Our Week Two Fantasy Supercross coverage of the RMFantasySX league heads to Houston after a two year hiatus. This is always fun because it leads to more of a shootout style race, where nobody has a distinct advantage. In all likelihood, the layout will not be the same as the last time they raced here either. Add in the fact that there is only one current rider who has a win here on a 450 and we should get fireworks! You know the old excuse “my dog ate my homework”? Well, I’m using it this week. Our 17 week old yellow lab, Sonny, got out of his pen and chewed up the charging wire to our laptop, so I’m writing this article on my daughter’s iPad. Embarrassing.
Last week’s race at A1 was great! I didn’t expect Marvin Musquin to be so fast, I didn’t expect Ken Roczen to get such a terrible start, and where the hell did Justin Barcia and Weston Peick come from ?! I ended up the week with 15 points, getting Musquin, Roczen, and Jason Anderson in my Top-5 but I didn’t get any of them in the correct spots. I’ll look to improve upon that this week. Let’s get right to it.
Marvin Musquin – Musquin has to be considered the early favorite for the title now. He flew last week, dominating Anaheim.
Cole Seely – Seely didn’t place in the Top-5 in a crowded field last week, but he is the only rider to win in Houston on a 450.
Eli Tomac – Tomac had an absolute disaster of a race last week, crashing, getting hurt, and finishing in dead last at 22nd. He does have a podium finish in Houston, and will be looking to get back into the championship race. Update: Tomac pulled up hurt after 4 laps of qualifying and will be a race time decision.
Justin Barcia – ‘Bam Bam’ came out of nowhere at A1, getting the early holeshot and leading for a bit before finishing in third, giving him his first podium finish in what seems like forever. Barcia has three Top-10’s in Houston, including a 2nd.
Jason Anderson – Anderson has not raced this track on a 450, but has won here on a 250 during the 2014 season.
Cooper Webb – Webb, like Anderson, has not raced here on a 450. Like Anderson, he also has a win here on a 250.
Ken Roczen – Roczen has two Top-10’s in Houston, including a 3rd.
Broc Tickle – Tickle has three Top-10 finishes in Houston.
Blake Baggett – Baggett doesn’t have any Top-10 finishes in Houston
Wild Card 12th Place:
This is when it gets fun! I love when we gotta start going deep to choose the Wild Cards! It’s a crapshoot, I admit, as you have to look at the #2 riders on the lower teams and some of the privateers.
Chad Reed – The two time champ is going to struggle to consistently place in the upper tier with the Factor boys.
Justin Brayton – Brayton has finished in 11-13th in Houston twice.
Malcom Stewart – Stewart will make his season debut, filling in for the injured Justin Bogle.
1st: Jason Anderson
2nd: Marvin Musquin
3rd: Cole Seely
4th: Ken Roczen
5th: Eli Tomac
12th: Broc Tickle