450 Words: FIM Red Bull MXoNMonday, October 1, 2007 | 8:40 AM
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Since last Sunday afternoon I’ve watched the usual cyberspace suspects hash and rehash the race. Some of their stuff is funny, some a little too partisan, and more just downright silly. My fellow correspondent “MX Geoff” Meyer tried time and again to make sense of the Team USA runaway, though it would suffice to say it was just the perfect day for Ryan Villopoto and Tim Ferry, and even on an off-day, Ricky Carmichael is still the best in the world.
But then there’s the track, and credit must go where credit is due. I made a mistake in Racerhead last Friday in not clarifying that Greg Atkins of Youthstream was completely in charge of the circuit. He did the planning, he watched quietly from above, and he did the work he felt needed, along with Mark Barnett, who Jonathan Beasley hired after the difficult national there back in June.
For the last three years that I have been at the MXoN—in Ernee, France, in Matterley Basin, England, and here at Budds Creek in the USA—I have seen three exceptional tracks where the best riders on each day emerged victorious. That’s the sign of a good track, and all three times that’s been under the management of Greg Atkins.
I can’t wait to see what he has in store for Northern Ireland in 2008, where Team USA goes for four in a row!