The Supercross season kicks off Saturday night in Anaheim, California. That means two things: one, we're very excited and two, pre-season videos. Every year the teams and riders put out edits to get the fans in the mood for the season and if you like whips, scrubs, speed and noise that means it's a bit of a golden time for internet videos. Yes, they're not mountain bikes, but damn they're good. Here are our favourites right now:
The Rise: Justin Barcia Heli Shoot
One of the things we most want to see this weekend is this man: Justin Barcia. Coming off a championship year in the Lights class last year and a strong showing at the Monster Cup in October, we can't wait to see how he gets on with the big boys on the 450s this year. And just look at those whips... Just look at them.
RV-Specialized Road to Recovery Directors Cut
For the last two season Ryan Villopoto has been the man to beat, winning pretty much everything he showed up to. Unfortunately it hasn't all been plain sailing and he's picked up a few injuries along the way. To help him recover he's been riding Specialized bikes, who brought in none other than Clay Porter, and his partners at Metis Creative, to put together some short films about his recovery.
Welcome to Boot Camp with James Stewart
It's hard not to like James Stewart, but he's had a couple of rough seasons and remained in the shadow of Villopoto. For 2013 he's with a new team, Yoshimura Suzuki, so nobody knows quite how that's going to play out, will he get on with the new bike, will he be in the fight for the championship by the time the season rolls into Vegas? One thing we do know is that he sure looks comfortable training in this video.
Chad Reed Is Back! Training For Supercross 2013
Hands down, Chad Reed is the toughest man in Supercross. When the major teams turned their back on the former champion he didn't give up, setting up his own team - 22 Racing. Slowly the speed seemed to be coming back to him and he was starting to look like a championship contender last year until he destroyed his knee in round seven at Dallas. He's not one to let an injury like that beat him and for 2013 he'll be back in the hunt for another series title.
Vurb Platinum - New Years Dreamland
Ok, this isn't strictly a pre-season video, but you just have to love Vurb's Platinum series.
Trey Canard REvival 41
Hands-down, the crash that took out Trey Canard last year was the ugliest crash all season. Ryan Morais tripled onto him mid-race, breaking his back. This is a full 32 minute movie about Canard's comeback from that...