Round 9 of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season got underway today in Toronto, Canada. Qualifying is now done.
The track is shaping up well inside the Rogers Centre. The dirt is quite soft, and it is rutting up, but will definitely provide lots of traction.
There were a couple of hard crashes throughout the day. One rhythm section has claimed both Paul Coates and Trey Canard. Both riders got back up, but looked to be in pain. In fact, Canard didn’t return for the final session; there is no further update on him yet. Additionally, Adam Cianciarulo had a rough get-off in the whoops; he’s okay though.
Here are the qualifying results:
My Opinion: Toronto! Canada! With Moto Now being a Canadian based media outlet, we are alway proud when supercross comes north of the border. So far, the action in Toronto’s Roger Centre has yet to disappoint.
Wow, Eli Tomac is absolutely flying today… I haven’t seen him look this dominant for the past few rounds. There’s something about the Canadian air that Tomac loves, because last year he killed it during qualifying as well. (However, he faded BADLY during the main last year). Tomac was nailing this tricky rhythm section (3-3-4-3) every lap with ease. I’m predicting him for the win tonight.
Dungey always looks strong on the bike, but today it took him a while to really gel with the track it seemed. He made it work though, and had a REALLY fast last lap.
Let’s talk Canadians for a moment… both Dean Wilson and Cole Thompson are out there representing Canada! Deano looked great in practice, and I’m thinking that tonight will be another top 5 finish for him. I know that this is a bold prediction, but Deano is going to have a lot of love from the Canadian crowd, and that hometown (home-country?) advantage will be in full-force. Similarly, I think Thompson can get a top 10 tonight!
In the 250s, Zach Osborne was once again the quickest qualifier. I thought that his fast speed in Minneapolis was potentially a one-time think, but now I’m thinking that Osborne is in it for the entire championship. The weird thing is, he just doesn’t LOOK that fast on the track; guys like Craig, Savatgy, Nichols, and Cianciarulo are much flashier and look more impressive. Nonetheless, Osborne gets it done, which is why I’m picking him for the win tonight.
Scary moment when Adam Cianciarulo crashed HARD in the whoops. He was blitzing them well, but swapped and sent his body flying off the bike. It took him a while to get back up, but he did, and managed to get an okay lap time after the fact.
My picks for the podiums are:
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