We are two rounds down in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and after a week off, there are so many damn storylines to watch for this weekend, we decided to make a short list. No one likes reading long lists. At least that’s what we’re told.
Can Roczen’s Hot Start Continue?
One thing is for certain, Roczen was NOT playing possum entering the season. He addressed such matters in the post-race press conference following his overall win at Thunder Valley.
Question: It appears you want to let everybody know that when you were saying you didn’t know where you stood coming into the season, that was not mind games. You were not playing possum. You were just being honest. Do you want to clear that up for the record?
I think it was [Kris] Keefer or something that put it out there. I read it and I can see how it looks like that from the outside, but I promise you guys I was not. Honestly, you can probably ask all the other riders maybe even on here and some of the teams. [Preseason] It was a bit of a struggle. I was not playing possum. Just to clear the air.
So Ken struggled during the pre-season, but guess what, we ain’t talking about practice anymore. Ken has been straight fire through two rounds, winning three straight motos to take a one point lead into High Point this Saturday over Dylan Ferrandis. I, for one, am curious to see if it continues this weekend.
Man, I DID NOT EXPECT THIS from Ferrandis in his rookie 450 season. Not only did he win his first ever moto at the opener, he’s been super solid going 1-3-2-2 through two rounds. I think High Point will be big for him, as in, can he continue this torrid pace, or will he drop off a bit?
What’s Eating Webb and Tomac?
We talked about this earlier this week a little in our Roundtable discussion, but let’s keep this short and simple: These two must rebound this weekend if they have any title hopes. Yep, I said it.
Jett vs Cooper
This is going to be a dog fight all the way down to the end, I think. Jett has two moto wins through two rounds and his worst moto finish is a fourth! It’s helped him jump out to a 10 point lead over Cooper, who won the overall at Thunder Valley, but has yet to win a moto this season. Weird, right? This weekend will be big for Cooper to stop the Jett train.
Will He or Won’t He?
Umm… kind of strange we’ve yet to hear an official update from Yamaha regarding Jeremy Martin’s status for the rest of the season. He came in with a bum wrist and shoulder and appeared to aggravate his wrist in his Thunder Valley crash in the second moto. We ALL thought that his season was done. Kaput. Well, on the PulpMX Show his brother Alex hinted that he may not be done for the season?!?!?! Who knows at this point. If he can race, it would keep him alive in the championship as he trails Jett Lawrence by just 18.
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