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Rev-Up: Indy

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What's up with Reedy?

photo: Simon Cudby

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. We’re heading to The Racing Capital of the World for Round 9 of the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and it’s beginning to get interesting. Everyone was pointing their finger at Atlanta to be a big race and the ATL definitely made good on the predictions. As we left California there were some signs that all was not well in the Reed camp. The 2004 AMA Supercross champion has dropped subtle hints here and there that some things were amiss, but he remained elusive as to what. Well, everyone can stop trying to figure out what it was because now he has some very real problems. And what about the young guns? All I can say is, Wow. I would have put $100 on RV2 to lay the smoke down on the field last weekend. Didn’t happen. In fact, both of the pre-season favorites hit the deck, while Trey Canard hit the turbo boost. The good thing is that it seems like all of those kids made it out of there in one piece and will be lining up this weekend in Indy. Now we have a serious fight on our hands! Is there really something wrong with “two-two?” Can Ryan Villopoto and Josh Grant rebound? As we enter the second half of the series everything is still up in the air, and it’s a great time to be a supercross fan. Let’s get Revved Up for Indy!

Lites

How will RV rebound?

photo: Simon Cudby

I don’t think we’ve seen the end of the fireworks with these boys by a long shot. You could throw a blanket over the top ten practice times last weekend, and all of these riders are short on consistency. That said, Trey Canard put in one of the most dominating Saturday’s the sport has seen in a long time. Fastest in practice and led almost every lap of the program once the gate fell. It’ll be hard to match that performance and if he just focuses on podiums and top fives he has a very real shot at the title. Meanwhile, RV2 and J-Grant have already put themselves in a pretty substantial hole and have to get desperate. This is a mean group of Lites class riders. I’m not even going to try to call out a top five. There are so many podium possibilities and potential winners. It’s going to be really, really good.

Supercross

Can Millsaps make it two in a row?

photo: Simon Cudby

Chad Reed is in trouble. He really needs to put a win together this weekend because the Honda boys are riding faster and becoming more confident every weekend. I’ve watched every main event this season at least three times and while he’s been saying he has some problems, I don’t think Reed is slowing down. Instead, I think Davi Millsaps and Kevin Windham have gotten noticeably faster. Now they’ve both won and the momentum has switched gears. It was a bummer to see Chad take that slam last weekend because for one, he could have gotten injured, and secondly, I think Millsaps has something for him.

There is so much positivity in the Supercross series in regards to the racing and championship title fight, but dammit, we keep losing soldiers. I think Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry was on his way to a win at Daytona before breaking his tailbone. Losing Red Dog sucks. The only, if any, consolation to losing him is that we gained Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey. You may have read that I have a friendly bet with Steve Cox about Dungey getting a podium in the next two races. I bet him because he is a mouthy Denver Bronco’s fan and they destroyed my beloved Kansas City Chiefs in both meetings in 2007. I don’t mean it as a slam to Dungey, but rather a testimate to the speed the top five Supercross guys are running. And for the record, we made the bet before Ferry got injured. Anyways, good luck Ryan!

Dungey's not afraid to step up to the 450.

photo: Steve Cox

I’ll be making the drive over for this one. I’ve always loved the city of Indianapolis. I’ve raced arenacross in Market Square arena and touched the bricks that mark the finishline at the Brickyard. Indy is hollowed ground in the world of professional sports. She always seems to bring a little extra out of all aspects of the competitions she hosts. Ask Mike LaRocco. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to see another big one this weekend.

Thanks for reading, see you next week.

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