ChapMoto 2018 Supercross Race Recap Week 13
Last year we started a new series called the
ChapMoto Supercross Race Recap, where several Chaparral Motorsports employees gave
their thoughts on the past weekend's Supercross event. That series
was so fun and popular that we decided to keep it going. It's a
pretty simple concept; we pose about 8-10 questions to the group
regarding the evening's activities, highlights, and lowlights and
they reply with their thoughts. This is meant to be a casual, fun,
and lighthearted series.
The Chaparral Motorsports staff (and one outsider) consist of:
Travis Snyder (TS): Chaparral Motorsports Offroad Products and Apparel Manager. Travis is one of our in-house moto racers. A Honda guy, Travis is either at one of the local tracks or prepping his bike for his next event.
Mike Medina (MM): Chaparral Motorsports Technical Advisor/Communications Specialist. When Mike's not at the office he's in the pits spinning wrenches for the Enticknap brothers, #722 Adam (The Seven Deuce Deuce) and #723 Tyler.
The Outsider (TO): N/A. The outsider is not a Chaparral employee but he is an industry veteran with a good perspective on the inside.
Kyle Bradshaw (KB): Chaparral Motorsports Marketing Department. The newest team member, Kyle is a highly experienced offroad/ADV/dual sport rider who splits his seat time between his stable of KTMs and his custom Honda VTX1300.
Eric Ellis (EE): Chaparral Motorsports Marketing Department/Social Media. Eric is just a Harley guy who likes to watch Supercross.
Who had the best night?
TS: I think Aaron Plessinger was fastest guy in Seattle. That's goes for both classes. AP23 knows how to ride the mud.
MM: AP23 for grabbing a very important win and extending his points lead in the 250 West Championship.
TO: Plessinger since he kind of led start to finish in his heat and main event.
KB: Tomac to pull off the Mud Pit win and to claim another history book finish. He rode really well and deserved the win.
EE: Anyone who was able to keep it moving on two wheels. Trying to lift, dig, push, or pull a motorcycle out of that sludge looked like a PIA.
Who had the toughest night?
Every person that worked that night. From the
mechanics to the managers to the riders, and even the track
MM: Everybody who was on a bike that night.
TO: Savagty, as he is now down 24 points with two rounds to go.
KB: Savatgy getting stuck under his bike as the pack races past him. That was horrible. Top rider, a points leader, finishing 12th because his bike took a nap on-top of him. Bad news.
EE: The drivetrains in the bikes. How much engines and clutches were toast after that event? Had to be an expensive race.
What did you think of the racing/mud overall?
TS: It equalizes every rider. It makes the top pros look like beginners. It ruins parts, essentially wasting money for teams. If we can keep the mud racing to a 1 round minimum... that'd be awesome!
MM: It was very slow and boring for my taste. No real big shake up in the points and the usual suspects won.
TO: It's a different beast to be able to tackle the mud, but still most of the top dogs still showcased their skillset to just ride within the track conditions. To finish first you must first finish!! Preserving the bike and handling the clutch is sometimes key in conditions like this and even with veterans like Chad Reed, sometimes that is one big task.
KB: I like at least one good mud race each season.
EE: It was slow, but so much fun to watch. I was screaming for people just to stay on top of their bike. The few riders that could put together a couple of jumps or some "fast sections" made it even more entertaining.
Who had the worst spill?
I don't know! There was so much carnage
MM: Myself for spilling my adult beverage all over my lap when I saw the Seven Deuce Deuce blow up his engine in the 450 heat race. LOL! $$$$$$$
TO: Really no bad spills, due to the conditions. All of Jason's perhaps?
KB: There were quite a bit of spilling off of the track due to the conditions. Due to the slippery conditions, there was not much air time... not much jumping... and the speeds were a lot slower than normal. I'd say that Anderson's spill taking him out of the lead would rank high this week.
EE: I don't recall seeing anything too bad most of it was low speed slide outs or cross rutting into the tough blocks.
Best pass of the night?
I couldn't tell who was who!? I saw this one
brown rider on a brown bike pass another rider covered head to
toe in mud!
MM: There is not one pass that stands out for me but the way El Hombre was hanging it out in the stickiest of the icky mud, he was passing a bunch of people. It looked like he was going to crash any second with how pinned he seemed, but held himself and the bike together to maintain his points lead.
TO: Not sure if there were any super passes, but I guess ET3 taking over the lead from Jason.
KB: Anderson's early pass on Musquin was great. Hit the jump, jumps past him and takes the lead on the outside.
EE: None really stand out but it was fun watching people go down and then seeing if they could get going again without losing too many spots.
Tomac/Anderson was good.
MM: Unanimously, the Riders VS the Track!
TO: Anderson versus everyone in the heat race.
KB: I liked the Tomac Musquin swapperoo... time and time again.
EE: Reed battling to cross the finish line was awesome! If that wasn't the best life lesson for a young riders as to why you never give up then I don't know what could top it.
On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate Plessinger's celebratory belly flop.
8. I was hoping for a cannon ball.
MM: Superb! Now I wanna see him do that on the Las Vegas hard pack. LOL!
TO: 10!!!! We need more characters like that in our sport, plus he rips it on the two wheeler in dry or wet conditions.
KB: He tried. I give him credit for making it happen. But the puddle he chose was way too shallow. I would have liked to see a fat mud section or a deeper puddle, but at the end of the day something is better than nothing. 7/10
EE: I give it an 8.5. I really like that dude, you can tell he loves what he does and isn't afraid to celebrate and have fun with the crowd.
There were a couple of instances where riders had their tires completely stuck in the mud and go assistance from the track crew. Are you ok with this? How much help should the riders get from the track crew when they get stuck?
It comes to a point... If the rider has been
there for a decent amount of time, and has gone through the gearbox
twice... Go help him.
MM: I do not think there should be any assistance from the track crew or team personal.
TO: That's one grey area for sure!! As we only get to see the front runners that are getting stuck and help most of the time, but if it's within the rules, then it's cool. But.....not all trackside help know exactly how to pull the bike off of you or up at all, so should that be a prerequisite before you're hired. Remember that dude that twisted the throttle while lifting the bike off of Savagty three or four rounds ago and cut Joey's hand a little bit? It could have been worse, but I'm glad it wasn't for Joey and Mitch. What do you think would have happen if in that incident Joey got hurt due to the track workers lack of experience? Where do we draw the line on when trackside help is needed or not? I think this is extremely grey area for sure, what if you're not a fan of a rider that goes down in your area?? I'm still uncertain of the actual rule for trackside help.
KB: I am all for track crew members helping to pick up a bike and to get a rider situated back onto their bike. It isn't needed often in Supercross as it is at Erzberg... but I am okay with it.
EE: I don't agree with the riders getting help unless they are pinned under a motorcycle our are injured and can't get their bike up and out of the way of traffic. Other than that they should be on their own to get their bikes out of mud, off a tough block or whatever.
What was the more dramatic race in the Reed vs Mud saga, Saturday night's race or Daytona 2008?
More dramatic? I'd say Daytona '08, Reed was
two corners from the win. That's a tough one to walk away from.
MM: The Daytona race was more dramatic because it was for the win and it was taken away from him. Saturday night was cool because he looked like he wanted it and willed the bike across the timing loop.
TO: Daytona 100% since he had quite the lead on the field.
KB: 2008 takes the cake! At least Sat. night he finished! In 2008 he was in the lead and then sat there... with a blown up bike... kicking and kicking and kicking.... watching the entire pack pass him! No bueno! The A1 mud race in 2005 wasn't good for him either.
EE: They are going to have one helluva highlight reel when Reed gets inducted to the HOF and as much as mud is not his friend, Reed's battles with the muck has provided us with some great racing. It's hard to say which was more dramatic because in 2008 he was going for the win but his bike gave out and he couldn't finish; and on Saturday night he was trying to finish 5th but was able to push through-literally-to finish 7th. But just for the inspiration factor alone I'd say him pushing his bike with all his might across the finish line will live on infamy.