Rev-Up: Thunder ValleyThursday, July 19, 2007 | 11:55 AM
In this article…
- James Stewart
- Tim Ferry
- Broc Hepler
- Ricky Carmichael
- Jason Lawrence
- Ryan Villopoto
- Josh Grant
- Ryan Dungey
- Andrew Short
Both classes are coming off an ultra dramatic weekend and the path to the championship narrows as it travels through Colorado. Let’s get it up. Every round of the 2007 AMA Toyota Motocross Championships presented by FMF have been absolutely epic. Let’s get Revved Up why this one will too!
Coming into the series there was some chatter about a budding rivalry between Ben Townley and Ryan Villopoto. Surprisingly enough, there has been almost no drama at all between the two incredible Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit riders. Ah, but as they ride into the halfway season in a dead heat for points supremacy, well, it’s on now and the clean cut team work we have seen thus far will be put to the test. Townley’s grandparents will be making the long trek to watch him race in America for the first time, so he will be riding with a little extra. Meanwhile his teammate is coming off an unfortunate DNF. I tell you what, it wasn’t easy for RV Park last year and 2007 isn’t giving him any gifts either. He was down, then charged to a nice points lead, just to see it cut down with a freak mechanical failure. The heat is certainly on now.
Somehow, Ricky Carmichael is still clinging on to a 16-point lead in the premiere division and as he heads, oh, well - oh yeah he isn’t racing! Well, he didn’t race last week either and he is still holding strong in the points lead. I wonder how that sits with the 15-time champ? I mean, surely that million-dollar bonus is sitting on his shoulder and talking into his ear, right? Hey man, when he received news that Stewart hit the deck last weekend it might have seemed like a foregone conclusion that the GOAT would give the title a second thought, but he didn’t—he’s sticking to his guns and staying home.
But I digress, James Stewart should be able to get the job done this weekend after feeling it out on Saturday. But if he doesn’t, look out, because it will definitely be on. If James doesn’t score any points this weekend, that would put the top seven super close together in points. Hey man, things always get weird in this class. Remember when RJ lost the 1988 title when his engine let go at Lake Sugar Tree? How about when RJ lost the ’82 title here in Colorado when he crushed his wheel? There is still a long way to go and if things don’t sort themselves out this weekend, the month of August could get really, really interesting.
It should be another great weekend of outdoor motocross. Cute girls, cold beer, and good weather are all indigenous to Colorado. The only thing that missing is air! It will be interesting to see which bikes and which riders can get enough to win.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.
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