Bubba Pauli was excited to finally be in some warm weather when the day began for Round 7 of Monster Energy Supercross in Orlando. After some morning showers it looked as though it could be a wet one but rain or shine, he was ready. Miraculously, when practice began the track was very rideable and Bubba took off in his usual aggressive ways. Unfortunately due to the weather, the practice was shortened so he only had two sessions to get the tricky track dialed. He did his best but would fall just short of qualifying for the night show.
Cade Clason was determined to continue his Main Event streak when his morning began on Saturday night. Rain or shine, he was ready to go. Cade took to the tacky Orlando dirt quickly and found his groove. He qualified an impressive 24th overall and would go on to the night show with confidence. With the return of multiple top guys, Cade realized it might be a little harder than the recent races. He failed to qualify out of the Heat and would go on to the LCQ. When this race began, Cade was in the middle of the pack and was doing work to move forward. Unfortunately, he would fall just short by the time the checkers flew.
Devin Simonson has been riding some highs as of late and was determined to carry it into Orlando. Devin was aggressive like always and sought out his flow quickly. Devin qualified well inside the top 20 and was ready to go racing. When the Heat race began, Devin immediately had his work cut out for him. He worked his way forward and was knocking on the door of a qualifying position but would end up just one spot short. When the gate dropped for the LCQ, Devin launched off the gate and if it wasn’t for Christian Craig, he would have easily taken the win. He would finish 2nd and go on to the Main. Devin did his usual when the final race began and would work all the way to the finish, ending up 11th on the night.
Joan Cros was excited about the sloppy conditions as the rain began to fall on Saturday morning. The European is no stranger to wet and rutty conditions and was excited to hit the track. He attacked the ruts quickly in his two qualifying sessions and would end up 26th fastest overall. This was his best qualifying position of the year and he was ready for more when the Heat race began. A bad start would force him to put his head down and he climbed all the way up to 13th by the finish. In the LCQ, unfortunately, a bad start would be the cause of an 8th place. On to Orlando 2.
Josh Greco was happy to get to some warmer weather in Orlando. The rain didn’t bother him as he thrives in the ruts and was excited to get going for the 7th round of Monster Energy Supercross. Josh took advantage of the shortened practice schedule due to the weather and attacked the wet conditions quickly. In the final practice, Josh was looking strong, he was in qualifying position when some other riders bumped him out. He knew what he had to do and went to work. His fast laps looked very good and it looked like he would be a shoo-in. Unfortunately, he would fall just short and have to call it a day early in Orlando.
Kyle Chisholm is the epitome of consistency and veteran knowledge in the sport. After the insane rainfall that came down, Kyle told us “Don’t worry the track will be perfect”. Although it seemed unlikely, Kyle has been around a long time and if there is one thing he is an expert on, it’s Florida soil. When practice began it seemed as though he was right (as always) and he was ready. He found his groove quickly and qualified just outside the top 20. Kyle went to the Heat and got a terrible start and did as much work as he could. He would go on to the LCQ where he got behind Dean Wilson and cruised it in to secure his spot in the Main. When this race began, another bad start would make his life hard and he would end up 18th on the night.
Kyle Dillin is the definition of a full-fledged privateer and he was ready to go when his practices began in Orlando. Kyle looked sharp and was attacking the track early. He would qualify an impressive 32nd fastest overall. Kyle, unfortunately, got a bad jump off the gate as his wheel spun on the wet grated metal beneath him. He would charge forward as much as he could but would end up 15th. On to the LCQ, Kyle again got an unfavorable start and would fall just short of making the main.
Ludovic Macler was excited to see the rain falling on Saturday morning in Orlando. The European rider is very strong in wet and rutty conditions and would take that confidence to the track. When practice began he charged his way through the tacky Florida soil and would make his way to a very impressive 32nd fastest position overall going into the races. When his Heat began, Ludovic had some issues, unfortunately, he has been plagued with these lately as he would cross the line in 19th. In the LCQ, Ludovic again got a bad start and put his head down to move forward. He did exactly that but would again fall just short of qualifying for the Main Event.
Luke Neese has been on a tear as of late and he was excited to carry that into the east coast soil in Orlando. He found his flow quickly as always and qualified an impressive 15th fastest overall. Luke Continued his way forward as he jumped off the line for his Heat race. Luke put his head down and put himself into a qualifying position early. When the Main began, Luke was determined to get another top ten and launched off the gate with confidence. Luke was doing everything he could to move forward but with the short track and rutty conditions, it proved to be difficult. Luke would end up a very impressive 12th overall on the night in Orlando.
Scotty Wennerstrom was right at home when the day program began in Orlando. Rain or shine, Scotty was happy to be in a warmer climate and it showed as he hit the track. Scotty was railing the ruts and jumping everything quickly. Scotty only had two practice sessions to get it done and in the closing minutes of the final session, he knew the pressure was on. Scotty began to put down back to back heaters that were very impressive. His efforts were just enough as he made it into a qualifying position for the night show. Unfortunately, bad starts would be the cause of not so favorable finishes in both the Heat and the LCQ. On to Orlando 2!