Rev-Up: MinnesotaThursday, March 13, 2008 | 12:13 PM
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Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. How much difference does a week make? Well, in our world the course of the last week has seen more change than any prior in the history of the sport. They say that timing is everything and the DMG’s acquisition of AMA Pro Racing seemed to happen at the best time possible; on the day of a mud race.
Mud races bring out the most pure elements of our trade. We don’t put on bike covers and the fans don’t retreat back to the parking lot. (Editor’s note: Well, unless you’re Matthes) There are no lame down-time interviews or old broadcast re-runs. The fans stand up in their ponchos, the mechanics put on mud tires and rubber boots, and the riders harden up and go race.
I can almost see the looks on the faces of the Daytona Motorsports Group as the gate dropped for that first Lites heat race. Had to be big smiles with both eye brows raised high! And hell, that isn’t even real outdoor motocross. I’m very excited for what the future holds. How much will the sport change? A lot? Not much? Whatever changes occur, the right people are coming in to place that will make sure the changes are for the better.
Torco Racing Fuels Honda rider Trey Canard has won three in a row and holds a 24-point lead over MDK/KTM’s Ryan Sipes, and a 31-point advantage over defending champion, Ryan Villopoto…. Um, did I just write that? I couldn’t believe how hard Trey was charging in the mud last weekend. There is still beer dripping from my ceiling from when I leapt off the couch after he hucked the finish line double. What a mad man!
We should see a great show from these boys. Canard, RV2, and Josh Grant are primed for a three-man showdown.
The point lead is back to 23 points, which means less than a race, and if the Red Riders want a shot at the title they have to apply the heat right now. They’ve been able to beat Chad Reed on consecutive occasions once already and right now is the time to attack. But, I’d venture to guess that “two-two” is going to be bringing the heat up in Minnesota. I can’t imagine riding through that watery hell like he did last weekend and come up three turns short! Ah, but in my eyes, he got bit by the karma bug. Number three on the Motocross Ten Commandments reads “Thou shalt not cut the track.” Okay, maybe cutting is a stiff word for a crazy race like this, but the AMA saw enough of it to give him a little slap on the Thor gloves. It was a bummer all around. He was the fastest and gutted it out the whole race, but hey, doctor, I think things ended square with the moto gods.
It’s been an amazing year so far and now it’s time to tighten things up a bit, raise the stakes, and get championships on the brain. The sport is seeing some major changes, but the elements that make it great remain steadfast. Who’s going to be the man this time?
Thanks for reading, see you next week.
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