Chris Cooksey

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  1. Monster Energy Supercross: Detroit, is it time for change in Supercross? The 12th round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross concluded in Detroit leaving behind some hard to ignore layout deficiencies on the Ford Field. While the series progresses to St. Louis I find myself asking more questions about the overall structure of the series (as it continues to grow and become more mainstream) and less questions about who will or will not be crowned the champion. At the pinnacle of Supercross why was there not enough dirt to cover the stadium floor and how did the stadium floor start peeking through after only 2 laps in the first 250 heat? Is it time to look at different track building techniques? Here are some different ideas : Another series challenge is the need of updated timed qualifiers. I would like to see the top 20 timed qualifiers split in the heats. Rewarding the top half of the field, top 10 in each heat get a 2 second advantage over the other half of the gate, prevents slower guys from becoming moving road blocks. The rest of qualifying should follow suit, if you don't qualify out of the heat or win your semi, during the Main event you take off in the second wave. Again, this will reward the top qualifiers. This will also give us the elite matchups in the front of the field, Dungey vs Tomac and the moving roadblocks like Alessi and Friese won't be in the way. Every other major form of racing rewards fast qualifying. This will also make the first turn far safer, and while it's cool seeing 22 of the worlds fastest 450’s funnel into a couple lines, the bikes are too fast and have outgrown the current starting procedure. This will help keep the stars healthy and on the track, but still maintain the entertainment factor. The final issue in review is how quick the riders figure out the fast lines. With dartfish and overlapping video these teams have taken out the guesswork of finding the fastest line. If part of the track was not opened until the night program, riders may have more difficulty discovering the fasted line before the race has started. Give the guys a hot lap and then turn them loose! While this doesn’t seem to promote safety, it rewards riders who can learn new sections quickly, making the series more interesting as we will see different rider’s skills outside of dirt preference. Also, the much debated “chase” format has been discussed and in this era of short attention spans, smart phones, and instant gratification we have lost the appreciation for a season long war. If we want to attract a new generation of fans, we need to up the intensity and make sure the champion is not crowned halfway through the series (like Dungey in 2016), we can't count on Eli making it interesting every year. These are just a couple things I feel need to be addressed for the future of Supercross, what do you think? Should we add a shark pit or have riders change a tire for starting position? Let me hear your ideas. View full article
  2. Monster Energy Supercross: Detroit, is it time for change in Supercross? The 12th round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross concluded in Detroit leaving behind some hard to ignore layout deficiencies on the Ford Field. While the series progresses to St. Louis I find myself asking more questions about the overall structure of the series (as it continues to grow and become more mainstream) and less questions about who will or will not be crowned the champion. At the pinnacle of Supercross why was there not enough dirt to cover the stadium floor and how did the stadium floor start peeking through after only 2 laps in the first 250 heat? Is it time to look at different track building techniques? Here are some different ideas : Another series challenge is the need of updated timed qualifiers. I would like to see the top 20 timed qualifiers split in the heats. Rewarding the top half of the field, top 10 in each heat get a 2 second advantage over the other half of the gate, prevents slower guys from becoming moving road blocks. The rest of qualifying should follow suit, if you don't qualify out of the heat or win your semi, during the Main event you take off in the second wave. Again, this will reward the top qualifiers. This will also give us the elite matchups in the front of the field, Dungey vs Tomac and the moving roadblocks like Alessi and Friese won't be in the way. Every other major form of racing rewards fast qualifying. This will also make the first turn far safer, and while it's cool seeing 22 of the worlds fastest 450’s funnel into a couple lines, the bikes are too fast and have outgrown the current starting procedure. This will help keep the stars healthy and on the track, but still maintain the entertainment factor. The final issue in review is how quick the riders figure out the fast lines. With dartfish and overlapping video these teams have taken out the guesswork of finding the fastest line. If part of the track was not opened until the night program, riders may have more difficulty discovering the fasted line before the race has started. Give the guys a hot lap and then turn them loose! While this doesn’t seem to promote safety, it rewards riders who can learn new sections quickly, making the series more interesting as we will see different rider’s skills outside of dirt preference. Also, the much debated “chase” format has been discussed and in this era of short attention spans, smart phones, and instant gratification we have lost the appreciation for a season long war. If we want to attract a new generation of fans, we need to up the intensity and make sure the champion is not crowned halfway through the series (like Dungey in 2016), we can't count on Eli making it interesting every year. These are just a couple things I feel need to be addressed for the future of Supercross, what do you think? Should we add a shark pit or have riders change a tire for starting position? Let me hear your ideas.
  3. Thanks, how about MCR releasing Cameron Mcadoo and Mike Genova negotiating his contract with Geico Honda through 2018?Those guys get a lot of crap, but damn Genova is a good guy. http://racerxonline.com/2017/03/15/exhaust-making-of-a-star
  4. New Product! Fly Kinetic 2017.5

    This past weekend Fly Racing launched their 2017.5 Kinetic Mesh just in time for the summer. Fly racing is based in Boise, ID, many former professional racers now work at Fly (Jason Thomas “JT$”, Cole Siebler, Kyle Gills, Jeff “NorCal” Northrop) and the designers take their input seriously when designing the gear. Fly Racing gear is founded on quality and comfort, including high end features at a mid level price point. After riding in 80-95 degree heat last Saturday at MesquiteMX I’m still blown away by how well the gear fits. The Kinetic Mesh gear isn't the “pajama style” vented gear from 3-5 years ago. The older gear left me looking and feeling ridiculous with an untucked jersey and sagging pants. With the new 2017.5 Kinetic Mesh, if it wasn't for air flowing through me I would have thought I was wearing regular gear. The Kinetic Mesh Pants retail for $114.95 and $38.95 for the Jersey. Go to www.flyracing.com for more information, all sizes and colors are available in the TT Store. Check out Jeff “NorCal” Northrop as he explains further the features and benefits of Fly 2017.5 Kinetic Gear.
  5. Eli Tomac showed up and did exactly what was needed to close the point gap on Ryan Dungey. Now Tomac must work hard to avoid giving any points back to Dungey. Dungey’s horrible Main event began with Marvin Musquin smashing into the starting gate, causing both Jason Anderson and Dungey to flinch leaving them with horrible starts. Dungey rode determined to a disappointing 4th place finish battling horrible vision, he had no tear offs after the 10 lap mark. The track was one lined and typically this is where I would blast Ricky Carmichael for his poor design, but with all the restrictions placed on the use of space Carmichael did a great job, other than the sand section. A couple of weeks ago I was very critical of the sand in Atlanta, saying sand was alright if it was in a turn. I was wrong, sticky beach sand has no place in Supercross! All it did was ruin Goggles and force single file racing. Adam Cianciarulo used the Dunlop Sand tire last night both Reed and Dungey were out of tear offs about halfway through the main event. I understand Daytona is a different beast when it comes to Supercross, but with a sandy base why add a stickier version in two turns? The biggest surprise last night was Jeremy Martin, at one point I thought he might win the Main event. But should I have been surprised? Martin is a two time outdoor National Champion who grew up riding in Millville, MN, which has similar dirt to Daytona. Martin hired Ryan Villopoto as his riding coach last Monday. I believe he is angling for the vacant spot at Honda left by Ken Roczen in 2018. I don't think we will see Roczen until 2019, if ever. Roczen still has some serious recovery time as he mentioned in his TV interview last night he needed cadaver cartilage replacement in his elbow and he was waiting on a donor. I am somewhat familiar with this process, as I need knee replacement surgery myself. This is a somewhat new procedure (here are couple links to explaining the process http://faoconline.com/home/videos/cartilage/cartilage-transplants-allograft-(from-cadaver http://www.sportsmd.com/knee-injuries/knee-cartilage-replacement/ ). I also heard he has extensive nerve damage and after 10 plus surgeries this is to be expected. Nerves are weird, nerve healing is not an exact science. Different doctors will give you different theories but all seem somewhat unsure exactly how long, or if nerve damage will ever heal. This led me to the sad but likely scenario that Roczen might be done. On the bright side I hear his contract is guaranteed for 3 years. Adam Cianciarulo was the feel good story, after years of injuries and many people writing him off he got the win putting himself in title contention. Adam chose to use a sand rear tire and it paid off! Every time Joey Savatgy got close he was blasted with beach sand. Hopefully this is a second beginning for the likable Ciancirulo, he has paid his dues over the last few years. Points leader Zach Osborne had his worst night so far, he had a good start but multiple mistakes on the one lined track left him salvaging a 5th place finish. Now heading into Indianapolis only 7 points separates Ciancirulo, Savatgy and Osborne. There is destined to be a battle to Vegas, there was no Crown!
  6. Eli Tomac showed up and did exactly what was needed to close the point gap on Ryan Dungey. Now Tomac must work hard to avoid giving any points back to Dungey. Dungey’s horrible Main event began with Marvin Musquin smashing into the starting gate, causing both Jason Anderson and Dungey to flinch leaving them with horrible starts. Dungey rode determined to a disappointing 4th place finish battling horrible vision, he had no tear offs after the 10 lap mark. The track was one lined and typically this is where I would blast Ricky Carmichael for his poor design, but with all the restrictions placed on the use of space Carmichael did a great job, other than the sand section. A couple of weeks ago I was very critical of the sand in Atlanta, saying sand was alright if it was in a turn. I was wrong, sticky beach sand has no place in Supercross! All it did was ruin Goggles and force single file racing. Adam Cianciarulo used the Dunlop Sand tire last night both Reed and Dungey were out of tear offs about halfway through the main event. I understand Daytona is a different beast when it comes to Supercross, but with a sandy base why add a stickier version in two turns? The biggest surprise last night was Jeremy Martin, at one point I thought he might win the Main event. But should I have been surprised? Martin is a two time outdoor National Champion who grew up riding in Millville, MN, which has similar dirt to Daytona. Martin hired Ryan Villopoto as his riding coach last Monday. I believe he is angling for the vacant spot at Honda left by Ken Roczen in 2018. I don't think we will see Roczen until 2019, if ever. Roczen still has some serious recovery time as he mentioned in his TV interview last night he needed cadaver cartilage replacement in his elbow and he was waiting on a donor. I am somewhat familiar with this process, as I need knee replacement surgery myself. This is a somewhat new procedure (here are couple links to explaining the process http://faoconline.com/home/videos/cartilage/cartilage-transplants-allograft-(from-cadaver http://www.sportsmd.com/knee-injuries/knee-cartilage-replacement/ ). I also heard he has extensive nerve damage and after 10 plus surgeries this is to be expected. Nerves are weird, nerve healing is not an exact science. Different doctors will give you different theories but all seem somewhat unsure exactly how long, or if nerve damage will ever heal. This led me to the sad but likely scenario that Roczen might be done. On the bright side I hear his contract is guaranteed for 3 years. Adam Cianciarulo was the feel good story, after years of injuries and many people writing him off he got the win putting himself in title contention. Adam chose to use a sand rear tire and it paid off! Every time Joey Savatgy got close he was blasted with beach sand. Hopefully this is a second beginning for the likable Ciancirulo, he has paid his dues over the last few years. Points leader Zach Osborne had his worst night so far, he had a good start but multiple mistakes on the one lined track left him salvaging a 5th place finish. Now heading into Indianapolis only 7 points separates Ciancirulo, Savatgy and Osborne. There is destined to be a battle to Vegas, there was no Crown! View full article
  7. The rules are the rules and riders can work within them as long as they are consistent. The only consistent thing I see is when Gallagher does and interview you get suspended.
  8. Monster Energy Supercross: Toronto Drama...

    More drama in Toronto surrounding FIM Competition Director John Gallagher! Multiple people witnessed the untelevised incident of Brock Tickle slapping Justin Barcia on the back of the helmet after the heat race. This appeared similar to what Jason Anderson did to Vince Friese at A2. John Gallagher stated in his past TV interview in relation to discipline, “it's been very consistent in Supercross, as long as I have been involved. If it becomes physical on the race track, like a couple years ago [Reed Black Flag] or off the race in track, in the pits, immediately that's a disqualification for the evening.” It appears Mr. Gallagher needs more consistency himself, especially when TV cameras don’t catch the action. Does he only disqualify riders if he gets an interview, like when he black flagged Chad Reed and disqualified Anderson? Like I said before, John Gallagher is not a guy who should have the authoritative control he does. His ego changed both Reed and Anderson's seasons potentially costing them money, sponsors and future opportunities. Come on guys! This is Supercross racing at the highest level and I don't think Reed, Anderson or Tickle deserved disqualifying. Gallagher based the Anderson and Reed decisions on emotion and ego. I bet if the Tickle and Barcia incident was caught on TV and Gallagher got his TV time there would have been a disqualification. Now to the actual Toronto Supercross results; and then there were two. The 2017 champion has narrowed down to Eli Tomac or Ryan Dungey. Eli did his part by winning the race, and Dungey overcame a bad start to finish second. Dungey’s creativity with his line choice after the finish line proved his tenacity. Dungey found a line that allowed him to square up the straight away and miss the exposed concrete. He made almost every pass here. The only rider who picked up on the same line was Brock Tickle (who should have been disqualified by Gallagher’s past standards) who held on for a strong third place and the first podium of his career. Marvin Musquin barely finished the race placing 13th as he was battling a serious illness. Unfortunately, his 13Th place finish seriously hurts any championship hopes he might have had. Early in the Main event it looked like Eli would take a nice chunk out of Dungey's championship lead, but in the history of Supercross I have never seen a rider better than Dungey at managing bad nights, injuries and illness. Dungey’s bad nights end in 2nd or 3rd place finishes. The only rider in Supercross history that could compare to him is Jeff Stanton, but Dungey has had more longevity and speed than the six time National and Supercross Champion. In the 250 class Zach Osborne has established himself as the fastest guy week in and week out. With Joey Savatgy going down late in the Main Event Osborne has a 12 point lead in the series. Zach has mentioned he is moving to the 450 class next year, but I think that's only if he wins the Championship. Clearly he has planned on winning this for a while, as fans we are just finding out now. Let’s see how he handles Daytona.
  9. More drama in Toronto surrounding FIM Competition Director John Gallagher! Multiple people witnessed the untelevised incident of Brock Tickle slapping Justin Barcia on the back of the helmet after the heat race. This appeared similar to what Jason Anderson did to Vince Friese at A2. John Gallagher stated in his past TV interview in relation to discipline, “it's been very consistent in Supercross, as long as I have been involved. If it becomes physical on the race track, like a couple years ago [Reed Black Flag] or off the race in track, in the pits, immediately that's a disqualification for the evening.” It appears Mr. Gallagher needs more consistency himself, especially when TV cameras don’t catch the action. Does he only disqualify riders if he gets an interview, like when he black flagged Chad Reed and disqualified Anderson? Like I said before, John Gallagher is not a guy who should have the authoritative control he does. His ego changed both Reed and Anderson's seasons potentially costing them money, sponsors and future opportunities. Come on guys! This is Supercross racing at the highest level and I don't think Reed, Anderson or Tickle deserved disqualifying. Gallagher based the Anderson and Reed decisions on emotion and ego. I bet if the Tickle and Barcia incident was caught on TV and Gallagher got his TV time there would have been a disqualification. Now to the actual Toronto Supercross results; and then there were two. The 2017 champion has narrowed down to Eli Tomac or Ryan Dungey. Eli did his part by winning the race, and Dungey overcame a bad start to finish second. Dungey’s creativity with his line choice after the finish line proved his tenacity. Dungey found a line that allowed him to square up the straight away and miss the exposed concrete. He made almost every pass here. The only rider who picked up on the same line was Brock Tickle (who should have been disqualified by Gallagher’s past standards) who held on for a strong third place and the first podium of his career. Marvin Musquin barely finished the race placing 13th as he was battling a serious illness. Unfortunately, his 13Th place finish seriously hurts any championship hopes he might have had. Early in the Main event it looked like Eli would take a nice chunk out of Dungey's championship lead, but in the history of Supercross I have never seen a rider better than Dungey at managing bad nights, injuries and illness. Dungey’s bad nights end in 2nd or 3rd place finishes. The only rider in Supercross history that could compare to him is Jeff Stanton, but Dungey has had more longevity and speed than the six time National and Supercross Champion. In the 250 class Zach Osborne has established himself as the fastest guy week in and week out. With Joey Savatgy going down late in the Main Event Osborne has a 12 point lead in the series. Zach has mentioned he is moving to the 450 class next year, but I think that's only if he wins the Championship. Clearly he has planned on winning this for a while, as fans we are just finding out now. Let’s see how he handles Daytona. View full article
  10. Dang, should just use this as my spotlight... Thanks!
  11. I have to answer some of your points as they are not accurate. 1. The boot has a pivot, see attached pic along with Achilles' tendon lock out stop. 2. The boot has a shell that cannot collapse, if you had this issue it might have been on a previous version. Do you have a picture? 3. If the buckle is hitting your shifter, you need a longer shifter or have your feet in the wrong position (ask Gary Semics, you might be doing something wrong). 4. The buckles are now high impact aluminum and by far the easiest most consistent buckle system available. Thanks!
  12. Never went to med school, but watched Scrubs regularly.
  13. motocross

    You are right, he rode great!