Remember Monster Energy Supercross? I barley do either. It’s been seven hours and fifteen days (if you don’t get the reference, here you go) since the last time we saw our beloved sport, so Slaw is here with some things to look forward to at the first Atlanta this Saturday.
Roczen Has to Make a Run
This seemingly month-long break couldn’t have come at a better time for Ken Roczen. After a hot start to the season, in which he sweep the Indianapolis “residency”, Ken has yet to win since. His best chance came at Arlington 3, but yeah, we know what happened there. Look, this break has to benefit Ken. It’s been a grueling schedule, and with Ken’s past issues, giving his body a break can’t hurt, right? Fifteen points back with five rounds to go, Ken isn’t exactly in a must-win situation at Atlanta 1, but he’s damn near close. ISHO (In Slaw’s Honest Opinion) he HAS to beat Cooper on Saturday. Has to.
Cooper Can Put This on Ice
Cooper is so damn mentally strong I doubt this break hurt him at all. BUT, the dude was absolutely rolling prior. He’d won five of six with his only loss coming at Eli’s place aka Daytona. He’s completely turned this championship in his direction and honestly, if he can win two Atlanta’s, this thing is over! Which leads me to this…
Like Slaw on a fine Oscar on a late summer evening, Eli Tomac and this track seem to be a perfect fit. Look, it’s not Daytona, because the dirt will be very different. BUT, Tomac destroys tracks like what I think this will be. It’s outdoor-sy, wide the f*** open, exactly what Tomac likes. He’s won FIVE times at Daytona and if you don’t think he’s licking his chops at these three races, you crazy. He’s 41 back of Webb, so even if he sweeps, his title chances are basically zero, but he could play a huge spoiler over the next three rounds.
West Region Championship
Six points separate the top three in the 250SX West Region as we head into Atlanta. Justin “Not Webb” Cooper took back the points lead with his win at Arlington 3, while then points leader Hunter Lawrence went all Peter Parker and was lucky to escape with a fifth. Cameron “Ram It” McAdoo has had an interesting time, including a huge penalty at Arlington 2 when he decided to cut the track. Anyway, this battle is going to be intense as Cooper holds a two point lead over McAdoo with Lawrence six back.
I have no idea what the hell this is going to look like, but I’m so excited to see it. Will the weather play a factor? It could. Will the Georgia clay play a factor? Probably. There are so many variables, and honestly, I have no clue what to expect.
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