Wow, more chaos this week. Let's jump right in shall we?
I'm going to skip through the heat races. The Pro Circuit boys had those on lock even with some solid racing and battles behind them. Let's just jump straight to the start of the 250 Main. Holy Shit. Everyone on the internet is screaming at Osby but I mean, if you watch the video closely, at least to me, Osby was going down anyway. He looked to be on the brakes but he was getting pinched off into the finish line landing. He tried to go around it, came together with everyone and it was chaos after that. If he'd have just kept his line he would have clipped the finish landing and it would have been chaos after that too. The start was going to be chaotic regardless, you can point fingers all you want but it just happens. It sucks, but it happens unfortunately. Really sucked for Martin Davalos, as he was the fastest all day, and honestly it looked pretty scary after he slammed in front of Ferrandis and looked to have his head/neck area ran over before tumbling over into the tuff blocks. This crash took out what looked like a dozen riders right off the bat.
The intensity didn't stop there though, there were lots of good battles going on. It was the East Coast series' first round and you could tell everyone wanted to prove a point. Sean Cantrell was showing some serious speed and didn't give a shit about the number 1 plate of Osborne. He was giving him all he could handle for a moment, haha. Speaking of Osborne. Osborne rides aggressive, really aggressive. Which is fine, it's Supercross, it's motorcycle racing. It's aggressive in nature. But, Osborne goes in for what I called a "Championship Winning" pass every time it looks like. Shown as one example, he slammed Forkner in a turn in the main and took him down. But, he comes in deep, almost T-bones you and then makes the pass. Now, my point is, Emig was going on about how great it was and how aggressive he was and that's just how it is with Osborne. But, last week he said that Roczen was way too aggressive and shouldn't have done what he had done. Circumstantial? Maybe. Maybe it was too early to "get aggressive" but come on, he should know better than any one, that when you're in the moment like that and racing hard, you're trying to make passes as fast as possible. Cooper almost ran Roczen off the track and I assume Roczen wanted to get passed him as soon as he could to avoid shit like that and just get to the front. But, I digress, aggressive is the name of the game, I think Osborne adds the excitement bordering that line of take-outs and I think it's awesome to see the riders pushing for it. There's obviously a line that can be crossed but...yea.
ANYway, going back to Cantrell. The rookie had such a good ride going until he got a little loose in the whoops and went down pretty hard, tuff blocks took a lot of the slam though. Osborne also had a little tip over in a turn but got back up and continued his charge, ultimately leaving him at the front where he would take the win for this opening round. Impressive rides from everyone honestly and it kind of showed that the East Coast might just be a little dicey! It'll be interesting to see what happens next. The battles in the field went down to the checkers all the way back to fifth place when Jeremy Martin got one hell of a block pass from Jordan Smith. They had a little chat coming off the track after they crossed the line. Should be solid moving forward, but, we knew it would be really.
I'll keep this short for the 450 guys. Tomac showed up once again and just completely dominated Arlington. Fastest guy all day, wins the heat and then he rips the holeshot and takes the win. Tomac is so unpredictable but when he is on, damn is he on. He looks SO good out front when he is feeling it. When he's not or something gets in his head, it's so bad. Then he puts on races like Arlington and it shows you just what he is made of and what he can do. I hope he gets in a groove now and can pull this off on a more consistent basis. I worry though that it's a little too far into the season for a full blown comeback for the Championship but this is Supercross and you never really know. It's gonna be a "take it race by race" deal and see what happens. He did move back into the top 10 in points so...we will see. Anderson had his struggles in the main but still did great damage control and maintained the points lead.
I'd also like to mention how bummed I am for Barcia. He was amazing this season and second in points, I was so pumped to see him up front again killing it. But damn, it's just one of those things. It could have been SO much worse as we have seen in the past so that's definitely a plus. He'll be back soon though and I feel like he will come back right where he left off. He seemed to have it together this year and I think the confidence will still be there.
Alright, well we are headed to Tampa this weekend so look for all sorts of action on our Instagram. Looking forward to being back at the races!
Until next time. Peace!
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