McThoughts | Detroit SX | 450 Class
By Jeff McConkey
After Ken Roczen left the series due to injury, it really looked like it was going to be ‘The Ryan Dungey Show.’ He had a huge points lead and was getting the starts like always. Fast forward a few rounds, and Dungey isn’t getting the starts and it has been ‘The Eli Tomac Show’ as of late. Yes, Dungey still has a 7-point lead, but with 5 rounds remaining, Ryan has got to beat Eli once or twice. And Dungey must also not allow anyone in between if Eli wins.
The tracks have been pretty tame as of late, maybe a more technical track will help mix things up a bit. In Detroit, it was all about throttle control and not sliding out. The slick Detroit dirt made a bunch of guys hit the ground and nobody was safe. Here are the results and my thoughts:
1st Eli Tomac: 4 wins in a row. Eli is getting great starts and riding his own race way out front. He’s doing everything right, and has now cut the points led to just 7 with 5 rounds to go.
2nd Marvin Musquin: Marvin did not like the dirt or the track, but walked away with a 2nd. He led some laps and came out healthy, so that is a good thing. Marvin is 3rd with 207 points.
3rd Ryan Dungey: There is nothing wrong with Ryan. It’s his starts that we need to be worried about. He’s still riding very well, but he just can’t spot Eli those huge head starts. Nobody can! Ryan needs to fight for every position and that is what he did in Detroit. He hounded Millsaps and scrubbed his way by, and almost caught Musquin.
4th Blake Baggett: This guy is getting better and better. He’s not afraid to put in the work and it shows. Not the greatest of starts, but he never gives up and keeps moving forward. Blake is now 7th in points with 149.
5th Davi Millsaps: What a ride by our Canadian Champion. Davi got a great start and rode fantastic for 98% of the race. He held off Dungey, but once the champ got by him, Bagget was right there as well. I would have loved to see Davi get a podium, but this was a ride to be proud of. Davi is 6th in points with 152 points after missing one round.
6th Jason Anderson: This guy needs a start, desperately. He can’t be fighting through the pack on these hard-to-pass tracks. He just hasn’t looked the same to me since the A2 dust up with Vince Friese.
7th Broc Tickle: Broc Tickle was the fastest qualifier in Detroit, yes, that Broc Tickle. Broc was able to throw down a heater in the first session that held up. His start was decent and he rode a good race in front of his hometown crowd.
8th Josh Grant: JG33 got a great start and ran near the front for a while. He lost a bit of steam, but still finished with a very solid finish. He’s doing great as the 2nd rider on the squad.
9th Dean Wilson: Deano has been riding very well, he just needs a start. Let’s hope he can stay healthy and continue to improve. Dean is 10th in points with 127.
10th Cole Seely: Cole was pretty much dead last coming out of the first corner. I was expecting his smooth style and throttle control to give him an easy top 5. He needs a start and a podium to bounce back. Cole now sits 4th in points with 196 points.
Biggest Stud: Tomac has won 4 in a row. How can he not be my stud.
Biggest Dud: I think the Detroit dirt could have been better, and made for better racing had it not been so darn slippery.
Biggest Surprise: I was shocked that both Mike Alessi and Vince Friese rode away after Vince cross-jumped Mike. It could have ended very bad for both, and they are both very lucky.
MC’s ‘G’d Up from the Feet Up’ Award: Chad Reed and his neon green / black fox combo was very hot, head to toe.
Thanks for reading, see you in St Louis.