Not even the wide angle view of my GoPro could capture the massive scale of this stadium, nor do justice to capturing the excellent track that Dirt Wurx / Feld put together. Like all others, the jumps, whoops, and other obstacles were massive as ever.
Supercross for the month of March started off at Lucas Oil Stadium, one of the newest stadiums for the Supercross series. Now midway through the season, it’s hard for me to believe half the season is already over.
The Wall Jumps are a trick that many track builders throw in to bring down speeds (and sometimes riders) on a Supercross track. For Indianapolis, this 1.8 metre obstacle was placed directly after a whoop section, an area on the track from which you want to go as fast as possible. The contrast of speeds needed to blitz whoops, and safely climb the wall required delicate timing. Go too slow in the whoops, you risk going over the bars; come out too fast, you risk the same while also slamming into a large immovable object. When a rider transitioned too slowly or quickly between the speeds needed to hit these, we often saw great passes there or shortly afterwards.
Ryan Villopoto is both the reigning champion for Supercross as well as the overall points leader for the 2014 season. It was great to see him in high spirits as this season likely hasn’t gone as well as he may have hoped.
With the exception of the KTM he now rides, not much has changed since the last time I was able to watch Cole Thompson in person. The tenacity and the speed is all still present in this young rider. This all came clear with his lap times being firmly within the top 15 fastest, and with his 4th place finish in Heat #2.
Ryan Villopoto’s smile early on in the day was justified. Despite his not having the greatest luck out of the gate, his experience in Supercross was still able to secure him a 3rd place finish in Heat #1 as well as some considerably quick lap times.
While the sport of professional supercross is clearly one for young adults, it also couldn’t possibly exist without younger riders learning the ropes early on. KTM reminds the fans, and Pro riders of the importance of young riders through the production of their Junior Supercross Series. The experience mimics that of a Pro factory rider, however the competition in this race takes place on identical KTM bikes, that come with a full factory pro treatment with everything from gear, mechanic, GoPro camera, and the bikes themselves.
Cole Thompson didn’t end up with the lightning start he had in Moto #1; that and a few setbacks caused by traffic in his main put him into 9th place, but that finish was well fought for. Hopefully his spirits are up as his riding was exceptional throughout the day. Thompson currently sits in 6th place for overall points with 5th place well within his reach.
With the 250 class wrapped up at Indy, the quiet on track was soon replaced with a pack of 450s led into the 1st corner again by Mike Alessi. Mike was being pursued closely by both Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac. All three of these riders were hungry for 1st place, pushing the limits of how much speed this already rough track could support.
Representing TwoTwo Motorsports, Dean Wilson took to the track in the 450 class during his break from the west coast 250 championship. Wilson set near identical qualifying lap times with his west coast rival, Cole Seely, who also made it into the main event. Wilson represented TwoTwo Motorsports well with consistent lap times and a 10th place finish on what ended up being the trickiest track of the 2014 season so far.
With one lap to go, the consistency and reliability that Ryan Dungey is known for paid off in dividends during his visit to Indianapolis. While this track took turns taking down many other riders, a combination of hard work and a bit of luck helped Dungey secure his first win of 2014.