AMA Supercross Round 12 Stop, Toronto Canada
This week Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads to Toronto, Canada for the one and only non-Amercian stop on the tour. Year after year, the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto floods with Canadian race fans traveling from coast to coast to get a seat in the nearly sold out stadium. The Canadian motocross industry has even established an annually exclusive event for enthusiasts and race fans alike to join in pre and post party Supercross celebrations. Houston Bar and Grill will host two parties this weekend; one on Friday evening before the event, and one after the event Saturday night.
This year Canadian race fans will have a contending young rider of their own to cheer on, as Cole Thompson takes the stage in the 250SX class. The Brigden, Ontario native stands amongst a small handful of Canadian riders that have made a name for themselves on the world stage of our industry. In past years the young rider has demonstrated admirable mental strength and stability as he made his way up through the ranks. However, the pressure to perform will be paramount in Toronto as he stands alone to represent his country on home soil. With the stakes set so high it is inevitable that Thompson will either crack under the pressure or excel. The circumstances alone for Thompson promise to unveil an epic show in Toronto on Saturday night.
Another interesting aspect to the night will be the condition of the dirt that is used in the stadium. The track conditions will be completely different than any other round so far considering the climate and weather conditions in Canada.
After a week of rest and relaxation prior to round eleven at Detroit, James Stewart took home a win at Ford Field Stadium that weekend. Could it be possible that Stewart found the remedy to his inconsistency? What will he bring to the table this weekend?
It appears that points leader, Ryan Villopoto has taken a back seat in terms of winning motos to seemingly keep a firm grasp on the championship lead. As the points begin to close up and the series heads into the final rounds, Villopoto may need to adjust his plan of attack for the remainder of the races.
Ryan Dungey has also remained fairly reserved for the majority of the season with a few glimpses of the aggression that may establish the difference between a champion and everybody else. As a former champion, Dungey is unlikely to settle with only one win so far this season and needs to capitalize on Villopoto’s mindset to overcome. Hungry for a win and a shot at the championship Dungey will surely be reviewing tape to figure out how to set himself apart from the competition.
Justin Barcia and Mike Alessi are the wild cards this weekend as both riders have demonstrated the desire and determination to be out front. However, the avenues that both riders have chosen to pursue these means have been off on more than one occasion. Both riders have demonstrated the speed and ability to be out front on any given weekend.
Adam Cianciarulo heads into this week’s competition with the red plate and points lead over teammate Martin Davalos. With only one career win to his name and the speed to be out front every race, Davalos likely has a lot built up and will be looking for a win this weekend in Toronto.