5 Things We Learned at Hangtown

Deegan is a Legit Title Contender

I feel like I’ve written this a lot since SX, but Haiden Deegan is progressing at such a fast rate. In his seventh pro moto he gets a win! So, if you’re keeping score at home he’s gone 6-2-1-4 this season for a second and a third overall. I can positively report that I’m all in on this kid and he’s officially a title contender at the age of 17. Right now he’s ten points back on Hunter, but as we’ve seen this sport is crazy and the unexpected can happen. How long until Dangerboy gets an overall win?

The 250 Class is Going to Be Wide Open in 2024

With Hunter Lawrence the clear championship favorite this summer, I’m already thinking about next year when he graduates to 450s. We will have a couple of very fast veterans ready to take over, but look at this list of young prospects on the rise. We have Deegan, Chance Hymas, Tom Vialle, Guillem Farres, Levi Kitchen, Ryder DiFrancesco, Talon Hawkins, Caden Braswell, Max Vohland, and Jett Reynolds all ready to prosper at the same time. The 250 class is incredibly deep at the moment and these up and comers will learn so much from this season. The future is very bright for the SuperMotocross Championship. 

The Wildcat Race Team is Legit!

I’ll be honest, I probably should have done more homework before the MX season started when it came to the Wildcat Race Team. Lorenzo Locurcio and Jose Butron have seemingly come out of nowhere and now find themselves in 6th and 7th in points respectively. This is going to be a weekly occurrence now and the fight between 5-10 is going to be awesome in the 450 class. Who is your vote to come out on top between Jerry Robin, Ty Masterpool, Grant Harlan, Freddie Noren and the Wildcats? 

Ty Masterpool Needs to Race More

I have nothing on Ty Masterpool except that he’s incredibly fast on a dirt bike. He showed up on a Kawasaki with Sports Clips as his sponsor in the 250 class at Fox Raceway. Then he moved up to the 450 class for Hangtown and went 7-7 for sixth overall on the day. When he races he’s incredible and he probably does deserve to be on some type of factory supported team. Yet, when it comes to him racing SX it just doesn’t happen and his racing history is all over the map. Your guess is as good as mine. If he raced more he would always be in the mix. It seems like he has the talent to run with just about anyone. 

Hunter is Beatable, But More Consistent Than the Rest of the Class

I don’t want to mislead anyone here on this title, as I believe that Hunter Lawrence is still the title favorite in this class. Yet, he is beatable as RJ Hampshire and Haiden Deegan have shown us. One skill that H. Lawrence has is that he can put together two solid motos better than any other rider in the class. Proving that he may not win every battle, but he will win the war. It’s only been two rounds and he may have a slip up, but Hunter is showing why this is his title to win.  

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Written by Troy Dog

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