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Jan 30

SX: The Holeshot — 22 Takeaways From Oakland

Riders prepare for the gate to drop in Oakland. (Photo: Monster Energy Supercross / Simon Cudby)

Riders prepare for the gate to drop in Oakland. (Photo: Monster Energy Supercross / Simon Cudby)

Monster Energy Supercross’ lone visit to California’s Bay Area brought the best dirt and one of the most difficult tracks of the 2014 season inside Oakland’s O.co Coliseum. There was great racing all night and it was the first time riders really pushed it to the limits and let their bikes do the work. The champ Ryan Villopoto made his biggest statement thus far while the racing gods continued to smile down on Jason Anderson.

Each week, The Holeshot will provide 22 takeaways – a full starting gate – from the most recent round of action.

1. Riders were vocal about how great the dirt was in Oakland and it was obvious simply by looking at it. Following three weeks of dry, hard-packed dirt that cool, moist air ultimately makes slick, the world’s best riders were greeted with tacky soil full of grip. For the normal fan, the dirt is something that is taken for granted when watching a race, but it can play a huge role in the level of competition.

Jan 30

F1: Alonso Pleased With First Run In New Ferrari

Fernando Alonso in the  Ferrart F14T. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Fernando Alonso drives the Ferrari F14 T in Jerez. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Fernando Alonso had his first run in the Ferrari F14 T during the third day of testing at Jerez, and the Spaniard pronounced himself happy with progress so far.

He focused on aero mapping in the morning, before turning his attention to setup in the afternoon. He completed 58 laps, recording a time that was 2.2s off the best time of Kevin Magnussen.

Jan 30

F1: McLaren On Top As Magnussen Sets Pace — Jerez Day Three

Kevin Magnussen in the McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes.  (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Newcomer Kevin Magnussen drives the McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Kevin Magnussen made a great start to his official F1 career by topping the times for McLaren in Jerez

Once again it was a day of mixed fortunes for the teams, with Red Bull enduring another disaster while others successfully logged a lot of laps. Daniel Ricciardo completed only three laps in the RB10, without actually recording a time, before his team gave up for the day.