Salt Lake City SX Morning Report

April 30, 2011 4:05pm | by:

It is cold here in Salt Lake City for Monster Energy Supercross, so cold that snow flakes started falling this morning in the pits!


Despite some early snow (!) the track is actually pretty dry.
Weigandt photo

But the snow has stopped and the track is actually very dry. A few transitions have standing water, but there's actually dust in the high spots--they purposely left the track a little dry in anticipation of some nasty weather. The track design is also pretty simple, following the same philosophy as the last race in Seattle. In an open stadium, weather could make the whole track difficult, so the obstacles aren't as gnarly or technical as we may see in a domed stadium.

All the SX Class contenders are here and ready, with Chad Reed now sporting some additiona factory Honda parts on his bike. Jake Weimer is back and ready to make his season debut on the Monster Energy Kawasaki 450, Justin Brayton is back in action after missing Seattle with a back injury, and the same drama that has followed this series since the opening round should be on display again here tonight.

In the Lites class, Josh Hansen got a shot in his busted hand a few days ago and he says it feels a lot better. His teammate Broc Tickle is also feeling better, he only had a few days before Seattle to ride after breaking his collarbone. Eli Tomac says he's comfortable in the altitude because he rides at altitude at home all the time anyway, and Ken Roczen is back from the GP tour, where he leads the MX2 class. And remember, Cole Seely won the last race of the tour in Seattle. Lots of spoilers in this class.

Practice is getting underway, look for more updates throughout the day.