Rev-Up: FreestoneThursday, June 5, 2008 | 12:29 PM
In this article…
- Jason Lawrence
- Mike Alessi
- Tim Ferry
- Austin Stroupe
- James Stewart
- Ricky Carmichael
- Kyle Cunningham
- Jason Lawrence
- Ryan Villopoto
- Andrew Short
- Jeff Alessi
- Josh Demuth
- Ryan Dungey
- Brett Metcalfe
- Wil Hahn
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev-Up. Round three of the 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross Championships gallops south to Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas, this weekend. Thus far, it’s been a mean green machine taking the bull by the horns in the opening rounds. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart has led every single lap, while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki pilots Austin Stroupe and Ryan Villopoto have brought Mitch Payton’s smile back by winning three of the first four motos. Save for a season-opening moto win from Boost Mobile/Yamaha of Troy’s Jason Lawrence, it’s been pretty lopsided to this point. Now we’re heading to Texas, where everything could hit the proverbial fan. The state of Texas is one of a kind.
The race gas has hardly cleared the Texas sky from the Dallas Supercross as the circus returns to the land of big belt buckles and coyote skulls. The great outdoors is beginning to stretch its legs, and while she has been a shade docile in its opening moments, we’re going to take it Texas so let’s get revved up about why the dam is about to burst.
But all hometown hero noise aside, they’re seals swimming with a Great White when compared to Ryan Villopoto. RV Park is back on his game and with hot weather and a rough Freestone track on the horizon, anything less than a two-moto beat down will be surprising.
Does J-Law have enough piss and vinegar to say otherwise? Is Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey ready to lay it on the line? Those two have been the closest so far, and if somebody is going to put something other than green on the top of the steps, it will be one of them.
The race behind him is interesting, though. Last summer Andrew Short came out swinging in the first moto, took the holeshot, and rode off with a commanding win. Mike Alessi was also tough at this track last time around. And unless you have somehow avoided Steve Matthes’ Bottom Line or Observations pieces, you know that Timmy Ferry is riding his best outdoor motocross ever. He needs to grab a gate next to Alessi and hang on to his fender so he can maybe slingshot himself into a top-ten start.
The weather is going to be in the 90s, which means Texas’s most beautiful, ahem, assets will be on display in all their glory. It’s going to be another strong weekend of American outdoor motocross, and you can count on those Texans to pack the house and have the T-shirts swinging. Tune into the Racer X Motocross Show presented by Toyota Trucks for the pre-show to get the lowdown, then Katy Bar the door for four motos of fury.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.
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