At Seattle’s fifteenth round of Monster Energy Supercross, a good portion of the attention was focused on GEICO Powersports Honda’s Trey Canard and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, as the points battle in the Lites Western Region was the only one that hadn’t been truly decided. Weimer enjoyed a 14-point lead over Canard, while Canard had been honing his skills during the break by racing in the 450 class. It seemed that the necessary factors were in place to produce a major showdown between the two of them.
The action started early when Canard and Weimer started dueling in practice. The pair raced one another around the track for a few laps, posting lap times within .04 seconds of one another. It got even more interesting once the heats started. Canard dominated his heat, while Weimer had major issues and had to put on a charge just to make it into the final qualifying spot in his heat race.
When the gate dropped on the Lites main, Canard got the jump and beat everyone to the first turn. Unfortunately, his night went south exactly one turn later when his teammate, Blake Wharton, came up the inside and clipped Canard’s front wheel as they were exiting the turn, causing Canard to go down. A few seconds later, Weimer had issues of his own when he got too close to a Tuff Block in the whoops and crashed.
The hero of the night turned out to be DNA Shred Stix/Division 7’s Broc Tickle, who took the lead on lap three and completely dominated the rest of the race, posting faster lap and average-lap times than both Canard and Weimer, despite having to deal with a track that was more beat-up than a piñata at a third-grader’s birthday party.
Keep an eye on the Lites class next week in Salt Lake City. Weimer will try to wrap up the championship. Canard will no doubt be looking for some redemption, Broc Tickle has shown he can win, and Wil Hahn still has a shot at the title. Stay tuned—things could get crazy.