McThoughts | Minneapolis SX | 250 East
By Jeff McConkey
In past seasons in the 250 regional SX series, the West has been a little bit stronger than the East. 2017 is the year of the East. I feel it is much stronger and will give us great racing all season long. The track at the East opener was pretty narrow, and didn’t make for the best racing, but I was just pumped to see the new talent and new numbers and gear.
Speaking of gear, Bigwave and I decided to add an award to the best looking kit. It makes sense since I’m so picky about what I wear and how I try to stay clean. Although we’ve done this many times before, I will give The ‘7 Deuce Deuce’ Adam Enticknap credit for the idea. And for the record, they say “imitation is the biggest form of flattery.” Anyway, here are the results and my thoughts from Minneapolis.
1st Joey Savatgy: Joey looked good in the main, and got the job done. He is the strong favourite, and although he rode tight, he’s going to be the guy to beat every weekend. This is his title to lose.
2nd Jordan Smith: The speed is there, and Jordan looks like he has calmed down a little. Now he needs to stay on two wheels to keep the ball rolling. Jordan led 9 laps and looked pretty comfortable, and he has got to be happy with his ride.
3rd Zach Osborne: Zach made some mistakes, but for the most part looked really good. He has an amazing, proven program and if he sticks to it, he will get that first win.
4th R.J. Hampshire: Very good ride for R.J. He didn’t set the world on fire during the day, but he really stepped it up for the night show. This is where he needs to be each and every weekend, and I don’t see why he should be any worse than 6th or 7th on his bad nights.
5th Adam Cianciarulo: This has got to be a small victory in itself for AC. This poor guy hasn’t raced a SX over 2 seasons. It’s unbelievable how well he has handled all of the low moments and you can bet he appreciates every second of being out there racing. His speed is there and he will get much better as the season rolls on.
6th Dylan Ferrandis: Dylan looked great all day in his first US SX. He moved forward from 11th after the start, and it shows he has some serious skill.
7th Anthony Rodriguez: This guy is crazy fast, but in the past he has crashed a lot! If he can stay on two wheels, he has the speed to run around the top 5. He did go backwards after the start, but a 7th is a good season opener.
8th Luke Renzland: Luke has been getting very good over the last season or two and has been way under the radar. He went backwards off the start, but I feel an 8th is very good in this stacked East.
9th Kyle Peters: This was an amazing ride from Kyle. He was down in the very first corner and made it back inside the top 10.
10th Colt Nichols: Colt was suppose to be a podium threat this season. A leg injury suffered in the pre-season almost ended his season before it started. He got a great start in the main before tangling with Dakota Alix in a scary crash. For a guy not 100%, he had a great ride back to 10th. As he builds his fitness and strength, he will inch closer to the top 5 then top 3.
Biggest Stud: Kyle Peters gets my stud this week. The guy was a last-minute addition to the JGR Suzuki team to fill in for Matt Bisceglia. He wasn’t even suppose to ride SX which makes his East opener that impressive to me.
Biggest Dud: The SX curse continues for the Martin brothers. Maybe Outdoor only contracts? Just kidding.
Biggest Surprise: I thought Christian Craig was going to be rock solid with DV (David Vuillemin) coaching him. I really didn’t expect his 12th place.
MC’s ‘G’d Up from the Feet Up‘ Award: I have to go with the TLD KTM duo of Alex Martin and Jordan Smith. The fresh white tech 10’s went perfectly into the white legs of the TLD kit and was set off with the Red Bull helmet. It was very clean looking, hence it gets the award first.
See you next week in Hot-lanta.