Racer X Fantasy: A Debut and Returns

Racer X Fantasy A Debut and Returns

August 7, 2015 2:40pm

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.

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First Timer, and the Returns

It’s a rarity to have three world-class riders returning to action, or making their debut, this late in the season. Two weeks ago at Washougal, seven riders made their 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debut, and to help you adjust, we predicted the finishing position of each—with varying levels of success. This weekend, Dean Wilson and Justin Bogle return from injury and MXGP star Shaun Simpson makes his Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debut. These three riders will play a major factor in fantasy play this weekend, so to help we will best predict the finish of each, with some nugs of information to help you in your selection process.

Shaun Simpson

Let’s start with the visitor. Simpson is a veteran of MXGP with two career MXGP overall wins (Lierop, 2013 and one week ago at Lommel) on his resume. A privateer of sorts in MXGP, he will receive help from factory KTM this weekend.

Going for him: He’s hot. Simpson went 1-1 a week ago in the deep sands of Lommel and will have confidence on his side. Also, like we mentioned above, his equipment will be on par, as he is getting help from KTM.

Going against him: First timer. Unadilla will mark Simpson’s first time racing in America. Adjusting to the race-day schedule may be the biggest determining factor of his weekend. In MXGP, races are spread over two days with riders racing on Saturday and Sunday. In America, Simpson will be faced with adjusting to a new track in a short amount of time. He did get to ride press day, which will help, but top five is asking a lot in his first appearance at a grueling track.

Prediction: Tenth overall. I predicted a 9-10 finish for tenth overall on the Fly Racing Moto: 60 show yesterday and I’ll stand behind that here.

Dean Wilson

Wilson has been out since January with a torn ACL and MCL. Unadilla will be Wilson’s first outdoor race on a 450 since May 25, 2013 at Thunder Valley. He finished tenth overall that day, before missing the remainder of the season with injury.

Going for him: Speed. The old, tried cliché rings true here: you can’t teach speed, and Wilson has a lot of it. Word from the Southern California test tracks is Wilson is looking as fast as ever. Another important point many aren’t mentioning that could play a role in Wilson’s future is that after struggling with arm pump issues the past few years, he underwent surgery earlier this year in Belgium after being diagnosed with carpal tunnel. If fitness isn’t a problem, and we already know speed isn’t, this weekend could be better than expected.

Going against him: Gate Time. Wilson hasn’t been behind a gate since late January, and spotting a deep 450 field that much time doesn’t bode well for the former Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250MX Champion. There’s a reason riders always say you can’t simulate racing, so even if Wilson throws a heater in timed qualifying, you may want to wait a week before giving him a spot inside the top ten.

Prediction: Twelfth overall. Wilson already has a deal for next season, so these next few races are more about gate time and regaining confidence than they are for having to prove he can run top-five again. I think he takes his time getting back to speed and finishes just outside the top ten in twelfth overall.

Justin Bogle

Bogle, who is forced to move to 450 next season, will make his debut in the 450 Class this weekend after missing the last eight rounds with a shoulder injury.

Going for him: Motivation. Unlike Wilson, Bogle hasn’t announced a deal for the 450 Class next season, so these next few rounds are pivotal for next year and beyond.

Going against him: Health. In a recent GEICO Honda press release, Bogle said he’s not entering the weekend 100 percent: "Health-wise I'm banged up a little bit, but I'll be all right. I'm going in with no real expectations. I'm just hoping to put my name up in the mix and do as well as I can. I know if I do that, I'll be satisfied."

Prediction: top ten. This is the toughest to pick, in my opinion. I’ll say top ten, but don’t put much stock in it.

BACK FOR A SECOND TIME AROUND

As we mentioned above, a ton of riders made their 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debut at Washougal two week ago. Arnaud Tonus made a splash in his first career moto in America with a third, while Trey Canard looked super fast in his return, but was hampered by mistakes. While some of the riders—namely Mike Alessi, Michael Leib and Austin Politelli—are not expected to race Unadilla, we’ll make predictions on where Tonus and Canard could finish this weekend.

Trey Canard

Don’t be fooled by Canard’s results on paper (8-9 for ninth overall), he looked good in his first race since Detroit Supercross. During his career Canard has never been a rider that returns too early from injury; he likes to wait until he can return to previous form before coming back. Between the undesirable conditions at Washougal, and the nerves of returning to a track that has twice ended his season, expect much more from Canard this weekend.

Prediction: Top five. Canard kicked off his end of the season run, which saw him win four of the last five motos, last year with a win in the second moto at Unadilla and a second overall finish behind Ryan Dungey. If you’re scared to rank Canard that high, at least include him inside the top seven to get maximum points.

Arnaud Tonus

As you start to fill out your lineup, keep in mind that Tonus reportedly injured his hand in a second moto at Washougal. While he’s expected to race this weekend, a hand injury could be bothersome at the notoriously rough Unadilla.

Prediction: Wait and see. Until we know if his hand is affecting him or not, don’t rush to pick him inside the top five. Wait and see how he fares in practice before making your decision.

Locks of the Week

Christophe Pourcel

I’ll let his record at this track speak for itself. Overall podium is a lock.

Year Finish
2009 1-1 for first overall
2010 38-1 for seventh overall
2014 1-2 for first overall

Jeremy Martin

I know Marvin Musquin is favored at Unadilla, but Martin beat him here a year ago. Martin rebounds and finishes ahead of Musquin at a pivotal race in the championship chase.

Race X League Standings (After Round 9)

  1. Steve Matthes – Editor-at-Large: 7014pts
  2. Chase Stallo – Online Managing Editor: 6977pts
  3. Noelle Harris – Online Copy Editor: 6684pts
  4. Mark Rodgers – Brand Marketing, Motorcycle Superstore: 6514pts
  5. Jason Weigandt – Online Editor: 6510pts

Prizes

We will be giving away weekly and grand prizes for Fantasy Motocross. Weekly prizes will vary, with Stance 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.)

250 and 450 Prizes | Unadilla

1st place: VonZipper Bushwick "Shift into Neutral" MX Goggle

2nd place: VonZipper Sizzle MX "Mindglo" goggle

3rd place: VonZipper "Leopurr" Hat

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