We’re now two races into the Toyota AMA Motocross Series, which
means the Racer X Holeshot Award is now eight motos old. Racer X is
handing out $500 checks after every moto to the rider who makes it past
a specific point in the first turn for each moto of both classes. Like
the Racer X Gas Card in Amp’d Mobile Supercross, or the Road Racer X
Gas Card in AMA Supermoto, it’s another way we’re trying to give
something back to the racers out on the track.
|It’s Alessi by a wheel over Gosselaar |
at High Point
the help of AMA Pro Racing’s Jeff Canfield, we’re choosing a spot
midway through the exit of the first turn to mark who gets the award.
Not surprisingly, it was Mike Alessi
who was involved in the first
small controversy regarding this program, but by no fault of his own.
At High Point
, the Red Bull KTM rider hit the marker first, just edging
out Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Chris Gosselaar
, as you
can see in Carl Stone’s photo. But Li’l Goose had the better line
through the rest of the wide, 270-degree sweeping corner and ended up
with the early lead. Announcer Tim Cotter called the holeshot for
Gosselaar, but at the selected point—where both Canfield and Racer X
contributor Carl Stone stood—it was Alessi out front. When it was
announced that Alessi and not Gosselaar got the check, the Pro Circuit
crew raised their objection, but photos don’t lie (though Photoshop
can) and Alessi earned the $500. (Check it out later today when OLN
airs the High Point
at 4 p.m. EST.)
the second moto at High Point
, we made sure every saw the line by
literally spray-painting the dirt. It was an easy one for everyone to
call, as SoBe/Samsung Factory Connection Honda rider Billy Laninovich
nailed the start and had Motoworld Racing.com’s Matt Goerke
bike-length, with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Grant Langston
in tow. The perfect timing earned Billy $500 from Racer X
In the first 450 moto, Team Kawasaki’s James Stewart
holeshot at the $500 check, but he will have to pick the money up at
riders meeting, as what happened 29 minutes later would
make him and pretty much everyone else forget about his lightning start.
in the final moto of the day, Subway/Coca-Cola Honda rider Jeff Gibson
put a smile on the faces of every Buckeye at High Point
with a great
start to earn the Racer X Holeshot bonus, with MDK/Motosport Outlet’s
once again just missing out on the cash.
Looking back at the first round of the series in Hangtown
Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael
holeshot both of the 450 class motos, only to
fall the first time shortly after crossing the line. The spill pretty
much cost him his best shot at winning the overall, as Stewart not only
held RC’s furious charge off, he put one on himself and actually caught
runaway leader Chad Reed
on the last lap.
In the 250F class, the $500 checks went to eventual overall winner Mike
Alessi in the first moto, and Sobe/Samsung Factory Connection Honda
rider Josh Grant
the second time out.
Racer X Holeshot Award has already paid out $4000 to the riders after
just two rounds. Who will get the holeshots at Southwick
(which will be
run backwards, by the way)? Tune in this weekend to the Racer X
Webcast, presented by Cycle News, of the 2006 Southwick
Massachusetts, beginning at 1 p.m. EST.