Malcolm Stewart to fill in for Justin Bogle at Houston

Injured before the start of the season, Justin Bogle missed Anaheim 1, the season opener. After a medical check, he announced that he will not be able to recover in time to race at Houston.

Therefore, Team JGR Autotrader has announced that Malcolm Stewart will replace him at the second round of the season and will probably at the next few rounds.

Aged 25, Malcolm Stewart has won the 2016 250 East championship and has stepped up in the premiere class without any notable results. James Stewart’s younger brother was left without a ride for 2018 and therefore was available to replace Bogle.

Malcolm Stewart can be watched Saturday night in the second Main Event of the season at Houston.

 

Photo – Malcolm Stewart

Ryan Villopoto signs for Yamaha

After an entire career spent with Kawasaki, Ryan Villopoto has decided to part his ways with the green team. In a press announcement made this morning at Anaheim, Villopoto was announced as the new member of the Yamaha team.

Aged 29, Ryan Villopoto, raced his entire pro career for Kawasaki. Alongside the green team, he won ten professional titles and three MXoN wins for USA. In 2015, he also participated in MXGP, where he won one round before announcing his retirement following an injury.

It is unknown yet whether Villopoto will make a full comeback with Yamaha. Most likely he will race in demonstrative events like he did in October with Kawasaki in the two stroke event at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm.

The new Supercross season will start tonight at Anaheim.

 

Photo – Pro Motocross

Another year, another champion

For the American motorsport lovers, the new calendaristic year starts with the Supercross World Championship.

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2017?

As we remember, Kenny Roczen was starting the season with 2 categorical wins in Anaheim and San Diego, but the return to Angel Stadium brought him a heavy crash which ended his 2017 and threatened his career.

Ryan Dungey profited by this thing and won the third round after 2 2nd places. It seemed that his road to the title will be easy. It wasn’t like: Eli Tomac won 9 races, but the lack of consistency brought him the runner-up spot at the end.

Both Tomac and Marvin Musquin won their first races in Supercross, the last one being the fourth frenchmen to do so. 4 was also the number of winners last year: Jason Anderson gained his only victory in the Las Vegas finale, while Dungey claimed 4th place, enough to become a 4-time Supercross World Champion.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2018?

Speaking of Ryan, the “Minnesota Arrow” announced in May 2017 that he’ll end his racing career shortly after winning his 3rd crown in a row for KTM. Broc Tickle will be, at least for now, Musquin’s lieutenant.

Another rider to follow from the austrian manufacturer is Blake Baggett, the last year’s big surprise in AMA, who will stay with Rocky Mountain team, but with official support.

The main contender is however: Eli Tomac, the last year’s runner-up and 450 MX Champion. Eli has renewed his contract with Kawasaki and his teammate will be the same: Josh Grant.

Everybody’s asking: “How will Roczen do?”. The HRC rider will return to action on the track where he won at the first visit and ended his entire year 2 weeks later. He suffered 11 surgeries at the brutal-injured arm, but just as brutal he trained to get back to his well-known pace. Cole Seely will complete the Honda Factory duo.

Another man to follow from Honda is Jeremy Martin, who will ride only for the first few rounds at the 450 category, after it was initially announced that he’ll make a full season with GEICO Honda. In his only race from 2017, Jeremy gained a fantastic 2nd place in Daytona, Tomac been the only one who beat him.

The only former Supercross World Champion on the grid is Chad Reed. After ending his contract with Yamaha, he’ll start the new season as the only rider for his own team: CR22, riding a private Husqvarna. His seat at the japanese team will be taken by Justin Barcia and he’ll be Cooper Webb’s partner, another rider to watch.

Speaking of Husqvarna, Dean Wilson will make a full season with the factory team, after impressive results. He’ll make a duo to follow with Jason Anderson.

After RCH closed the gates last year, Autotrader Yoshimura will be the new Suzuki factory-backed team. Weston Pecik and Justin Bogle will be their riders. However, Justin will miss the first rounds due to an injury.

Beside the riders, there will also be some changes in the calendar: Detroit, Toronto and East Rutherford will take a break and they’ll be replaced by Houston, Tampa and Foxborough. The Atlanta round will be held in the Mercedes-Benz Arena, after the demolition of the Dome.

The full schedule is below:

January 6: Angel Stadium, Anaheim
January 13: NRG Stadium, Houston
January 20: Angel Stadium, Anaheim
January 27: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
February 3: Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
February 10: Petco Park, San Diego
February 17: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
February 24: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
March 3: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
March 10: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach
March 17: The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis
March 24: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
April 7: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
April 14: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
April 21: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
April 28: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City
May 5: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas.

Is it gonna be Tomac’s moment? Will Musquin come with a reply? What can we expect from Roczen or Reed? We might get some answers in less than 2 days.

 

Photo – Transworld Motocross

Justin Bogle to miss Anaheim 1

After a heavy crash suffered during a training session, Justin Bogle will have to miss the Supercross season opener at Anaheim. According to his team, Bogle will miss the first round and is not yet known when he will come back to racing.

In a brief interview prior to the season opener, Justin Bogle stated that he had a difficult off season, while he tried to soldier on with older injuries.

Justin Bogle has recently signed a deal with Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki after his old team, RCH Suzuki, ended their effort at the end of 2017.

Angel Stadium will open the 2018 Supercross season this Saturday.

 

Photo – promotocross.com

Wheelies 30 – 24. Blake Baggett (New Entry)

Nobody expected to see a satellite KTM going so well in 2018. With a huge potential already well known, Blake Baggett exploded in 2017. Without any doubts, in the outdoors he was probably the best rider in the AMA Nationals.

Unfortunately for him, Baggett narrowly missed the 450 Outdoor championship, though he won races and he held the red plate for a while during the season. More than that, after Dungey’s retirement, he was considered to be a good replacement for the newly retired Supercross champion.

In the end, he decided to stay with his team, Team Rocky Mountain ATV KTM. In 2018, this decision can be two sided. If the bike performs well, Baggett will have a huge chance in both Supercross and AMA Nationals series.

If not, he will find a way to show his huge talent. After all, the good ol’ #4 deserves another shot for glory. Ricky Carmichael knows this better than anyone else, doesn’t he?

 

Photo – Blake Bagget – Facebook

Jeremy Martin to begin 2018 in 450SX

A major announcement was made yesterday by the Honda Racing Corporation team. Jeremy Martin will begin 2018 alongside Geico Honda in the 450 class.

Aged 24, Martin is on his last contractual season with Honda. He made his debut in the premier category at Daytona last year, where he replaced injured Ken Roczen. He impressed very much the assistance by leading the Main Event until he was passed by Eli Tomac. In the end, he settled for second.

His 450 appearances will be limited, as he will mainly focus on winning the 250 East championship. Therefore, he will race in the 450 SX only in the first three rounds: Anaheim 1, Houston and Anaheim 2.

Unlike 2017, he will ride this year in the 450 SX with his team, Geico Honda and he will not replace any injured Honda rider. In a brief statement, Jeremy Martin expressed his excitement stating that he will try to do well before fully concentrating for the 250 East championship.

 

Photo – Honda Racing Corporation

Marvin Musquin wins Supercross de Paris

In front of more than 20000 people, Marvin Musquin won the Supercross de Paris. After a tight battle, the frenchman defeated both Cole Seely and Dean Wilson to retain the King of Paris crown for another year.

Aged 27, Musquin won this year the Monster Energy Cup, Red Bull Straight Rhythm and now the Supercross de Paris. The KTM rider also finished third in the overall standings of the Supercross world championship and runner up in the US national championships in the 450 category.

Marvin Musquin will take a well deserved break until the first weekend of January, when the Supercross world championship will start at Anaheim.

 

Photo – Ray Archer/ KTM Media Library

Justin Barcia to replace injured Millsaps at Yamaha

After a heavy accident in a training session just right after he signed with Yamaha, Davi Millsaps will now miss the first six rounds of the World Supercross Championship.

In no time, Yamaha searched for a replacement rider so the Japanese team. After a short scrutiny they have decided to go on with Justin Barcia. Aged 25, Barcia will fill-in for Davi Millsaps in the first six rounds of the Supercross series.

Barcia was left without a bike for 2018 after he announced earlier this year that he will end his contract with his former team, JGR Suzuki at the end of this season,  In the first six races of the next season he will race alongside Cooper Webb at the Yamaha Factory Team.

 

photo – Yamaha Motor USA

SX Las Vegas – Ryan Dungey

Ryan Dungey este liderul campionatului mondial de Supercross înaintea ultimei etape din Las Vegas.

Aflat până în 2014 mai des în umbra tizului său, Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey a explodat în ultimele trei sezoane. Titlurile din 2015 și 2016 au completat titlul obținut la debutul la categoria mare din 2010.

În 2017, Ryan Dungey a fost mult mai conservator decât în anii anteriori. De altfel, cel supranumit The Diesel a marcat până în etapa a 16-a doar trei victorii față de cele nouă de anul trecut. Cu toate acestea, constanța binecunoscută l-a adus în postura de a încheia toate cursele în top patru.

În debutul sezonului, Dungey s-a aflat în umbra lui Ken Roczen. Copilul teribil din Mattstedt s-a impus de o manieră a la Jeremy McGrath în vremurile bune. După era Villopoto, se prefigura o nouă eră în care Dungey urma să se afle în umbra altui pilot.

Norocul i-a surâs o dată cu Anaheim II. Accidentarea înfiorătoare a lui Ken Roczen i-a deschis multe căi spre un titlu facil. Totodată, la Anaheim II, Ryan Dungey s-a impus în premieră în 2017.

Ceea ce la un moment dat se părea că va fi un alt titlu facil pentru Dungey s-a dovedit a fi un scenariu total diferit față de cel așteptat. Eli Tomac a început să facă senzație și cu nouă victorii în următoarele 11 etape, pilotul Kawasaki recupera tot ecartul care îl despărțea de Ryan Dungey.

Cu toate că Dungey a pierdut plăcuța roșie la East Rutherford, The Diesel și-a folosit experiența pentru a recupera înapoi fotoliul de lider și pornește ca principal favorit înaintea Main Eventului de la Las Vegas.

Dacă Ryan Dungey își va adjudeca cel de-al patrulea titlu mondial, el va deveni doar al patrulea pilot din istorie care atinge această cotă. Înaintea sa, doar Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael și Ryan Villopoto au mai reușit să atingă această bornă.

Eternul său duel cu un pilot Kawasaki a continuat și după ce tizul său a plecat din USA. Deși Eli Tomac este un pilot talentat, el nu este Ryan Villopoto. Ar fi fost frumos să avem și acum un Ryan versus Ryan, nu-i așa?

 

credit foto: Simon Cudby/KTM Media Library

SX East Rutherford: Ryan Dungey revine în frunte

Ryan Dungey s-a impus în etapa a 16-a a campionatului mondial de Supercross.

Cu doar două etape rămase înainte de finalul campionatului, Eli Tomac avea pentru a doua etapă consecutivă plăcuța roșie dedicată liderului clasamentului general.

Trei puncte îi despărțeau pe Eli Tomac și Ryan Dungey înaintea Main Eventului de la East Rutherford. În seriile de calificări, Jason Anderson s-a dovedit a fi cel mai rapid, fiind urmat de Dungey, cu Tomac doar pe poziția a șaptea.

Main Eventul a început cu un holeshot de senzație obținut de Jason Anderson. Bucuria pilotului de la Husqvarna nu a fost de lungă durată. Anderson a greșit o săritură și a căzut. Din fericire, el nu a fost rănit și a putut continua întrecerea.

Eli Tomac a preluat ștafeta de lider. O situație convenabilă pentru liderul clasamentului general. La acest moment, ecartul dintre el și Dungey creștea și titlul părea să fie amanetat de pilotul echipei Kawasaki.

Totul părea să meargă conform planului, dar dezastrul a fost iminent. Eli Tomac a căzut și a ajuns pe locul 16. În acest moment, direcția titlului lua o turnură neașteptată, mai ales că Ryan Dungey se afla în fruntea întrecerii.

Eli Tomac avea acum de-a face cu o misiune aproape imposibilă. Totuși, Marvin Musquin se părea că vrea să îi faciliteze munca. Francezul a trecut în fruntea întrecerii, lăsându-l perplex pe coechipierul său, Ryan Dungey.

În spate, Tomac gafa din nou și totul părea compromis. Aflat pe 12 după a doua greșeală din Main Event, el avea acum un deficit aproape insurmontabil în vederea ultimei etape a campionatului.

Finalul întrecerii de la East Rutherford a fost electrizant pentru ambele tabere combatante. Eli Tomac a încheiat pe opt și a mai recuperat câteva puncte. În față, Ryan Dungey a profitat de așa zisa greșeală făcută de Marvin Musquin și s-a impus in extremis.

Podiumul zilei a fost completat de un Jason Anderson șifonat, dar fericit că a putut încheia pentru a treia oară la rând pe podiumul de premiere.

Înaintea ultimei etape de sâmbăta viitoare, lucrurile au devenit clare. Doar Ryan Dungey și Eli Tomac mai au șanse matematice la titlul mondial. 341 la 332 este scorul cu care Dungey pleacă către Las Vegas. Un avantaj solid care cu greu poate fi recuperat de Eli Tomac.

Ultima etapă a campionatului mondial de Supercross va avea loc sâmbăta viitoare, la Las Vegas.

 

credit foto: Simon Cudby/ KTM Media Library