that he was rewarded fourth for his efforts. But, the most surprising thing is that he has now lost the series lead, because of this penalty. Some are saying that the penalties are unfair, as the flags were not in his line of sight. Can you imagine the uproar if Anderson fails to win the title, because of the four points he lost at A2?
Signed, Sealed and Delivered:
Prior to the start of the 2014 Garmin Arenacross UK tour, Jack Brunell seemed like a potential title contender. However, the Oakleaf Kawasaki rider injured his ankle in Germany one week before the season opener, which obviously hindered him. Although he tried to ride in Belfast, the soft soil proved to be too tough on his fresh problem, so he pulled out. After visiting the doctor again on Monday, it has become apparent that Jack has fractured his ankle, and will have to spend the next six weeks in plaster, as a result. So, the Oakleaf Kawasaki team has signed the talented Frenchman, Romain Biela, to contest the rest of the series.
Youthstream announced this week that the 2014 FIM Motocross World Championship will be shown on Eurosport, rather than MotorsTV, like it has been in recent years. Although some rounds will not be live, they will all be broadcast on the popular channel. The agreement with the channel will span over the next three years.
MXGP Game News:
The MXGP game will be available to everyone very soon, as it will be released on the 28th March. This week, a lot of exciting news has been revealed, which has left us eager to get our hands on a copy. Firstly, it was announced that the game will have a dual stick control feature, which is a huge positive! The game will also feature every track that was a part of the 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship, except for Arco di Trento, Loket, Lierop and Sevlievo. Of course, we do not have all of the details yet, but from what we have heard thus far, this game is certainly going to be a hit!
Monster Energy Supercross, Round Four – Oakland:
The Monster Energy Supercross series has been exhilarating so far; we have seen some great battles in both classes over the first three rounds. I think that there will be more interest this weekend specifically, especially after the crazy race that happened at round three. There are going to be a lot of questions this weekend like, can Chad Reed continue his good form? This is surely the biggest story that has come out of the series this year and the great thing is that everyone seems happy for the Australian! I am intrigued to see if Dungey is aggressive again this weekend. Ryan Villopoto will be keen to get back on top; Ken Roczen looked very fast last weekend, too.
The 250SX West title fight is the closest that it has been since the opening round, following the penalty that was given to Jason Anderson. Although Cole has the momentum of his Anaheim 2 win behind him, you have to think that Jason is still in the drivers seat, as he was very fast again on Saturday – but he did not get the start. Make sure that you keep an eye on Justin Hill this weekend, also; he has the potential to do damage, so does Cooper Webb. Both Dean Wilson and Zach Osborne need to rebound this weekend, if they want to stay in the title hunt.
Amsoil Arenacross, Round Four – Greensboro:
The 2014 Amsoil Arenacross series will visit Greensboro this weekend, for the first time since 2009. Tyler Bowers returned to the top step of the podium on Saturday, and now sits second in the series, thanks to that ride. Zach Ames still leads the series standings, but his advantage has been reduced to just three measly points. Remember, the points will be reset later in the year. Both Michael McDade and Willy Browning are right behind those two, as well.
Arenacross UK, Round Three – Birmingham:
The Garmin Arenacross UK series got off to a flying start this past weekend, with some great racing over two nights in Ireland. Already, Fabien Iziord, and Steven Clarke have managed to separate themselves from the guy in third, Daniel McCoy. There is just one point in between Fabien and Steven, at the moment. Loic Rombaut, Cyrille Coulon and Kristian Whatley round out the top six. Kristian could mix it up with the top two; he has the speed, evidently.
Words: Lewis Phillips
Image: James Lissimore