Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev-Up! Five rounds down and so
far it’s been nothing but straight grindcore, pound-for-pound action,
baby! As the traveling cavalcade of the 2006Amp’d Mobile AMASupercross
Series travels south to San Diego, the tension continues to mount.
We’ve had super-gnarly tracks, not-so-gnarly tracks, and even a mudder.
We’ve had heroes and madmen. We’ve had triumph and tragedy. Even the
Wicked Witch of the South herself could not have thrown so many key
ingredients for the perfect supercross stew.
|Ivan got a taste of the podium last week and will do his best to get back there on Saturday |
this strange brew is reaching the boiling point as the sixth round of
the series rears its competitive head this weekend. This year’s cast of
racers is chock-full of chargers. Let's talk about some of the animals
that have been charging the hardest and get Revved Up for the insanity
that awaits us in San Diego!
Ponder this scenario: Ricky Carmichael
shows up in Anaheim 1 with
newfound speed, a more aggressive riding style, and more rage than ever
before. Just as he takes the lead, he goes down. Was he going to have
the goods to continue to victory? Maybe.
Round two is the site of his first victory on the season, and he earns
said win in convincing fashion. Another win is followed at Anaheim 2.
Again, hard-fought and won straight-up. And even Round 4 sees the GOAT
gallop through the mud and into the lead, but back off the throttle to
avoid a possible crash and finish second to a very driven James
Stewart. Last weekend he won by 10 seconds. The writing on the wall
reads to me as, the bastard is two small instances from a sweep. RC has
13 points on his closest rival just five rounds in. He doesn’t need to
win this weekend; a mere podium finish will have him grinning like a
Florida Gator (he’s a core Seminoles fan, but I digress) as the series
heads east. The pressure is off, but the heat is still very much on. He
must be stopped, but before this can happen, he must be slowed down
first. Be that as it may, he is charging and will carry this charge to
|If there was a time for Chad Reed to charge, this weekend is it |
there was a time for Chad Reed
to charge, this weekend is it. If you
recall, at this point in 2005 RC was racing away with the series on a
win streak. He was on his way to continuing the streak when Speedy
caught fire, reeled Carmichael in, and took the dramatic victory.
I have a memory like a steel trap, and I can vividly remember the last
lap of last year’s race. It began with Reed scrubbing the finish-line
table in ninth gear and going on a rampage to dispatch #4 and take the
checkers. That fire is still there inside Chad. He keeps saying that he
is tired of not winning. Well, Chad, how tired of it are you? You ain’t
standing in Super Glue; if you feel froggy, then jump! I’m calling you
out, brother. We all know you’re due for a win. Get in the ring this
weekend and let the Thunder from Down Under roll. I’m feeling a sneak
attack from #22. I think it's time for the blue to shine.
I’m also giving a call to Ivan the Terrible. During his two-year rule
of the Lites classes, he was scrubbing, whipping, and charging like a
warrior. Until last weekend, I hadn’t really seen this style displayed
from Tedesco. But something snapped as he followed his teammate to the
green flag at A3. Ivan was straight getting down! It’s all about the
podium, daddy. After placing his Alpinestars on the steps last Saturday
night, I think he found a little hot sauce he can drink to officially
enter the ring of fire the Big Three have controlled.
for the Chosen One? Shake it off, James. It’s a long series, man. Don’t
let last week’s bummer harsh your mellow. Keep the rubber side down,
stay headstrong, and you will have your revenge. Just as RC is two
slips from going undefeated, Stewart could very well do likewise if not
for first-turn crashes at Phoenix and San Diego, as well as an
unexpected spill while leading toward the end of Anaheim 2. And did you
see him pass Reed through the 'hoops in that heat race? Holy smokes,
folks! That was downright amazing. Since RC has room at the top, he can
start thinking bigger-picture and maybe wait for another mistake from
#7. But if James stays up, he wins.
As per the norm, this class has been a
monument of inconsistency. Nathan Ramsey
and Grant Langston
taken a couple of wins, but their performances in between have
prohibited them from taking control of the points. Zulu is on a roll
now, though. The international man of the class has all the speed he
needs to strike a knockout blow, but luck and consistency aren’t his
biggest attributes. Nate Dawg can see the door closing on his career,
and he wants this title bad. I am predicting a KTM on the podium this
weekend, and the odds are leaning Ramsey’s way for a one-way ticket to
|Zulu is on a roll with his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit KX250F |
Short will be coming with it as well, what with one of his main
sponsors being One Industries, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from
the stadium. Ah, but the young lions are charging and charging hard.
and Mike Alessi
have made podium appearances and will be
a force to be dealt with. But the sentimental favorite is Billy
Laninovich; he will be a man on a mission. Billy will be decked out in
an all-gold bike and gear combination and will try his heart out to
erase the five-point deficit he has from first place, even though he
has yet to win. Keep an eye on “Goldmember” this Saturday night! In
fact, all of these boys will be throwing on the charge this weekend as
the series heads east and they enter a state of hibernation till
With that, only a couple of quick days lie in the way of another
blessed weekend of thrills, spills, and drama in sunny San Diego. As a
die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan and multi-time attendee of the San
Diego SX, I know all too well that Jack Murphy Stadium (now Qualcomm)
is the home of the Chargers. So, all together now, lets get Revved Up,
Charged Up, and ready for the pain. Round six is here!
Thanks for reading, see you next week!