MXA MID-WEEK REPORT BY JOHN BASHER

April 22, 2014
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BIGGEST RACE OF THE YEAR? NEW JERSEY SUPERCROSS!

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Sure, there’s Anaheim 1, Glen Helen, the Monster Energy Cup and the Las Vegas Supercross finale, but this year none are in the same league as the New Jersey Supercross. Why? That’s an easy answer. Supercross is finally in the Northeast! Being a New York native, I didn’t witness a Supercross race first-hand until making the move out to California. It’s sad that I had to move thousands of miles away from home just to catch a Supercross. But at last the Supercross series is visiting an area of the country that was ignored for so long. Hallelujah! Below are a few nuggets of information if you’re traveling to East Rutherford, New Jersey, for the inaugural race.

Weather conditions:

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Race day schedule:

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Buy tickets HERE.

Toyota Triple Challenge Standings:

The three-race points-earning challenge within the Supercross series concludes this weekend in New Jersey. The winner of the three-round challenge will be given a new 2014 Toyota Tundra. Previous rounds included Anaheim 3 and Dallas. This is the tightest points battle going. Maybe next year’s Supercross points race should be based on three events during various times in the series. Wouldn’t that be something?

1. James Stewart…39
2. Ryan Villopoto….38
3. Justin Barcia……38
4. Ken Roczen…….37
5. Justin Brayton….31

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS EAST RUTHERFORD PREVIEW SPECIAL

THE GREAT POINTS RACE

Who’s going to win Supercross titles? Here’s the breakdown:

450 Supercross:

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The Champ should have another title sewn up this weekend in Jersey.

Ryan Villopoto – Only a fool would bet against RV winning his fourth consecutive 450 Supercross Championship. As things sit, Villopoto has a 48-point advantage over James Stewart. If Stewart wins, Villopoto must finish 18th or better. Why not 19th? If Stewart wins this weekend, Villopoto will be exactly 25 points ahead. Normally that would be enough points to seal the deal, except for the fact that Stewart would have six main event wins to Villopoto’s five wins. All Ryan would have to do in Las Vegas is qualify for the main event.

250 West:

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Jason Anderson has been the aggressor in the 250 West. So far it has been to his advantage.

Jason Anderson – With only one race remaining in the 250 West (Las Vegas), Jason Anderson is eight points ahead of Cole Seely. Those are the only two players, as everyone else has been mathematically eliminated. It’s easy to believe that Anderson will win the 250 West, since he’s the points leader. However, there are several indicating factors that cause me to pick Jason for the title. (1) He stalked down Seely at the first two rounds and won. (2) He does very well on hard pack tracks. Las Vegas dirt is like a pool table. (3) Anderson lost his mind in Seattle, going off the track and crashing, yet he still finished second. There are a few riders that could provide enough of a buffer for Seely to pick up valuable points (Justin Hill, Dean Wilson, Cooper Webb, Malcolm Stewart and Zach Osborne), but Seely and Anderson have proven to be the standouts. Anderson’s aggressiveness has been his biggest advantage in the 250 West, but it could also be his downfall if the pressure is on.

250 East:

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Martin Davalos has the best opportunity of his career to win a 250 Regional Supercross title.

Martin Davalos[Note: there are rumors circulating that Davalos crashed today at Milestone and might have injured his ankle(s) or foot (feet). Obviously the odds would favor Justin Bogle, who has a 21-point lead over Blake Baggett]. Again, I’m going with the current points leader. Why Martin Davalos? He has proven to be most consistent. Davalos has only flubbed one race (Detroit, sixth), whereas Justin Bogle has twice finished fifth place. Davalos also has two main event wins to Bogle’s one. Martin seems to have greater raw speed, but he’s been known to throw it away while leading. Bogle’s strategy should be to apply the pressure and hope that Martin cracks. Will Davalos? We’ll have a better indication after this weekend.

SUMMER CAMP: PANICREV RELEASES 2014 CAMPREV SCHEDULE

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Glen Helen in Southern California on July 28th, 29th & 30th

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WHO’S MOVIN’ ON UP?

Here’s a breakdown of who’s moving up, could be moving up, and can stay in 250 Supercross for 2015.

MUST MOVE UP:

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Seely will bid adieu to 250 Supercross after this year.

Cole Seely - Cole Seely saw the writing on the wall last year. Knowing that he’d more than likely be bumped to the 450 class in 2015, Seely took every opportunity to race a 450 in Supercross. He had fill-in rides on the Muscle Milk Honda team last year, as well as during this year’s break from the 250 West. Cole has the credentials and results to make a mark in 450 Supercross, but first he must try to track down the 250 West title. Jason Anderson hasn’t made it easy. Seely sits eight points back of Anderson with only Las Vegas remaining. Jason would have to implode in order for Cole to steal the title away. It could happen.

MOVE UP IF WIN THE TITLE:

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Jason Anderson will be bumped up to the 450 class next year if he seals the deal in the 250 West.

Jason Anderson – It’s not that Jason Anderson would point out if he wins the 250 West title, but he’s in danger of falling into the same trap that Broc Tickle did after winning the 2011 250 West. Tickle hadn’t scored over 135 points in three seasons, but he had been in the class for three years. According to the AMA Rule Book, “A rider that wins a 250SX Championship will be eligible to participate in the 250SX class for a maximum of three years total regardless of what year he/she won the title. (i.e. if a rider wins the Championship in their third year of 250SX competition, they will be ineligible for the 250SX class regardless of points and therefore not eligible to defend their 250SX Championship title).” Thus, Anderson, who has been racing 250 Supercross since 2011, would be bumped up.

Davalos wants to win the 250 East, but it will come at a price.

Davalos wants to win the 250 East, but it will come at a price.

Martin Davalos - [Again, Davalos might be out with an injury for this weekend. Time will tell]. Martin, the 27 year old, has been racing 250 Supercross since 2006. This being his ninth year, Davalos still has yet to point out. As crazy as it might seem, if Martin fails to win the 250 East crown this year, he’s still eligible to race 250 Supercross. However, as the points stand, Davalos has an eight point gap over Justin Bogle. Martin is in the driver’s seat. His worst finish thus far has been a sixth. Justin Bogle has finished fifth on two occasions. If Bogle does win the 250 East, he will be able to defend his crown in 2015.

STILL ELIGIBLE IN 2015:

Dean Wilson hasn't been voted off the island yet. He's clear to race 250 Supercross next year; that is, if he wants to.

Dean Wilson hasn’t been voted off the island yet. He’s clear to race 250 Supercross next year; that is, if he wants to.

Dean Wilson – How strange it seems that Dean Wilson, perennial threat in the 250 class and 2011 AMA 250 National Champion, will still be eligible to race in the smaller displacement class next year. Wilson has struggled with injuries since winning that elusive outdoor title. At 22 years old, Deano is itching to race a 450, but he’s a smart bet to win a 250 Regional title if he stays down another year.

ON THE BUBBLE:

Will Blake Baggett race this weekend? Reports right now have Baggett at a 50/50 chance of racing in New Jersey.

Will Blake Baggett race this weekend? Reports right now have Baggett at a 50/50 chance of racing in New Jersey.

Blake Baggett – Baggett will point out of the 250 class if he scores 15 points cumulatively in the remaining two rounds. Blake scored at least 135 points in 2011 and 2012 (he was dealing with a wrist injury last year).

WHAT THE AMA SUPERCROSS RULEBOOK STATES ABOUT 250 SUPERCROSS ELIGIBILITY

It’s dry and boring, but this should provide answers

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5.2 250SX East/West Championship Guidelines

a. Riders must designate the region in which they intend to participate prior to the first event of the season.

b. Once a rider has designated their region, they may not transfer to the opposite region in the 250SX class unless the rider is injured at the first event that they are competing in, and failed to start any part of the evening program. The request must be submitted in writing to AMA. The rider must remain in the new region for the rest of the season.

c. Riders who have earned an AMA 450MX class Championship, AMA 450SX class Championship or FIM MX1 World Championship are not eligible to compete in the 250SX East/West Championship.

d. Effective with the 2007 season points, riders earning at least 135 250SX Championship points in an nine-race season, 120 250SX Championship points in an eight-race season, or 105 250SX Championship points in a seven-race season, in three seasons of 250SX competition will be ineligible for the 250SX class.

e. AMA 250SX Regional Champions may defend their championship’s the following season, with the following clarifications:

1. Champions may ride either region the following year but must only compete with the no. 1 plate when defending in the region in which they won the Championship.

2. A rider that wins a 250SX Championship will be eligible to participate in the 250SX class for a maximum of three years total regardless of what year he/she won the title. (i.e. if a rider wins the Championship in their third year of 250SX competition, they will be ineligible for the 250SX class regardless of points and therefore not eligible to defend their 250SX Championship title)

3. After a rider wins a second Championship, in either region, the rider will be ineligible for the 250SX class, regardless of points or number of years in class.

f. Riders who are advanced to the 450SX class through points or Championships won will not be eligible to return to the 250SX class.

g. Riders finishing inside the top 20 of the 450SX class points in 2011, 2012 or 2013 will not be eligible to ride the 250SX class.

h. Designated 250SX riders who competed at events outside of their region in the 450SX class in select 2013-14 events will remain eligible for the 250SX class in 2014-15, regardless of where they finish in the 450SX class points, provided that after the completion of the 2014 Championship season they are not advanced to the 450SX class through 250SX points or 250SX championships won.

1. A Designated 250SX rider is defined as a 250SX licensed rider who has declared a region and is actively competing in that region. AMA in its sole discretion will determine if a 250SX rider meets the “designated 250SX rider” criteria.

i. 250SX East/West riders may compete in the 450SX class, provided they are eligible for the 450SX class as outlined in the AMA Supercross licensing regulations. Riders may only compete in one class at each event.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DAD

My Dad and I at Glen Helen a few years ago. This picture was taken years after he sheared off the pins to the snowblower (though I'd wager that he'll still throw a tool or two when provoked).

My Dad and I at Glen Helen a few years ago. This picture was taken years after he sheared off the pins to the snowblower (though I’d wager that he’ll still throw a tool or two when provoked).

Expressing well wishes to my father on his 62nd birthday on the Mid-Week Report doesn’t seem appropriate. Let’s face it, no one wants to read gushing prose about my loving and supportive father. You don’t log on to MXA so that you can share in a Hallmark moment. Guess what? Skip this part of the weekly feature if you’re not interested, though I suggest you stick around. Why? I’ll recall a few special stories I have about my Dad–stories that you might be relatable.

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When I was younger I followed my Dad around like a lost dog. You probably did the same. I wanted to go everywhere my hero went. The auto shop? Great fun! The gas station? What an adventure! Drive to the dentist? You got it! So it should come as no surprise that I’d tag along in the dead of winter in Upstate New York as my Dad had to blow out the snow on our 3/8-mile-long driveway. Every so often he would hit a rock and shear off the pins of our snowblower. He would then march into our garage and look for tools. My Dad is many wonderful things–caring, thoughtful, smart, handy–but he goes haywire when he gets frustrated. Normally my Dad is Dr. Jekyll, but whenever those weak snowblower pins sheared, he transformed into Mr. Hyde. Tools flew across the garage as my father made wretched sounds through clenched teeth. It was in those times of desperation that my primal flight or flight response would kick in. I’d always hightail it out of the garage and into the house, a look of panic on my face. And, whenever that happened my Mom would ask the rhetorical question, “Dad’s throwing tools again, isn’t he?”

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My Dad, brother (the one saluting) and I on the deck outside our house.

My Dad, brother (the one saluting) and I on the deck outside our house.

Although I had written about the “Ty Davis” story in my Basher’s Space column several years ago, it’s still fun to recount. Before I begin, I should point out that my father isn’t much of a motocross racer. He prefers to ride around of his own volition. To him the throttle cable is meant to be teased rather than abused. It works for his riding style, because he can go at a decent clip without fear of visiting the emergency room.

One day my Dad, brother and I were riding on a big grass track around our property. Rain had softened up the dirt underneath, affording us the ability to build nice ruts in the otherwise slippery grass. We rode for quite some time, and as was my ritual, I would mark my progress up to my father’s rear wheel after every lap. Only on that summer evening I wasn’t gaining very much ground. It turned out that my Dad was ripping! He was in a groove, cutting his lap times by rolling with fluidity into each rutted corner. It was the best I had ever seen my father ride a motocross bike.

The sun peaking below the horizon, we rode back to the garage and killed the engines. My Dad had a dirt-eating grin as wide as the Grand Canyon. I should note that I used to be very good at reading my Dad’s facial expressions and guessing what he was going to say. However, nothing prepared me for the statement he made that evening. I still remember every word. He said, “Man, I feel like Ty Davis out there!” To that my brother and I nearly fell off our bikes from laughter. Ty Davis? Really? 1990 AMA 125 Supercross Champion? Off-road racing hero? Hall of Famer Ty Davis? Although my brother and I should have praised our Dad for wicking up the throttle on that one special evening, we couldn’t help but hold back tears. My father’s assessment that he was riding like Ty Davis was the cherry on top of an unforgettable day.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

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