MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT
Rider: Brian Medeiros
Bike: 2019 Kawasaki KX250
Location: Glen Helen
Photographer: Daryl Ecklund
Shutter speed: 1600
Focal length: 200mm
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: RICK GRANT’S 2002 HONDA CR250
“This is my 2002 Honda CR250. I’m the second owner and it has really low hours. It still has the original top end and clutch. The suspension is done by N2D. I put on Renthal 971 handelbars, sprockets and chain. It is shoed with a Bridgestone 403 front tire and Michelin StarCross rear. Has new DID Dirt Star rims and new rear Honda spokes, FMF Fatty pipe and Shorty silencer. I put on a Works Connection clutch perch, Keihin PWK air striker carb, Throttle Jockey graphics blue Honda seat cover. I also took a picture of my bike with my collection of motocross des nations T-shirts from 1980-1998.” –Rick Grant.
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THEY SAID IT | 2020 SALT LAKE SUPERCROSS ROUND 13
Freddie Noren: “I’m looking forward to getting back to my normal speed and progressing from there,” said Noren. “Separate from my ankle, I’m making rookie-type mistakes on my own. These are all things I will work through and I’m ready to go race.”
Broc Tickle: “Today was a tough day all in all,” said Tickle. “I am happy I made it through all the racing, and I’m looking forward to Wednesday’s race. I’m thankful for the whole JGR crew. We can build off of this.”
Pierce Brown: “All-in-all it was a solid day and I couldn’t be happier. I ended up third in my heat race and fourth in the Main Event. This is my fifth Supercross race ever so to have my best finish yet, I’m stoked!”
Justin Barcia: “It was a tough day. Not a whole lot more to say than that. It didn’t go the way I wanted to. We’re definitely going to keep trying, stay positive and keep moving forward. I’m really looking forward to going racing in two days to try and turn things around.”
Aaron Plessinger: “It started out pretty muddy and I was doing really well in practice. I went out for the Heat race and I struggled pretty hard. The track dried out, got pretty rough but I got a good start and was moving forward before I started to struggle and fell back to fifth. In the Main, it was pretty much the same thing. I was moving forward and got up into seventh and was right on (Ken) Roczen for sixth, then I tightened up and couldn’t hold on anymore and fell back to 11th. Before the next race we’re going to make some changes and hopefully get the bike dialed in for the next round so that we can go out there and show them what we’ve got. I’m better than what I have been finishing, I’ve shown it before. We just need to figure out what the problem is and dive in on it.”
Justin Brayton: “What a crazy day–the weather was just wild! It rained all day yesterday and most of the day today. Then the sun came out right after practice, which kind of dried up the track for the heat race, which was actually pretty good. I got third and then the rain blew in again. It dropped like 10 to 15 degrees and was raining on us before the main event, but all in all it was a good day. I ended up seventh–ran sixth for a long time and then got passed with a few to go. Overall, it was a solid night. Of course I want to be closer to the top five, but I feel like we’re working our way there. We made some awesome bike changes this week and that really helped me in the muddy conditions. When I got off the track, I told the guys that I can’t wait to ride this setup in the dry, so hopefully we’ll be able to do that here in a couple days.”
Ken Roczen: “These past two races obviously haven’t been the results that we needed to be in the fight. That doesn’t mean that we aren’t still trying. Sometimes you’re dealt a hand of cards that are completely out of your control, but we’re trying to make the smartest and quickest decisions to get through some of the health issues that keep coming up. My heat went well and I led a handful of laps until I got a flat. The boulders started popping up and I think I know right where the rock got me in the whoops. With the weather changing, we tried to make a tire decision that would give me the best chances of not having that same thing happen in the main, but that obviously didn’t work well. I’m not the type of guy that likes to roll around or is satisfied with a fifth- or 10th-place finish, but sometimes if that’s the best you can do for the night, you just have to except it for what it is. I can’t thank my team enough for being patient with me and for never wavering in their support. I know the sacrifices they’re making to be up here and all of the work they’re putting in to give me the best equipment and support, and I want to do better for them. I couldn’t be more grateful for them and I hope we can turn this around and be in a better position to put up a fight on Wednesday.”
Chase Sexton: “Shane’s been kind of on a roll and I’ve been making a lot of mistakes out here, so I got a gift with that red flag. Honestly, I was being way too impatient in the first couple of opening corners in the first race. Man, when they red-flagged I’m like, ‘I gotta win this, this is my race.’ I felt really good all day, and yeah, it was really good. I felt super good. I lost my front brake like halfway through that main event. Running into lappers, it was bad out there. I felt really good, but was just kinda waiting behind Shane. I knew I was faster in the whoops and just kinda waiting for a moment to take it. And he ended up making a mistake, so it was good and I’m happy to head into this little break we got with the red plate.”
Shane McElrath: “Man it was nice to get away with a second place! It was a tough track and very tough conditions. I’m bummed to get the red flag early and then to go down while leading race after the restart, but I’m happy with my effort. We’ll come back after the break and fight for this championship.”
Colt Nichols: “Conditions were really tough tonight with the rain and the transitions between everything made it really hard to put the laps together. I was able to salvage a podium, which is always nice, but I’ve got some work to do for the last two rounds.”
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