With rain on the forecast and a championship nearing its end, Seattle will make or break the season for many riders.
The 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship has officially splashed into the North West. Not a ray of sun was visible at Seattle’s Qwest Field on Friday as teams unloaded their bikes and prepared for Round 15 of the series. The weather seems to reflect the somber mood throughout the pits right now after Trey Canard’s injury. But as they say, the show must go on.
One rider looking forward to the match-up despite the weather is Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto. Ahead by only five points in the championship, RV gets home field advantage as he seeks another win before the season finale in Las Vegas.
“I’m really excited to go back home to Washington,” said Villopoto. “There is a lot of family that I haven’t seen for over a year. It will be good to have a lot of friends and family on my side. I know it’s probably going to be a ‘mudder’ and I hope I can come away with another good finish. I want to win, but we’ll see how it goes.”
If Villopoto can pull of the win this weekend it may be just the breathing room the 22-year-old needs to secure his first-ever SX title.
TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed will have his own demons to slay. Despite his stellar record, Reed has never clenched a win in Seattle.
“Seattle has been a tough race for me over the years” Reed said. “I also had some less than stellar races there; I’ve also crashed in the first turn a few times. I like the ruts, the weather doesn’t bother me and it brings a whole different feeling to what’s already a crazy supercross season. Looking forward to that!”
Things are going to get crazy in the end between Villopoto and San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart. While Villopoto is seeking a win on home soil, JS7 will be desperate to make it two in a row after his long winless streak.
“I’ve been really trying hard all season, and St. Louis really came through for me,” Stewart said. “My bike was working great and to win really meant a lot to me. I can’t thank my fans, my team, my sponsors, and my family enough. You guys (the fans) are the reason I’m still here. I’m really looking forward to Seattle and am hoping to keep the momentum going.”
If you haven’t already, make sure to make your Fantasy Supercross picks for Seattle before it’s too late!