The big news today is the huge crash from Adam Cianciarulo, he endowed off the dragons back and broke his collarbone. It’s early, but an injury of this sort usually takes 4 – 6 weeks to heal. The track has left a lot of riders on the ground, I talked to Ryan Breece and he explained the dirt has the appearance of grip and when fresh, but when the dirt is down to its base, it becomes incredibly slick.
Breece was the victim of a baffling decision from the AMA. They put Breece in the B qualifying group. Why would a rider who has made five main events be in the B session? He has made main events than Kyle Chisholm, Adam Enticknap and Kyle Cunningham. Not a single rider in the B session qualified directly into the main because of to track deterioration. The AMA needs specific criteria for seeding these sessions. These racers base their entire lives on results and being seeded in the B session affects their results in a big way.
Justin Brayton went down hard in the second timed session and they temporarily red-flagged the event. After a couple minutes, he got up and rode out of the building, but his status for tonight is definitely in question. With Cianciarulo out and Brayton in question, both Kyle Cunningham and James Weeks might directly advance into the main event.
(Breece was hosed in timed qualifying today)
The key to tonight’s track is the treacherous whoops, racers are torn between jumping and skimming. I watched practice with former Supercross winner Andrew Short and he was frustrated that guys were abandoning skimming in favor of jumping. He said it isn’t as fast and was baffled as to why Ken Roczen continually tried jumping through the whoops. It looked awkward and slow, on the contrary, Martin Davalos and Eli Tomac
skimmed through the whoops with precision and their lap times showed as they ended up 2nd and 3rd fastest.
The fastest qualifier was MCR Honda rider Justin Hill, he has been on point all day. He is breathing fire in Dallas, during press day he attempted a ridiculous quad in the rhythm and crashed. Then on the very next lap with no visor, he launched it again and went off track, it was savage! I fully expect Hill on the podium tonight, maybe a moto win.
The 250 riders are all chasing Shane McElrath, he was almost a second faster than the field. Shane is one of the best hard-packed and slick track racers of this generation. Unless he has an issue everyone is racing for second place.