Rev-Up: St. LouisThursday, April 17, 2008 | 11:25 AM
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Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. Now it gets interesting. Just when we were ready to watch the series lay down in its waning moments, the roof blew clear the hell off. Now it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get nasty.
St. Louis always plays host to a barn burner and each passing year we see crazy things go down. From Emig ending McGrath’s 13-race winning streak in ‘96, to Ernesto landing on Kelly Smith on the last lap in ‘99, to Chad Reed cleaning out James Stewart last year, St. Louis is where the drama is.
It all comes down to 15 laps for Ryan and Trey. Wouldn’t you like to climb inside their heads right before that gate drops and listen to them think? They are both going to say, “I’m just going to go out and ride the track and ride my own race.” But the major thing weighing on their mind is that 800-pound gorilla called the 2008 East Coast Lites Championship. There are a couple different agendas between the two. Bottom line, if Villopoto loses the title, it means his supercross season was a total failure. Bum wrist or not, he should have waxed those guys with his experience and resume.
How hard is it to win a Supercross championship nowadays? Two years ago, Ricky Carmichael won his last Supercross title after suffering a huge endo (at St. Louis) then blowing a shock in the main event later that night. A couple weeks later he whiskey throttled into the back of a freaking boat, and mowed down a pack of photo hounds. He didn’t win the title until the last lap of the Vegas race on live television.
Can Kevin Windham finally capitalize on Reed’s misfortune? He hasn’t yet. With Josh Hill, Davi Millsaps, and Timmy Ferry riding at full song, KW is going to have to get pissed off and make it happen. He has to win. To fully appreciate it if he wins this title he needs to win races. Ten years ago, Windham rode a Yamaha to the win in St. Louis wearing number eight. This Saturday night he’ll wheel his Torco Racing Fuels Honda wearing #14, which is also his career SX win total. Reed has eight wins on the season. Things have a way of coming full circle. Let’s get pumped up and watch that circle spin this Saturday night!
Thanks for reading, see you next week.