Injuries, Injuries, Injuries:
Obviously, it was not going to be easy for Chad Reed to race in Arlington this past weekend. However, it certainly went worse then most of us thought it would, as he could not manage one fast lap in the daytime practice sessions. When he started to attempt his lap, he landed awkwardly, which hurt his shoulder even more, which was the greatest concern. Before his fast lap, Chad cruised around and had the forty-fifth fastest time, as a result.
This was not enough for Reed to make it into the night show. However, the AMA was happy to hand him a provisional. But, he chose not to take advantage of this – the pain was too much. So, he went to the hospital, and had surgery earlier this week. Chad will be on the sidelines for the rest of the Monster Energy Supercross season now, in order to recover.
Ivo Monticelli (Marchetti Racing KTM) unfortunately sustained an injury at the final round of the Italian International MX Championship this past weekend; he fell in the mixed elite race. Ivo sustained a fractured left hand and some lumbar vertebrae trauma. Ivo will now have to spend four weeks off of the bike, which means that he should only have to miss the opening two rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
So, now that Chad Reed is going to be on the sidelines for the rest of the Monster Energy Supercross season, he has drafted in Dean Wilson as a replacement rider. Obviously, Chad has had his eye on Dean for a while, so the move is not shocking. Wilson will not be on the line this weekend, as it is too soon for everyone. Instead, Dean will make his 450SX debut in Indianapolis next weekend.
Surprisingly, it looks like Josh Grant will make a return to racing this weekend on his JGR Yamaha, just two weeks after pulling out with a shoulder injury. Grant has been training, and riding, mid-week, so he should be healthy enough to do battle out there. The squad will have three riders beneath their tent this weekend – Atlanta was one of the races that Phil Nicoletti was scheduled to compete in. Of course, this will add to the already stacked field!
Monster Energy Supercross, Round Eight – Atlanta:
The Monster Energy Supercross series is starting to heat up again now, as James Stewart is emerging as the greatest threat to Ryan Villopoto and his title chances. Currently, all of the momentum is on James’ side. After all, he is coming off of two consecutive 450SX victories, whilst RV has looked a little off. Of course Ken Roczen is still second in the series standings, but he needs to get back on-track, and reestablish himself as a race win contender again. It may be worth keeping an eye on [Ryan] Dungey and Justin Barcia, as they will both want to capitalise on the momentum gained following their good results in Arlington.
I am really looking forward to seeing what happens in the 250SX East class, as there will be a lot of riders hoping to rebound following a lackluster round one. Honestly, I think that Adam Cianciarulo is the favourite for the win, as he looked strong in Arlington. Martin Davalos and Blake Baggett certainly have the potential to stand on top of the box, also. The Geico Honda riders, and Jeremy Martin, will be up front too, I’m sure, and could break up the Pro Circuit party at the front!
Amsoil Arenacross, Round Eight – Reno:
The Amsoil Arenacross series follows an interesting format, as the series standings are reset towards the end of the year, which ensures that the battle for the championship will always go down to the final round. Only the top ten riders in the standings are allowed to battle for the title once the points have been reset. The guys on the cusp will have to perform in Reno this weekend, as it is the final round before the chase for the crown ensues. At the moment Zach Ames has a three-point lead in the series. But, that will not matter, after this weekend, which makes you wonder what the motivation is for the leaders.
Pre-Season International – Hawkstone Park:
The Hawkstone Park pre-season international will take place on Sunday, after a lot of anticipation. Although everyone expected it to be cancelled, it will be on, as the track and the car park seems to be in great shape, surprisingly. Tyla Rattray, Todd Waters, Shaun Simpson, Tommy Searle, Rui Goncalves, Jeffrey Herlings, Max Anstie and Mel Pocock are just some of the MXGP riders that will be taking part. So, it will surely be a brilliant event! We will have full coverage of the event on MX Vice throughout next week, if you cannot make it down there yourself!
Words: Lewis Phillips
Image: James Lissimore