Supercross Glendale – Round4 “Focus Points”
Heading into Supercross Glendale there’s a few “Focus Points” that you want to keep in mind.
Dylan Ferrandis and Christian Craig
The social media platforms have been buzzing with feedback and opinions on last week’s race in Anaheim. The battle between Dylan Ferrands and Christian Craig could be a sore point that continues for the next few rounds. It wouldn’t be the first time a little retaliation gets handed out in the following rounds.
Fans and Riders have been very vocal about the incident in Anaheim. It’s definetly something we’ll be looking out for in tomorrow’s race. In either case it definitely adds to the flavor of this 2020 Supercross gumbo!!
Next, we need to take a moment and look at Austin Forkner’s current situation. Austin is quite possibly the most talented Rider in the 250 class however, he is behind in points and needs a little luck tomorrow. We all know the Supercross season is a points race and we’re already at the first Triple Crown of the season headed into the Supercross Glendale event.
Austin needs to make a statement tomorrow. A convincing win builds momentum but he also needs Justin Cooper & Dylan Ferrandis to have a subpar night. The East/West showdown can get crazy. He definetly needs to keep his composure.
Eli was great in Anaheim last weekend for Round3. Anyone who follows the sport knows Eli Tomac can get some momentum behind him and run away with the next few Supercross Rounds. Ken Roczen, Justin Barcia, Cooper Webb and the rest of the field could have thier hands full if Eli finds himself on the top spot again tomorrow.
We never quite know which Eli Tomac is going to show up, but this is a Triple Crown event and Eli is always up for the Big Show.
Riders In The Pack
There are a number of riders that we’re hoping to hear from over this weekend
- Aaron Plessinger
- Malcolm Stewart
- Justin Hill
- Zach Osborne
- Justin Bogle
Just to name a few. The 450 class is really stacked this year. Usually there are some major injuries by the first Triple Crown. So the pack is full of talent right now. Supercross Glendale could prove to be a great platform for some new names to pop up with some exciting rides.
Supercross 250 Main Round 3 Anaheim2
2020 A2 250 Main Recap
The 250 main looked like it was going to be a complete route by the Geico Honda team at the start. Christian Craig and Jett Lawrence were out front with a commanding lead and it looked like just a team race for a number of turns. Eventually, the young rider actually passed the Veteran rider Christian Craig.
Lawrence looks impressive, really really impressive and his talent fits a great backstory. He’s a sixteen-year-old rider that’s fully committed to the sport. With some impressive family sacrifices, all he has to do now is just prove himself. On Saturday that what was happening until he made a couple of costly mistakes.
As the 250 main came to a close there was no shortage of excitement, disgust, disbelief, and over all energy. You know the night was electric and pretty unbelievable when the crowd was full of boooooos but needed a break from the action.
Essentially, the 250 main event was one for the history books! After the qualifying rounds it looked like Austin Forkner was going to completely run away with the evening. I mean why wouldn’t he…… he essentially said he was there to crush the competition.
Unfortunately by the end of the night Austin Forkner was far from crushing said competition. He’s currently in a larger point deficit (but totally has the talent to dig out of that hole). The point standings don’t reflect how good this guy really is but it is a points race.
Main story of the night went to Mr. Dylan Ferrandis. Ferrandis had a run-in with Christian Craig (literally) and it pushed Craig off his bike and into the blocks. Ferrandis had a similar move on Austin Forkner earlier in the round. However, the angles were different and both riders stayed on their bikes.
Ferrandis went on to win the race and was showered with disapproving booos from the fans in the stands. Riders like to say “rubbing is racing” but depending on your angle that didn’t look like rubbing. I personally don’t think it was intentional but it looked bad and to make thing worse there was even more drama after the Craig crash.
Dylan will be under the microscope at this point for the rest of the season. At one point the incident was under review from the association. (The fans have no shortage of opinion on this event.
I’m attaching a post from Instagram so you can see some of the Supercross feedback that we got on the subject.
Final story of the night includes Dylan Ferrandis AGAIN. After getting up from the Craig Crash, he put together an impressive charge to battle the young Jett Lawrence. Dylan ended up with the lead and the win. The young rider all but had the race won until he went down. It had to hard to keep a good heart rate. He simply couldn’t regain composure before the end of the race.
At one point Lawrence almost had a 14-second lead. Dylan Ferrandis caught the young Rider and then began a battle that ended with him winning and Lawrence leaving on the Alpine medical mule.
Jett Lawrence went down hard in the closing stretch of the race. This also added to the Ferrandis Booooos from the crowd. The Dylan again the world race battle will be one that we talk about the rest of the season but a really talented sixteen-year-old rider almost won Anaheim 2.
So going into Glendale the points are not what anyone expected. now we have new names with multiple wins and large deficits for some of the top riders to overcome.
Points Going Into Glendale
Cooper leads Ferrandis by 12, Hartranft is two points further back, and now Forkner is a full 22 points down from the lead. Craig was credited with third at the opener, crashed out of last week’s race while in third, and was punted out of this week’s race while in second. It leaves him 15th in points after three races
Take Aways From 2020 Supercross Round 1 – Anahiem
2020 A1 Angels Stadium
The season started off absolutely Electric!! It’s hard to beat a good A1, the crowd is large and the fans are really really thirsty for some good competition from their favorite Supercross riders.
By the time A1 comes around, the outdoor season has been over just long enough for Riders to get into Supercross shape and begin testing new products on bikes. Teams have made personnel changes and new contracts have been signed.
So let’s start out by looking at the Podium results.
First, we have the 250 class
1st Place Justin Cooper
A young Rider who seems to fly under the radar, and that’s kind of odd for how good he actually is. He doesn’t keep a ton of hype around him.
However, he is someone that produces round after round and always seems to be consistent. It’s easy for fans to lose him in the course of a season because he doesn’t have that coveted hype. It feels like 2020 should be different as long as he stays healthy because he doesn’t back down from the competition.
2nd place Dylan Ferrandis
Dylan has been a good rider in the 250 class for a number of years now and his only Achilles heel seems to be his starts. Year after year it looks like he’s always fighting from within the pack.
If he can get good starts consistently then he usually stays out front and is super difficult to beat. “Starts”………. If Dylan could somehow figure out his starts, he honestly could run away with the entire season. He is that good!
3rd Christian Craig
Christian is probably one of the strongest riders in the field and he’s fast, he’s actually very fast and if he can stay injury-free, he will be a Podium contender every single round. He’s had some injuries and some bad luck. That’s a bad combo for any rider.
For Anaheim 1 Craig made the podium because of a mistake from Austin Fortner. Austin was penalized for re-entering the track incorrectly and lost two places. That bumped Christian Craig up to 3rd. Maybe that mans luck is changing!
Next, we have the 450 class
This year the ranks seem to be better than ever, every rider seems to be really happy with the adjustments, the engines, and the overall performance.
1st place Justin Barcia
For the second year in a row is Justin Barcia. Justin (Bam Bam) takes the top spot on the podium and he earned it. That was some dam good riding. Justin is also known as “Bam Bam” is one of the premier athletes in the sport. He could take the red plate and keep it. That actually would be a big surprise.
He really needs no introduction because over the years he’s really created a reputation and overall presence. The track at A1 seems to be his territory after back to back wins. His aggressive style of riding has built his reputation and definitely paid off in round 1.
2nd Place Adamson Cianciarulo
Adam is kind of a sport phenom. He’s been exceptional well before his rookie season in the 450 class. Cianciarulo is mature, he’s well-spoken, he handles his failures incredibly well on camera and appears to be really good with people. Adam’s performance in October during the Monster Cup weekend got everyone’s attention.
Adam Cianciarulo in the second-place spot on the podium field surprising but it’s only because it’s his rookie season and its A1. It really shows the rest of the field he’s here to compete this year. He has all the tools and experience to earn that spot.
3rd Place Cooper Webb
To some, the third-place finish could look like a disappointment. It honestly could be the most impressive ride of the weekend. Cooper Webb was under weather and still podiumed. That also sends a statement.
It lets everyone know the Cooper Webb wagon is alive and kicking. After his interview on the pulp MX show, I wondered if he was going to finish in the top five, just because he sounded so poor in health.
So as we head into the Round 2 in St Louis there are a number of smaller stories to think about
- Eli Tomac – Eli a fan favorite, is a man of very few words. He lets his riding do his talking for him. He has had streaks of racing that made him look unbeatable. Everyone is curious which Eli we’ll see in 2020. He’s teamed up with the young Phenom Adam Cianciaulo. Adam is really consistent and while he’s in the same camp the pressure will be on Eli even more.
- Ken Roczen – Ken is currently who I would consider one of the greatest comeback stories in all of sports. He’s had some crashes on the bike that probably should have retired him, but week after week he has found himself back into a competitive situation and after seeing him during the outdoor season I have no doubt that he will continue to find himself on the podium in 2020.
- Jason Anderson (El hombre) is a personal favorite out of the Albuquerque New Mexico area. Jason has a very laid back style that translates into his riding. He also is coming off of a recent season of success. He won the title in 2018, and I think the fans are curious if that’s something he can repeat. He has gone on record and stated he doesn’t like the pressure that comes with the red plate but he definitely rides well enough to have it and keep it.
- Blake Baggett is also a story I think should have more attention. Blake seems to really shine during the outdoor season but for one reason or another, the Supercross rounds have proven to be a little more of a challenge. The KTM Rider has a great team behind him and a team member in Justin Bogle. He could be a consistent top-five Rider.
- Last Malcolm Stewart and Justin Hill are two Riders who have every opportunity to shock the Supercross World. They have enough time on the bikes and they both have enough experience to succeed. If either of them start to break into the top five consistently, that would turn so many heads, both Riders are young and strong and really really talented. I personally think the sport would really enjoy watching them shake things up in the top five Riders.
Take Aways From Round 10 – Daytona Supercross
Daytona Supercross Round 10 Recap.
Daytona did’t disappoint the fans. Going into Daytona Florida, there were a number of stories to follow and keep in mind. One of the big ones was Austin Fortner. Austin Forkner is currently on a roll and it doesn’t seem like it will be stopping anytime soon.
After this weekend the track in Daytona Supercross track is now known as “The Beast” and for good reason. It was brutal at times. The sand was difficult for everyone throughout the entire night. There were a number of crashes that took place from the quals, practice rounds, and main event races.
The Sand wasn’t something everyone was able to figure out. Some of the crashes were significant and gave a number of injuries. Aaron Plessinger was one of the bigger ones. He’s a crowd favorite and new to the 450 class. It was tough to watch him go down.
Throughout each turn, there seemed to be a split second decision that needed to be made by riders and that was to go high or go low. If you went High you could use the momentum to help push yourself past the rider that took the lower route or he could get the corner quicker and use that shortcut of distance to help him.
The track literally looked different with each start. The fact is there didn’t seem to be a right or wrong decision most of the night both seem equally difficult it just mattered, how comfortable the rider was with the sand.
It seemed to be the most difficult design yet and it was fun to watch. Hat tip to the goat’s design!
Some of the takeaways for Daytona Supercross are
- Eli Tomac, he seems to be on a really really weird roller coaster ride after a very dominating 2018 season and dominating outdoor 2018 Motocross season. Eli currently sits second in the points standings with 203 points total.
- Tomac is almost 20 points behind Cooper Webb and we’re in round 10. We are past the ½ waypoint for the season.
- Musquin is third in the points standings and is actually tied with Eli Tomac. Marvin has been steady throughout the season and passed Ken Roczen along the way.
- Marvin has 203 points while Ken Roczen has 201, he’s found his self on the podium multiple rounds and really could pass Eli Tomac in the upcoming rounds KTM Riders have been dominant throughout this year.
- Austin Forkner has been very dominant throughout the season, with win after win. Each round he finds a way to finish on top and in some cases he’s not even the fastest for the day. He just knows how to win right now.
Austin Forkner has completely separated himself from the rest of the 250 East class and aside from the East /West showdown in Atlanta where he lost to Adam Cianciarulo. He’s built an impressive points lead. Austin is currently first with 125 points the next closest Ryder is Justin Cooper and Chase Sexton at 102 points and Alex Martin is 4th with only 78 points.
It will be difficult for Cooper or Sexton to take down Austin at this point. They will need him to make a big mistake somewhere. He has a very aggressive riding style in the practice and qualifying rounds.
He always seems to be laying the bike down in one area or another as he tries to aggressively figure out the track so that he makes minimal mistakes in the main races. It’s actually very impressive to watch the process.