The 2017 Fantasy Supercross season, presented by our friends at RMFantasySX, heads to Minnesota, home state of Ryan Dungey and yours truly, for the first time since 2013, and only the second time in the last 10 years. This will be both an interesting and challenging week to predict as we have virtually no history with the majority of today’s top riders. Be fully prepared to check practice times on Saturday online and adjust accordingly.
Last week’s action in Arlington was insane! Ryan Dungey failed to finish on the podium(4th place) for only the third time in his past 40 races. Trey Canard, my 5th place pick, finished in the Wild Card spot of 11th. Eli Tomac had numerous issues and crawled to a 15th place finish. Cooper Webb was even worse, getting a flat tire which had to be replaced during the race(pit stop action!!!) and finishing far back. In the end, Marvin Musquin got the first win of his career and moved into 2nd overall in the championship standings, a mere 18 points behind teammate Dungey. Cole Seely equaled his season best 2nd place finish, and Jason Anderson, my preseason pick to win it all, got his first podium of the season in 3rd.
Since the Wild Card is 7th place this week, I’ll simply add some extra contenders to the list. And great news as it looks like Justin ‘Bam Bam’ Barcia will make his season debut this week!
Ryan Dungey – This is his home state, and he will be motivated to perform. Although in a different stadium, he won here in 2013 and finished 2nd in 2008.
Marvin Musquin – Coming off his first win, the Frenchman is riding high and has all of the momentum behind him. If he’s going to supplant Dungey in the championship standings, he’s going to have to beat him at tracks like this.
Eli Tomac – After having mechanical issues last week, Tomac slipped from 2nd in the standings to 4th, with both Musquin and Cole Seely passing him. Look for Tomac to rebound.
Cole Seely – Seely is coming off another great race, and will try to get his first win of the year.
Jason Anderson – Anderson hasn’t had nearly the success to the beginning of the season as I thought he would, and he tends to trend downward when the series heads East. Let’s see if he can change that and build on last week’s podium.
Chad Reed – Reed finished 5th here in 2013 and 7th in 2008, and has looked good for most of this season so far.
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Davi Millsaps – Millsaps has a 3rd and a 6th in Minnesota, and is coming off another Top-10 finish last week.
Justin Barcia – Bam Bam finished 4th here in 2013, and will look to make a statement in his season debut. I doubt we’ll have to wait to see him reintroduce himself to his fellow riders, as he is one of the most aggressive riders on the track traditionally.
Trey Canard – Canard finished 7th here in 2013 and is looking to get in a groove after missing a few races earlier this season.
Blake Baggett, Broc Tickle – These two traditionally trend upward when the series heads East, and they’ve both had some solid finishes recently.
1st: Ryan Dungey
2nd: Eli Tomac
3rd: Marvin Musquin
4th: Cole Seely
5th: Jason Anderson
Wild Card 7th: Justin Barcia