Friday, May 20, 2016

The Day Before

A clean slate, new series and new battles begin tomorrow. Hangtown in Sacramento, California will play host to round number one of the AMA Pro Motocross series. 
Photo: Jim McMillan
Can the champs defend their titles? Ryan Dungey is fresh off a Supercross championship in the 450 class and should have momentum on his side. His consistency has been the ace in his pocket for seasons past. Jeremy Martin will run the number one plate in the 250 class and looks to be one of the class favorites. 

My favorites. I'm really expecting Eli Tomac to pick up where he left off last season before injury sidelined him. I'm calling for a 1-1 performance at Hangtown. In the 250 class, Aaron Plessinger is my guy this year. I think he will step up his speed and be the most consistent guy. I pick him to win round one and be joined on the podium by one of his teammates. Either Cooper Webb or Jeremy Martin, but just one. My other podium spot goes to rookie, Austin Forkner.

Year of the privateer. After racing the 250 east championship, Jesse Wentland will race the 450 class on his RSR Honda tuned by Sean Robertson. Jesse should be a constant top 10 threat. Noah Mcconahy earned his first national number in 2015 and will sport number 96 in the 450 class. I look for Noah to better that double digit and be a 13-17 guy every week. In the 250 class I look for Michigan guy Marshal Weltin to have some top 10 rides along with The 987 of Matthew Babbitt being a regular in the top 20. 

Tomorrow we get the first 2 motos of 24 that will play out across the country in the summer heat. Remember when taking in the great outdoors to #cheerprivateer.
-Kyle Pesci

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