By James Lissimore
With the seventh round of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship taking place last weekend at Dallas, Texas' Cowboy Stadium, we saw a whole new batch of riders as the East Coast Lites series kicked off. With that new series we also saw some new Canadians take to the track as both Cole Thompson and John John Pauk took part in their first supercross races. Throw in a few other riders who are familiar to Canadian MX fans and there was plenty of Canadiana at Dallas. You can check out my full photo report from the race over at PulpMX but here's some of our Canadians and almost Canadians who were at Dallas.
Half the excitement for going to the Dallas round was to see Cowboy Stadium. This billion dollar home of the Dallas Cowboys features this crazy huge High Def screen that towers above the floor.
Cole Thompson awaits heading out for his first practice session.
Along with Thompson, Alberta's John John Pauk was also making his SX debut. He missed the cut for the night show with the 49th quickest time.
After racing in Canada all summer on the Leading Edge Kawasaki team, Tyler Sjoberg lined up for the East series on a Dragon Fuels KTM. Unfortunately, he crashed in practice and bruised his ribs and lungs. He'll be out for a few rounds.
Grant Hutcheson(center) spent several summers in Canada wrenching for the Cernic's Kawasaki team but now he's working for current wunderkid, Justin Bogle(49).
Thompson logged the quickest times in both of his qualifying practice sessions and ended up qualifying 11th overall for the night program.
Sjoberg with his mechanic, Chad Goodwin, who wrenched for Leading Edge last summer.
Another former Leading Edge rider and Canadian National winner, Shawn Rife, is racing the East series for the Kilbarger Racing team. He just missed the main by finishing 10th in his heat race.
Bobby Kiniry has been king of the LCQ the past two weekends as he again made it in to the main and finished 14th for the second straight week.
Austin Politelli is racing the East on a Honda. The Gopher Dunes winner grabbed the last transfer spot in the LCQ and finished 13th in his SX debut.
Thompson rode strong in his first main event, grabbing a great start and finishing 9th.
Matt Goerke continues with his fill in ride on the BTO Butler Brothers Suzuki team and he finished 16th at Dallas.
Kiniry ponders another trip to the LCQ. Luckily he led wire to wire to take the win.
Cole gets some last minute advice from his brother, Kyle(l) on the starting line for the main event.