Racer X Fantasy: Thunder Valley Preview

Racer X Fantasy Thunder Valley Preview

Racer X has partnered with MotoDynasty to bring you Fantasy Motocross. We'll be offering cool weekly and series prizes; dynasty play; private leagues that just you and you're buddies can play in; weekly fantasy previews; and weekly podcasts all focused on fantasy.

 

How to Play

1.) Sign-Up: This will be the easiest decision you've made all week. Go to motodynasty.racerxonline.com to sign up. 

2.) Play Options: There are two different ways to play Racer X MotoDynasty Fantasy Supercross. 

A.) Dynasty play is where you test your skills against thousands of others to win weekly and series prizes.

B.) Create or join a private league with your buddies, co-workers, family, the dude at the local watering hole—whoever. You can talk smack on your way to the league title.

 

They Were Who We Thought They Were

Below are the stats for the top ten of dynasty points earned for Glen Helen. In short, the more points a rider earned, the more accurate the user base played them. Take Eli Tomac for example. He finished first. Most of you predicted this. Therefore, he garnered the most points. Or take Broc Tickle. He finished just outside the top ten in thirteenth, but most users predicated this, and he scored the sixth-most points last weekend.

Check out the rest of the top ten. This is a great indicator of who is a predictable fantasy racer.

250 Class

Place Rider Finishing Position Pts. Earned
1 Marvin Musquin 1st 27,300
2 Alex Martin 5th 23,448
3 Joey Savatgy 4th 19,324
4 Matt Bisceglia 8th 17,019
5 RJ Hampshire 11th 16,280
6 Jessy Nelson 3rd 16,134
7 Jeremy Martin 7th 15,780
8 Adam Cianciarulo 10th 15,701
9 Justin Hill 2nd 15,401
10 Mitchell Oldenburg 12th 15,179

 

450 Class

Place Rider Finishing Position Pts. Earned
1 Eli Tomac 1st 55,728
2 Ken Roczen 4th 32,692
3 Ryan Dungey 3rd 32,480
4 Weston Peick 5th 31,667
5 Blake Baggett 7th 25,425
6 Broc Tickle 13th 22,455
7 Justin Brayton 16th 22,124
8 Cole Seely 10th 21,612
9 Jason Anderson 11th 21,323
10 Wil Hahn 15th 24,104

 

Top Picks

250 Class

Adam Cianciarulo | Last week: 10th
How long will AC continue to hover around tenth? Good question, and one I don’t have a concrete answer to. Through four motos, AC has gone 9-11-12-10. If you want to be safe, keep him there until his fitness improves. If you want to take a risk, move him into your top five.

Marvin Musquin | Last week: 1st
Musquin doesn’t have a rich history at Thunder Valley. In three visits to Lakewood his best finish is a fourth overall in 2013. I think that changes this weekend. Don’t keep him off your podium.

Justin Hill | Last week: 2nd
After his third overall at Hangtown, I asked how much stock we should put in Chris Alldredge’s performance. It turns out, it shouldn’t have been much, as he finished fourteenth overall at Glen Helen. I’ll ask the same of Justin Hill after his second overall at Glen Helen. Proceed with caution until he shows consistency.

Shane McElrath | Last week: 6th
We finally saw the McElrath many were expecting to see outdoors in the second moto last weekend. I’m not sure another podium is on the horizon this weekend, but a top-five overall isn’t a stretch.

Privateers
Don’t put much stock in privateers this weekend. The power lost in the altitude puts them at a major disadvantage.

Joey Savatgy | Last week: 4th
I like what Savatgy has been doing through four rounds. He’s had a few “off” motos, which have kept him off the overall podium, but that could change this weekend. Top five is a lock.

 

450 Class

Christophe Pourcel | Last week: 8th
While he continues to adjust to a new bike and class, Pourcel has been very consistent—three top-tens in four motos. I’m not sure it’s quite time to move him inside the top five, but it’s coming shortly.

Blake Baggett | Last week: 7th
It’s not that Baggett has been bad—he hasn’t—it’s more a “we expected more” thing. He’s fourth in points and has four top-sevens in four motos. Again, not terrible. Keep him hovering around 5-10 until he gets more accustomed to the 450 Class.

Justin Brayton | Last week: 16th overall
Brayton is a notoriously slow starter, and this year is no different. He’s gone 14-11-10-22 in four motos. Keeping him around tenth until the series heads east is a good choice.

Kyle Chisholm | Last week: 20th
Chisholm was fighting an illness last week, so expect more of a Hangtown (thirteenth overall) performance this weekend. 10-15 is a good place.

Josh Grant | Last week: 18th
Look for Grant to be much better in his second race back. He had a bizarre incident last week regarding his front tire, which cost him spots in the first moto, but rebounded quite well in the second. Top ten is a solid start.

Fredrik Noren | Last week: 12th
The change to HRC Honda will help. How much? We probably won’t know until after this weekend. Either way, I like top ten.

 

Sleeper Stats

Picking riders 1-20 can be an overwhelming task. But, when you nail that top-twenty pick no one else had, it’s oh so sweet. Each week we’ll run down the previous week and then give you a few guys to keep an eye on.

250 Class: Glen Helen

Rider: Hayden Mellross | 18th

Points Scored: 124

Users that picked him top twenty: 124

 

450 Class: Glen Helen

Rider: Tommy Hahn | 14th

Points Scored: 10,487

Users that picked him top twenty: 621

 

Ones to Watch 

250 Class

Tevin Tapia: This is Tapia’s last race until Washougal, so he won’t be holding much back. He’s scored in two of four motos and has a great chance of cracking the top twenty overall.

 

450 Class

Matt Lemoine: The change to the 450 hasn’t started well for Matt Lemoine. But, with the amount of talent he has, it’s bound to turn the corner at some point. Look for a top-twenty overall this weekend.

 

Race X League Standings (After Round 2)

1. Steve Matthes – Editor-at-Large: 1477pts

2. Noelle Harris – Online Copy Editor: 1458pts

3. Chase Stallo – Online Managing Editor: 1408pts

4. Craig Lyons – MotoDynasty Founder: 1397pts

5. Jason Weigandt – Online Editor: 1384pts

 

Scoring:

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
1 50 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2  
2 22 48 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3  
3 20 22 46 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4  
4 18 20 22 44 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5  
5 17 18 20 22 42 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6  
6 16 17 18 20 22 41 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7  
7 15 16 17 18 20 22 40 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8  
8 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 39 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9  
9 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 38 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10  
10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 37 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11  
11 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 36 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12  
12 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 35 22 20 18 17 16 15 14 13  
13 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 34 22 20 18 17 16 15 14  
14 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 33 22 20 18 17 16 15  
15 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 32 22 20 18 17 16  
16 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 31 22 20 18 17  
17 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 30 22 20 18  
18 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 29 22 20  
19 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 28 22  
20 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 22 27  

 

Prizes

We will be giving away weekly and grand prizes for Fantasy Motocross. Weekly prizes will vary, with Pro Circuit giving away some great stuff this week. We are also pleased to announce our Grand Prizes. Thanks to all our great sponsors: Scott, Never Summer, Bell, EVS, TCX, Renthal, Fugoo, Leatt, and Alpinestars.

(Note: Players must be prize eligible in both 450 and 250 classes to win the grand prize package.)

Acerbis 450 and 250 Prizes - Thunder valley

1st place: Acerbis Choice of Plastic kit/Full Plastic kit

2nd place: Acerbis Choice of X-Factor Handguard, or skid plate, or chain block/slider kit 

3rd place: Acerbis Choice of MX Style Handguard with Hat and T-shirt

Grand Prizes

450 and 250 Combined Overall Grand Prize:

Scott MTB and a Never Summer snowboard.

450 and 250 Class Grand Prizes:

1st place: Never Summer Snowboard

2nd place: Bell Moto-9 Helmet

3rd place: EVS WEB Pro Knee Brace

4th place: TCX Boots

5th place: Renthal Twinwalls and Kevlar Grips

6th place: Fugoo Tough speaker

7th place: Leatt Prize Pack

8th place: Alpinestars Prize Pack

9th place: Scott Hustle Goggles and Goggle Case

10th place: Racer X Prize Pack

Thanks for coming out. If you have any questions or suggestions, hit me up at chase@racerxonline.com or on Twitter.