Welcome to our Week 9 coverage of Fantasy Supercross brought to you by our friends at RMfantasySX. Week 8 saw the Monster Energy Supercross series head way east to Atlanta. Hotlanta has been a long time stop on the tour, and has had some great races. Last week was no different, as we saw the old man Chad Reed put his Two Two Motorsports Kawasaki at the top of the podium for the first time since 2012. The Kuri Kuri, Australia native showed the youngsters he is still a force to be reckoned with. Not to sound too much like a homer but it was great to see. Mr. Consistency Ryan Dungey again landed on the podium in 2nd place, his 7th podium finish in 8 races this year. In fact, his only non-podium finish is a 4th place in the opening round at Anaheim. Ken Roczen had not one but two bad crashes in Atlanta, dropping him to 3rd in the point standings, behind Dungey and Trey Canard. The surprise(other than Reed’s win) was Weston Peick having another great run, finishing in 5th. Oh and Davi Millsaps? Dead to me until he proves me otherwise…
This week the series heads to… Atlanta. I know, I know, I can’t even figure this one out. I realize Anaheim gets three races, but atleast they spread them out. I guess it’s easy for logistics though. The cool thing about this week is it’s throwback week, so look for the Yamaha’s to be yellow, the Honda’s to be red, oh wait. It’ll be neat to see how the teams react to the throwbacks though and what designs the bikes and rider’s gear are. Other than that, I pretty much previewed the history of Atlanta in last week’s article. Since this week’s Wild Card is 8th place, i’ll just give you a list of contenders instead of contenders/sleepers. Oh, and to update, Justin Barcia said last week he expects to be out four more weeks, I’m assuming that included last week. So I figure he’ll miss this week, Daytona, and Indy, and should be back for round 12 in Detroit if things go well in his rehab. As always, if you’d like to discuss more, give me a follow on Twitter at @ReganFP.
Chad Reed – Winning last week does wonders for him. Reed moved up to 7th in points, just five points behind Eli Tomac for fourth. It’s a different track layout this week, but he can win.
Ryan Dungey – Duh…
Trey Canard – At times last week, Canard was faster than Dungey. He was reeling him in and had him close a few times. There’s no reason to think with a better start(last weeks was terrible) that Canard won’t run away with this race.
Eli Tomac – Tomac was terrible in Atlanta again(refer to last week’s article again). His 20th place finish decimated his championship run, and now he is holding off Reed and the rookies for fourth in points. I lean more that he can figure things out, and won’t go two straight terrible weeks.
Cole Seely – Seely had a solid fourth place finish last week, and has looked fast on numerous occasions. He stands just four points out of fourth in the standings.
Ken Roczen – I’m adding him to this list because it’s Roczen, but his foot/knee/ankle injury scares me. After crashing bad in practice, you could tell throughout the race that his leg was bothering him. When pressing to make time during the race, he crashed twice, finishing in 18th. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him podium, but he could just as easily have another terrible week.
Broc Tickle – Tickle(hehe) is just a solid rider. Unspectacular and unassuming, he is a steady 6-12th place finisher. He pulled off a sixth last week, and could be right around there again this week.
Blake Baggett – Baggett was 8th last week, three spots behind where I picked him. The rookie is learning fast, and will be a steady podium finisher soon.
Jason Anderson – The top rookie so far(by a very slim margin now) is still holding onto a Top-5 in the point standings. He has been less spectacular of late, but still pulled off a 7th last week.