It’s been awhile my moto friends!
A lot has happened since the first Scotty’s Story. We are now four races deep into the Supercross series and it has already been one heck of a ride.
Anaheim 1 - This was the most competitive race Scotty has ever competed in. He arrived in Anaheim on his LDF/ Munn Racing KTM with high hopes but with more knowledge then any year previous. Scotty’s Saturday started with free practice and the track was a mix of dry and muddy. He dialed everything in well and was riding smooth. Then came the first qualifier and Scotty was on the “bubble” at the end! Going into the second practice Scotty did not have a chance to watch any of the other practices to see how the track had changed or how the lines had developed. He rode well his last practice but he made the mistake of not changing up his lines. The lines that were good at the beginning of the day were slow at the end. It cost him the night show. It was a lesson well learned. As the saying goes “If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you”.
Phoenix - This has never been on of Scotty’s favorite tracks. It seems Phoenix and Scotty have a 4 year battle with each other. He struggled on two occasions with illness and good ole bad luck. This year would prove not to be any different. Qualifying practice was pure chaos! There were guys rolling jumps and crashing left and right in his group. He just couldn’t ever get one clean lap in. It’s hard to get a fast lap in when the Red Cross flag is out ever lap and you can’t jump. As I was watching the live timing, I witnessed Scotty run six 58 second lap times through out the whole last qualifier. If you don’t know, they get maybe 8-10 laps per practice, so to have 6 with in thousandths of a second from each other is gnarly! It is like running a moto in practice. He needed a 57 to qualify. He has never ridden so well and not qualified. Needless to say the score stands as Phoenix SX 4, Scotty 0.
Anaheim 2 – This round started off better. Scotty was 4th fastest in the 450 SX group C practice, and was in the top 40. Things were certainly looking good going into the last qualifier. They prepped the track and everyone’s lap times were faster. Scotty came out of the gate swinging ready to fight to make it in the night show. After he completed his first lap something felt off. He kept stopping to check his front tire because it felt as though he was getting a flat. Supercross and flat tires are not a good combo. He rode timid the rest of the session and got bumped out of the fast 40. As any racer knows sometimes not everything can go your way and all you can do is try again next weekend!
Oakland - Oakland is one of Scotty’s favorite races! He always turns it up at this race every year. The tracks at this point in the series seem to start getting more technical and the softer dirt in Oakland really separates the riders. Scotty qualified 38th overall with the 3rd fastest out of his qualifier. The tougher track allowed him to place better even though he was struggling with the stomach bug he caught a couple days prior. He squeaked in a fast lap at the end of qualifying to secure his spot in the night show. After a good start in his heat race, he rounded the first lap in eleventh. With his stomach in knots and cramping he fell back and finished 15th. He would have to go to the LCQ. Scotty holeshotted this same race last year and almost repeated this year. He was in 5th place for most of the LCQ before he mistimed a rhythm and endoed hard ending his night. Luckily he was ok and is ready to go for next weekend. So motocrossers, watch Scotty this Saturday night at Anaheim 3. It will be live on SPEED TV!
Till next time y’all,
(Future Mrs. Wennerstrom)