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With no points being awarded to the Lites class and none of the big-name factory Lites riders in attendance, most of the focus in Toronto was on the AMA Supercross class. The series is waning, and Round 12 had the potential to be a major factor in the championship. The Toronto event also served as the lone “world event” in the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, an FIM World Championship. But the big story in Canada was the grueling track conditions, which have been one of the most consistent hurdles the riders have faced all year. The season opener saw rain, then San Francisco was a bona fide mudder, and of course we all remember Daytona. Third-place finisher Davi Millsaps described the struggle with the tracks well in his post-race interview on Supercross Live! when he said, “I thought supercross meant racing on nice, dry, hard tracks, not indoor mud races.”
The key to success in Toronto was the holeshot. After the race, Reed said, “When you watch the video, you’ll see I was really going for that one.” After Reed grabbed the holeshot, it looked like there was going to be a battle between himself and his surging teammate, Josh Hill, who was fresh off his huge win in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, he would go down on lap three, giving Reed a huge lead.
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