2018 Fantasy Supercross Week Six: San Diego

Fantasy Supercross

The 2018 Fantasy Supercross season heads to the great city of San Diego this week. This race has a great history, and it happens to be Military Appreciation Week. Most of the bikes wear military themed designs on their gear and/or bikes. It’s pretty cool to see. In addition, most of the race worn gear is auctioned off after the race to benefit military charities.

If you watched last week’s race, you witnessed one of the best races in recent memory. Jason Anderson battled back from a mediocre start, took out Marvin Musquin on a controversial pass at one point, and passed Ken Roczen on the last lap to take the win. The Oakland track was rough and declined fast, leading nearly every rider to have at least one decent mistake. Eli Tomac had a disastrous race, at one point being in 22nd place. He finished in 13th and is now 52 points behind Anderson in the standings, virtually eliminating him from the championship conversation.

I want to give a career shout out to Davi Millsaps. He suffered a terrible crash in the offseason, sustaining head injuries amongst other ones. He was supposed to miss the first six races of this season but has decided to retire from racing. Although he never won a title, he was always one of the fastest riders on the track. It has been a pleasure to watch him race throughout his career. Enjoy your retirement.

Contenders:

Ken Roczen – Roczen was so close to getting his first win in over a calendar year last week. It looks like he is coming back into full riding shape and should be a contender the rest of the year. He has finished on the podium in four of the past five San Diego races and won last year.

Cole Seely – Seely has a Top-5 finish in the last three consecutive San Diego races, including podium finishes in both of the 2016 races.

Jason Anderson – Anderson has three consecutive Top-5 San Diego finishes also, although his best finish is 4th.

Marvin Musquin – Marvin has three straight Top-10’s in San Diego, and has bettered his finishing spot each year, culminating in a 3rd last year.

Eli Tomac – Tomac has never podiumed in San Diego, but he consistently finishes in the 4th to 7th range.

Blake Baggett – Baggett hasn’t had very good luck in San Diego, with his only Top-10 being a 7th in 2015. But he is coming off his first podium of the season on a similar track last week and has been consistently in the Top-10 each week this year.

Justin Barcia – Barcia does have a 2nd place finish in San Diego back in 2013 prior to the event moving to Petco Park. All bets are off with him this year though as he goes through a career renaissance. He is just fast this year, and is now a full time member of the Yamaha team, replacing Millsaps.

Justin Brayton – Brayton is another having a career renaissance, albeit at a smaller level than Barcia. He has a Top-10 finish in six of the past eight San Diego races.

Cooper Webb – Webb finished 14th in his rookie race last year. He is starting to put together consecutive, solid runs though, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him in the Top-5 soon.

Wild Card 13th Place:

Chad Reed – Reed has had some great races in San Diego in his career. At this point, he is better served in this spot.

Broc Tickle – I have to be honest, I expected more from Tickle this season. His average San Diego finish is 11th place.

Josh Grant – Grant seems to start fast then fade as the mains progress. His best San Diego finishes in recent years are an 11th last year and a 12th in 2015.

Jake Weimer – Weimer’s finishes in recent memory in San Diego are much like Grants. He does have to prove he can make the main event this year before putting him in this spot. He’s a risky pick.

Dean Wilson – Wilson averages a 13th place finish in San Diego in recent years and is roughly in this spot so far this season.

Justin Bogle – Bogle is also right around that 12.5 average for San Diego finishes.

Vince Friese – Dirty Vince has finished 13th twice this year already.

My Picks:

1st: Ken Roczen

2nd: Cole Seely

3rd: Marvin Musquin

4th: Justin Barcia

5th: Jason Anderson

Wild Card 13th: Josh Grant

 

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