MXAdventures: My take on the 450 Top Ten Steel City
The 450 class did crown Chad Reed the Champion at Budds Creek but there was still plenty of racing action left at Steel City as the guys fought hard for the remaining position. Chad Reed himself came into the last race with the championship title giving him a break to relax and enjoy the day. Unfortunately for Chad, his relaxing day would turn upside down by Moto 2. As I stood under the Suzuki tent waiting to interview the new 250cc Champ, Chad Reed zoomed past me, jumped off his bike, dropped it and ran to his trailer. It was mentioned that Chad was still having stomach issues and was sick as he lined up for the last Moto of the day. Not the way you want to remember your last race of the season but that’s how things go sometimes.
On a positive note, Tommy Hahn earned his first win and took his first overall victory at Steel City. Going 1-4 on the day, Tommy’s had his best race all year navigating him straight to a 5th place in the series; and taking a victory on the last weekend is a great way to end the season. Tommy actually came into the last race with no sleep the night before because of a bad case of food poisoning and he was not really excited about Steel City but after his win he had a change of heart for this race. I did interview Tommy right after his stepped off that podium. Find out who he dedicated his win to in my interview with him, check my blog!
Andrew Short’s 2009 Motocross season ended with a 2nd place in the series compared to 2008’s 3rd place finish. This time around Andrew was strong but most of his best races were towards the beginning of the season. Either way, Andrew kept his bike rolling and the points coming at Steel City Raceway with a 5th in each Moto.
It was a close point’s battle for Ivan Tedesco and overall his season was much more consistent than some of his closest competitors. In the end Ivan’s seven podiums, and that 1-1 from Thunder Valley was good enough for 3rd place in the 2009 Motocross Nationals series. Add to the mix Ivan’s results at Steel City with a 4th and 3rd put him back on the podium for a 2nd overall on the day; what a great way to end another amazing year of Motocross but Ivan still has work to do as a member to Team USA . This will be his the third year on the team as he gets ready to head to Italy for the Motocross of Nations.
Hands down Michael Byrne rode a consistent race this summer. Now he didn’t have a win but Michael was on the podium a handful of times and also was the only 450 racer to score a point in EVERY Moto and stay in the top 10 in almost every race giving him a 4th place standing on the series; and what’s this, he duplicated his 2008 series score.
Sixth place in the Motocross Nationals series went to Josh Grant this year. He missed the last few races and couldn’t finish out the series after a crash he had at X-Games.
Last year he rode in the 250 Class and was 20th at the end of the season; this year Justin Brayton took on the 450 class and far improved his overall results. The final race of the season went to Justin; from that Holeshot to the finish line Justin lead the race and earned his first podium of the Motocross season. With an 11th from Moto 1 and that first place in Moto 2, Justin averaged a third place overall at Steel City Raceway. With that last race win of the 450’s and a good season altogether, Justin finishes out the series in seventh.
Nick Wey knows how to score points; it’s a lot of hard work, never give up attitude, and lots of determination and he always managed a handful of points at the end of the day. By the final flag at Steel City Raceway, Nick’s scores would add up to an 8th place in the series.
Cody Cooper earned a 9th overall in the Motocross Nationals by season end. Cody raced his second full year at the 450 class, last year he earned a fifth and in 07′ he was 22nd.
Jimmy Albertson started off the season in 20th after Glen Helen and kept working each and every race until he was in 10th place by Steel City
Okay, one personal story I want to share with you happened to me on the starting gate at the last race. It was during the first 450 Moto, I was doing my normal spin around the starting gate, taking pictures of all the guys as they lined up at the gate and just as I reached the ‘dog-house’ a Moto-official stopped me in my tracks and said “wait right here, this is going to be fun”. Well at this point I was standing dead center of the starting gate right in front of the doghouse and the guys were all lined up to take their parade lap.
This was a new adventure for me and I was trilled see what was next. Of course I snapped a few photos of the guys right before the gate dropped. It really was such a cool experience to be standing in front of the gate when it fell and have all 40 guys staring right in my direction waiting for the official cue, who was standing right behind me. The sounds from the bikes as the gate dropped and the guys flying past me was extremely exhilarating to say the least!! I’ve alwyas loved the start of the race, now I have a whole new point of view, Thanks guys!!
Well, there’s still a ton of other racers who I’d love to write about but it will have to wait till next time. I had such a great time at the final round of the Supercross and all summer long and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year. To the many individuals, racers, and industry folks who made my summer of motocross an amazing adventure, thank you, I had the best time! Stay tuned to my MX*Adventures as we draw near the 2010 Supercross season. There’s still a lot going on in the industry and I will keep you posted on everything that comes my way.
Don’t forget to check out all my racing pictures from this summer and leave your comments!!