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2019 Seattle Supercross | Kickstart


For the twelfth week in a row, the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series lined up and dropped the gate, this time in Seattle. Going to the PNW in the spring is always dicey, as we don’t know what the weather will bring, but this time around we were greeted to bright skies and dry dirt. That all made for a great day of racing and there’s a lot to go over. Read Kickstart and come back for more over the next few days…


The track design included a long set of whoops and like always, there was a mixed review on them. Many were excited for the challenge that the rollers presented, as it took a high degree of skill and patience to get over all 15 without issue, and by the end of the day nearly every rider had a near crash in them. During qualifying it seemed like if a rider charged too hard into the whoops, by the sixth one they were at risk of losing the rhythm and getting out a shape. A smooth, slightly slower entry was better for consistency and if a rider could make it to the sixth whoop of the fifteen, they could get the rest okay.

The track crew made the decision to mow them down before the night show and it drew the ire of the racers, as it was one section that could have separated the pack. You can read some of the complaints online…

One thing worth noting is that Adam Cianciarulo has said that jumping the whoops is becoming the preferred technique this year and that he’s looked to Marvin Musquin’s riding style for cues. Not everyone is happy about this change in style, as they prefer to skim them whenever possible and they don’t actively practice jumping through the rollers during the week.


Maybe it’s the back and forth of the schedule or a number of injuries to the field, but only 40 riders signed up in each class for Seattle, which meant all competitors were confirmed a spot on the starting gate in the night show. Before you panic and say the sport is dying, keep in mind this happens at some point every single year.


First off, we hope both guys a speedy recovery from what was one of the harder crashes we’ve seen this year. It’s a shame to see two veteran riders get taken down by injuries, especially at this point in their careers and they continued to build through the later rounds of the season. Early word is that Brayton has a torn MCL and damaged ACL, which will sideline him for a few weeks while Reed is still in Seattle waiting for a discharge from the hospital for eight busted ribs, a punctured lung, and a broken scapula.

Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of moto-journalism under his belt. A lifelong racing enthusiast and rider, Anton is the Editor of Swapmoto Live and lives to be at the race track.

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