Photo Report | Detroit SX
By Billy Rainford
Photos by Tyler Spikman and Billy Rainford
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross series made its annual stop in Motor City over the weekend. Ford Field is undergoing some renovations and so the stadium looked a little different than its usal polished self this time around.
When the racing got going after the opening ceremonies, nearly every seat was filled and the massive crowd was treated to some of the best racing we’ve seen so far this year.
Here’s a closer look at some of the racing action from Saturday night in Detroit, Michigan.
These days, #22 Chad Reed receives some of the biggest ovations at every stadium the series hits.
#4 Blake Baggett wheelies for the crowd before another solid night.
#20 Broc Tickle was fresh off a win in Indianapolis.
The Monster Girls got the crowd going by giving them some free tee shirts.
We have to start by wishing #471 Logan Karnow good luck with his recovery.
He was just back from his wrist injury but a hard crash in qualifying left him with a back injury, so get well soon, Logan.
Canadian nationals competitor #392 Michael Fowler went down early in his heat and was at the back of the pack.
#70 Dakota Alix picked up a new ride but got caught up in the first turn pile up and was forced out of action in the main event.
England’s #931 Gradie Featherstone made it into the main through the LCQ and took 21st.
It seems to be strange talking about #16 Zach Osborne this early, but he went down in the first turn of the main and was forced into the pits for a couple laps.
It took 3 minutes in the pits and he managed to get back in the race and earn a couple points in 18th.
He lost the red plate and now sits one behind 2nd place in 3rd.
#641 Keith Tucker continues to improve and finished 17th.
#170 Zack Williams made it into the main event and finished 16th.
#44 Jordan Smith’s day didn’t go without incident. He crashed with #42 Kyle Cunningham in their heat race.
#81 Henry Miller took 14th.
Full-time university student #93 Josh Cartwright had a solid night and finished up in 13th.
#62 Jesse Wentland continues to perform well and was 12th.
#183 Lorenzo Locurcio rode better than his 11th place finish.
#50 Luke Renzland rounded out the top 10.
#49 Anthony Rodriguez was 9th.
From the very first practice, you could tell it was going to be a good day for #54 Gannon Audette.
He whipped and smiled his way to a solid 8th place finish in the main.
#48 Christian Craig is due for a smooth night. He didn’t get it in Detroit. He started from the outside gate in the main after being penalized for his move on Alex Martin and was 7th.
However, Christian’s night started out well and he won his heat race wire to wire.
#45 Mitchell Harrison was impressive with his 6th place.
#42 Kyle Cunningham grabbed 5th.
#108 Dylan Ferrandis looked to be ready for another great night.
#36 Adam Cianciarulo was out front early but Ferrandis led lap 2 and 9 of 18 laps in the main.
The crowd was treated to a great battle at the front.
#44 Jordan Smith had #17 Joey Savatgy all over him the last few laps.
Adam kept things interesting by washing out the front end and going down.
Ferrandis tried to fight off rider after rider and took 4th.
Adam pushed all the way to the flag and grabbed 3rd place on the podium.
Savatgy and Smith went back and forth a couple times. It was one for the ages!
It was this close at the flag with Jordan Smith taking his first-ever Pro main event win.
Jordan was pretty happy with this win.
Adam’s speech sounded very sincere when he congratulated Jordan on his big win.
250 Podium: Jordan Smith, Joey Savatgy, Adam Cianciarulo.
That’s gotta feel great! | Spikman photo
Time for the 450 main…
#25 Marvin Musquin with his lit up Leatt brace during opening ceremonies.
Eli Tomac has a very confident look in his eye…however, this is the only view people are getting of him, lately.
If you were wondering if Cade Clason and AJ Catanzaro are OK after last week’s LCQ shenanigans, rest assured, they’re fine.
Did you see #21 Jason Anderson put on a passing clinic in his heat race?
#314 Alex Ray seemed a little over-enthusiastic in Detroit. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it into the main event.
The sand section had some teeth in Detroit.
I thought #75 Nick Schmidt looked fast all night. He was going better than his 21st place shows.
#22 Chad Reed was ready for a great night but ran into all kinds of trouble in the main event, finishing 22nd after finally pulling off the track.
#800 Mike Alessi basically landed on his teammate, #61 Vince Friese, in their semi. Mike showed me the rip in his gear and said they both almost died in the incident. He also said Vince manned up and apologized for his mistake. Mike shook his head as he passed the mechanics area and finished 20th in the main.
#19 Justin Bogle was down on the first lap of the main event and toughed out an 18th place.
#12 Jake Weimer was at the back of the pack on the first lap and would end up 17th.
#47 Malcolm Stewart looked pretty good all night but worked his way backwards in the main event.
It was good to have #2 Cooper Webb back under the bright lights.
He got bitten by the sand section and finished 13th.
It’s always fun to keep your eyes on #51 Justin Barcia. He “traded paint” with Friese on the way by and finished 12th after being way back off the start.
#41 Trey Canard was in a fierce 5-way battle in the main and finished 11th.
#14 Cole Seely was another rider who found himself coming from the back in the main. He did well to crack the top 10 by the checkered flag.
#15 Dean Wilson grabbed 9th but admitted he needs to harden up a bit to finish even better.
#20 Broc Tickle was fastest qualifier and finished 7th with a consistent main.
It was great to watch Davi Millsaps almost pass Musquin for 2nd and then hold Dungey off for as long as he did. He finished 5th after Baggett got him late.
I have to admit, I didn’t even notice #4 Blake Baggett sneaking closer to the front. We were all so focussed on Tomac/Musquin and Dungey/Millsaps that it went relatively unnoticed. Great ride for him to strike late for 4th.
#1 Ryan Dungey had to force his way forward in the main to save points.
He admitted he’s simply giving away too many points at each round. This is going to get interesting!
#25 Marvin Musquin led the first 3 laps but just couldn’t hold off Tomac.
He was happy to finish 2nd.
What can you say about the way Eli Tomac is riding lately? There’s no way to sugar coat this…he’s by far the fastest out there right now.
He passed Musquin like two trailer park girls in the sand section. It was impressive.
He’s only 7 points back of Dungey in the lead with 5 rounds left. I think we all know where this is going. Dungey will have to run close to the edge but flawless if he want to take this title home.
450 podium: Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Ryan Dungey.
Davi was feeling it after that effort.
Thanks for looking, and we’ll see you at the races…