It has been a relatively busy week, as we have received a lot of news. Of course, we touch on everything that has gone on in the world of motocross right here; our Weekly Wrap Up is the most convenient place to catch up on everything that has gone on!
Injuries, Injuries, Injuries:
You may recall that Broc Tickle (of the RCH Suzuki team) crashed hard at Anaheim 2 and hurt his ribs. Although he sat out the main event on that night, he dusted himself off and got back out on-track in Oakland. However, things went from bad to worse there, as he fell in his heat race and sprained his wrist, bruised his palm, and jammed his pointer finger. Tickle has had a lot of therapy on the hand this week, but it has not been confirmed whether he will be riding at Anaheim 3 or not.
In the past, RCH Suzuki has been hindered by injuries a lot. Unfortunately, this year seems to be no different, as Josh Hill crashed in Oakland also, and broke his collarbone. So, because of his latest injury woe, Hill will be on the sidelines for around four weeks. Now, RCH Suzuki has lost both of their riders to injury. But despite this, they will not be hiring a replacement rider, as their various sponsor deals are not performance based.
Cooper Webb had a massive crash in practice on Saturday, as he clipped a jump, and flipped off of the track. If you have not seen the crash, go to his Instagram account and check it out; it was unbelievable! Although it may have looked like he did not suffer any kind of injury, he did pop his wrist out of place. So, he is carrying a small problem, at the moment, although it is not going to hinder him too much; Webb proved in the main event that he could ride with it.
Tyler Bowers, the three-time arenacross champion, has had a torrid start to the year; he has been taken out by a few of his competitors, and has run into other problems as well. It turns out that he deserves props for riding at all, let alone battling it out at the highest level! Tyler was taken out at round one, but got up and carried on. But, it turns out that he fractured his tibia in that fall, astonishingly. Despite this, he still has the most wins this year!
I think that we can all agree that the 450SX class in the Monster Energy Supercross series is stacked, right? Well, the field is going to get even deeper on Saturday night, as Eli Tomac is going make a return from injury! Eli has been out since Anaheim 1, as he collided with Jake Weimer in his heat, and pinched a nerve in his shoulder. It has taken this long for Tomac to get back up to speed, but now that he is, he will be looking to mix it up at the front.
MXGP TV Coverage Grows:
Youthstream has put together a great television package for the 2014 FIM Motocross World Championship; it has to be said. Last week, we announced that the series would be live, and delayed, on Eurosport throughout the season. Well, we all thought that would be it. But, we have now found out that each round will be live on the Motors TV channel, as well. There is going to be no excuse for missing the racing! If that was not enough, it was then announced that the series would have same day coverage on CBS in the USA and Canada too!
Thompson Packs It In:
When Cole Thompson signed with the Rockstar Energy KTM squad after Christmas, it was to replace the injured Joey Savatgy. But, when Thompson was negotiating the deal, they struck an agreement to ride a 350f on the west, before the beginning of the 250SX East series. But, he has given up on that now, as Thompson really struggled on the big bike. I thought that he would do a lot better, despite the fact that he is new to the premier class. Anyway, I digress. Cole will sit out the next couple of rounds, and prepare for his assault on the east coast.
Monster Energy Supercross, Round Five – Anaheim 3:
The 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season is flying by, it seems, as we are already heading into Anaheim for the final time this season. Ryan Villopoto became the first repeat winner in the 450SX class this past weekend; he took a commanding win. James Stewart seemed more than capable of matching his pace; so he may clinch his first win of the year tomorrow. Chad Reed has had a lot of success at Angel Stadium this season – those good vibes could spur him on. Ryan Dungey has been very hot and cold so far, but he is due a good ride; it comes down to the start for him more often than not.
In my opinion, Dean Wilson will be the man to watch in the 250SX class – he will be gunning for some redemption. It is a critical time for Dean, as he desperately needs to start chipping away at the gap between himself and Jason Anderson. Speaking of Jason, I am interested to see what would happen if he acquires the lead early, as he has not been in that position yet – he has only lead six laps so far! Cole Seely and Zach Osborne will be hoping to rebound, as well.
Amsoil Arenacross, Round Five – Milwaukee:
The 2014 Amsoil Arenacross series has been riveting thus far; there have been four different winners in the first four rounds! Zach Ames is still the series leader though. However, his gap is just two points, as Michael McDade closed in considerably. Although Tyler Bowers is riding with a fractured tibia, he is right in the thick of the title fight; he is just six points down on his teammate, Ames. The action will roll into Milwaukee this weekend for the first time in over a decade!
Garmin Arenacross, Round Four – Liverpool:
The Garmin Arenacross series will continue on this weekend, as the popular tour will roll into the Echo Arena (Liverpool) for the fourth round of the 2014 series. Fabien Izoird has won the two most recent rounds, so the Frenchman is running away with the series lead currently; he has a fourteen-point gap over Daniel McCoy. Daniel is one-point ahead of third place, Steven Clarke – those two guys will be looking to make up some ground. Kristian Whatley will be one to watch, he had a great time at the LG Arena. Elliott Banks Browne is heading into the event under the radar; he could mix it up at the front – he just needs a good start.
Words: Lewis Phillips
Image: James Lissimore