With the opening round of Supercross in Anaheim California less than 24 hours away, our man in the trenches Travis Fant brings you up to speed on some major players in 450 class.
K-ROC : The entire moto industry is talking about Ken Roczen! He looked lightning fast during his debut on the new red machine at Monster Cup and that was with minimal seat time. After a few months of testing under his belt there is no question he has the speed to win races, but can the #94 put it all together for the premier class championship?
ET-3 : Now in his second year with team Kawsaki, Eli Tomac is ready to win. At Monster Cup he was fast, consistent and under control. He brought home the overall win and heads into the SX season with momentum.
THE DIESEL : Defending series champion Ryan Dungey sat out most of the outdoor national series with a back injury and opted not to ride the Des Nations. He ran up front at Monster Cup but was unable to match the speed of Roczen and Tomac. The Diesel comes into 2017 more rested than in years past and that could spell trouble for the entire 450cc class.
TWO TWO : Chad Reed is definitely a crowd favorite and this could very well be his final full season of SX racing but “Speedy Reedy” says he wants to win! Back on a factory Yamaha, Reed looks to prove the haters wrong and not go so quietly into the night. The veteran has proved in the past he can win both races and championships but will he be able to do both in 2017? Would be cool if he can.
ELHOMBRE_21 : Jason Anderson is a true wildcard ! The entire world watched as he won moto two at this years MXoN and seconds later get landed on by a lapped rider. No one, including Anderson, knows what he is capable of but we are certain he will be in the mix for main event wins and it will be done his way. If the Rockstar Husqvarna rider stays healthy, a championship could be in his future.
THE REAL JS7 : For the first time in 16 years, James Stewart will not be on the line at A1. He has released a statement saying he will be back soon. Rumor has it that round three could be when James and Malcolm return to action on their own team. Both will be in the 450cc class and a threat to win races but after missing the opening rounds a championship is almost impossible.
SUPER COOP : Cooper Webb won the 250cc west regional championship last year and moves into the premier class as a member of the factory Yamaha team. Speed has never been a problem for Cooper and if the test track stop watches are accurate, it won’t be in 2017 either. Will he use this year to learn the ropes on the 450 class or will he go for broke? If his past is any indication of what’s to come we are all in for a wild season of action.