Last year was called “the greatest series ever” by plenty of industry observers and fans, but the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series is looking every bit as good so far.
The four former champs who battled tooth-and-nail last year are back at it. Current number one Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki), Chad Reed (Honda), Ryan Dungey (KTM) and James Stewart (Yamaha) each won one of the first four races before Villopoto became the first two-race winner of the series at Round 5 last weekend. Villopoto leads the points, but Reed and Dungey lurk just behind, while Stewart is slightly off the pace at 13 points back of Villopoto.
Stewart has already shown some of the inconsistency, and crashing, that has plagued him in recent years, but we have the feeling he might find his groove soon. He stalked Villopoto throughout the second half of last week’s main event and could not close the gap as Villopoto won, but Stewart looks a little bit better every week.
Meanwhile Reed and Dungey are as consistent as ever, and always a threat to take the win on any given weekend.
Villopoto has been plagued with bad luck, having to charge through the pack following a first lap mishap more than once this year. When things go right for him, however, Villopoto seems to have everyone covered in terms of pure speed.
If you are not yet a supercross fan, pay close attention this year; it might change your mind. Exciting stuff.