James Lissimore shares some of his favourite images from the 2014 Monster Energy Cup of Supercross.
A Canadian wasn’t on the starting line at Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, but a Canadian race team was: Rockstar Energy Drink OTSFF Yamaha was in the pits, with their riders Bobby Kiniry, Kyle Chisholm and Matt Goerke. It was a rough night for OTSFF; Kiniry broke his hand in qualifying, while Goerke and Chisholm failed to make it into the night show.
Bobby Kiniry stretching his legs during practice, which wouldn’t last long as he left the track with a broken hand before the lights went out.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe used MEC as a primer for his return to the Canadian Nationals next year … it’s not official, but everything is pointing towards the 2012 MX1 champ re-signing with Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki.
Josh Grant is never short on style, and looked quite cozy on his new TwoTwo Motorsports KX450F but that didn’t transpire into results come race time. He finished 21st overall.
Matt Goerke ain’t short on style either, but like Grant, good looks don’t mean good results. Competition and lap times were tight in Vegas and many fast guys, including Goerke, were unable to make the cut.
Opening Ceremonies goes off amongst the desert Vegas sky.
Canadian MXer turned FMXer Josh Penner took part in the ‘Best Whip’ competition.
Trey Canard leads a Supercross moto ahead of Jason Anderson, Blake Baggett and Davi Millsaps.
Grant and Metcalfe battling during a race.
They were the minority, but there were some Canadians racing MEC, one of whom was Preston Masciangelo who won the KTM Junior 50cc SX Challenge!
Josh Hill’s younger brother, Justin, surprised many with his speed at MEC. Normally a 250 rider, Justin looked fit and flawless on his KTM 450 SX-F, hanging tight with two-moto race winner, Canard, most of the night.
Ricky Carmichael whips it up for the Vegas crowd.
Masciangelo took a win, while Canadian Casey Keast’s highlight came with a holeshot in the second and final Supermini moto. The young Yamaha rider proved that he’s right there with the best of them, running up front and setting consistent lap times in the top three. Wild how these kids aren’t afraid to line up on a real supercross track with next to no indoor racing experience, moderately modified machinery and no man friend, goggle cleaner or suspension tech beside them – just the passion and love for racing! Way to go, kids.