Ricky Carmichael predicted that the three-race stint in Arlington will be pivotal in the championship. Last night's results made him look pretty damn smart, but I'm eyeing Atlanta as the true wildcard... three races *outdoors* at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and coming after a two-week break in the action. Anything can happen in Atlanta.
In Supercross, the starts are important, but even more important is what you do after getting away mid-pack. Roczen and Tomac came up short on both counts last night.
For once, NBC did a good job of breaking down the start. Roczen's lane 7 location (crooked rut) cost him half a wheel, maybe a full wheel, in the drag race. He came out of the throttle early... probably a wise move... and cut to the inside. Not ideal but not too bad. Tomac got a good launch, dead even with Webb (on his left) and Ferrandis (on his right) in the drag race. Eli needed to gas it through, but he rolled out early... advantage goes to Webb who stayed on the gas.
I thought Anderson's move on Malcolm Stewart was pretty benign, and Malcolm's response was as unjustified as it was futile. Malcolm has been riding well this year, but this reminded me of Danica trying to wreck other people and winding up wrecking herself instead. I did think Anderson's move on Ferrandis was pretty dodgy.