McThoughts – Foxboro SX|450 Class
By Jeff McConkey
Foxborough, Massachusetts, welcomed Monster Energy SX to the North East. The weather didn’t cooperate at first, but it ended up making for a pretty good track and really good racing. It was slick in spots, and it rutted up in others. You really had to be good at everything to succeed here. Ken Roczen was exactly that and it helped him to his 8th career 450 SX win. Yes, Ryan Dungey took 2 steps down the podium, but he was, once again, able to keep the podium streak and record going. Let’s take a look at the results and see my thoughts.
1st Ken Roczen: When Ken is happy with his set up, he can beat anyone, including Ryan Dungey. It’s just a shame it took so long to find a happy setting. I like that he just isn’t rolling over and giving the title to Dungey. I wouldn’t be surprised if he won the remainder of the races…he looks that good.
2nd Eli Tomac: Where has this Eli been? We haven’t seen him since Daytona. I was afraid we wouldn’t see the real Eli until outdoors. He finally got a good start and made the best of it.
3rd Ryan Dungey: Yes, he is human, but just barely. You can’t win them all, but I’m happy to see that the new and improved Dungey wants to. This guy still rode great despite getting passed. He has nothing to prove, he’s the man!
4th Jason Anderson: Anderson had a good ride going, he actually passed Dungey straight up. But then the mistakes started. I don’t blame the guy, his close friend Keaton Ward had a scary crash. Good job by Anderson and our thoughts go out to Keaton Ward for a full recovery.
5th Trey Canard: Pretty quiet main for Trey, but that is a good thing, He has put together a string of solid finishes and that is exactly what he needs. He still needs his starts to improve to run with the top guys. I am just afraid if he gets a start, he won’t be able to keep the leaders pace for the entire 20 laps. It’s been a pretty long time since he was up there and I’m afraid he would crash out going for it.
6th Justin Bogle: Justin has been on fire lately. I honestly think he is riding high on confidence and he looks like he belongs.
7th Cole Seely: Great ride for Seely. I’ve bagged on him in the past saying he wasn’t a great passer. Well, he proved me wrong, yet again. He started around 18th and made a bunch of passes in a very nice ride coming back after injury.
8th Weston Peick: I think an 8th is a good ride for Peick. The class is still stacked and I really don’t think he is better than anyone in front of him. Like I said, 8th is good.
9th Chad Reed: Not a great ride for Chad, but not a bad one either. He will have another breakout ride before season’s end.
10th Marvin Musquin: It’s too bad that Marvin got hurt. He was really picking up some serious steam on his way to being a podium threat every weekend. He needs a good start and I think that will help with his confidence.
Biggest Stud: Roczen is my stud. He just seems to be doing everything right lately.
Biggest Dud: No dud this week.
Biggest Surprise: Tomac surprised me, but it’s a good surprise.
Thanks for reading, see you in New York.