Thursday Rev-Up: OrlandoThursday, March 16, 2006 | 8:12 AM
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As we reach the second half of the most incredible supercross season we have maybe ever seen, it’s a long way from being over. Yes, Chad has a wounded wing and Bubba still has to be sore from that horrific slam he took on lap three at Daytona, but as we have seen so far this year, anything can happen. The weather across the country has been downright strange, and we could see another mudder in the weeks to come. We could also see another machine break like RC’s did in St. Louis, or a first-turn crash as James has so often found out.
Ricky has the reins (albeit by just two points) as the boys head to Orlando—a race Chad Reed won last year. Let’s shake up the typical Rev-Up formula and do a little synopsis of that incredible delayed-live show we took in last Friday night, but still make sure we are Revved Up for Orlando!
And how about the camera work? The first time I saw the “Rhino Cam” capture a shot of Travis Pastrana straight flattening out those hip-high whoops, my eyes about shot out of my head! That awesomeness could only be topped by the helmet-cam shot of said maniac hucking his ill-fated backflip. Then came the showstopper: I seriously flinched off the couch when I saw and heard TP’s RM-Z450 throw him off and punish him—any old pro knows that sight and sound. Although, thankfully, very few have ever carted in the whoops that hard. For the love of Pete, Travis, stop doing that.
As the main events drew close, I was revved to the moon! I knew Reed was busted up, but I kept a keen eye out for a rope-a-dope attack (and after two laps, I thought I was on to something). And there was an outside chance Ricky and James could have taken each other out.
The boys in the 250F pack have their backs against the wall for their championship hopes as they chase the incredible Davi Millsaps. Chris Gosselaar, Thomas Hahn, Branden Jesseman, Josh Hansen, Martin Davalos, and especially Josh Grant have the juice to maybe knock down a win, but it's going to take a holeshot and 15 solid laps to hold the Maverick back.
What will Reed have in store for us? I can foresee the battle between him and Ivan the Terrible showing back up, but wait a tick - what’s that? Hold the phone, the Ragin’ Cajun is back, ladies and gentlemen! That’s right, that dude with the nonchalant, inside-knee-bent, smooth-as-a-baby’s-backside style marked #14. How fast will he be? Shoot, with Kevin, he could be mid-pack with arm pump or making it look easy in the lead. Be that as it may, it’s a blessing to have one of our all-time greats back in action. With that, I will leave you with a quote from the late, great Chris Farley: “It’s go time!”
Thanks for reading, see you next week!
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