Phil Nicoletti is prepping to race the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship 250SX East Region with the Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX Yamaha team. For now though, “Filthy” Phil is going to answer some questions as he continues to pound out laps down at the ClubMX facility.
(Note: Some questions have been lightly edited for clarity.)
Hoosier Arenacross? Hoosier daddy!? How did it go?
Hoosier Arenacross went good. I’m happy I went there. I’ve been trying to get a few gate drops in before I get back racing this year. Those type of races are super hard to do. The tracks are really basic; they keep it safe for everyone at all ages and skill levels. But racing is racing and it helps with intensity and learning a new environment. Having full supercross suspension isn’t ideal either for that type of environment, but it’s good to try and adapt and make it work. There is good talent in the Midwest, and the local scene is thriving. It’s awesome to see people showing up to race, and spending their weekends at a horse arena to ride a dirtbike.
Yeah baby! Stank Dog put a 125 two stroke in the main! Now that he showed it can be done, you think more people will try it?
Two Strokes Rule
Two Stroke Rules,
I would leave the 125 shenanigans to Stank Dog! He’s the man for that job. He can rally all the two-stroke fans and get them revved up. Do I think more people will try? I highly doubt it. Unless you have some support and are making some sort of sponsorship money, I don’t think it’s worth someone’s time. It’s a cool way to keep fans interested in the sport, and intrigued with what’s going on. Especially hearing a different sound under the lights, it will always make people look to see where it’s coming from. It’s cool for two-stroke fans, and cool for Stank. But that won’t make a two-stroke trend at a supercross. Sorry for the bad news.
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