Observation Control Column – Cycle News

Palm tree set | April 20, 2022

Cycle news Observation control


Just talking

Take away food

It’s impossible to talk about the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross series without mentioning all the aggressive riding, which it seems went beyond what many would consider aggressive. We’ve seen several riders resort to exits just to make a pass, or to avoid being passed, which begs the question: when does aggressive driving become reckless driving or even dangerous driving? Is it simply touching in any form, or only when one of the two runners – usually the touch-ee – touches the ground? Some people get to the point of not letting them touch at all, at least not on purpose, and I could be one of them. Listen to me.

Takeaways do a good run.

I know, I know, you hear it all the time that “rubbin’ is racing”. Alright, alright, but boning someone just to make a pass isn’t rubbing, it’s just irresponsible running, especially when you’re not locked in metal and steel roll bars .

Obviously, the number one problem with takedowns is the injuries these tactics often leave in their wake. Motorbike racing is a risky business, there are no safety cages and requires your full attention and concentration, so racing is hard enough without your competitor also trying to eliminate you at every turn. But my main complaint with all these takeaways is that they ruin what the rubbin’ shopping crowd is all about – good shopping! How many times have you seen the prospects of an exciting one-on-one duel form on the track only to be interrupted by an “aggressive” (okay, stupid) move just when things were on the going well and would most likely entertain us for several laps rather than a few corners? It was refreshing to see some good racing last weekend in Atlanta where the smart heads prevailed, and some great racing and passing was the result.

I don’t know what the answer is, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a bit more consequences for those who cross the line between aggressive and dirty driving, anything that will deter such actions and prolong what could be great battles on the track.

To the west ?

So what am I hearing about Jeffrey Herlings coming to America? At least for a season? This is the latest big news from Europe. There is a possibility that current MXGP World Champion Herlings will compete in the 2022 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. It’s only a rumor at this point, but it makes sense. Herlings is recovering from a foot injury and has no chance of retaining the number one plate in MXGP this year, so why not opt ​​for the Pro Motocross Championship here? After all, Marvin Musquin is currently on a Supercross-only contract with KTM and teammate Cooper Webb is struggling a bit at the moment as Aaron Plessinger is still recovering from injury, so KTM might like the idea of ​​Herlings coming. and try. If anything, this would be a great eye-catcher for the series and KTM.

Jeffrey Herling
Coming to America?

However, Herlings is far from healed and may not have much time (if any) on the bike before the start of the AMA Series next month. Plus, Herlings will have to learn new tracks and compete against top American racers including Eli Tomac and fellow European GP and reigning 450MX champion Dylan Ferrandis, so it wouldn’t be a walk in the park for the rider many think he is. fastest motocross ever. So all is still talk for now.

Herlings would not be alone, however. His former KTM teammate Antonio Cairoli is also reportedly considering leaving Europe for the AMA Nationals, but only a few of them, not the whole series. Probably the first two rounds. Cairoli officially retired last year but said at the time he wanted to race in the United States again. Obviously, Cairoli’s number 222 has been reserved for him, just in case.

hit the street

From dirt to curb, two new street bikes were announced last week. Harley-Davidson has unveiled its new Nightster and Royal Enfield its brand new Classic 350. Luckily, you won’t have to wait long for our first ride reviews. We have a date with Harley later this month, and we already swung a leg over the Classic 350 last week in Georgia. We also caught up with Kawasaki last week in Hollywood to ride the all-new “modern classic” Z650RS, and our road test editor, Rennie Scaysbrook, is aboard Suzuki’s new GSX-S1000GT as we speak.

Royal Enfield Classic 350 2022
Royal Enfield has just announced the all new Classic 350 and we have ridden it before.

Speaking of Scaysbrook, we’re only six weeks away from him finally living his dream of race the Isle of Man TT. It was an opportunity that first presented itself to our Australian resident in 2020, only to be let down by Covid. It got stuck again in 2021, much to his disappointment (and ours, as we had to hear about it a second time). But eventually, the world returns to normal and all systems work. We can’t wait to see what Scaysbrook can do on the fast and terrifying course, although we’ll be looking through our fingers.

Phew! There’s a lot going on. So keep an eye out for these reviews and Rennie’s big adventure in future issues of Cycle news. NC

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