Wheelies 2017 – MX Top 10

The 2017 season in motocross has reached the finish line and we decided to make a top10 from MXGP and AMA.

10) Jeremy Seewer

After a successful 2016 season, where he finished as runner-up, behind Jeffrey Herlings, the Swiss rider remained in MX2 with Suzuki to fight for this season’s title.

Credited as the main favourite of 2017, Jeremy was the championship leader after the Indonesian GP and managed to stay there until the Latvian round. Although he didn’t gain back anymore the 1st position in the standings, he managed to bring the fight until the last round with pretty consistent results.

Another runner-up finish in MX2 was supposed to bring Seewer a seat in the MXGP category for Stefan Everts team, but the unexpected withdrawal of Suzuki makes both Jeremy and Jasikonis revalue their offers.

9) Adam Cianciarulo

After a lot of seasons cursed by injuries, Adam finally had an entire season to show his full potential. And he did: he fought for both 250 title in AMA and 250SX East in Supercross, maintaining the thrill for the last one until the Las Vegas finale.

He finished in top3 in both competitions and if he’ll keep himself away from injuries, we’ll see Adam very soon in the upper category.

8) Pauls Jonass

After missing the world title in MX2 in 2015, Jonass took his revenge this season, becoming the first ever Latvian world champion in MXGP. Sure, he had a difficult year, with strong opponents like Seewer, Paturel or Convington, but his experience didn’t let him down.

Pauls will remain in MX2 in 2018 with KTM Factory Racing to defend the crown, but it’s very possible to see him in the MXGP class from 2019.

7) Blake Baggett

2017 will be an unforgettable year for Blake, not only for his performance in Supercross, where he gained a podium in Atlanta and finished the season in 6th place, but especially for the results in AMA.

2 round wins and many other podiums kept Baggett in the title battle until the Ironman finale, completing the top3 of the category, behind the champion Eli Tomac and runner-up Marvin Musquin.

Considering the fact that Baggett didn’t have a factory bike and Ryan Dungey surprisingly decided to end his career, this season could be the beginning of a very nice career for the Grand Terrace-borned rider.

6) Zach Osborne

The Husqvarna factory rider had a hard season, especially with a fired-up Adam Cianciarulo as opponent. However, Osborne was able to beat him in the same 2 competitions and win the 2 titles, repeating Cooper Webb’s performance from last year.

The former Junior Motocross world champion will stay in 250SX East in Supercross next year, but he’ll promote to 450 class in AMA with the swedish manufacturer and who knows, he might become a star in the future.

5) Marvin Musquin

At his second season at the upper category in both american competitions, Musquin has shown another face and became a serious championship contender. At Arlington, he became the fourth frenchman to win a round in Supercross, finishing 3rd in the general classification.

After his teammate Dungey retired, Marvin had a bigger pressure in AMA, but he kept the title hopes until the Ironman finale and he was quite close to make the surprise in front of Eli Tomac.

Well, it’s more than likely that these 2 will be the men to watch in 2018, and if Ken Roczen manages to get back to his shape, the show will be granted.

4) Eli Tomac

After a very good 2016 campaign, the expectations for Tomac were pretty high. In Supercross he managed to win 9 out of 17 rounds and he also got the red plate, but the lack of consistency costed him the tile in the Las Vegas title.

Even with Dungey’s retirement, he had a tough season in AMA, with Marvin Musquin and the surprising Blake Baggett as main rivals. However, the Kawasaki factory rider clinched the title and has the main chance in 2018 in both AMA and Supercross championships.

3) Jeffrey Herlings

“The Bullet” has finally promoted to MXGP, and the expectations were high, especially after Febvre and Gajser’s performances from 2015 and 2016 respectively. But a hand injury created a lot of difficulties for Herlings in the first 5 rounds.

Everything changed after the first home round from Valkenswaard: 6 GP victories and many other podiums made him the championship runner-up, behind teammate Tony Cairoli.
The Dutch rider has also ridden in the final round of AMA 450, where he clinched a double win at his debut and not only that he’s now a big championship challenger for the 2018 MXGP title, but we’ll probably see Jeffrey moving to AMA soon.

2) Ryan Dungey

After a 2016 season that started with a Supercross title and finished with a serious injury, nobody knew what to expect from Dungey. He hasn’t got back on a MX bike for like 6 months and even he said that in the first rounds of Supercross he’ll try to find back his pace.

After Ken Roczen’s horrible crash, Dungey became surprisingly leader in the standings, but the hard was about to begin. A lot of start problems and a fired-up Eli Tomac were some of the difficulties that Dungey had to face.

But the unbelievable comebacks and especially: the consistence, brought the last title of the KTM’s career, Ryan deciding to retire in glory a few days later. But considering what he’s been through last year, it’s understandable.

1) Tony Cairoli

At his age or even earlier, most of the riders would retire, and after 2 seasons where he felt the pain of a seriuos injury and a very hard pack of opponents from 2017, Tony was very close to this point.

But the sicilian rider overcame all the odds and became world champion in motocross for the 9th time in his career. Indeed, Gajser and Herlings had some injuries this season and Febvre had problems with the pace, but once again, the consistence is probably the most important in motorcycling.

If Cairoli keeps it like that or even better, it’s not excluded to hear: Tony Cairoli, the 10 or maybe 11 times motocross world champion, at maybe 35 years old, the same age for Stefan Everts at his retirement. Who knows, Antonio might give an advice for his friend, Valentino Rossi. 🙂

 

photo – Ray Archer/KTM Media Library

Marvin Musquin wins Supercross de Paris

In front of more than 20000 people, Marvin Musquin won the Supercross de Paris. After a tight battle, the frenchman defeated both Cole Seely and Dean Wilson to retain the King of Paris crown for another year.

Aged 27, Musquin won this year the Monster Energy Cup, Red Bull Straight Rhythm and now the Supercross de Paris. The KTM rider also finished third in the overall standings of the Supercross world championship and runner up in the US national championships in the 450 category.

Marvin Musquin will take a well deserved break until the first weekend of January, when the Supercross world championship will start at Anaheim.

 

Photo – Ray Archer/ KTM Media Library

Marvin Musquin wins the Red Bull Straight Rhythm

The fourth edition of the Red Bull Straight Rhythm took place last night at Fairplex Pomona. This year, the Straight Rhythm had three classes: Open Class, Lites and Two Strokes.

OPEN CLASS

Recent Monster Energy Cup winner, Marvin Musquin was the main favorite to win the Open Class event. Also, he was the defending champion. Last year, the frenchman had a tough battle with his now former team mate at Red Bull KTM, Ryan Dungey.

Musquin progressed quite easily to the final, where he faced an underdog, Josh Hansen, who won against Musquin’s team mate, Broc Tickle. The final went unidirectional and Musquin retained his Straight Rhythm after winning the first two races against Hansen.

In the third place final, Broc Tickle revenged after his semifinal elimination and won fairly easy against Kyle Chisholm.

LITES

The Lites class had a certain favorite, Ryan Sipes. Giving his form in the Practice session, Sipes was credited with the #1 seed. Unfortunately, he lost in the semis against Sean Cantrell.

Cantrell, a rookie at this event progressed to the final, where he faced Shane McElrath. After a hard fought battle, McElrath prevailed after winning the decisive race.

In the third place final, Shane McElrath won 2-0 against a fatigued Ryan Sipes.

TWO STROKES

Probably the most anticipated race of the day was the Two Strokes. Two former Supercross champions, Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed announced their participation. Unfortunately, Chad Reed injured before the Practice session and he was immediately replaced by Tevin Tapia.

Villopoto progressed through the semifinals, but, after two bad races, he was eliminated by the eventual winner, Gared Steinke. In the other semifinal, Ronnie Mac produced another surprise and took out the other main favorite, Ryan Sipes.

Villopoto and Sipes battled for the third place. RV won the first race, but he outraced by Sipes in the next two. In the big final, Gared Steinke won fairly easy against Ronnie Mac.

 

Photo – Simon Cudby/KTM Media Factory

Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed to race in the Red Bull Straight Rhythm

In a major press statement made yesterday afternoon, Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed announced their participation in the newly founded tow stroke class at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm.

Villopoto, aged 29, retired from professional racing in 2015 after his unsuccessful stint in the motocross world championship (MXGP), in Europe. On the other hand, Chad Reed is still active and he is currently set to announce whether he will race or not in 2018. This season, he raced for the Yamaha Factory Team in the Supercross World Championship.

The Red Bull Straight Rhythm will be held on October 21 in Pomona, California.

 

photo – dirtbikes.com

France wins fourth consecutive MXoN trophy

The 71st edition of the Motocross des Nations, commonly known as MXoN, was held last weekend at Matterley Basin, in United Kingdom. As expected, thousands of fans came to see the racers.

The format of the MXoN consisted, as usual, of two days of racing. On Saturday, the 39 nations had the three qualifying races, which determined the 20 teams who will make up the finals for Sunday.

The first race was a Max Anstie show. The british rider won it fairly easy, with Tim Gajser and Gautier Paulin completing the podium. On the other hand, Cole Seely had a disastruos start with a DNF caused by a failure on his rear shock. The other US rider who raced in the first moto was Zack Osborne, but he only managed to finish 10th.

The second moto of the day brought up the MX2 and Open bikes. Once again, USA had a miserable day and their hopes of a podium finish was now gone. Jeffrey Herlings brought back The Netherlands into the contention for the win with an amazing victory. He was followed by Romain Febvre and Zack Osborne, who managed the best result on a miserable for the US team.

The last moto of the MXoN had the most dramatic finish. After Jeffrey Herlings took the holeshot, there was a three way battle between the dutchman, Romain Febvre and Max Anstie.

Once again, Max Anstie stayed up front and took the win for the UK team. With his 1-1 result, he managed to take to individual overall win at the 2017 MXoN. Behind him, Jeffrey Herlings had to settle for second, while Romain Febvre was cautious and finished third.

Cole Seely had once again a great deal of bad luck, as his rear shock failed for the second time. The other US rider, Thomas Covington managed to finish only 17th and the USA team had their worst ever result at the MXoN, finished 9th.

France won their fourth consecutive MXoN with 20 points. The Netherlands finished runner up for the second consecutive year, with 30 points, while the hosts, UK, managed to get back on a MXoN podium after 20 years.

Next year, the MXoN will be held at Red Bud Circuit, in 6-7 October.

Broc Tickle signs with Red Bull KTM

The biggest news of the day came from Red Bull KTM. After being rumored to replace Ryan Dungey at KTM, Broc Tickle has finally a signed a contract for 2018 with the Austrian team.

Tickle, aged 27, raced this season for Ricky Carmichael’s RCH Suzuki Team, but after the team announced the retirement, Tickle was left without a ride for the upcoming season.

Broc Tickle finished 11th in the Supercross standings and 15th in the Pro Motocross 450 standings. The former Suzuki rider won the 250 SX West title in 2011 and moved up in 2012 when he raced alongside Ryan Villopoto at Monster Energy Kawasaki. In 2013, he moved to the RCH Suzuki Team where he stayed until the end of this season when the team disbanded.

Brock Tickle’s team mate at Red Bull KTM will be Marvin Musquin.

 

photo – ktm.com/Broc Tickle – Instagram

Justin Barcia and JGR Suzuki part ways

Justin Barcia has made an official statement this morning. Aged, 25, Barcia will leave Joe Gibbs Racing Team after a very difficult season. In 2017, Barcia missed many races in both Supercross and Motocross championships.

Barcia won so far two SX 250 East titles in 2011 and 2012. This season, the former JGR Suzuki rider finished 17th in the Supercross championship and 13th in the AMA Pro Motocross championship.

Justin Barcia has not announced his new team in the statement. He was rumoured to race in MXGP for Suzuki, but Stefan Everts, the team manager of Suzuki MXGP Team didn’t confirm the news. Meanwhile, Barcia is rumoured to be one of the names on the KTM list to replace Ryan Dungey who retired after winning his fourth Supercross world championship.

 

photo – Racer X

Eli Tomac wins Race 1 at Jacksonville

The USGP started yesterday with the free practice session and the qualifying race. Jeffrey Herlings and Tony Cairoli dominated the first day at Jacksonville, while Eli Tomac, the recently crowned AMA champion finished far behind them.

Race 1 started with Tomac determined to win. From start to finish, Tomac had an easy job and managed to get the chequered flag. Nearly half a minute later, Jeffrey Herlings came in second place, while the championship leader, Tony Cairoli managed to finish third ahead of Tim Gajser and Max Nagl.

If Tony Cairoli wins or scores a better result than Jeffrey Herlings in Race 2, the italian will win his ninth world championship. Race 2 will start at 4 PM EST.

 

photo – Monster Energy

AMA Motocross: Jeffrey Herlings to race at Ironman

Jeffrey Herlings will make his AMA debut this weekend at Ironman. The Dutch rider will ride for KTM as they are trying to help Marvin Musquin winning bid for the national championship in the 450cc.

Aged 22, Herlings, made his professional debut in 2010, in MX2. In 2011, he was involved in one of the greatest battles for the MX2 world championship with Ken Roczen. Afterwards, The Bullet won three world championships in MX2 (2012, 2013, 2016).

At the beginning of this season he moved to MXGP. He started his season badly, struggling with an injury, but managed to rose up to second in the championship. So far, he scored 530 points, 101 less than the championship leader, Tony Cairoli.

The Ironman round will be held on August 26 and will decide who will win the AMA Pro Motocross national championship in the 450cc. Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett have a mathematical chance to win the championship.

 

photo – Ray Archer/KTM Media Library

USA announces MXoN team

After much debate on who will ride for Team USA, today the big announcement was made. Cole Seely will lead USA into the Motocross of Nations in October at Matterley Basin.

The Honda rider will be joined by Zach Osbourne and Thomas Covington. Seely is currently fifth in the 450 outdoors, while Zach Osbourne is leading the 250 class. Covington was expected to race as a member of the Puerto Rico team, but as soon as he heard the news he changed his mind.

USA has the most MXoN wins in the history of the competition. Their most recent triumph came in 2011, when Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey and Blake Baggett managed to win at Saint-Jean D’Angely.

 

photo – Honda Racing Corporation