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The fever pitch is pegged in the red… again.

Lead Pic: James Lissimore

 

Unfortunately, this discussion is thrust to the forefront every single racing year. Sometimes it’s the closing weeks of preparation when riders succumb to injury before they even line up for the first round. Sometimes it is actually at the first round but whenever it happens, talks of rider safety instantly spring to life and they are heated to put it mildly.

 

I have long been one of the guys saying the power output of the bikes today far exceeds what should try to be contained in a stadium. Displacements need to be addressed. I...

Qualifying for your first Main of the year at round 11 and finishing 21st with a smile.

Photos By: James Lissimore

This one is going to be short and sweet which ironically is quite the opposite of the subject matter who happens to be above average-size and bouncing off the rev limiter in the raditude department.

Adam Enticknap is a prime example of all that is right with the sport of Supercross, all the while traveling the rocky road of struggle. 

He doesn’t have a factory ride, doesn’t dominate qualifying or the LCQ, shit, he isn’t even a shoe-in for fastest privateer but you’d never guess that in a million years because Adam has the absolute best attitude going in the pits. He’s not even the every-man which is what fans usually pull for. He simply has a positive outlook in all situations,. Without question he is a glass half-full guy… I take that back, if you asked him if the glass...

Huh? Yup, I know what you’re thinking…

Photos By: James Lissimore

I know, you think you’ve been watching great racing for the last nine weeks but that was all in your head. I mean, all of our heads because “the series doesn’t start till Daytona”. Everything we’ve seen in the prior 9 rounds never actually happened! I know, it’s crazy, I’m still coming to grips with it too because it seems so damn real!

Remember A1 when Ken Roczen looked to a be a shoe-in for the title? Meaningless. What about perennial-podium guy, Dungey? He missed the podium at A1 and didn’t look comfortable either. He looked like he had a long way to go before he could contend with Kenny. Lest, we forget, that never happened. It was all in your imagination.

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Admit it, you asked yourself if he could "do it" at some point in the initial laps.

Weston Peick has really taken the whole “Nihilist” thing and not only run with it, he is an Olympic sprinter with smoke coming off of his melted soles. It still flabbergasts me to think of the strides he has made over only about 3 years. He was literally the dude who would get yelled at by the leaders as they lapped him. He didn’t care. 

If Vicki Golden had a linebacker’s physique and just pinned it, destroying landings and her engine cases, she would be qualifying for mains right now. That’s what Weston did. Through sheer determination and a physical build that allowed him to withstand hits and jarring cases through obstacles, by God he made it to the night show and into Main Events. He didn’t care.

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You’re damn right I named this edition after an Outkast album. 

Photos By: Simon Cudby

There’s three reasons I went with the term “ATLiens”. Firstly, the album is on the top ten list of my favorite rap albums ever. Now I’m no rap connoisseur but I knows what I likes. Secondly, Outkast hails from the dirty south, Atlanta more specifically and appropriately. Lastly, there was some crazy stuff happening in Atlanta, Atlanta One, that is and it wouldn’t have surprised me all that much if indeed Aliens were to have been the culprits.

Every season we start off hoping that it will be a knock down, drag-out series of multiple race winners all remaining in the title hunt right down to the last race in Vegas. Leading into A1 in, I believe 2011, the word “parity” really became the buzz term in the sport and bench racing talks as that years group of achieved 250 graduates added to an already stellar cast...