Rev-Up: TorontoThursday, November 30, 2006 | 12:49 PM
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If we learned anything in 2006, we learned that anything can happen. The vault of variables is deeper than most of us are aware of, and like Carmichael’s famous quote reiterates, “They don’t hand out the trophy 'til after Vegas.” The 2007 World Supercross GP series will begin this Saturday night. While the World title is coveted, it remains as a warning shot for the holy grail in supercross racing, the AMA title belt. It’s coming, everyone’s talking about it, so let’s get revved up about the Toronto Supercross!
This is always a huge race in this division as it is one of the few supercrosses all season long that is devoid of regional separation. As I glanced over at the rider list for this weekend’s showdown, a couple of names really jumped out at me. Troy Adams and Kelly Smith have been riding supercross for a long time. Both veteran riders are owners of podium finishes and get amazing starts. With this in mind, I predict that we will see both of these cats on the podium Saturday night.
Part two of the orange crush for Toronto is this week’s Number Cruncher star Zach Osborne. Nobody has seen Zach ride supercross yet, but his outdoor speed was strong. He could surprise some people. And do not count out canucks Kyle Keaton and Michael Willard. They will be hanging it out for the local crowds. Other notables will be Andrew McFarlane and the ever-exciting Martin Davalos. Both will be out to prove different things: Andy Mac, that he will be fast on yellow; Martin, that he will be fast and not stack it up.
Man, this is going to be good. At least I hope so. Last year at this event, Bubba #259 became James Stewart #7 and he waxed everybody, while appearing to toy with RC. Overconfidence and lack of concentration may have been his demise in losing the AMA title, but his domination in the two Canadian rounds were the deciding factor in him winning the World title. That championship has picked up some steam in the bonus category, so at least for James and Chad Reed, this race is very important. As last year showed, every single point and every single race is equally pivotal toward the title. Any number of things could have made the difference between Chad, Ricky, or James winning the title or both of them.
We’re back, guys.
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