Three rounds left in Dungey's Supercross career: Tomac vs. Dungey
All the recent talk in Monster Energy AMA Supercross has been centered on Dungey and his mental state, but what about Eli? Doesn’t anyone remember Eli floundering in 2013 in Salt Lake City? How about Las Vegas in 2011? This season, other than the first few rounds, Eli has been pressure free with his only task to go out and win. Now with the points tied (Tomac owns the tie breaker) the pressure falls directly on his shoulders. With two weeks before SLC, how is he dealing with the pressure? Has he matured from his 2013 and 2011 chokes or is he doomed to repeat the same mistakes he is prone too, (Colorado 2015 huge crash, Dallas 2017 smashed front brake and Seattle 2017 endo in Main)? Eli is in for a stressful month and Dungey is the underdog that can ride with nothing to lose. Let's not forget Eli struggled with arm pump early in the season and two things that contribute to arm pump are stress and high altitude, SLC will have both. Dungey also has quite a bit of helpers available if needed. Baggett, Millsaps and Musquin are racing Dungey as if he signs their paychecks. I am not saying team orders have been given, but who really wants to be the guy who costs KTM a Championship without having a contract for next season? Millsaps didn't fight Dungey very hard for 4th place in Seattle, in fact it looked like he moved out of the way. With three races left in Dungey's career (assuming he is retiring this year) I look for him to pressure Eli into a mistake taking his 4th SX title and riding off into the sunset as the champion.
In the 250 class Arron Plessinger looked like a world beater! He was the only rider, other than Tomac in the 450 class, to go 3/3/3 in the rhythm section. Plessinger is a bit of an enigma, sometimes he looks like the fastest rider on earth but only in bursts. If he could harness his speed he could be a superstar, maybe a move to the 450 class is what he needs. We all know he is good on deteriorating tracks, if he could translate this speed to a regular track he could be a contender on a 450. If I were him I would be talking to RCH, Kawasaki and KTM about a 450 ride in 2018. Justin Hill did exactly what a guy with a 21 point lead and three rounds left should do, ride to a safe 2nd place. Hill is another guy that should be shopping for a 450 ride but not because it suits him better but once he wins he has earned enough points out of the 250 class. If I were Kawasaki I would politely tell Josh Grant his services won't be needed in 2018 and put Hill there.
With three rounds left in the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series it is shaping up to be one for the ages. If this is Dungey’s swan song, win or lose, what a way to go out. With a week off before SLC some guys will be testing outdoors but don't look for Eli or Dungey to be riding anything but Supercross during their Easter break. I will be in SLC for the race and yes the post-race press conference. This is my first press conference since the infamous Glendale “no crown incident.” Let me know the questions you want asked.