This is it, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Race day coverage from the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross season opener in Anaheim starts right here, right now.
The stadium and pit area is a beehive of activity at the moment. In the press box, members of the media are busy setting up their stations and getting ready to cover the action as the distant roar of dirt bike engines performing sound tests drifts through the stadium. Down on the track, the riders’ meeting has just ended, and the competitors are making their way back into the pits where mechanics are busy twirling T-handles and lubing chains, making sure the machinery is in tip top shape for the practice sessions that will commence shortly.
When those practice sessions do start, the riders will be rolling out onto a pretty unique track. The start is long, and narrows while bending left gradually before sharpening up and leading into an interesting section that looks like two steep rollers with a tall, ninety degree right hander in between them. There is a very short whoop section immediately following the second roller, and it’s going to be fun to see what kinds of lines the guys come up with through here.
The other whoop section is fairly deep, but is relatively short, consisting of just nine whoops. There are several sections of the track that have different obstacles depending on whether the rider chooses to go inside or outside, and these areas could present some good passing opportunities when the races get underway tonight. The rhythm sections are pretty straightforward and short, and there are no crazy quad-quad style opportunities.
Overall, the track does not rank especially high on the gnarly factor. This is typical of A1, as the last thing anyone wants is a track that has the potential to start taking guys out, especially this early in the season.
Dodge Motorsports/Hart & Huntington’s Josh Hansen is here and says he his feeling much better after a brief sickness that left him vomiting and forced a visit to the hospital. To read about Hansen’s situation in more detail, check out this interview that Eric Johnson did with him yesterday.
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