So whats with RC? Have the other guys gotten faster or is the pace of the last four years catching up to RC. Is the politics of a team change taking some of his fire? Good to see a yellow bike up front in the 250 class.:)
Windham has been riding at his best recently and just edged out RC. I think this is a case of K-Dub stepping up to RC's level. They were lapping 1-2 seconds faster than Ferry, and 3-4 seconds faster than Villueman, Lusk, Tortelli, LaRocco and Roncada.
The local Washougal hot shoes like Jason McCormick & Ryan Terlecki are very fast. On their home track RC laps 10+ seconds faster than them.
What's up with RC?
He is on another planet, that's what! Today, KW was there with him.
I'm with you Dave, concerning Pastrana. I read on Cycle News that TP crashed hard in practice Saturday and both motos today. The crash in the second moto they said was real hard. They said his bike was bent (whatever that means) and he was shook-up. He didn't even finish the 2nd moto. It makes you wonder if those concussions are still affecting him in some way. He dropped to third in the points, behind Brown and Langston.
TP needs to bow out and rest for the 250SX season. There's no "champions continue against all odds...blaah, blaah....:p " crap here. :silly: The next time he dings his head, he might come out with permanent post-trauma injury such as recurrent migranous headaches, chronic short-term memory loss, and others. This kid's in serious danger now because of the recent multiple recurrent concussions. He might be okay if he could, like Bayle had done, ride around the track in 3rd gear taking advantage of his points lead, but he can't obviously now. If he goes back out there, he'll continue to pull balls-to-the-wall moves and taking lines to pass where no one else out there will. God I hope he stops this bs.
What good's being a hero when you can't remember why you are one, and your mom has to keep wiping the drool off your chin. :silly: TP needs to take 'er easy and hope he doesn't get forced into early retirement.
I agree, Travis' moves are impressive, but he's only 17-years-old and he certainly doesn't need to win everything right now. His future is much more important than today's race or next Sunday's race. He's landed on his head far too much lately and that's not something to mess around with. I don't think anyone wants to see Travis with Parkinson's disease at the age of thirty-five, or something worse. With his talent and charisma, he's the future of the sport of the motocross. I just don't think he needs to prove it all this year, particularly when his head is obviously not right. If he has to sacrifice the championship this season, then so be it. Travis will have more championships to win.
I saw the crash in Sunday practice, Pastrana landed on his noggin in the whoops. He got up slowly (after help had arrived) and was definitely dazed. He rode the bike back to the pits slowly.
Didn't see the crash in the 2nd moto - it happened on the little jump after the big downhill/chicane and right before the Chuck Sunn jump. Odd place to crash. Again it took quite awhile for him to get up.
I don't know if he's pushing himself - which is probably the case, looking at his history of coming back from serious injury (the spinal injury). But someone needs to tell him he's not racing until SX. He obviously would have to be much healthier to do anything about the title at this point - if it's even possible to catch back up - and he's so much fun to watch, and I want to enjoy him for many more years!
Another bad crash was Branden Jesseman - on the back side of the track, right before the whoop section, Branden somehow got off-track and jumped off the top of one of the tunnel jumps. He landed on the door of the tunnel, and proceeded to hit one of the cranes which was set up for the ESPN cameramen. VERY UGLY. By a streak of luck, his head only hit the tire of the crane and he missed all the ugly sharp metal pieces (his face was cut though). This could have been a career ender or a life ender easily.
Excellent racing though. Very interesting to see the crowd cheer on K-Dub and get VERY quiet when Ricky went by. This was especially noticeable in the 2nd moto.
All in all, a fun day. And the weather was perfect!! It had rained Friday quite a bit, and the track was better than I'd ever seen it for Sunday (heard Saturday was quite messy though!). Overcast and nice temp, slight breeze. To top it off, it just started a gentle rain just as the awards were being handed out. Can't beat that!
Okie, it was good meeting you. Those DRN tee shirts are really snazzy lookin' in person!