McThoughts | Toronto Supercross | 450 Class
By Jeff McConkey
Toronto was the 9th Round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. The track was soft and tricky, but it made for decent racing. The only bad thing was that Eli Tomac got a good start and took off. Pretty good racing behind him, but he almost made it boring. We are now down to just a 24-point difference between 1st and 2nd in the championship standings. Tomac is on a bit of a roll and somebody needs to step up and take away the momentum before he reels off win after win. Ryan Dungey was still very good, but an awful start let Tomac get away. Here are the results and by thoughts:
1st Eli Tomac: Eli made it look easy and boring. Everything just looks so good right now. If he can keep on getting solid starts, he will be able to get himself back into this title fight. He passed Marvin Musquin and now sits second in points with 172, only 24 behind Dungey.
2nd Ryan Dungey: Ryan got an awful start and made a lot of passes. He got lucky when Cole Seely lost control and smoked into him. It reminded me of when the same thing happened and Ryan hit Stewart. Dungey did a good job limiting the damage and really needs to beat Tomac at Daytona and get a few points back.
3rd Broc Tickle: Great night for Broc. He had a scary time in Toronto 3 years ago, breaking his back. Things got heated with Justin Barcia, but that only seemed to light a fire under Broc. I didn’t see this coming, but I don’t think many did. Good ride for Tickle, who sits 10th in points with 96.
4th Chad Reed: With a better start, this was a podium for Reed. He looked really good in the heat race and a 4th in the main is pretty darn good. I think if his starts continue to stay good, and he gets to run with the leaders, this will up his game even more.
5th Blake Baggett: Blake looked really strong early on. I’m shocked to see such a good finished after he augured his head into the dirt pretty bad. He’s been a different guy the last few races and I see it continuing in Daytona. He sits 8th in points with 99.
6th Cole Seely: Cole looked off to me all day. I really expected him to be hitting the podium more. He came in hot and hammered Dungey, but it was not on purpose. He needs to be inside the top 5. After 9 rounds he sits 4th with 153 points.
7th Davi Millsaps: Very good early laps for Davi. He’s been pretty solid all year, and I still think he can do a tad bit better. Davi is still 6th in points after missing a round due to an injury.
8th Dean Wilson: Husky looks like they made the right move by picking up Deano. His qualifying times have been very fast and he’s riding good. His starts could be better. Dean is 9th in points with 97.
9th Justin Barcia: This was Justin’s best ride this year. He’s a far way from where he used to be, but he’s still pretty young and I hope he can get it figured out. I’d like him to worry about moving forward a little more than jacking up other riders.
10th Justin Brayton: Decent ride for Brayton. I just don’t see the speed that he used to have. Still a great #2 guy on most teams. He is 13th in points with 67.
Biggest Stud: I can’t NOT pick Tomac right now. He’s on another level.
Biggest Dud: Hate to beat the guy when he is down, but Trey Canard is my dud. We need him on the track.
Biggest Surprise: I’m going with Broc Tickle and his podium. I did think it was possible in the 450 class, but I was thinking either a mudder or a nasty Daytona.
MC’s “G’d Up from the Feet Up” Award: I loved how clean looking Chad Reed’s Fox kit was. The boots, the pants/jersey and the helmet all fit in together and looked clean and very fresh.
Thanks for reading. See you in Daytona.