Slawdictions For Houston 1

Everyone’s favorite, most beloved column on the Internet is back! That’s right, Slawdictions will be returning for Monster Energy Supercross. With such a strange schedule, we may have to combine some stuff or something, but rest assured, I will be delivering HOT TAKES all year long.

As always, Slaw will be held accountable for these dumb predictions. After each round I’ll review my previous round predictions and grade them on a Slaw scale of 1 to 10 and I expect you’ll be seeing lots of 10s handed out this year.

The opener is this weekend in Houston and since most 250 teams have yet to announce who is riding which coast, this column will strictly be about the 450 class.

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A Big Name Fails to Qualify

If we’re going off the pre-entry list which we all know is always 100 percent accurate, look at these names:

1 Eli Tomac

2 Cooper Webb

3 Aaron Plessinger

4 Adam Cianciarulo

5 Justin Brayton

6 Kyle Chisholm

7 Dylan Ferrandis

8 Dean Wilson

9 Zach Osborne

10 Joey Savatgy

11 Justin Bogle

12 Broc Tickle

13 Jason Anderson

14 Chase Sexton

15 Marvin Musquin

16 Malcolm Stewart

17 Brandon Hartranft

18 Martin Davalos

19 Benny Bloss

20 Vince Friese

21 Fredrik Noren

22 Justin Barcia

23 Ken Roczen

And that’s not counting Max Anstie (back injury) and Shane McElrath (shoulder) who are not expected to race.

That’s one stacked ass list, doggies. Lead Slaw Lock one of the above names misses the main. LOCK. IT. IN.

The Rookies Struggle

With Shane McElrath not expected to race, it leaves two-time 250SX champs Dylan Ferrandis and Chase Sexton carrying the rookie flag this weekend, along with Brandon Hartranft. Look, rookies tend to struggle in their first year on the big bike. In the long run do I think Ferrandis and Sexton can be podium threats? I do. And maybe it even happens later this year. What I don’t expect is either to place inside the top 5 at the opener.

Webb Wins!

This is a shot in the dark. I literally have no idea who will win the opener. It could be Tomac or Roczen or AC or Osborne or Anderson or Barcia or… okay, that’s probably it. Anyway, I’m going Webb. Don’t lock this in.

Savatgy Surprises

Yeah, he missed all of last year, but do you doggies remember how good he was in 2019? He was like, really, really good. And now he’s on a KTM, which is basically the best bike in the class. I think Savatgy pulls off a top 8 finish in Houston.

Tomac Misses the Podium

While it’s not Anaheim, it’s still the opener and Tomac typically struggles early in the season. Listen, he’s still my title favorite so don’t go getting all pissy to Slaw, but I do think he misses the podium this weekend. I’ll probably ragret this but YOLO.

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Written by Slaw Dog

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How to Watch: Houston 1, 2 and 3 Supercross