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The Canadians are Coming
The final round of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals in Canada took place last weekend at Walton Raceway in Ontario. Matt Goerke clinched the MX1 title in dramatic fashion, while Kaven Benoit, who had already put the MX2 title on ice, took the overall ahead of Americans Joey Crown and Jimmy Decoits. The floodgates have now opened and an influx of Canadian riders are descending upon the final round at Ironman—greatly impacting fantasy.
While I’ve followed the series this year, I’m no expert. So, I emailed Billy Rainford, an editor at the Canadian site DirectMotocross.com (check them out—they are great), for a scouting report on who is coming down and what to expect.
#495 Colton Facciotti | Honda Canada TLD GDR
Colton finished second overall in the MX1 class. It came down to the final round last weekend at Walton Raceway between him and Matt Goerke for the title. They both went down together in the second turn of the final moto. It was intense as they both worked their way through the field. In the end, Colton finished 6 points back of Goerke.
#141 Jeremy Medaglia | Honda Canada TLD GDR
Jeremy had two bad weekends this summer in the MX2 class compared to Jimmy Decotis, who only had one. That was the difference between second and third in the 250 championship behind an unbeatable Kaven Benoit.
#464 Kyle Keast | Honda Canada TLD GDR
Kyle buckled down with his training over the winter and it showed this summer, as he simply wore down his competition and moved steadily forward every moto. He finished with a very impressive eighth place in the MX1 class while also running a very busy business in his spare time.
#626 Shawn Robinson
Riding a Honda 450 this weekend instead of the KTM 450 he raced all summer.
Robinson finished twelfth overall in the MX1 class this summer. Shawn has never lined up for an AMA National, so this will be pretty exciting for him to even make the motos.
#926 Kaven Benoit | Royal Distributing Fox KTM Canada
Kaven was basically unbeatable this summer on his KTM 250 two-stroke in the MX2 class. He will now be forced up to the MX1 class for 2016 as two-time champion. He will be racing Cole Thompson’s back-up 450 KTM race bike this week.
#903 Tyler Medaglia | Parts Canada Thor Husqvarna
Tyler was always the "next guy" after the top four in the MX1 class. He managed to grab two third place overalls in the very stacked top end of the MX1 class. He gets great starts, which should be a big help this week in Indiana in this field. He also has of international racing experience, so the big stage is not an issue for him.
#330 Eric Jeffery | Redemption Racing Fly Dragon KTM
Eric finished seventeenth this summer in the MX1 class. His best overall was sixteenth at the first round in Kamloops. The team will have their big rig there in support of Eric and his sixth-place MX1-finishing teammate Cade Clason, who is also competing this weekend on the #92 KTM. This will be a great experience for the young Oshawa, Ontario, rider.
The Canadians listed above are sure to make an impact this weekend, but they won’t be the only ones. Check out a few more 450 sleepers.
Sipes, now a full-time GNCC racer, could sneak into the top ten this weekend. In the prior two races he’s competed in this year—Tennessee and High Point—he finished 12-10-13-13.
The 2015 AMA Horizon Award winner finally makes his debut after sustaining a concussion prior to Unadilla. Bloss, standing well over six feet tall (closer to 6’5”) is an imposing figure. He’s entering a stacked class this weekend, but should contend for a spot inside the top twenty.
Before leaving for Canada, where he finished sixth overall in MX1 (450), Clason raced the opening two rounds of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. While he failed to reach the top twenty (he went 31-23-32-28 at the opening rounds), keep an eye on him in practice.
Brooks was out last weekend, but returns for the finale. The privateer has scored points in eight motos this year, including a pair of fourteenth-place finishes at Spring Creek.
The snocross champion returns to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Hibbert has raced professionally since 2000, with a couple top-twenty moto finishes on his resume. He finished twenty-second overall at Washougal last year with a nineteenth in moto two, so keep an eye out on practice to see where he stacks up.
Returning to Form
As I said last week, I don’t put much stock in a rider’s first race back. Nerves, fitness, and rust are just too much to overcome sometimes. Now that Trey Canard, Dean Wilson, and Justin Bogle has two and three races under their respective belts, we should have a better gauge at how they’ll perform this weekend. I’ll throw myself on the sword and make some predictions for Saturday.
Trey Canard | Prediction: Top five
Canard is hard to gauge because, while he certainly has the speed to podium and even win, I don’t know how hard he’s wanting to push so late in the season and coming back from another injury. I thought his comments after Unadilla, where he podiumed, were telling: “It’s hard for me to really want to hang it out and take those risks when I’m only my second race in. I know in prior years I’ve made those mistakes and got hurt again. I’m trying to just be smart about it and let it come.”
Canard has too much talent to not contend for the top five, so while he may not risk pushing the envelope for a podium, he’s a solid pick.
Dean Wilson | Prediction: Top ten
I’ll be the first to admit I was off last week in regards to Wilson. His second moto was impressive, and showed his fitness is good enough late in motos to contend. I’ll now remove my foot from my mouth.
Wilson should only improve—but not enough for the top five, in my opinion. I think 7-10 is good starting point.
Justin Bogle | Prediction: Eleventh
Bogle’s fitness just doesn’t seem to be there quite yet. He’s certainly fast enough, but I just don’t think he’s strong enough down the stretch to guarantee a top-ten spot. Just outside the top ten is a perfect landing spot for the GEICO star.
Not Mailing it In
While the Martin vs. Musquin championship battle will take precedence, there is still plenty on the line in 250MX. Translation: No one is mailing it in. Let’s look at some of the storylines.
Savatgy vs. Osborne
While Jessy Nelson (22 back of Joey Savatgy) and Alex Martin (23 back of Savatgy) are still mathematically alive, third in points figures to come down to Zach Osborne and Savatgy. Osborne rebounded from a tough stretch last week and shaved 2 points off Savatgy’s lead. Savatgy enters the weekend 5 clear, and has been riding better, with four top-fives over the last eight motos, compared to one for Osborne.
Fantasy Prediction: Savatgy. Savatgy has a lot to fight for and had success here last year. Top five is a must, while Osborne is a good top-ten pick.
Nelson vs. Martin
Nelson holds a slim 1-point advantage after Martin trimmed 4 points off his lead last weekend. Under less than ideal conditions last year (it was muddy as hell) Nelson won the first moto en route to third overall.
Fantasy Prediction: Toss Up. Since Washougal, the two have been basically the same rider. During the span, Nelson has averaged a 7.3 moto finish to Martin’s 8.6. Both should be inside your top ten.
McElrath vs. A lot of People
Shane McElrath is clinging to eighth in the championship, but his footing is certainly not on solid ground. Matt Bisceglia trails by 3, with Cooper Webb (seven back) and RJ Hampshire (eleven back) also in the mix. Webb is the clear favorite, but all three have been solid top ten picks over the last two rounds.
Fantasy Prediction: Webb. His six podiums over the last eight motos speak for themselves. McElrath holds on for ninth, while Bisceliga outlast his teammate to steal the top GEICO spot. All four finish top-ten overall.
Motocross 250 Standings - 2015
|1||Jeremy Martin||Millville, MN||491|
|2||Marvin Musquin||La Reole, France||479|
|3||Joey Savatgy||Thomasville, GA||348|
|4||Zach Osborne||Abingdon, VA||330|
|5||Jessy Nelson||Paso Robles, CA||323|
|6||Aaron Plessinger||Hamilton, OH||311|
|7||Alex Martin||Millville, MN||288|
|8||Matt Bisceglia||Weatherford, TX||256|
|9||R.J. Hampshire||Hudson, FL||248|
|10||Shane Mcelrath||Canton, NC||248|
|11||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC||246|
|12||Christian Craig||Hemet, CA||219|
|13||Chris Alldredge||Powell Butte, OR||188|
|14||Adam Cianciarulo||Port Orange, FL||178|
|15||Jordon Smith||Belmont, NC||177|
Race X League Standings (After Round 11)
- Steve Matthes – Editor-at-Large: 8542pts
- Chase Stallo – Online Managing Editor: 8487pts
- Noelle Harris – Online Copy Editor: 8060pts
- Jason Weigandt – Online Editor: 8044pts
- Mark Rodgers – Brand Marketing, Motorcycle Superstore: 7956pts
We will be giving away weekly and grand prizes for Fantasy Motocross. New prizes are available every week, and this week, Troy Lee Designs will be awarding prizes to the top three in both the 450 and 250 classes. It costs a mere $4 to be eligible for weekly prizes, so get on it!
We also want thank our sponsors for our Grand Prizes: 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.)
1st place: Honda Team Backpack Red, Honda Wing 2 Snapback Hat Black, Honda Team Snapback Hat, Honda Wing Fleece Zip-Up Black, Honda Team Umbrella Red/Black
2nd place: Seven Hype Fleece Zip-Up Orange, Seven Fuse Beanie Black, Seven Dot Mesh Hat Black/Yellow, Seven Brand Tee Scarlett
3rd place: Camo Crew Socks Orange, Factory Ankle Socks White (3pk), Caution Belt Black, Starburst Wallet Yellow, Skully Keychain Antique Copper
1st place: Team KTM Beanie Navy, Team KTM Hat Navy, Team KTM Fleece Zip-Up Navy, Team KTM Backpack Navy, Team KTM Pit Shirt Navy
2nd place: TLD ODI MX Grips Yellow, Honda Team Snapback Hat, TLD Pit Board, Team KTM Beanie Navy
3rd place: Cheetah Crew Socks Blue, Factory Ankle Socks Black (3pk), Starburst Belt Orange, Caution Wallet Black, Helmet Keychain 2.0 Multi