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Chris Cooksey

As the series hits the East Coast swing Ryan Dungey normally hits his stride by clicking off wins and asserting his dominance.  This year is proving different.  Musquin and Tomac are stronger and can sense a vulnerability in Dungey we have not seen before.  Are we witnessing Father Time catch up with Dungey?  Is he injured?  Did the Roczen injury mess with his head?  These are all factors I hear fans discussing.  I have a friend who is close to the riders at the Bakery who told me Dungey is suffering from an Epstein Barr/Mononucleosis type of illness.  While I am not 100% sure about what's going on with Dungey, clearly something is off.  Riders who are overworked and under fed (Aldon’s program) is news we have heard before, most recently Ken Roczen was extremely critical of the program.

Assuming this is Dungey’s issue, Musquin has to know what is going on.  Training alongside your competition with an “iron sharpens iron” philosophy is how the riders in the Bakery train.  This can be a huge benefit to the riders, until they are attempting to hide a weakness from their main competitor.  While Musquin was riding high with confidence after his win in Dallas, maybe he had inside knowledge about Dungey struggling late in the races and that is why he charged hard late in the race.  I can't ever remember watching Dungey get repeatedly caught and passed at the end of races.  With 9 races, and two riders within 24 points of Dungey, the championship is wide open.  While 3rd place isn't a bad finish, Tomac gained 5 points and Musquin gained 2, it’s getting interesting.

Loved seeing the 250 East guys.  Every rider wanted to come out swinging and establish themselves as “the guy.”  Confidence is important in Supercross, probably the most important thing a rider can have as the first race establishes the pecking order.  Joey Savatgy did what most experts predicted.  While his performance didn't overwhelm the competition, a win is still a win.  Jordan Smith may have found what had been missing the last few years.  In the past we’ve seen flashes of speed followed by spectacular crashes.  He rode solid in the Main event providing him the confidence needed to make him a consistent podium guy and maybe get his first career win this year.  Zach Osborne is desperately trying to get his first win and it shows, he is not content with a podium finish.  He will win or crash trying.  Round Two in Atlanta will be make or break for both Alex Martin and Christian Craig.  Martin’s night ended in the first turn with a vicious crash, hopefully he will be alright for Atlanta.  Craig had a bad start and got caught up in first round mayhem earning him a 12th place finish.  He will need a podium in Atlanta to get back in this championship.

We are seeing the attrition of Supercross taking a toll on the field.  Last night we lost both Cooper Webb and Justin Bogle, not sure how bad their injuries are but both walked off and Bogle said via Instagram that he will be racing in Atlanta.  Webb’s injury looked severe, when somebody grabs their arm and immediately walks away from the track, not even removing their goggles, I get worried.  These guys are gladiators and being dramatic about injuries is not something they do, this isn't Soccer or Basketball.  Hopefully his injury isn't serious, we’ll find out in Atlanta.

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hey man I supported your question to chad reed regarding kens injury status and what it meant for the title or "crown" but you honestly shouldn't be speculating on rumors when it comes to peoples health and specific diagnosis'. that's bad form and a little insensitive to the individual and his family especially when dealing with a serious health concern like an auto immune disorder.  to put it out there like that forces a response or clarification when obviously the accused doesn't want to address it yet. I will no longer click on your articles.

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Sorry you feel that way.  I am not the only one who is speculating on what's wrong with RD.  RacerX did a feature story called "Is Something Wrong With Ryan Dungey?".  RD has been a physical machine his entire career and fading at the end of races has NEVER been a problem.  In Aldon's program everybody works hard, this leads to "the issue".  As someone who has suffered from both Mono and Epstein Barr, I see the symptoms in him.  He might already be getting treatment and with Vitiman IV's during the week, he could be back to normal sometime in the next few weeks.

Ryan Dungey is a professional athlete and like many other sports we have Fantasy Leagues.  Many people want to know the health of an athlete they might bet on or pick.  The NFL has a mandatory injury report, so speculating on his health related to his performance is well within journalistic boundaries.

P.S. I also speculated on Webb and Bogle and nobody has an issue with that.

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Chris- I was wondering about RD's health also.  He's clearly off his game.  Top athletes never want to expose their weakness, never admit to an injury or sickness until it knocks them out of competition altogether.  Then it's press conference time.  It's that way in all sports.

I hope it's a bad case of flu for RD and he'll be back 100% soon.  I hated seeing Webb take that digger, he's going to be fun to watch as he grows into the 450 class.  I really hated seeing Roczen depart the series so early.  I thought a season long battle with Roczen - Tomac - Dungey was going to be fantastic. 

We break, we heal, we live to race another day.  Or so we hope...     

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Semantics. Injury speculation is one thing.  Discussing a Unacknowledged disease process is inflammatory.  Would you feel the same way if someone was discussing on a very large website the possibility of your swimsuit model wife's career being in jeopardy due to her recent herpes outbreak ? U can hide behind journalistic rights and blah blah blah. But this world needs more decency and guessing about people and if they do or do not  have diseases in the name of fantasy sports is low level reasoning and a real poor play.  I hope your guesses get back to the riders and they blackball you from having any access to them or the industry. 

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Mr. Ballin, did that swimsuit model have unidentifiable red spots near an area that would make you think she had herpes?  Then did you have someone at the shoot tell you this?   Then yes, you can talk about her and the fact that she might have herpes. By the way, swimsuit model and herpes is your analogy..... wow!  To good to be true!

 

 

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1 hour ago, motoinmoab said:

Chris- I was wondering about RD's health also.  He's clearly off his game.  Top athletes never want to expose their weakness, never admit to an injury or sickness until it knocks them out of competition altogether.  Then it's press conference time.  It's that way in all sports.

I hope it's a bad case of flu for RD and he'll be back 100% soon.  I hated seeing Webb take that digger, he's going to be fun to watch as he grows into the 450 class.  I really hated seeing Roczen depart the series so early.  I thought a season long battle with Roczen - Tomac - Dungey was going to be fantastic. 

We break, we heal, we live to race another day.  Or so we hope...     

Injuries suck!  Bummer for all.

 

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