• TOMAC’S JUMP TO YAMAHA STARTS THE GAME OF MUSICAL CHAIRS!
It would be foolish to try to predict which teams every one of the major stars will be riding for come January 2022, but with Tomac leaving Kawasaki at the end of the AMA 450 Nationals, Kawasaki has to fill the spot. It’s a given that they can’t get Cooper Webb or Ken Roczen to fill his shoes, but who could they get to join Adam Cianciarulo in green? No one, other than Tomac is talking and no teams have made any official announcements (since every rider who’s current contract runs out is before 2022 is still until contract until the end of the 2021 AMA 450 Nationals are over.
But is in intriguing to think about. Just like the childhood game of Musical Chairs, where you have to be in the last available chair when the music stops or you are out of luck, Eli Tomac’s move from Team Kawasaki opens up one chair, which someone from another team will fill, leaving an empty chair at that team and so on. So, let’s play the game. There are no guarantees that this is how it will play out, and, if you think differently, concocted your own game of musical chairs, this is ours.
Jason Anderson seems like a logical choice to repalce Eli Tomac at Kawasaki for three reasons: (1) Jason was never shy about saying that the reason he was at Husqvarna was because Bobby Hewitt owned the Rockstar Husky team and had stood by Jason when he was struggling at Hewitt’s Rockstar Suzuki team years ago. But Bobby Hewitt left the Rockstar Husky team back in July of 2020—thus Jason ‘s closest connection to the team has been severed. (2) Jason had hoped to move to a Bobby Hewitt-run Honda team for 2022, but Hewitt has had funding issues (and while he still might get his Honda effort up and running, Jason couldn’t pass up any solid offer from another factory team). (3) Jason Anderson’s Husqvarna contract will expired at the end of the 2021 450 Nationals—perfect timing.
Now you might ask, why wouldn’t Team Kawasaki go after Aaron Plessinger? The answer is that Aaron is most likely to be at Red Bull KTM next year as a teammate of Cooper Webb.
What about Marvin Musquin? Word on the street is that KTM wants to be loyal to Marvin for his over a decade of service to the team (Marvin jumped from a private Honda team to KTM during the 2009 FIM 250 World Championship series and has been there ever since). In simple terms, Marvin’s 2022 contract will be a courtesy year to thank him—and it didn’t hurt that Marvin won an AMA Supercross this year.
Why would KTM want Aaron Plessinger? Largely because he is 25 years old and Marvin Musquin is 32. In a team structure, youth is an important factor. A team needs a veteran rider, like 27-year-old Ken Roczen, teamed up with young up-and-comer like 22-year-old Chase Sexton. Plessinger was the youngest rider in the top ten of the 2021 AMA 450 Supercross Championship at 25 and would be teamed with 26-year-old Cooper Webb.
The last seat before the music stops is at Rockstar Husqvarna (as a replacement for Jason Anderson). In 2021 Husky had Jason Anderson, Zach Osborne and Dean Wilson. The average age of their three riders was 30. The most obvious choice, based on finishing position and speed, would be Malcolm Stewart, but he has an image problem—not with the fans, who love him, but with the team managers. At 29 years old, Malcolm has mismanaged his career. Of the eight 450 series he has raced in over his career, he only made the top ten twice (7th in 2020 and 6th in 2021), plus he hasn’t raced an outdoor series since 2014. By taking the outdoor series off for the last six years, the team managers think that Malcolm isn’t serious—which means he gets fill-in rides for Supercross only. Malcolm has been seen riding at local SoCal tracks since the end of the 2021 Supercross series, leaving the impression that he will race the 2021 AMA 450 National Championships, but if you were a team manager would you take a shot on a 29-year-old who would rather be fishing for half of the season? The Husky seat is the last good available ride.
Here is how old the riders will be at the start of next’s 450 Supercross series: Justin Brayton 37, Marvin Musquin 32, Zach Osborne 32, Broc Tickle 32, Dean Wilson 30, Christian Craig 30, Eli Tomac 29, Justin Barcia 29, Malcolm Stewart 29, Jason Anderson 28, Max Anstie 28, Ken Rozen 27, Dylan Ferrandis 27, Joey Savatagy 27, Cooper Webb 26, Adam Cianciarulo 25 and Chase Sexton 22.
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• ACROSS THE POND: SHAUN SIMPSON TAKES ROUND ONE OF THE SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
After having to delay the start of the Scottish Championship due to the lockdown restrictions, the opening race was set for May 15-16 at the Duns track. Unfortunately, the weather kicked in with torrential downpours the week before and the decision was made to move the race to the Tain Motocross Track. It has the ability to be ridden year-round. The track conditions were perfect, credit to owner Peter MacKenzie who pulled out all the stops to get it prepped with a few days’ notice.
With the gates full in for the ScotMX Championship—Powered by Milwaukee, the big news was the return of Martin Barr, not only to claim his trophy from last year, but to prove he’s still the man to beat in Scotland. Making it even better was that Shaun Simpson headed north to do battle in a who’s who of British Motocross as some of the countries best made the long trip up north. Not only the established riders, but a few young guns were present to show them who’s boss.
THE SCOTTMX 250 CLASS
John Adamson rode in determined fashion to go 1-1-1 in all three motos, but was kept on his toes by Nathan Dixon (3-2-2) and Jamie Law (2-3-3). Carlton Husband (4-4-4) and Kyle McNicol (5-5-5) rounded out the top five. Lewis Hall (6-6-8) had the lap times to finish higher but costly crashes meant he had to fight back through the field in two races to secure the points.
THE SCOTTMX 450 CLASS
The much anticipated MX1 race had everyone track side waiting for the gates to drop. After qualifying the favorites were Shaun Simpson, Martin Barr and Brad Todd. Filling out the potential winners were Gary Gibson,Tony Craig, Ryan McLean, Gavin Stevenson and Stuart Edmunds.
When the gate dropped for moto one, it was Brad Todd who grabbed the first holeshot just ahead of Gary Gibson, but it wasn’t long before Shaun Simpson blasted past to take the lead. Simpson was 2 seconds a lap quicker than Martin Barr and Brad Todd, who raced for second place until Barr would ease ahead of Todd to round out the top three in race 1.
Shaun Simpson would repeat his race win in the next two motos and go 1-1-1 for the win. Martin Barr, new to his Kawasaki KXF450, found the weekend an ideal preparation to his season with a 2-2-2. Brad Todd’s consistent riding was enough to finish on the podium with a 3-6-3 day, ahead of ahead of Gavin Stevenson who recovered well from a heavy crash in the deep sand to go 5-4-4. Stuart Edmunds went 6-3-8 for a top five
Round 2 of the ScotMX Scottish National Championship will be held at Lochgilphead on June 26-27. For more info go to www.scotmx.com. Story and Photos by Raymond Thomson / madmaxmedia
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• 2021 ADELANTO GRAND PRIX MOVES TO ADELANTO STADIUM MAY 28-30
The Adelanto Grand Prix lost its race track when Elon Musk bought the land for his Boring Company to test drilling tunnels for his proposed underground high-speed rail transportation system. They have since moved the GP to Adelanto Stadium for a 3-day event on May 28-May 30. For more information and to find out if Elon Musk bought Adelanto Stadium go to www.adelantogp.com
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