Young guns Griffin Colapinto and Seth Moniz have spent quite a bit of time down in Hawaii the past couple of months, including competing at the Volcom Pipe Pro where Griffin took 3rd and Seth was recognized with the Todd Chesser Hard Charger award. Here’s what the duo got up to in their time in the tropical destination.
As the Supercross circuit moves east for the Lites class, Rockstar-Husky-Dragon rider Zach Osborne was looking to build off of last year’s success. And at the first race of the year in Minneapolis, young Osborne took a podium place, setting himself up for a nice run at the title. Zach was in the mix for the win, until he slipped and tipped over near the end, yet he recovered enough to finish on the podium.
“It was great to be the fastest in both practices,” Osborne told Dragon Motorsports. “I got an okay start in the main and someone went down in front of me and I had to check up. I caught up to the leaders and got into second, and got really close, then just washed my front end out in a sandy corner. I was able to remount and actually come all the way back and almost get back into second. I feel really good and I’m really positive for this season. I really want to get that first win monkey off my back and just focus on the championship.”
With one race down in the East Coast circuit, Zach sits in 3rd place in the points race. On the 450 side of things, Jason Anderson took another 4th place (his 3rd of the year), showing his consistency in an inconsistent field this year. He currently sits in 5th place in points, astonishing after missing a whole race due to a DQ dustup. This week the tour moves to the geographic east, with the race coming to Atlanta’s hallowed Georgia Dome.
After a pair of podium-adjacent finishes, a DQ, and racing somewhat injured in Oakland, the 21 bike finished in 3rd place in Arlington at the Dallas Supercross stop. This marks Jason Anderson’s first podium of the year, a place he’d hope to stay in as the circuit shifts to the East Coast races.
“I’m super psyched [to be on the podium],” noted Jason to RacerX. “It feels like it’s been a while. It’s cool to be on the podium and I want to stay up here.” He continued, “I feel like us three [Marvin Musquin and Cole Seely], our journey to becoming 450 podium guys is a little bit different. As far as Marvin doing the world championship and coming over here, and then me, it took a little time in the 250 class. It’s cool to see all of us work hard and be up here. It’s cool.”
The race now shifts up to a brand new venue, at the US Bank Stadium in MInneapolis, MN—the first race on the East Coast circuit—before heading to the physical East Coast for some tough racing. Despite missing an entire race due to DQ, Jason still sits in 5th place in the points chase with plenty of races left. In the 250 West races, Rockstar-Husqvarna-Dragon racer Martin Davalos is firmly entrenched in 4th place in the points standings, with a hefty break coming up.
Looks like youngster Griffin Colapinto picked up where he left off at the end of 2016 with a podium performance at the Volcom Pipe Pro, at Pipeline in Haleiwa, Hawaii. The young Californian bested big time names like John John Florence, Bruce Irons and Mitch Coleborn (not to mention the other not in his heats), to make it to the finals despite challenging conditions and wave inconsistencies.
The QS 3000 event had an international final, featuring California’s Colapinto, Hawaii’s Bruce Irons, Adriana De Souza of Brazil and the eventual winner, Soli Bailey, an Australian national.
Other than Colapinto, Dragon’s Hawaiian grom Seth Moniz was the talk of the event being awarded the Todd Chesser Hard Charger award. Annually given to honor the North Shore big wave waterman of the same namesake. “Wow this is pretty amazing to be here right now standing and receiving the Todd Chesser award,” Moniz told WSL. “Ever since I was a little kid I always heard about him. I never got to meet him, but I heard he was a super nice and humble guy who went out there and charged. I’m just super honored to be here, to receive this award.”
Griffin currently sits in 5th in the QS rankings, albeit after only one event for him. Seth sits in 21st, with a heavy QS schedule coming up in Australia next month.
After a couple of up and down races, Rockstar-Husqvarna-Dragon 250 rider Martin Davalos snagged 2nd place at the Oakley stop of the 2017 Supercross series.
“The start was a big key for me tonight,” explained Davalos in the press conference. “The track was pretty brutal for us. In practice it didn’t seem like it was as soft as it was during the night, and going through the lappers, there were a lot of crashes out there. I wanted to push, but it was just so hard to push and be safe out there. I’m happy I’m on the podium; it’s been a rough couple weeks for me. I’m ready to go to Dallas and race to the end.”
Davalos currently sits in 4th place in the points standings, far from out of contention, and within striking distance of catching Aaron Plessinger for 3rd. The next race will be February 11th in Dallas, TX.
The 2017 Supercross season is officially underway with the conclusion of Anaheim 1, the championship series’s first race. All the hype of the off-season melted away to make way for some good old fashioned motorcross action.
On the Lites side of things, veteran Martin Davalos has switched over to the West Coast circuit and got off to a great start with a 3rd place finish. “I haven’t raced West Coast in a long time,” Davalos told Full Noise. “I struggled a little bit today. We made a lot of changes throughout the day. I tried to get a good start and do my best, but the guys out front were better than me today. I need to do my homework this week and take it one race at a time.” Despite the criticism on himself, Davalos is undoubtedly happy with a podium finish at the first race of the season.
On the big bikes, Jason Anderson raced great throughout the day, but ended up mid-pack at the start of the main event. He battled back to a more-than-respectable 4th place, earning valuable points as he makes a run at the 2017 plate. “I struggled with setup earlier in the day but we made some changes and I was able to come through the pack to get fourth,” explained Anderson. “All-in-all, it wasn’t too bad.”
Next on the docket is San Diego at PetCo Park, as the 17-race series continues this coming weekend. Rockstar-Husqvarna-Dragon rider Zach Osborne will be racing the East Coast circuit this season with Davalos on the West.
Our friends at Rockstar just released the 2017 factory Supercross team video. The first of the 17-stop Supercross series kicks off at Anaheim on January 7th, 2017. Dragon supports these world class team riders in their quest for the championship plates at the end of the long season.
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