McThoughts | Minneapolis SX | 450 Class
By Jeff McConkey
Round 7 of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season went off Saturday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It wasn’t the best track of the year, but the racing was still pretty good. Eli Tomac, once again, found the groove and picked up another win. After Eli, it was pretty much the regular players. Nobody different has really had that breakthrough ride yet (except Dean Wilson‘s 5th in Arlington ), and I honestly don’t see it happening.
Like I mentioned in the 250 McTHOUGHTS, we now have a new award for the best looking gear each weekend, because I’m a huge dork and sometimes look forward to seeing the new combos more than some of the racing. Here are the results and my thoughts from Minnesota.
1st Eli Tomac: It’s almost starting to look like Eli can claw his way back into this championship. When Eli is on, nobody is going to challenge him. But, when Eli is off, his bad nights aren’t 3rd’s and 4th’s like Dungey, and that could be his downfall. Either way, another great ride by Tomac to win and make it look easy.
2nd Marvin Musquin: Marvin did something near the end of the main event that not many have done. He was able to reel in Dungey, pass him, then proceed to gap him by 5 seconds. That never happens, but Marvin made it happen in a great ride and now sits 2nd in points, 16 back.
3rd Ryan Dungey: Something is up with the champ. He just doesn’t seem to be riding like himself. To many people, a podium is fantastic, but Ryan seems ‘off.’ The championship is still his to lose, but he needs straight up win soon, to boost his confidence.
4th Jason Anderson: Solid race for Jason. I’d like to see if he can run the pace of Tomac with a good start. Anderson sits 5th in points, 20 behind Seely in 4th.
5th Cole Seely: Bummer for Cole. I would have liked to see if he could have held off Eli. He rode great minus one small mistake.
6th Davi Millsaps: Davi, once again, had a great main. Nice to see the #18 lead some laps. His starts have been real good, and he is riding very well. Davi sits 6th in points with 98.
7th Broc Tickle: Broc isn’t fancy, he just gets the job done. He was listed in 14th off the start and pushed to a 7th. Even with a start, I still think a 6th or 7th might be the best he can get.
8th Trey Canard: Trey needs to build off of a solid finish and solid weekend like Minneapolis. He’s missed too much time due to injuries, so solid top 10’s should make everyone happy for awhile.
9th Blake Baggett: I’ve been waiting for Blake to wow us. It hasn’t really happened yet. He’s looked good at times, but then just average at others. Maybe Daytona will light his fire.
10th Mike Alessi: Great finish for Mike. He’s still got to be hurting a little bit after his case early in the season. To me, he looks really good on the Honda.
Biggest Stud: Tomac is my stud, because when he is on… it doesn’t seem like anyone can touch him.
Biggest Dud: I’m sad that Cooper Webb went down hurt. He was riding well of late. I hope this little set back doesn’t affect his confidence.
Biggest Surprise: Dungey getting caught and passed late in a race still has me scratching my head.
MC’s ‘G’d Up from the Feet Up‘ Award: I think Justin Barcia killed it from the boots all of the way up to the helmet. It was my favourite kit out of the whole season, so far. I’ll give Cade Clason honourable mention. Cade would have had a chance at topping Barcia, had his helmet matched.
See you in Atlanta.