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MID WEEK MOTO Fullnoise.com.au’s Look Into All Things Moto

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Welcome to MID WEEK MOTO presented by Fullnoise.com.au, our look into all aspects in the world of dirt bike racing.

While we have a host of news and press releases updated daily on the Fullnoise.com.au website there are always little bits of interesting, odd and not so true information floating around the traps!

In this article we will have a look at some of the news and information that may have not made headlines but caught our attention during the week, and also have a look at a few of the incidents that did cause headlines!
The 2015 AMA Supercross season kicks off at A1 - Credit: SImon Cudby
All About A1

A1 each and every year has to go down as the biggest race of the season. Everyone is hungry for any type of dirt bike action to start in the new year and the big show that is the Monster Energy AMA supercross championship "A FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!" certainly comes through with the goods each and every year.

Below we give our take on and reflect on the season opener.
Chad Reed lead the Aussie Charge at A1 - Credit: Kawasaki
THE Aussies: First and foremost on an Aussie site, we have to have a look at how the Aussies faired on the weekend. Chad Reed had a solid but not spectacular start to the season qualifying 9th before finishing 10th in the main event.

I have watched the racing a couple of times now and if you have a close look at the end of Reed's heat race he looks down at the bike as if there was a problem, it also sounds like he had some sort of issue in the main, what it was we have no idea, but I for one am expecting Reed to bounce back with a better result at Phoenix.

Brett Metcalfe impressed in his first SX back since the season finale in 2012. Holding off Factory Suzuki's Blake Bagget to win his semi would have been a big highlight and Metty followed it up with a solid 17th in the main.

Matt Moss did not get a lot of air time during the telecast. Having a look back through the footage, he does manage to get off the gate quite well in most races, but is quickly shuffled back through the field after getting hung up on the outside of turn one. It is not going to be easy to make the main event this year, and really there is only two spots left open on the gate for the true privateers if everything goes to plan for the big name riders.

Jackson Richardson like Moss did not get much air time at all at A1, we are not sure what happened to the Queenslander, but after qualifying 14th, he missed qualifying through his head, before a back of the field start in the West 250 LCQ gave him no chance of making the main.

As for Adam Monea and Jake Moss, they both were unable to line up at A1, with Moss braking his leg in the lead up to the weekend, and Adam Monea suffering from a knee complaint that allowed him to only complete two laps of practice.
Ken Roczen made it back to back A1 wins - Credit: Simon Cudby
The Expected: Below are a list of things that were not out of the ordinary at A1

- Ken Roczen making it back to back A1 wins and giving the RCH Facotry Suzuki team their first ever win, the win for Suzuki was only a matter of time.

- Ryan Dungey putting in a solid effort and finishing 4th after taking an eternity to pass Short - Its what Dungey does and it works for him.

- Weston Peick getting into it with another rider, though it was a little unexpected and funny as hell that he called out Cole Seely out on twitter just minutes after the race.

- Mike Alessi Holeshot to 9th, It was actually a good ride by Mike and he looked good out there, just people kept passing him.

- Tyler Bowers getting physical, The guy has spent the last 4 years racing on tracks the size of the track we saw at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, he natural reaction is to bump and run to make a pass!
Jason Anderson race an outstanding race to finish second - Credit: Simon Cudby
The Unexpected: Things that people probably did not predict leading into the event

- Jason Anderson 2nd, giving Husqvarna their first AMA Supercross Event podium since, 20 minutes prior when Zak Osbourne put his Husqvarna on the podium in the 250 West class!

Prior to Osbourne, Travis Preston stood on top of the box in Houston in 2001 in the 125 West class! Anderson's second place was however, Husqvarna's first AMA Supercross podium in the big bike class in 39 years.

- ESPN and FOXTEL not coming through for Aussie SX Fans, seriously that many sports channels and a ton of re-aired programming but we can't get the biggest race of the year live!

- Jesse Nelson's Win, though not completely unexpected, for a guy who had a best result of 7th before the night, Nelson not only won the race but did it in a commanding style and set the fastest lap by a clear margin along the way.

- Tevin Tapia making the main. For a guy who missed making the main event 13 times he was probably not many peoples pick to take the final spot in the main event with the list of riders lining up in the LCQ.

- Ralph Shaheen calling Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto for half a race. Yeah we can understand maybe a once off slip, but come on, one is not racing SX this season, the same riders bike was green not orange and he would have been running the number #1 plate for the fourth straight year, the guy on the screen way DUNGEY!

Lets now look forward to Phoenix, which is being delayed twice as long as A1 on Foxtel, yep we get to watch it at 10pm this Sunday night!

SOMETHING NEW
The Fox Savant limited edition racewear was one of many sets of sweet looking apparel seen at A1
One of the coolest things about A1 is the smorgasbord of new riding apparel that makes it's appearance at the big race. This year did not disappoint with a host of new racewear and Limited Edition, helmets, boots and other bits and pieces hitting the track.

FOX had their SAVANT A1 Limited Edition get up being worn by race winner, Ken Roczen, Ryan Dungey and Justin Hill

Chad Reed was in Limited Edition SHIFT "REED" Faction apparel.

Andrew Short was looking pretty FLY in his new Camo gear, though we are not to sure about the mis-matched boot look!

Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia were colorfull additions to the track in their latest ALPINESTARS racewear

Josh Grant had some of the latest offerings from ONE INDUSTRIES, while Bracken Hall also Jockeyd about in some more of their unusual lines for 2015.

Cole Seely stood out brightly in the Troy Lee Designs Limited Edition CORSE racewear

Other Bits and Pieces
Toby Price has been a on point during the opening couple of days of the 2015 Dakar Rally - Credit: Rallyzone
While the big focus was on A1, another huge event kicked off in Argentina with the start of the 2015 Dakar Rally. Four Aussies are in the mix including Toby Price who after the opening three days was sitting in 6th position. We will have a deep look at the Dakar rally next week in Mid Week Moto.

Australian company Lusty Industries, who import a wide range of motorcycle products have continued to their expansion into the action sports market and are the new Australian importers of Santa Cruz bicycles

A eight round American Women's Motocross Championship was announced this week with the series returning to run along side selected rounds of the American Motocross Championships, though not on the same day, apart from the final round where the Women will race on the same day as the men.
Lusty Industries continues to grow in the action sport world and will now distribute Santa Cruz bike in Australia.
That's A Wrap

Well that's a wrap for this week, check back next week for Mid Week Moto Presented by Fullnoise.com.au

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