Monster Energy Supercross Week Five: Anaheim

Fantasy Supercross

Welcome back to another edition of Monster Energy Supercross fantasy coverage for the RMfantasySX leagues. I apologize for missing last week’s article but I was busy tearing up the dunes in Glamis and couldn’t type on my phone with my fat fingers while sitting around the camp fire with a beer in one hand. Anyways, we saw some great action as Trey Canard finally lived up to his hype, securing his first main event win since 2011. Mr. Consistency Ryan Dungey, whom I had pegged to get his first win of 2015, finished 2nd, battling Chad Reed, who finally found some speed, for most of the race. The surprise was Ken Roczen, who came up short on a triple and crashed, laying on the ground for nearly a full minute before recovering to a 16th place finish, losing the points lead in the process.

This week the Monster Energy Supercross series makes its way back to Anaheim for a 3rd time, traditionally called A3. I’ve obviously wrote two other articles on Anaheim and you could virtually go read either of those for your picks. But that would defeat the purpose of writing a weekly article on the sport. Before we go any further, a quick reminder that Dean Wilson is now downgraded to out for the entire season, and Broc Tickle will be sitting out this week to rest a back injury suffered during the start of last week’s Oakland race. So let’s get down to business with the picks then.

Contenders:

Ken Roczen – 5 career Anaheim starts, 3 wins, a 2nd place finish and a 3rd. Say what you want, he is my pick in Anaheim until someone dethrones him. And he is going to be pissed after last weeks debacle and losing the points lead.

Ryan Dungey – He is a virtual lock every week for a podium finish. Guessing which spot is the tricky part. Can he knock off Roczen this week to get his first win of 2015?

Chad Reed – Like I’ve said in my previous articles on Anaheim, Reed was the undisputed King of Anaheim until that Roczen kid came along and ruined things. Reed has 5 wins and 18 overall podiums in Anaheim in the 450 era.

Trey Canard – Canard really found his speed last week in Oakland, coming from 9th place at the start to 1st by lap 10. He ended up winning by a wide margin, with Dungey finishing nearly 5 seconds behind. I’m always willing to roll with momentum, especially when someone finally finds their speed.

Eli Tomac – Tomac has kind of become Mr. Consistency Jr. behind Dungey, brushing off that disappointing A1 finish to storm up the standings, including winning in Phoenix. At this point he cannot be counted out on any given week either.

Sleepers: Wild Card is 7th Place

Cole Seely – Cole has the speed to be in the Top-5 in any given race. Small mistakes here and there usually haunt him but he has had a couple of 5th place finishes this year.

Davi Millsaps – Millsaps faded last week in dramatic fashion. After nearly getting the holeshot, he slowly fell back one spot at a time, eventually finishing in 7th place. To say this season has been a mild disappointment would be accurate. Basically riding Ryan Villopoto’s bike, I expected him to be a championship contender, instead he sits in 9th place after four weeks. Time to step on it.

Justin Barcia – I’m going to withhold judgment on Barcia. It looks like that team is slowly dialing things in. I’m thinking towards the East Coast swing of the series he will be consistently battling for the podium.

Jason Anderson – Anderson has shown great speed so far in his rookie year on the factory Husqvarna. He is sitting in 5th overall in the points race, just two points behind Tomac, and is easily running away with the Rookie of the Year award.

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