April 29, 2009

Ryan Dungey is a Champion!

Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey finally wrestled that mean ol' "no title" monkey off of his back, when he sealed the deal on his very first professional motocross championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series West Region 250cc crown. Yes, he stepped up and relieved Jason Lawrence of the Number 1 plate, although Lawrence was a factor for exactly one race in this series... that is to say, not a factor at all. I think Dungey has vindicated himself after losing the points lead, and title, to Lawrence last year.

Congratulations Ryan Dungey!

Salt Lake City Beauty

Here's to another beautiful Monster... Monster Energy drink spokesmodel, that is, stopping to smile for GuyB's camera atop the scenic Rice Eccles stadium in SLC. GuyB and Vital always get their girl.

April 21, 2009

Seattle: In the pocket

Some say James rode a smart race. James himself said it "...was the best second-place finish that he'd ever got" according to GuyB at Vital MX. It was probably all that and more, and the biggest winners were those that got to see it. Check the body language and positioning; look at the roost coming off the tires: more motocross art by GuyB.

A large part of the buzz out of Seattle, though, is from the big swing in championship points due to Chad Reed's sub-par performance. Chad clearly wasn't feeling it in Seattle, and that first turn crash didn't help at all. Stewart took the points lead for the first time all year with only two rounds to go. Now we'll really get to see who wants it more.

Seattle: This is why you go to the races

Look at that sea of open mouths. The Pacific Northwest Motocross faithful showed up in Seattle to get a mess 'o the MESS. They wanted to see some motocross action and James Stewart complied, putting on a passing show that had to be seen to be believed... or so I'm told. GuyB, of course, got this shot of Stewart soaring past Troy Adams over a triple!

Kids, if you do this at home, you should be doing it at a Supercross near you.

Seattle: More obscure music refs

I think the drummer wants some more. Ryan Dungey (10) is due and clearly the man is hungry for it. He really wants this championship and it showed in Seattle... kind of like last summer in Washougal. He's not out of the woods yet (har), but his win increased his lead to 9 points going into the final West Region 250cc round this Saturday in Salt Lake City.

Will he choke? Will his team choke? Will his rival, Jake Weimer, choke?

Another cool pic by GuyB at Vital MX.

Seattle: There will be more of this

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto scored his first 450cc main event win on Saturday, severely ticking off Mike Alessi in the process. In this GuyB photo of Ryan in his heat race, some say he's looking back to see where James Stewart is... I say he's just checking his roost to see if it can draw enough attention to his sponsor's logos on the tuff blocks...

Seattle Supercross: Ch-ch-ch-changes

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Motocross, indoors or out, remains visually captivating, witness this beautifully-timed shot of Troy Lee Designs / Seaspan / PPG / Honda's Chris Blose (63) braking hard with his rear wheel locked and floating. GuyB's photo-work likewise remains consistently excellent, and this gallery of pics from the Seattle round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series is further proof of that claim.

April 14, 2009

Oh shit, it's on now! Zee Oh wins the Grand Prix of Turkey!

Wow. American Zach Osborne won his very first World Championship event on an Easter Sunday far away from home. Oz rode his #338 UTAG Yamaha YZ250F to a 3-1 score, after blasting fastest time in Saturday qualifying. Now he's 5th in the World Championship points standings after 3 of 15 rounds. Thanks to GuyB for the coverage at Vital MX.

Zee Oh! Get on down, homey... there's a lot of season left, sure, but you really oughta bring that title home with ya.

April 07, 2009

Ten Win Kingpin: Stewart stacks Jax

Oooh, take the money and run. San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart captured his tenth win of the 17-race MESS at Saturday night's round in Jacksonville, Florida. Stewart still trails his championship rival Chad Reed in the points standings, but now it's only a 5 point deficit with three rounds remaining. Another fantastic photo by the moto-photo maestro, GuyB of Vital MX.

April 04, 2009

Jax Prax: when Giants Collide

The two fastest supercross racers in the world squared off in practice for the second Florida round of the MESS and Steve Cox has the Jacksonville practice story and photos at Racer X Online. This series is getting better and better!