WORDS: JASON WEIGANDT
For one night, we patrolled
the absolute center of the
Monster Energy Supercross
world: the starting line
“Take that one,” Michael Byrne says. “Straightest
shot to the first turn.” Byrner spent fifteen seasons
as a full-time pro in the U.S. and now works the
sidelines for BTOSports.com KTM teammates
Andrew Short and Matt Goerke, as well as holeshot
master Mike Alessi during the week. Starts are
the most critical aspect of Monster Energy AMA
Supercross, and this month, we’re putting the holeshot process under the microscope.
At Ford Field’s Detroit Supercross, we’ve decided to study one single gate all night long. Byrner
recommends the one fourth from the inside. There’s
a good chance, he says, that the main-event holeshots will come from there later in the evening.