MXstore’s Own Moto Insider #3
AMA 2014 Outdoors Round 3 – Thunder Valley National – Lakewood.
The European young gun makes it two in a row in the 450 class with another solid performance taking a 2 – 1 for the overall win.
James Stewart seems to be finding his pace again with a win and a third for the day while Dungey stayed consistent to claim the bottom step of the podium.
The top 10 filled out with plenty of solid performances with Canard, Grant, Brett Metty and Malcom Stewart all in the mix while Aussie Chad Reed rode tough after knocking himself out in practice for an 11th place overall on the day.
450 MX Points Standings:
- Ken Roczen KTM 141pts
- Ryan Dungey KTM 129pts
- James Stewart Suz 111pts
- Trey Canard Hon 110pts
- Brett Metcalfe Kaw 89pts
In the lites class for the third weekend in a row the first moto was dominated by Jeremy Martin on the blue bike, Cooper Webb crashed while playing catch up and ended up 8th overall on the day.
Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett took his first win since Budds Creek last June and Justin Bogle put in a solid performance for second overall. An Honourable mention to the Aussie Jackson Richardson, who is currently sitting in 16th for the series.
250 MX Points Standings:
- Jeremy Martin Yam 140pts
- Cooper Webb Yam 114pts
- Christophe Pourcel Yam 93pts
- Blake Baggett Kaw 91pts
- Justin Bogle Hon 90pts
Rockstar Canadian MX Nationals:
A new winner this weekend with Colton Facciotti clean sweeping the weekend, with Josh Hill and Alessi taking second and third respectfully.
AMA riders Kiniry and Chisholm both inside the top 7 for the day however not seeming to be able to put it all together on the day.
MX1 Points Standings:
- Colton Facciotti Hon 95pts
- Josh Hill Kaw 82pts
- Mike Alessi Suz 82pts
- Teddy Maier Kaw 68pts
- Bobby Kiniry Yam 66pts
X Games Austin, Texas:
A less than smoothly run event for X-games this year mostly due to the weather and the crazy winds experienced in Austin over the weekend.
For the first time since Freestyle Moto X was introduced to the X-games in 1999 the event was cancelled due to dangerous cross winds on the course.
A tough decision as riders from all over the world had made the effort to travel and compete but after some nasty crashes in speed and style earlier on the riders banded together to make the call for everyone’s safety and the bikes were parked for FMX in 2014.
Moto X Step Up:
A fiercely contested event with veteran Ronnie Renner the eventual winner oozing style and bike skill by whipping hit KTM over the bar on every attempt to secure the Gold medal with Bryce Hudson (USA) and Libor Podmol from the Czech Republic rounding out the top three.
Moto X Best Whip:
Unfortunately ESPN still can’t seem to put on a legit event when it comes to best whip as they have reverted back to running it as a popularity contest while the camera crew did a good job to somehow miss the majority of the riding to film the crowd, ramps and even the hot dog stands instead.
While the Winner Tom Parsons took a deserved win, the absence of Aussie Jarryd McNeil and Frenchman Tom Pages was a massive surprise and basically voids the competition from being a true indication of who has the “Best Whip.”
Moto X Speed and Style:
The wind playing havoc with riders early in the event, claiming the Chilean’ Javier Villegas who barely had returned from injury. Another heartbreaking injury for Javier as it has only been 8 weeks since breaking his femur practicing for this event has re broken his femur bending the rod already in his leg making for a complicated recovery process.
We wish Javier all the best for a speedy and fully recovery as he has had a string of bad luck crashes in the past couple of years.
Gold Silver and Bronze went to Mike Mason, Blake Williams and Jarryd McNeil who in a perfect world should have walked away from the event with another medal around his neck for best whip but that’s the way the cookie crumbles!
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