monster-cup-startWhen the gate drops for the 450 main at A1 the gate will be full. The question isn’t if there are enough factory riders, it’s whether any 450 privateers can make the main.

Who comes up with the clap-trap that good riders are being left out in the cold because there aren’t enough good rides to go around. The proven riders who did not get picked up for a 450 Supercross ride in 2017 are limited to the Stewart brothers and Dean Wilson (Jake Weimer got the first fill-in ride when JGR’s Justin Barcia got hurt). These riders were not selected because of team manager doubts about their health, motivation, entourage, existing sponsors or cost. Every other potential contender is on a factory or factory-backed team. Here is a list of 21 AMA 450 Supercross riders who are collecting factory-backed pay checks. The 21 paid riders include:

1. Ryan Dungy (KTM)
2. Trey Canard (KTM)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Blake Baggett (KTM)
5. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
6. Benny Bloss (KTM)
7. Cooper Webb (Yam)
8. Chad Reed (Yam)
9. Eli Tomac (Kaw)
10. Josh Grant (Kaw)
11. Cole Seely (Hon)
12. Ken Roczen (Hon)
13. Justin Brayton (Hon)
14. Vince Friese (Hon)
15. Mike Alessi (Hon)
16. Jason Anderson (Hus)
17. Christophe Pourcel (Hus)
18. Weston Peick (Suz)
19. Justin Barcia (Suz)…Jake Weimer (Fill-in)
20. Broc Tickle (Suz)
21. Justin Bogle (Suz)


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