Location: Houston (Reliant Stadium)
Date: March 31, 2012
Photographer: John Basher
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Lens: 300mm f/2.8 IS
Focal length: 300mm
Exposure: 1/800 sec.
MXA VIDEO: A LOOK AT CHRISTIAN CRAIG’S GEICO HONDA CRF250
We know that it can go through the whoops
TRENDING UP, DOWN OR STAYING FLAT
Which 450 class racers are trending upward, falling back, or remaining relatively flat through five rounds?
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: AUSTIN FORKNER
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TRAVIS SEWELL’S ARENACROSS POST-RACE INTERVIEW
PIT TRIP: PHOENIX SUPERCROSS
There’s only so much one can see between afternoon practice, meeting your favorite riders, getting your forehead signed and getting to your seat for the night program. The struggle is real. We typically sprint from the stadium to the pits and back several times over the course of race day in order to capture all that encompasses Supercross. It’s nice sharing some of the images our hard-working staff are able to capture from sun-up to well beyond sun-down. Our resident video guy, Travis Fant, and our newest recruit at MXA, Kyoshi Mckizzie, were on hand in Phoenix, Arizona, for round five of the Supercross series. Below are the people and products that caught their attention.
JARRYD MCNEIL: EVOLUTION OF TWO WHEELS
BY THE NUMBERS: CHRISTIAN CRAIG
Take a look at Christian Craig’s professional racing career by the numbers:
16…The number of 250 Supercross races Craig has competed in.
9.8…Craig’s average finish in those 16 races.
5.6…Craig’s average finish this season.
2.3…His average finish the past three races.
87…The number of points Craig has earned this season (through five rounds).
87…The number of points Craig earned during his 250 West campaign in 2013 (eight races).
11…The current points gap between Cooper Webb and Christian Craig.
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HERE IS THE NEWS
The field should be deeper this weekend with the return of several big-name riders. Others will be hampered by injuries, but will still give it a go at San Diego.
Justin Bogle: The Geico Honda rider broke his foot and has been out of action since San Diego 1. Team manager, Mike LaRocco, confirmed that Bogle will be back on the gate this weekend. Bogle finished 13th in his 450 Supercross debut and finished 22nd at San Diego 1. He went down on lap 13 of the 450 main in San Diego.
Blake Baggett: Factory Suzuki’s duo of James Stewart (concussion) and Blake Baggett (shoulder) missed the Phoenix Supercross this past weekend. I spoke with Baggett last Friday about his heat race crash at Oakland, which left him with deep bruising in the shoulder he recently had surgery on. Blake was relatively pleased with his performance up until the crash, stating that he only had five days of Supercross riding under his belt before lining up at Oakland. Expect Baggett to race San Diego this weekend.
Trey Canard: The HRC Honda team took part in Thursday’s press day before Phoenix. It was advantageous for Trey Canard, who is still trying to recover from the effects of a tattered hand. Canard rode press day, but determined that his hand wasn’t strong enough to race. Trey could race this weekend, but there’s no reason to rush. He’s currently 14th in points, nearly 100 points behind Ryan Dungey. With the title is well out of reach, Canard should focus on winning races. That won’t happen if he’s incapable of holding onto the bike.
THAT MOMENT YOU WISH 53,000 FANS WEREN’T WATCHING
NON-MOTO: TOO UNREAL NOT TO WATCH
This is old footage, but it’s a great account of Felix Baumgartner’s historic feat
HAWKSTONE INTERNATIONAL MOTOCROSS WARM-UP RACE
The first big overseas warm-up race took place at the historic Hawkestone motocross venue in Great Britain this past weekend. Many of the Grand Prix stars showed up to test their mettle, including Clement Desalle, Shaun Simpson, Jeffrey Herlings, Thomas Covington, Ben Townley, Kevin Strijbos and Max Anstie. The loose surface, combined with typically damp conditions, resulted in great disparity between the haves and have-nots of European motocross. Shaun Simpson, the home country hero and surprise overall GP winner in 2015, went 3-1 in moto scores at Hawkstone to take the overall from factory Kawasaki’s newest addition, Clement Desalle. Factory Suzuki’s Ben Townley (yes, the one and only Ben Townley) finished third after going 6-2 on the day.
In the 250 class it was a runaway for KTM’s ace, Jeffrey Herlings. The flying Dutchman is logging another season in the 250 class, much to the dismay of general opinion. It was no surprise that Herlings swept both motos, or even that he bested everyone in the combined 250/450 Super Final. Jeffrey’s fastest lap time in the Super Final was 1-1/2 seconds faster than runner-up, Shaun Simpson. Let it be known that Ben Townley logged the fastest time in the Super Final, but he finished 22nd after encountering difficulty.
Hawkstone uncovered several truths leading into the GP series (which kicks off in Qatar on February 27th). First, Shaun Simpson looks fresh and confident. Second, Jeffrey Herlings will likely only lose the 250 World title by his own doing (how many times have we heard that before?). And finally, Hawkstone was a reminder for the GP stars that they won’t actually get to see good soil until the GP series makes its way back to Europe after flyaway races in Qatar and Thailand.
450 Class Results:
1. Shaun Simpson
2. Clement Desalle
3. Ben Townley
4. Brad Anderson
5. Kevin Strijbos
6. Kevin Wouts
7. Marc DeReuver
8. Jake Millward
9. Ashley Wilde
10. James Hutchinson
250 Class Results:
1. Jeffrey Herlings
2. Davy Pootjes
3. Max Anstie
4. Ben Watson
5. Jeremy Seewer
6. Adam Sterry
7. Bas Vaessen
8. Liam Knight
9. Benoit Paturel
10. Roy Van-Heugten
11. Thomas Covington
Superfinal (Combined 250/450) Results:
1. Jeffrey Herlings
2. Shaun Simpson
3. Kevin Strijbos
4. Clement Desalle
5. Ben Watson
6. Bas Vaessen
7. Benoit Paturel
8. Jeremy Seewer
9. Adam Sterry
10. Marc DeReuver