Rev-Up: Spirit of St. LouisThursday, March 1, 2007 | 12:48 PM
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Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. As the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series takes the cross flags on the 2007 series, things are really heating up. Each passing week has seen strong attendance and heart pounding racing action; eight races into the season has produced three different winners in each class. That may not sound like a lot, but remember how talented these guys truly are!
RC’s part time effort has been spectacular, Chad Reed is riding as hard as he can, and the phenomenal James Stewart has been racing literally above the track—the stuff he jumps is mind-boggling. We’ve had live broadcasts, wham-bam-thank-you ma’am action in the Lites division, and more mainstream media coverage that ever.
There are several pieces of supercross prime rib to chew on for this weekend. With this weekend marking another GOAT appearance and the open book of possibilities in the Lites division, we could be in for a Midwest dust up of epic proportions. Let’s get it up in here for STL. Here comes the Rev Up!
Man, it’s hard to figure out where to start with this group. Undoubtedly, the big story in Atlanta was Ryan Dungey’s breakout performance but there were so many other big events and occurrences. I’d have to say the biggest disappointment was a toss up between factory riders Mike Alessi and Thomas Hahn. Alessi never really showed us what we expected, while Hahn made a huge mistake in his heat race and narrowly avoided the dread LCQ, then was struck in the first turn, bent his brake rotor and finished a dismal 18th. I’d look for both of those boys to ramp it up this time around.
On the other hand, it has been a long, long time since we have heard anybody make a Joe Namath-style prediction and claim victory like Matt Goerke did on the podium past weekend. I’d like to see him make good on it—his a good kid and Yamaha of Troy works hard. This entire group is going to smolder, just watch!
They were a little over a second from having to bring out the hoses last weekend, because if he would have won that main event the ATL would still been on fire. Ricky Carmichael's tenacity on his farewell tour has emboldened him. He has been on a mission to win every race he has entered in these, his final supercross appearances. But hey, man, James Stewart showed up and showed everyone why he is The Future with those were 20 perfect laps.
This is a special race for me. I was on the starting line at the 1996 event. I lined up next to Mike Larocco and Jeremy McGrath for my heat race. Talk about knocking knees! I went through 5 sets of handlebars that fateful evening and didn’t make the main event in either class. I am just glad to be going back and watching this Saturday night. That’s right, my goofy ass will be running around the pits all day Saturday. Come say hi at the Racer X booth, I’ll have the high fives warmed up and ready.
Who is ready for some more supercross? The spirit of St. Louis is heading our way. Let’s jump on and go for a ride! I have a feeling this one’s going to be big.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.
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