The moment we have all been waiting for. It is time to crack into this rack of Pro Sport riders. Some new faces, some familiar faces and some faces missing from the crowd. This year’s edition of the JS7 Spring Championship Pro Sport class has the potential for being a doozy! From Ryder DiFrancesco making his return after missing this race in 2021 to Noah Viney to Gage Linville and Chance Hymas and so many more. Hell, we even had an Andrew Short sighting on the line for Open Pro Sport and yes he is still fast a hell. The lap times do not lie. Without further ado, your 2022 Pro Sport hitters.
Ryder Difrancesco: A name we have seen and heard significantly longer than we haven’t and for good reason. Having missed this race last year, Ryder D is looking to continue the flow coming off of dominating performances in Supercross Futures and RCSX. He is looking to add that outdoor swag (and title) into his quiver.
Nick Romano: One of the favorites coming into this event is not here at said event. It is kind of a bummer. We were really looking forward to seeing what would happen if Ryder D, Chance Hymas and Romano all grabbed a start. I know, wishful thinking. We will have to wait and see.
Chance Hymas: A familiar face around the Pro Sport class after taking second to Levi Kitchen last year. Hymas posted the second fastest lap time, .2 off of Ryder D, in practice on Wednesday and was looking frisky in each practice aboard his factory Honda. It will be cool to see the former Team Green teammates of Hymas and DiFrancesco go at it for a Pro Sport title or two.
Gage Linville: From one familiar face to another, although new to the Pro Sport class. Welcome Gage Linville to the conversation. The kid has the raw speed (he was top 5 time in practice) the heart of a lion and yet no factory support. Pure Outlaw seems to have jumped at the opportunity to give the kid a chance and we don’t see it being a bad one. The former King of the Classic winner was all smiles looking and looking as comfortable as ever board is Blu Cru yesterday.
Gavin Towers: Speaking of Blu Cru, Towers is looking for his breakout win in the Pro Sport class after coming up just short at the last couple big amateur races. The kid from PA was charging all day on Wednesday.
Matt LeBlanc: Matt is always a contender and he showed it back in November at Mini O’s. Let’s see if he can keep that momentum rolling through Loretta’s season and into his (potential) pro debut later this summer.
Now that some of the more familiar faces have been noted, please allow me to introduce you some other names that will certainly be battling for podiums, if not wins, here this week in Wortham, TX. Caden Braswell, Brad West, Ben Garib, Kimball Jett, Chandler Baker, Noah (skip the B Class) Viney, Magnus Smith, Jayden Clough, Bryce Shelly, Austin Kapoukranidis, and Matthew Curler just to name a few.
The battle for a top 10 position is no joke this year as we just rattled off 69 different dudes who will all be bummed out if they don’t finish within that top 5, let alone the top 10. I love the potential of what this class has to offer as the week rolls on into championship weekend.