Well, I just wrote nearly half an article and couldn’t stop thinking about something else, so I threw it in reverse and here we are. A red flagged Swizcorner and a restart, behind the gate.
Lead Photo by: Spikman
I can’t stop pondering just what the heck has gone on with Eli Tomac this year. The guy starts the series floundering like he did in 2016, looking like he hasn’t figured anything out with himself or his motorcycle since Anaheim 1 of last season. We saw how he came on at moments during the Nationals but we are all too aware of the very different animal that 30+2 in the outdoors are versus the Supercross series where the riders make the bulk of their contracts.
When Ken Roczen ejected from his bike and the series, there were plenty of people talking about Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac riding better because “Ken was in their heads”. If found that utterly ridiculous. It was plain as day to see...
I know there are numbers of you out there watching this Supercross series and whether you fancy yourself a Ryan Dungey fan or not, you are nervous for the Dunge. It’s understandable.
He is a perplexing riddle of late. Remember last year and the early part of this series when Ryan could always and I mean ALWAYS find a way to hug the inside line of the first corner and come out in first or second, regardless of his gate timing? It was almost like nobody else on the line was watching the races and picking up on this technique. He did it so well and so repeatedly that it almost seemed like cheating. A cheat that, bewilderingly, other racers were not picking up on or attempting to execute.
I would watch every main event start and just know exactly what he was going to do and I couldn’t believe the other...
We’ve seen a few iterations of Ryan Dungey over the years and I didn’t think the number 5 had any surprises left in him, especially in this, his possible final year.
In Ryan Dungey’s rookie 450 season, he was a very rigid, technically accurate, though very vanilla racer. A Jeff Stanton, if you will. He had great speed and was already laying down the framework for his now cemented legacy as an incredibly consistent and reliable racer. It was 2010 and though he did have a few things work into his favor, most notably Chad Reed and James Stewart, the prior years title head-to-heads getting together in Phoenix leaving Chad with a broken hand and James with a broken wrist-- Ryan fully earned the 2010 title. Ryan Villopoto gave him everything he had until that disastrous St. Louis crash and even Kevin Windham and Davi Millsaps who finished the year in 2nd and 3rd, had little to offer Dungey in terms of true threat.