Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey heads to his home race at Millville where he seeks his sixth consecutive win.
The 2010 AMA Motocross series lands in Minnesota this weekend, which means it’s time to whip out those score cards and make your picks for Fantasy Motocross again. The season is officially halfway over, so make sure to choose wisely and get your picks in before it’s too late!
450 A Riders
Ryan Dungey –Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey is currently riding a wave of five consecutive wins. He has the championship lead by 62 points, and is heading to his home track where he has a record of back-to-back wins in the 250 class. After growing up riding the Spring Creek circuit, Dungey is confident and feels extremely comfortable with the track. You can be sure that the Suzuki rider will be looking to earn his sixth consecutive win at Millville in front of his family and friends.
Andrew Short – Having a consistent season so far is Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short. The veteran rider has been putting in a lot of time at the front of the pack, and has one of the best starting averages in his class. Although his performance dropped off a bit in the last round at Red Bud, Short still took fourth overall and even made a pass on Dungey during Moto 1. Short has both the pace and the experience to put together two solid motos in Minnesota, so look out for the #29 bike.
Chad Reed – Reigning 450 class champion Chad Reed has had a tough season so far, but the previous round at Red Bud saw the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider return to second in the championship after his strong 2-2 performance. Last season Reed took the overall win at Millville, which started a long run of dominance in the 450s that eventually led him toward winning the title. This weekend, look for Reed to make a hard push to end Dungey’s string of success in the first half of the season by taking the double victory.
Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Chad Reed had a strong 2-2 performance at Red Bud to take second-place in the championship.
Mike Alessi – Jagermeister KTM’s Mike Alessi has been posting consistent top-10 finishes in the first half on the 2010 season. After Alessi dominated the series before his injury last season, many expected a bigger fight from the young competitor. Despite not living up to these high expectations, Alessi did manage a great performance at Hangtown, taking a moto win and second overall behind Reed. This victory shows at least some of Alessi’s potential, and why he can’t be factored out just yet.
Josh Grant – After putting in a great ride at Thunder Valley for a moto victory and fourth overall, JGR Yamaha’s Josh Grant suffered an up and down day at Red Bud where he finished sixth overall. Consumed by poor starts during the first half of the season, Grant may look to the Spring Creek National to change his luck in the ’10 season.
Ben Townley – Having a rocky start to the season but beginning to shine is Lucas Oil Honda’s Ben Townley. At Red Bud he put in one of his best rides of the season to take third overall, but lost the opportunity to take his first career victory when he made a mistake on the final lap. After coming so close but being denied a moto victory, Townely will be on the hunt for the win at Millville.
Troy Lee Design’s Ben Townley is currently fourth in the championship after just missing his first career victory at Red Bud.
Brett Metcalfe – Even though Brett Metcalfe continued his consistent season at Red Bud by posting a fourth overall finish, the Geico Powersports Honda rider fell from second to third in the championship. Despite this, the rookie premier class rider has been one of the most under-spoken yet best-finishing riders in the 450s throughout the first half of the season. Look for him to continue his solid season at Millville in an effort to regain second-place in the series.
Kyle Regal – Taking seventh overall in the last round at Red Bud was Fly Racing American Honda’s Kyle Regal. With fairly consistent finishes inside the top-10, Regal could very well make put up a strong challenge in one of the motos if given a good start.
Ivan Tedesco – After missing out on some MX action due to some broken ribs and a collapsed lung, Valli Motorsports Yamaha rider Ivan Tedesco will rejoin the series at Millville. While he has no chance in the championship, Tedesco will look to stir up some action and make things a bit tougher for the frontrunners.
Ryan Sipes – MotoConcepts Yamaha rider Ryan Sipes rode to an eighth overall finish at Red Bud and is currently ninth in the championship. A rider who’s been regularly posting finishes inside the top-10, look for Sipes to ride his heart out if he gets the holeshot.
250 A Riders
Christophe Pourcel – Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Christophe Pourcel has been at the top of his game for the ’10 season in terms of speed and consistency. The Frenchman is currently leading the championship by 33 points ahead of teammate Deal Wilson and took third overall at Red Bud. Look for #377 to put up a strong fight against the field and his own Kawasaki teammates to take the overall at Millville.
Trey Canard – Perhaps the best outing for Geico Powersports Honda rider Trey Canard was in the last round at Red Bud where he went 4-1 and earned his first career AMA Motocross victory. With the win Canard moved into fourth in the series and helped close the gap separating him from third-place’s Tyla Rattray. Heading into Round 7 he remains only seven points outside the top-three, so lookout for him to make a strong push toward the front this weekend.
Tyla Rattray – Pourcel’s teammate, Tyla Rattray, is another rider who’s been riding exceptionally well this season and making matters complicated in the championship. He’s third in the series and has secured an overall win this season at High Point. Just 25 points behind his teammate, Dean Wilson, and with half the season still remaining , Rattray is a definite contender heading into Round 7.
Justin Barcia – Canard’s teammate, Justin Barcia, took fourth overall at Red Bud after taking a third-place finish in Moto 2. The Geico Powersports Honda rider has posted some strong rides so far this season, including his Moto 1 victory at High Point and his 3-2 result at Budds Creek. He has, however, experienced some low points, and as a result he’s a maybe at Millville.
Dean Wilson – Rounding out the Pro Circuit Kawasaki trio is Dean Wilson, who went second overall at Red Bud with his 3-2 score. Firmly second-place in the 250 championship, Wilson shot into the top-three of the series when he clenched the overall victory at Budds Creek, and from there went on to take third-place at Thunder Valley. With half the championship left and behind Pourcel by 33 points, look for Wilson to amp-up his efforts – starting with Round 7 at Millville.
Broc Tickle – Having a great ’10 season in the 250 class and taking seventh overall at Red Bud was DNA Shred Stix Yamaha’s Broc Tickle. Although the Michigan native was hoping for a better finish at his home track, his effort in the last round has helped place him in a great position for the remainder of the season. He is currently fifth in the standings, and still has six more races to make up ground on Trey Canard and Tyla Rattray.
Martin Davalos – Continuing his climb in the 250 championship is Tickle’s Yamaha teammate, Martin Davalos. Prior to taking ninth-place overall at Red Bud, Davalos earned seventh overall at Thunder Valley. Currently ninth in the championship, the Ecuadorian hopes to continue his progress in the series by improving his ranking.