The 2017 Fantasy Supercross season heads to the Bay Area of Oakland, California this week. What a race in my hometown of Glendale last week! Once again, I’d like to thank the fine folks at RMFantasySX for allowing my family and I the opportunity to hang out with the team last week. Joanne, you’re awesome! The Bubba Burgers were great, and my 5 year old daughter is in love with Benny Bloss now!
It was great to see Eli Tomac finally finish strong, as he dominated this race from start to finish. And the old man, Chad Reed, caught and passed defending champ Ryan Dungey for a very strong 2nd place finish. Dungey(surprise!) rounded out the podium finishers. Dungey has now finished on the podium in 36 of the last 38 races, dating to the start of the 2015 season.
Dean Wilson will take the place of Christophe Pourcel on the Rockstar Factory Husqvarna team for the remainder of the 2017 Fantasy Supercross season. Justin Bogle will be back aboard his RCH Racing Suzuki this week after missing Glendale. Ken Roczen will be out for the foreseeable future with his injuries. Weston Peick will be out for an unspecified amount of time after crashing in practice in Glendale and suffering a lacerated kidney and dislocated wrist. Trey Canard will sit out Oakland while resting his torn rotator cuff. And finally, Justin Barcia will also sit out this week, but could make his season debut as early as next week. Since this week the Wild Card spot is 8th place, we’ll just add some extra contenders to the list.
Ryan Dungey – After posting Oakland finishes of 4th, 3rd, 4th, 3rd, 4th, and 2nd since 2010, Dungey finally broke through for the win last year. It gets redundant adding him to this list each and every week, like Duh Bro! So just add him somewhere in your Top-3 and enjoy.
Eli Tomac – Tomac’s highest finish in Oakland on a 450 is 4th, but he dominated the Glendale race last week after starting strong in nearly every other race before fading. He’s coming on strong, and is now only 20 points behind Dungey and 5 behind Musquin in the championship race with momentum behind him.
Marvin Musquin – Musquin had finished on the podium in every race this year until his 9th last week. His 3rd place finish in Oakland was his first podium last year.
Chad Reed – Reed has finished in the Top-5 in five of the last six years in Oakland.
Davi Millsaps – Millsaps has four Top-10’s in Oakland.
Cole Seely – Seely has a 5th and a 6th in his two career Oakland starts.
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Jason Anderson – El Hombre has finished in the Top-10 in both of his Oakland starts.
Malcolm Stewart – Bubba’s little brother has now proven he has the speed to ride with the contenders in the 450 class. Can he lay down a mistake free Main Event?
Cooper Webb – I picked Webb to get his first podium of the year last week and he disappointed a bit. This race is where most rookies take the next step in the season, historically.
Blake Baggett – Baggett hasn’t had much success in Oakland yet, but he was the top qualifier in Glendale last week and had a very respectable finish in the Top-7. He’s getting that KTM dialed in and will be on the podium soon.
Dean Wilson – Wilson is a very talented rider who has had a few tough breaks via injury. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see him in the Top-10 on his first race with his new team.
1st: Jason Anderson
2nd: Ryan Dungey
3rd: Cole Seely
4th: Eli Tomac
5th: Blake Baggett
Wild Card 8th: Cooper Webb