But salt might have been needed as snow actually came down this morning! It was cold, and flakes started landing at about 10 am and didn’t let up until noon. The snow didn’t really accumulate on the track, and eventually the sun started shining and the snow went away. But it hasn’t gotten warm.
The track is actually pretty tricky. One rhythm lane doesn’t seem to offer a “correct answer” as both main lines through it are difficult. The fastest technique is to end the section going on-off-single, but bouncing off that final single may be tough for 20 (or 15) laps. A few riders are jumping over the table, which looks smoother but not quite as fast. That could change tonight, though.
The whoops are also very unique. They’re fairly flat, but spaced far apart, with a big gap after the fifth whoop. The gap is so big that most riders just drop in and then jump out of the whoops by going triple-triple. But James Stewart just blitzes across the top.
As if anyone doesn’t know, there are only nine points separating the top four in points, and of course those four where the fastest in practice. Stewart seems really sharp in practice—even sharper than at the last two rounds, which he won. But in this crazy season, it seems like avoiding trouble is more important than simply going fast, so anything can happen tonight. Throw in some championship pressure and drama, and we’re set for some heat in the cold.
Tickle, Hansen and Tomac are battling for the title, with just seven points between them. Riders like Davalos, Seely and Cunningham could play a big factor in the points tonight.
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