Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up! I am still in relapse
from the surreal events of last week. Just when I was ready to give up
on the “Perfect Storm,” with the series beginning to manifest itself
into a two-rider slugfest, disaster struck—for two of them, anyway.
With the shockwaves still hitting us from that awful crash, the second bombshell hit with full impact by way of RC’s first mechanical breakdown in AMA Supercross and Outdoor competition since Southwick’s 1998 AMA 125 National. Seeing RC ride off the track and into the tunnel was absolutely surreal! Until Krista Voda spoke to him, I thought it was his back, but again—upon further review—you can see his rear end not moving as he rode off with a broken shock collar.
Newton's Third Law reads, “For every action, there is an equal and
opposite reaction.” Chad Reed riding to victory and into the points
lead proved this theory to be spot-on once again. While it's hard to
argue that Ricky or James had very negative St. Louis experiences, it
was nothing short of a beautiful disaster for our sport and the 2006
Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series. Once again we have a race on our
hands, folks. And Chad Reed is right where he wants to be as we
approach the second half of the season. So let’s dive right into round
eight in Atlanta, and get Revved Up for what in the hell can possibly
happen this time!
The late, great Jimmy Valvano, coach of the ’83 NCAA Final Four Champion North Carolina St. Wolfpack, left us with a simple motivational speech: “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!” Well how about Branden Jesseman and Chris Gosselaar, ladies and gentlemen? Brando and Li’l Goose have been near the top of the mountain of our sport, but recently they’ve been in the ditches. With new teams, new hope, and new podium finishes at the East Coast season opener, Jessemen and Gosselaar are back. They're two of the nicest guys you will ever meet in the pro pits, so let’s cheer them on as they rise again.
Josh Hansen and Tommy Hahn also made it through the all-important
opening round with top-five finishes (though what’s with the big fade
for Li’l Hanny?). It’s been a war in every series so far in 2006, and I
see this East Coast group on their way for a major damage plan! It’s
just too bad that guys like Broc Hepler, Ben Townley, Troy Adams, Jeff
Alessi, and Jay Marmont all got hurt before they could contend for wins
and the title. And don’t count out Josh Grant just yet….
I cannot remember a race where I saw so much drama and raw human emotion displayed. The close-up shot of Ellie Reed's face as she watched her husband conduct his victory interview is a prime example of why those guys do this. That depiction of pure, heartfelt emotion is what makes a sport great. The parents, brothers, wives, and fans share the up and down times for their rider. They might not be on the bike, in the gym, or on the starting line, but the human heart is an amazing thing. When a beating heart truly loves another, it is connected to the adrenaline, the pain, and the thrill of victory its counterpart experiences. It’s been a very trying year for the Reed family, and if that shot of Ellie didn’t warm your heart, nothing wil l…
Well, it's safe to say this smoke wagon is rolling now! Coming into
this Saturday night, Reed holds a nine-point advantage over Ricky, who
holds an eight-point lead on Stewart. It's going to be at least three
races until this point separation mathematically evens itself out. Or
will it? Ron White says, “Its not that the wind is blowin’, its what the wind is blowin’!”
Do you hear that rumble in the distance? Can you see the clouds
beginning to gather and darken? The wind of competition is at a gail,
and on its heels is the arrival of the real Perfect Storm! With the
2006 season nearing the halfway mark, it just got ugly. It’s a
beautiful disaster. This will, without a doubt, be the steamiest
Hotlanta of all-time!
Thanks for reading, see you next week!