Branden Jesseman was on the box for the second week in a row. A lot of people probably thought last weekend was a fluke win, but Brando rode a strong race, and he later told us on the webcast that he was really sore from his crash last week—he could only go riding once during the week because he body needed some rest.
Here’s something to think about: what if Jesseman had gotten, say, 20 points at St. Louis instead of not qualifying? He would be right in the thick of things for this championship!
And here’s a nod to Jesseman’s teammate Justin Brayton. After finishing sixth three times, he charged up to fifth this weekend. Once again the PPG/Motoworld Racing.com Yamaha squad had the best “team” finish with a third and a fifth. Paul Lindsey is on a roll, and he even won the trophy this weekend at the Road 2 Recovery event held on Friday night. Way to go, Paul!
Finally there is Ryan Morias, probably the feel-good story of supercross right now. The word in the pits is that this guy doesn’t even have a signed contract with Yamaha of Troy right now! Sure, he’s a half-dozen years behind his expected arrival as a contender—funny things happened on the way to the top—but you won’t find one person in the pits (except maybe his direct competitors) who isn’t pulling for him to win this championship. The kid comes from around a ninth-place start and works his way up to fourth to extend his points lead. Five races down and he hasn’t made a single major mistake. (Also, go to www.supercross.cc.com later this week to read my weekly column “Farber Asks” to see what people think of Ryan Morais’ chances to win the Lites East Region championship.)
My hard-luck award goes to Darcy Lange. The Canadian has the speed, the bike, and I know he wants to get his first win, but he has to get out of the first turn so he has a legitimate chance to put some points on Morais and go after the championship!