In any language it seems crazy.Lead Photo: Mike Sweeney
It’s no secret that in this sport, as in many, you’re only as good as your last race. Ken Roczen has been on an absolute tear during the closing rounds of this 2016 Supercross season. He even vocalized as much following his race win in East Rutherford this past weekend, stating that he believes he is now peaking.
That could be a good thing as we head into the outdoors but is that really the long game you want to play versus the perennial “gamer” for the whole of every series he competes in, Ryan Dungey? Perhaps it was coming into the Anaheim opener at less than 100% that set Ken back in his preparation but what ever the circumstance, Ken had to know that he was a longshot for this title from the onset because he had to know that his peak would be much later than optimal and he also knew that Ryan Dungey would be his typical elite-self.
It’s that time of year folks. The time of year when the Supercross title-fights are winding down and all but a handful of riders are shifting focus from this series to the next. Ryan Dungey has the 450 title all but wrapped up and for the #5(#1) there has to be a modicum of relief with the way Ken Roczen has been making strides in the last few weeks.
Kenny took a lot longer to figure out his Suzuki than anyone in his camp would have preferred, especially considering he’s poised to make yet another manufacturer change for 2017. With as good as he’s looked the last 3 weeks, it seems absolutely crazy to think he would yet again jump to a new bike where he’ll have to get comfortable, up to speed and fine tune all in the hopes to get back to where he seems to have just arrived at round 13 of this series.
Call it what you want but I call it an open letter to Jason Anderson.
Lead Photo By: James Lissimore
As a fan of racing, Jason, it’s been pretty awesome to watch you race the last few years. You came out of the amateurs as a Horizon Award winner and secured a ride giving you a shot at your dream. The transition to pro racing was troublesome in the beginning and your team, empathetically mandated a break to get your head straight.
In most cases, I would have assumed it was just another name on the list of one and done prodigies who didn’t pan out. That list is long and ever-growing. No shame, albeit heartbreaking. You broke that mold though and whatever you did during your forced hiatus (apparently you gained perspective) when you returned, things were looking promising and that was a welcome change from what had been your prior debut.
As your racing achievements accumulated and your finishes improved, the methods with which you...