AMA – Vegas Supercross Break Down Report 2017
Just what a night full of great conflicts, takeouts and even tons of high level play. The high winds and high temps didnt prevent the title rivals from laying it upon the line on the hard pack, slick track. The 250 Main Event proved to be a united East/West confrontation (which united points) that didnt disappoint and the 450 Main had a five-rider conflict before the checkers.
Eli Tomac: You cant say Eli didn’t attempt to win the title Saturday night. Some may challenge his approaches, however he left it all out there to the track and all of us racing enthusiasts reaped the advantages. In the press conference Friday you could tell Tomac was looking to get into Ryans mind and that leaked to the Main event on Saturday. I for one believe you’ve got to do what you must do to win the title in the final race right? Nothing that he did to Dungey was too filthy or dangerous and if anything, he was only attempting to knock him over the berm. I for one believe which is fair game when you’re considering a pay check of about a million dollars. If he’d of took Dungey down in a berm would that have been acceptable? For the final race of the entire year along with the tournament, I’d say YES! If he was riding defensive and cross-bound Dungey that might happen to be a different story. Nevertheless, Tomac strove hard to make Dungey bobble several times, which in my eyes was a clever move. Tomac won 9 races and was the quickest rider of the entire year, yet he was consistent enough to overcome RD1.
Ryan Dungey: Say that which you would like about last weekend, but Ryan rode gutsy in Vegas. He shoved the problem when he probably should of laid back as well as his automobile mechanic didn’t enjoy what he was seeing. I feel Ryan needed to produce an impression in Vegas to let Eli and everyone else understand I’M A WINNER and is not going to enable you to believe I won this title because Marvin moved over for me in New Jersey. Come on folks! So that you can win a tournament you’ve got to be quickly, win races and be consistent. Ryan is all of those things and much more. When was the most recent time you saw a rider having a 9 point lead attempt to win the race and pass the rider that sat in second? Congrats to KTM and Ryan Dungey to the title. From speaking to a few of the folks around Ryan I ‘d believe this is his last Supercross season. Go appreciate the fruits of your work and hang out with your lovely wife and kick your feet up Ryan. You deserve it!
Josh Grant: Go through The Grizz getting all up in the mixture the previous couple of rounds! Josh has been discovering his kind and placing his bike on the podium is a powerful means to let everyone know you’re planning to be gnarly come outside. Josh is particularly great on hard pack coming from California and his flat trailing abilities coming through Monster Alley was remarkable.
Jason Anderson: If it wasnt for that move on Reed I dont believe Anderson could have won in Vegas. The swift retaliation move got him stuck like an endurocross rider on a couple of tires, however he regained, passed Baggett and went to take great advantage of the tournament conflict that has been going on before him. Great on Anderson for being clever enough to enter the mixture, but not screw it up for the top two guys. Husqvarna had a night to consider in Vegas eh?
Chad Reed: If Anderson wouldnt have hit Chad we might have seen another psychological triumph in Vegas. Its no secret Chad isnt happy together with his bike, but acknowledges that it works better on hard pack sort tracks. A sixth position doesnt seem fantastic on paper, but should make Chad joyful about being in the mixture. The brand new Yamaha chassis should make Chad joyful in 2018.
Blake Baggett: Blake is getting great beginnings and has enhanced his Supercross race craft a whole lot. I’ve said this numerous times, but I believe Chupacabra is back in 2017.