by Bad Billy
Bench Racing Ammo: StreakersTuesday, April 11, 2006 | 11:35 AM
Well, except the Suzuki Grand National Cross Country Series, where Finland’s Juha Salminen, the defending series champion on a KTM 250XC, is on a roll, having won the first four rounds of the series. And from what we read, he’s not just winning – he’s dominating.
In the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the longest winning streak in the 450 class so far this year is three. Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael won three in a row staring with Atlanta and ending in Daytona. The following race was where James Stewart started his current three-race winning streak on his factory Kawasaki, winning Orlando, Detroit, and Houston. Will James be able to go four in a row in Dallas? Why not? He won there last year on a KX250, and he’s led the last 60 laps in a row!
On the West Coast, Honda’s Andrew Short, Monster/Pro Circuit’s Grant Langston, and Red Bull KTM’s Nathan Ramsey each have two wins, but no one has been able to put together a streak so far—not even two races! The series starts up again on April 22 in Dallas, and with two races left and the top two separated by only two points, it should make for a grand finale. And then both coasts meet for Speed TV’s live coverage of the 2006 Dave Coombs Sr. East-West Shootout in Las Vegas!
In WORCS (World Off-Road Championship Series), Team Suzuki’s Ryan Hughes started the series with a two-race win streak, but in the following two races, we’ve seen two different winners: Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi and Hughes’ teammate, Mike Kiedrowski. But 3-2 finishes for Hughes in those rounds have the former motocrosser 32 points ahead in the rankings.
So as previously mentioned, the longest streak we have now is in the Suzuki Grand National Cross Country Series, where Finland’s Salminen is 4-for-4 thus far on his orange crusher. The next round of the series picks up April 22-23 at the famed Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, where Juha will be looking for win number five—the same weekend Stewart goes for four in a row in SX.