250 Words on Toronto

December 4, 2006 8:31am
The Toronto round of the Amp’d Mobile World Supercross GP drew several young riders who were moving to new teams or were simply new to supercross altogether. Of them, new Red Bull KTM recruit Martin Davalos looked strongest, as he pulled monster holeshots in his heat and the main to lead every lap he raced. Davalos showed great speed as a rookie last year, and this time he appears to have smoothed out a bit. He still made a few mistakes on the rough, rutted Toronto track, but he won by a large distance. 

Martin Davalos began his tenure with the Red Bull KTM team on a high note

photo: Matt Ware

There was a wild battle behind him. Star Racing/Lucas Oils Yamaha rookie Broc Tickle looked very strong in his first supercross, and he moved from fifth off the start to second at the finish. Tickle is skipping next weekend’s Vancouver race but will be back when the East Region begins in February.

Behind Broc, a pair of young KTM riders—Zach Osborne and Michael Willard—battled with new WBR/Rockstar Suzuki pilot Troy Adams. Adams block-passed Willard hard to get into third, and then one turn later Osborne passed Adams even harder and sent the big Floridian to the ground. Willard looked strong and nearly passed Osborne back for third in the closing laps. Willard is only on support status with KTM, but he showed he could be a force if he gets some help. For now, he’ll race up north and keep sharpening his skills with the rest of the new crop of supercross talent.