Features 17 Sep 2016

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Myself and the latest addition to the Foremost Media team, Jeremy Hammer, will make our way to Jimboomba for the season opening round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship this weekend. After 10 rounds of Motul MX Nationals racing, it sure will be a change of pace heading to a supercross event and it will be my first time filming supercross since 2014, which is hard to believe!

Obviously with Jeremy alongside at the event, he will also be behind his camera shooting photos and keeping our viewers updated. There’s a lot of hype around this first round with the addition of multiple American riders along with a long list of talented Australians ready to mix it up. The Jimboomba event is shaping up to be an awesome night, if you’re in the area, be sure to come and check it out!

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Our latest The Point feature posted this week, which you can click here to view, focused on predictions for the upcoming season. To be honest, it was very hard to choose top three championship contenders for the SX1 and SX1 classes, there’s just too many fast guys this year. I’m sure I will have upset certain riders with my picks, but I do agree there are plenty more who can be up on the box each and every week.

Although it’s tough to choose a top three in each class without hurting someone’s feelings, it’s definitely not a bad problem to have. It’s awesome heading into a series where there are so many riders who can win or claim top three finishes. I’m super excited to see who can rise to the occasion and finish on top of the box, whether it’s an Aussie or not, I’ll be enjoying the battles and depth of competition.

That’s all for me this week, here’s Jeremy…

Jimboomba’s season opener is finally here and I’m pretty damn excited for it! I’ll be swinging off the camera this weekend, and while shooting supercross events at night can be challenging due to the poor light, it looks like the crew at Jimboomba have upgraded their lighting equipment for this year which will make my job much easier when the night show commences.

In the lead-up to today’s round, we’ve pumping out several news stories here at MotoOnline.com.au. One that I wanted to touch on was the article I put together on Yarrive Konsky’s Honda Genuine Racing team. After speaking with Yarrive, he seemed very disheartened from the negative feedback that people have been dishing out to him on social media for signing up four Americans to his team. In the article he sets the record straight and raises some very valid points. It’s definitely worth reading and hopefully people will have a greater understanding of why he went down that pathway.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

I’m personally in favour of having the US riders over here, it really adds to series and makes it much more exciting from a spectator and media standpoint. I can imagine the interest will be very high in the content that we will roll out on the site next week, and that’s not only a win for us, but also for the riders, teams and sponsors too.

As Spence mentioned, it’s tough to pick who will sit inside the top three with so much talent lining up, but this weekend will give us a much clearer indication on how the rest of the season will pan out.

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