The red plate on the #377 bike, seen here alone in the pits during the second 250cc moto at Pala, signifies the championship points leader. Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki racer Christophe Pourcel carried this plate through most of the 12 race season, and came to Southern California with a seven-point lead over GEICO Powersports Honda's Trey Canard. But complete disaster befell Pourcel in the first moto, as he crashed and dislocated his shoulder. Allisports interviewed Christophe and got the full story .
My heart was broken for Pourcel, I assumed all seasson long that he would win this title.