Seattle First Practice Report

April 16, 2011 6:20pm | by:

Not much rain in the forecast today in Seattle--in fact, it's sunny. But it rained really bad last night and for several nights previous, so this track still has some moisture built into it. Combine that with the typically soft soil, and the track was rutted from the second lap of practice. Really rutted. The riders were struggling, dragging pegs in the ruts and generally just trying to stay upright. The obstacles aren't super tricky, obviously the track was tamed down in anticipation of the tough conditions.

Broc Tickle is always strong in these conditions, and he logged a (55.952) to top the first Lites session. Cole Seely was next (56.061), then Eli Tomac (56.26), Martin Davalos (56.46), Kyle
Cunningham (56.98) and Josh Hansen (57.06). Hansen had two small tip overs in the rutted, sticky conditions.

Jimmy Decotis was next fastest, but he unfortunately came up way short on a triple and crashed. Rumor has it that he may have a broken his arm.

James Stewart (53.44) was fastest in the SX Class, he blitzed a fast lap early, as the ruts just kept getting worse. Kevin Windham, meanwhile, showed he's (as always) comfortable in the ruts, logging a late fast lap with a 53.79. Next came Ryan Dungey (54.65) Davi Millsaps (54.99) and Ryan Villopoto (55.66). Next up was Chad Reed (55.89) Andrew Short 5(5.91) Mike Alessi (56.39)
Michael Byrne (56.76) and Austin Stroupe (56.87).

Break time for track maintenence. Practice resumes at 4 p.m.