SUPERCROSS’ PERFECT STORM IS NOW A GENTLE BREEZE

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stewartA1_SXjakeklingensmithJames Stewart.

Trey Canard missed last week’s race because his hand was swollen too much to ride from the cut he suffered at A2. Word from Honda is that he won’t race in Phoenix either. The Phoenix 450 race will be missing the injured Justin Barcia (thumb), Broc Tickle (wrist), Justin Bogle (foot), Dean Wilson (knee), James Stewart (brain), Andrew Short (shoulder), Blake Baggett (shoulder) and Kyle Chisholm (arm). The already weak 250 West won’t have the services of Jessy Nelson (back), Maxime Desprey (femur), Luke Clout (femur), Zach Bell (collarbone), Broc Shoemaker (neck), Daniel Baker (ankle), Mark Worth (hip), Darian Sanayei (back), Jackson Richardson (shoulder) and others. Both fields are depleted after only four rounds.

Canard_A1_2016Trey Canard.

Obviously, the fans want to see all of their favorites, but the points chase is also changed significantly when major players are injured. Since there are less front runners, there are also less good riders to get between the points leaders. With Barcia, Stewart, Bagget, Tickle and Wilson missing from the field, a rider with a bad start could easily work his way up to third by night’s end—but if the missing riders were in the field a bad start could result in 7th place finish for an unlucky title chaser. With less good 450 riders on the track, the points loss for the leader and points gain for the chasers are minimized. All of this works in Ryan Dungey’s favor—because he has a healthy points lead.

BarciaJustin Barcia.

2015 AMA 450 POINT STANDING
(After 4 of 17 races)
1. Ryan Dungey… 97
2. Jason Anderson…75
3. Chad Reed…75
4. Ken Roczen…73
5. Cole Seely…70
6. Eli Tomac…68
7. Marvin Musquin…51
8. Justin Brayton…47
9. Jake Weimer…46
10. Davi Millsaps…45

NelsonJessy Nelson.

2015 AMA 250 WEST POINT STANDINGS
(After 4 of 9 races)
1. Joey Savatgy…78
2. Cooper Webb…76
3. Zach Osborne…73
4. Colt Nichols…65
5. Christian Craig…62
6. Jordon Smith…62
7. James Decotis…59
8. Kyle Peters…51
9. Mitchell Oldenburg…48
10. Kyle Cunningham…41

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