Bench Racing Ammo: Will History Repeat Itself?

March 27, 2007 1:48pm
History is said to repeat itself, and this year’s Eastern Regional supercross series is looking eerily similar to the same series 10 years ago.

Tim Ferry took the '97 125cc Eastern Regional title without winning a main event

photo: Courtesy of Moto Verte

In 1997 Team Suzuki’s Tim Ferry took the first and only championship of his professional career by winning the 125cc East Region AMA Supercross title. But the way that he won the championship is what’s interesting. Ferry won the championship without winning a single main event, something that has never been done in the past in an extended supercross series. While all the hype surrounded a young Kawasaki rider wearing #70, Ferry used consistency and finished on the podium at every race except one. Carmichael, on the other hand, won the most main events of any other rider in that region (3), but his inconsistency and crashes relegated him to third overall in the series. As for Ferry, after that title he was dropped by Team Suzuki.

Yamaha of Troy's Ryan Morais has a 10-point lead with two rounds to go.

photo: Steve Bruhn

Let’s now take a look at this seasons’ East Region series. Results have been inconsistent, to say the least, and although Yamaha of Troy’s Ryan Morais hasn’t been as steady as Tim Ferry was back in ’97, he also finds himself leading the series by 10 with two rounds left. His scores thus far this season are 4-2-5-2-4. But nipping at his heels in second place is Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ben Townley, who suffered a DNF in the first race of the season. This all adds up to a couple very exciting rounds of Amp’d Mobile supercross in the next month.

Following this weekend’s Dallas supercross, the East riders will have two off-weekends to rest before the finale in Detroit, Michigan. Depending on how Dallas goes, those look to be two very long weeks for some riders.