Cade Clason has been a big talking point in all things Supercross this week in Atlanta. Cade has been building confidence and it’s easy to see when he hits the track especially on Saturday. Cade once again qualified impressively, well within the top 25. In his Heat, Cade did not get the jump off the gate he needed but put in steady laps to the end. He was able to make it up to 12th and go on to the LCQ with confidence. When this race began, Cade got a much better start and was just outside the top 5. He knew what needed to be done and executed. By the time the checkers flew, he had put himself into the final qualifying position. In the Main, Cade would finish up a solid top 20 to end the Atlanta swing.
Josh Cartwright continued his race into shape program when the qualifying sessions began in Atlanta on Saturday. He put in some fast laps on the demanding track and secured a top 30 lap time. In the Heat, a poor start would force him to do his work from the back, finishing just outside top 15. In the LCQ, Josh was pinched off in the start and would again work his way forward. Nevertheless, Josh is getting those much needed laps and gate drops under his belt going into the final rounds.
Scotty Wennerstrom was feeling the flow when the final Atlanta round began. He was charging each and every qualifying session, eventually landing 34th on the fast 40 list. In his Heat, he had an issue off the gate forcing him to play catch up for the rest of the race. In the LCQ, a similar situation was the case, ending his night just a bit early as he finished outside of qualifying position. On to Salt lake!
Joan Cros has been solidifying himself as a household name in the sport and continued to do so on Saturday. He charged the track in typical fashion and landed just inside of the top 40. Joan launched off the gate in his Heat but was pushed back quickly. He didn’t let it get him down as he immediately began to charge back up through the pack to 16th. In the LCQ, he was doing everything he could to continue to move forward once again but would settle for a commendable 8th, ending his night early.
Josh Greco has been finding his true speed in Atlanta all week long despite struggling through a cold. Big jumps and big whoops are his thing and it was no different on Saturday. Josh once again was fastest in his session as he blitzed the whoops like they were nothing. Unfortunately, the competition was stacked on Saturday as his time barely put him over the cut line by the time qualifying wrapped up.
Luke Neese has been doing his best to figure out the big boy class the last few rounds. Unfortunately it's much harder than it looks as he has been able to get his lap times quite low enough. When he took to the track on Saturday it seemed he was his old self as he looked smooth, silky, and aggressive. Unfortunately his time would again fall just short of qualifying speed. Back on the 250 next weekend.
Bubba Pauli has been looking strong all week and on Saturday he was determined to finish out the Atlanta week on a high note. Bubba took to the challenging track and looked to find his speed quickly. He attacked the long big whoops like a top guy and was looking strong. After the final session, his time came in just outside the top 40 due to the stiff completion and he was forced to call it a night early.
Ryan Surratt has been struggling to find his typical speed so far in Atlanta. On Saturday he was really wanting to turn that around. His speed and style on the track looked on par with Ryan’s usual but his times still were slower than expected. He qualified inside the top 35 but was looking for more. The night began and a bad start in the Heat would force him to the LCQ and he did his best to move into qualifying position. He would finish up 8th, just a few spots outside of qualifying spot.
Addison Emory has been struggling with a laundry list of issues so far this season and he was ready to put it all behind him in Atlanta on Saturday. Addison was looking especially aggressive early on in qualifying and was able to put himself into the races. In the Heat race, Addison was happy to gain some much needed gate drops with the best in the world and used it as a learning experience. The LCQ was similar for him as he soaked it all in to gain some much needed confidence as the season winds down.
Brock Papi had been struggling with some issues all week as well and he was doing the best he could to put it out of his mind as the bikes hit the track on Saturday. Brock looked fast immediately as he soared all the biggest jumps. He found his rhythm and began his race against the stop watch. Unfortunately, he would fall just short of qualifying speed by the time his three qualifying sessions were over.
David Pulley is one of the easiest to spot on the track in his all white leopard print Subverter. Although he always looks good visually, David has been doing his best to turn that into results and was eager to hit the track on Saturday for the final Georgia round at Atlanta Motor Speedway. David took a liking to the track quickly but the big whoops would hold him back from putting in a qualifying time. On to Salt Lake City.