Max Anstie will be up front in Colorado.
photo: Steve Cox
What will the GEICO crew have to say about it? For starters, Trey Canard should be ready to unleash the fury and get back to winning form. He's having a really tough outdoor series, but at least he’s staying healthy. Don't forget Trey broke his femur and his arm pushing the envelope outdoors. He's trying to find the formula, and he will soon. Justin Barcia has been inconsistent, but he has won and will win more motos before the summer is out.
Pourcel has everyone in the hurt locker right now and it's time for an American to step up and beat him. I just noticed something interesting that should fuel the Yanks. France vs. USA for five sets? And they're still playing as I write! If Eli Tomac can fight as hard as John Isner, he'll get another win in front of his hometown fans.
Major bummer about Blake Baggett. Get well soon!
I told you it was early to put the crown on Ryan Dungey's head. That no-goggle deal last week could have been the end of the championship for #5. If a rock can knock out your goggle lens, well, I don't even have to say it. Chasing a 450, er, 350 for a whole moto with no Oakleys is super sketchy. Somebody should have made the call to pit for goggles, because that could have cost the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki team the title—and RD5 a flippin' eye!
And we finally have a legitimate yell for Andrew Short to nail one of these down. He has all the momentum in the world heading into his home-state race. Shorty always gets good starts, and he just needs to grit his teeth and do it. I'm giving him the nod this time around. Chad Reed and Josh Grant will have something to say about the win, and then Mike Alessi and Ben Townley need to get themselves back on the podium.
I'm betting Shorty takes his first O/A this weekend. Any takers?
photo: Steve Cox
It's going to be hot and the altitude will play a factor on the athletes and the machines. The fuel injection on the bikes is new technology, and it could be a pain, given the extreme heat and altitude. It's going to be tough. Lakewood is an awesome national. The track is as beautiful as it is challenging, and somehow everything looks more crisp at altitude. This time the Americans need to carry the flag and kick some ass. Pound for pound, let's hear it for the hometown!
Thanks for reading. See you next week.