Welcome to the Racer X Race Day Feed, coming to you from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. From practice reports to the blow-by-blow from tonight’s program, you’ll find it all right here on the Racer X Race Day Feed. Updates are posted in chronological order, so be sure to scroll down for the latest info. For even more updates be sure to follow us on Twitter, @Racerxonline.
One of the biggest question marks coming into Seattle, as usual, was whether or not we’d see rain. Wonder no more, as the sun is shining and unlike earlier in the week, the forecast is calling for dry conditions all day. In fact, after covering the track earlier, track crews actually had to put water down, and continue to do so as we await the first practice session of the day. That’s good news for the racing, but bad news if you were hoping a mudder would shake things up in the points.
The track is typically pretty soft here in Seattle but after walking it, it seems a little different. It’s definitely still soft in places, but it’s a bit rockier than an in the past. We’ll get an idea of how it’s going to break down once practice starts here shortly. We’ll also be able to see what kinds of lines start developing in the turn before the finish line. It’s a long, 180-degree right hander, but it’s flat with a small berm on the outside. If riders are able to make multiple lines work there, the final turn could generate some fireworks tonight. The whoops are also going to be fun to watch. They’re long (fifteen including a starter whoop), deep, and the ground drops away in a slight downhill after them.
As far as the championship situation goes, Cooper Webb leads Marvin Musquin by fourteen points with six rounds left. Musquin broke through for his first win of the season last week, so he’s got some momentum on his side, but on the other hand, Webb hasn’t won in his last two attempts. Since getting his first 450SX career win at round three, this is the only time he’s gone two races in a row without winning, which suggests he just might be due tonight. Twenty-one points back of Webb is Eli Tomac, who’s been having an up-and-down season. With a points deficit like that and not much time left to erase it, Tomac’s going to have finish ahead of Webb tonight if he wants to maintain championship relevance. Same goes for Ken Roczen, who sits in a distant fourth, twenty-seven back of Webb.
Aaron Hansel Aaron Hansel The sand section is going to get chewed up tonight! Aaron Hansel This is what the sand looks like close up. Aaron Hansel The whoops are long and deep. Aaron Hansel Tonight's start stretch Aaron Hansel Cianciarulo leads the 250SX West points by fifteen. Kardas Josh Grant is filling in for Aaron Plessinger, who has a broken heel. Kardas Chad Reed and Ben Schiermeyer Kardas Kardas Colt Nichols will be looking to get back into the winner's circle tonight. Kardas It's a rebuild year for Justin Bogle. Kardas
In 250SX action, the west region resumes tonight after not racing since the East/West Showdown in Atlanta. Adam Cianciarulo won that race to extend his lead to fifteen over Dylan Ferrandis, who has yet to win a race this season. Shane McElrath and Colt Nichols, are right on Ferranadis’ tail, with McElrath just two points out of second and Nichols only five. It’s anyone’s guess who’ll end up in second place when the roost settles tonight. For a full refresher on the 250SX West region, go here.
In other news and notes Josh Grant makes his return to racing tonight as a fill-in rider for Aaron Plessinger, who is out with a broken heel. Mike Alessi, who’s been filling in at Smartop Bullfrog Spas Honda for Vince Friese (the team is also missing Malcolm Stewart), is racing his last race tonight before getting ready to race in Canada.