Welcome to the Racer X Race Day Feed, your one-stop shop for the Monster Energy Supercross in Houston, TX. We’ll be updating this post with news, notes, and results from today's races, so be sure to keep checking back throughout the day.
A quick jaunt away from the West Coast for Monster Energy Supercross, and that's probably a relief because the California rounds bring tons of scrutiny and extra industry people milling in and out of the pits, which just adds to the anxiety that permeates through the early rounds. So getting out of California might be nice, but it hasn't worked out from a weather standpoint, because it's legit cold here in Houston. Shouldn't Texas be warm even in January? Some teams didn't even have warm jackets ready for a cold day in the pits, and we noted Monster Energy Kawasaki putting heaters next to Eli Tomac and Josh Grant's bikes.
Weather won't matter for racing, though, because NRG Stadium has a roof, and Houston still has that sweet, sweet dirt everyone has always loved. The track is cool, too, maximizing the football-field shaped floor space to put in five 180 degree turns, two whoop sections and a booter triple that sent the riders so high that even the top 450 riders rolled it a few times to get the timing right. It's a great layout. The center of the track has a big tabletop that riders are using to triple through the section. Only a few 450 guys did it in the first session, though.
Dean Wilson has decided not to race today, his shoulder was too sore to hang on. Eli Tomac is racing but didn't look good in the first untimed practice. He's working through that shoulder injury from last week.
Just about everyone says they'll be better this weekend now that the Anaheim 1 nerves are gone. Cooper Webb's new mechanic, Hutch, says he didn't even recognize the rider he saw last week--should be better this time. That's just an example. People are pumped to get the opener over with.
In untimed practice (which actually has times), Adam Cianciarulo and Jason Anderson scored the top times.
We'll be here with updates from practice and the night show. Enjoy round two!