Monday, 26 March 2012 11:51

Toronto Supercross recap

Posted by  Jeff Morgan
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March 24, marked the return of the only Canadian stop on the Supercross tour. A season riddled with injuries to the front-runners in the Supercross Class may have tempered the intrigue of the Main Event, but the Lites Class made up for it.

Canadian Supercross fans had their hopes up for a strong outing from "hometown hero", Cole Thompson, unfortunately for Thompson, a crash in the first timed practice saw him have a nasty crash that ended his night. Hopefully he will be able to return next week.

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The only other Canadian in the field, John Pauk, had a better night and made his first ever night show. The former Alberta resident has made the move to the US, but picked a great time to have his best Supercross so far. Congratulations John.

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The night show got kicked off with a performance by guitar legend Slash. It could also be said that Slash is the long-lost brother of Lites Class racer, Blake Wharton. You be the judge.

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Slash.

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Wharton.

While not Canadian, Jake Canada may as well have been. he picked up his season-best fourth overall finish in Toronto. Can you say honourary Canadian?

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Once the night program began their were few surprises, aside from possibly the top qualifiers in both the Lites and Supercross Classes. Bogle took the Lites top qualifier and Justin Brayton took the top spot for the big bikes.

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Bogle

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Brayton

Justin Barcia has returned to his winning ways after missing out on the perfect season with his second place finish in Indianapolis. Barcia took the lead in Toronto after Roczen made a small mistake and never looked back.

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It should come as no surprise that Ryan Villopoto took home the win in Toronto. He has been virtually unchallenged since all of his main competition has gone down to injury. Villopoto should easily walk away with a second straight Supercross title, barring a disasterous turn of events.

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Kevin Windham might as well go pick up his Canadian passport on his way home. The Toronto fans cheered more for him taking third than they did when Dean Wilson took the lead last year.

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