With three races in the books for the 2019 AMA Supercross season, Crazy4Dirt has some thoughts on the results thus far.
450’s: Cooper Webb has been the biggest surprise overall – he is sitting third in the points and only six points out of the lead. With 5th, 10th and a 1st place finishes, his confidence level has definitely risen lately. It’s a long season and his results during regular races have not been stellar but his triple crown effort was impressive. Will he be able to build on his latest success?
250 West: Colt Nichols impressively sits first in the series points after three races. He has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd while last year he only competed in three races and the results were no where near this year’s results: 2nd, 9th, and 6th. The competition is stiff this year and no one is going to hand Nichols the championship on a silver platter but at this point it is his to lose.
450’s: Justin Hill – with high hopes going into the 2019 season and seeming to be better suited for the 450 bike, his results leading up to Oakland have been less than expected. He currently is 14th in the points standings, finishing 11th,13th, and 14th so far this season.
Joey Savatgy – During the Monster Energy Cup Joey looked as if he had broke free of the dark cloud he had been under in the 250SX series the past few seasons. The bike looked like it was going to be just what he needed to rise above and show the doubters that he could turn a corner. So far, his results haven’t shown us that he can get it done on the big bike. Joey’s results thus far include a 16th, DNS, and an 8th, leaving him 15th in the points standings.
Jason Anderson- The 2018 450SX Champion has not looked like a champion so far this season. He has had one good race – at Phoenix he led a lot of laps and looked like the old Anderson but in the end, he lost the lead and let Baggett pull away. With a 14th, a 2nd, and a 9th place finish the Champ was not really on his way to a repeat season and now he finds himself on the outside looking in with an injury that will sideline him for most, if not all, of the 2019 AMA Supercross season.
Cameron McAdoo – Although McAdoo sits 8th in the points standings, the first two rounds found him in 11th which isn’t terrible but isn’t as good as one would have expected. During the Triple Crown Race, he finished a strong 6th overall but with the shortened race(s), can we expect better results in the upcoming races or will he continue to run outside the top ten in the coming weeks?
Cooper Webb may be the most likely candidate for the most improved in the 450 series with his 3rd place in the points standings and a top of the box finish last weekend he is definitely in the championship hunt after the first three rounds of competition.
Dylan Ferrandis – Ferrandis has been on fire as of late with two 2nd place finishes at Anaheim 1 and Anaheim 2 and a solid 6th place finish at Glendale, even after crashing. He is the obvious choice for most improved to date. Last year his season started with and 18th, 2nd and 17th, and then was out with an injury. Ferrandis is currently second in the points and knocking on Colt Nichol’s door ready to bust into the first-place position.
Ones to watch this weekend:
Ken Roczen – Kenny has a good history at Oakland and his confidence is high. When the gate drops tonight don’t be shocked to see Ken as a front runner if not “the” front runner.
It is anyone’s race in the 250 West Region series, especially being that there are not that many riders who have experience at the Oakland track. Time will tell who does the best on this very challenging track.