Rev-Up: HangtownThursday, May 29, 2008 | 12:52 PM
In this article…
- Mike Alessi
- Wil Hahn
- James Stewart
- Austin Stroupe
- Nico Izzi
- Trey Canard
- Jason Lawrence
- Ryan Villopoto
- Jason Lawrence
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev-Up. And so it begins. Sure, the Motocross class was a runaway, but it was good to see Stewart back riding like Superman. That said, the Lites class over-delivered on expectations.
So, now on to the Hangtown Classic in sunny Sacramento, California, and there is still a lot to be decided. The Glen Helen race course, while immaculately maintained, was oddly fast and wasn’t the most technical track. A lot of the riders commented about the rider-friendly track and weather conditions in the post-race conference. Hangtown will be much, much different. The weather will be warmer, but it won’t be hot, as the forecast is calling for low 80s. But the track is going to be completely different. Every year the Dirt Diggers crew brings in loads of sand and work the track up into a rough, rutty, tacky (and slick) torture test. And the word on the street is they have given the track a major facelift for the 2008 running of the Hangtown Classic.
More than enough history to get it up on the rev limiter for round two of the 2008 Toyota AMA Motocross Championship. Let’s get Revved Up, NorCal-style.
I tell you what, it’s hard to really throw the middle finger to the haters any better than Jason Lawrence did in that first moto. “He was out partying and missed the banquet.” Maybe that was the case. The man came out and straight waxed everyone in the first 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto of the outdoor season.
What’s going to happen this time? Ryan Villopoto should be able to win both motos. But he was supposed to have done a lot of things this year. Maybe Dungey will have the juice this week? Maybe Lawrence will win a moto again? Hangtown has a penchant for bust out performances and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new name in the top five.
I wasn’t surprised to see James dominate last weekend. That is what he has done his entire career. His final quote in Terrafirma 3 was “I’m planning to dominate.” He has, for the most part, but he has yet to put together an injury-free season in the premier class.
It’s good to have you back, James. Keep it rolling.
The rest of the boys have some work to do. Sure, Alessi has been riding Glen Helen every weekend since February, but the others weren’t even close. Where was Ivan? Where was BT101? They all have some work to do.
Time to go to work.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.
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