View From the Floor: The Ugliest Supercross

Heavy, sticky mud made for one of the toughest Supercross events we've seen.

View From the Floor: The Ugliest Supercross

Getting things started in Seattle, and maybe the biggest accomplistment of the night was getting to the middle of the track in those shoes...and getting out of the way ahead of the riders. The sloppy track shortened things up, with abbreviated opening ceremonies, no parade laps, and shortened races. While this may not have featured the most extreme conditions we've seen (that honor might go to Daytona in '08), it might have been the toughest on the bikes. The mud was sticky, heavy, and power-robbing, turning the night into a contest of who could roll around the track the fastest...and survive.

Mitchell Oldenburg was the early leader of the first 250 heat, but being out front early didn't always have its advantages.

Martin Castelo heading found the limits of traction. There wasn't much.

Two things to check out here...how much mud is stuck to the front numberplate, but is slowly working its way downward, and how useless his Go Pro is on top of the helmet.

How slick was it in some sections? Shane McElrath was in gear, and the rear wheel was spinning, but the front end was stuck in the muck. Check out how much mud is built up on the front tire.

The first 250 heat had five different leaders (Oldenburg, McElrath, Cianciarulo, and Sexton), but Phil Nicoletti was the survivor on the last lap, and grabbed the win.

Kyle Chisholm smoked a clutch in the heat races, but came back to finish in the top ten of the 250 main.

Click the start arrow below to hear how Kyle Chisholm's night went.

Cooper Webb carved around from the outside to grab a holeshot in his heat race.

Cooper Webb had an up and down night in Seattle, with a crash in his heat race, and a fifth-place finish in the main. After the heat races, the whoop section got plowed in favor of trying to add some speed to the course. Watching guys flounder through the sloppy whoops was not a great showcase of their skills and capabilities.

Blake Baggett is riding well (and we wouldn't be surprised to see him turn it up a bit next week), but mud didn't appear to be his friend in Seattle.

We'll say this, Jason Anderson wasn't riding scared. After the first couple heat races, most guys were seriously limiting their airtime.

Dean Wilson's Make It Rain butt patch was entirely appropriate. He finished ninth on the night.

The conditions were tough on the riders, crews, and guys who had to help wrestle bikes out of the muck.

Yikes, no wonder guys were struggling to find traction. The plywood underneath the dirt was like ice, and there's a whole lot of it visible in this section.

Just like all night long, good starts were key. Aaron Plessinger made a big turnaround from his start at Indy, grabbing the holeshot and disappearing quickly from the pack.

Chase Sexton's sporting the full mud beard on his neck brace. It must not have hindered him much, as he ended up in second spot at the end of the 250 main.

Justin Starling was pretty pumped to grab a fifth, going by Mitchell Oldenburg and Mitchell Harrison late in the race. He had a good attitude about racing in the mud, and it definitely helped him.


Hayden Mellross finished up tenth in the 250 main.

Click the start arrow below to listen to a rather candid interview with Hayden Mellross.

Adam Cianciarulo made a nice rebound from a disatrous heat race, and having to come back through the heat race, for a third-place finish.

Aaron Plessinger's win takes him one step closer to a 250 West title. He's got a 17-point lead over Adam Cianciarulo.

Aaron Plessinger's post-race belly flop into a puddle will go down as a legendary post-race celebration.

At the start of the 450 main, Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson hugged the inside, while Eli Tomac (out of sight to the left), railed around the outside.

Jason Anderson was one of the few guys trying to jump much. It helped (like here, where he took over the lead from Marvin Musquin), but it also hurt (like the crash the took him out of the lead). He still has a 37-point lead over the field, but he didn't seem to be in the mood to talk about it afterwards. After he finished the mandatory press conference, he pretty well sprinted back to the pits.

Weston Peick goes for a slalom around Austin Politelli's downed bike. With the shortened main, minimizing wasted time was key.

You can see how much of a lead Jason Anderson had early in the main over Eli, but ET was able to take advantage of Jason's mistakes and grab the win.

Marvin Musquin played it a bit safe in Seattle, preferring to battle another day.

Way to go, Tyler Bowers. Grabbing a sixth in a 450 main is a solid accomplishment.

This really gives you a good idea about how the mud would pack up on the bikes. While it was raining lightly during the races, it never came down hard enough to make the mud not stick on the bikes. It does look like the helmet foam that the Fly guys were trying out did the trick, though. Weston Peick nabbed a tenth.

Broc Tickle just missed that elusive first podium of the season...again. He was fourth here.

This is as good as it gets for a celebratory finish line jump in Seattle, and Eli's sixth win of the season. Afterwards, we heard from a few riders about how bad the ruts were on the backside of the finish line takeoff...which is something you never hear.

Chad Reed's bike put on quite the smoke show before the finish line, as the clutch gave up the ghost. He'd been running in fifth spot on the next-to-last lap, but lost spots to Cooper Webb and Tyler Bowers. In all fairness, Chad's bike had been smoking for a good portion of the main, so making it as far as it did. While he didn't go over the top of the jump, which most people consider the finish line, the scoring loop was actually near the base of the jump...and is something that's covered in the rider's meeting pretty much weekly.

Eli Tomac making it rain. Fortunately, next weekend will be indoors, in Minneapolis. We'll see you there.


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