Vegas: What Really Happened/Photo Gallery
SX says goodbye until 2013
2012 Monster Energy Supercross Put to Bed in Vegas
Outdoor Nationals Here We Come
Photos: Kardy, Typos: Hoffman
It didn’t even matter if all three supercross titles had already been determined, a soldout crowd still embarked for a weekend of debauchery off the track and racing on the track. There were no real surprises in Vegas, at least with regard to the racing. The usual suspects that were still in the game won their respective classes. Dungey, the last of the big dogs left in the Supercross class took his fourth win for KTM and solidified that Katoom is here to stay and will return in 2013 as title contender once again.
The battle royal was pretty much in the Lites East/West Shootout that is dedicated to the late Dave Coombs. Team Geico Honda consisting of Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac owned the night and titles in both divisions. In the past we expected Pro Circuit to pull off such feats—not this year. Team Geico dominated, yet a lot of the battles were often between Team Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki and Geico Honda. It was a almost race inside of a race, yet this year Factory Connection and their team prevailed.
In the Supercross/450 class it was a trying season. Just check this out, only three riders in the entire class ended up scoring points in all 17 rounds, Davi Millsaps, Mike Alessi, and Brett Metcalfe. I’m not sure if that is some sort of record for a 16 or 17 round series. If you think about it and figure that of the 40-60+ racers that raced the Supercross class each and every week, and only 3 scored points at every round, you realize just how difficult it is to race supercross. There was only one Stewart in Vegas this past weekend and it was not the one everyone was talking about. It wasn’t announced until after the weekend but most realized by that point that James Stewart was jumping ship mid-season and would show up at Hangtown aboard a JGR Yamaha. Just like we suspected and many predicted, James popped up all over the internet on Monday with video and images of him riding a Yoshimura Suzuki.
There was also video of him from over the summer riding a Zuk before he signed on with JGR. This now brings up an interesting point. If he’s on his game and comfy on his new Suzuki, will he run away with the series or will Dungey give him a run for his money or vice versa? And there could be a few spoilers in the field on fill-in rides and you never know if the old Mike Alessi will show up and put down some heat. In a few weeks we will find out when the opening round of the outdoor season heads to Sacramento, California.
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