After last week’s stop in St. Louis, MO, we have eclipsed the halfway mark for the Supercross season. It is debatable to say if it has been as exciting as years past, as injuries and personal issues have separated the field. But we have been treated to dramatic finishes, intriguing storylines, and the fastest speeds our sport as ever seen. As we come in to this weekend’s historic Daytona SX, we saw this as a fitting time to reflect on how the year has gone for the top ten racers in the 450 division.
11. Josh Hansen
Josh Hansen’s early season, with its string of top-ten finishes and two consecutive fifth place results (San Diego and Dallas) silenced the Hart and Huntington racer’s critics almost instantly. Less than stellar finishes due to bike related issues and an injured ankle have placed Hansen eleventh in points.
10. Mike Alessi
Mike Alessi has never been dubbed a Supercross specialist, but aboard MotoConcepts Racing equipment that he and his father, Tony, have full control over, the California native has made every main event and has shown newfound speed indoors. His fourth place main event finish (Dallas) and San Diego heat race lead are reminiscent of his 2009 season.
9. Davi Millsaps
Though his opening round results (sixteenth at Anaheim) were below his expectations, Davi Millsaps has since begun to find his flow. Millsaps has finished seventh place or better in six of the nine events that have taken place, and his average finish of ninth place mirrors his overall standing in the championship.
8. Brett Metcalfe
Brett Metcalfe has quietly placed himself in eighth place in the overall standings with steady results. The lone factory Suzuki racer has qualified for every main event and finished in the top ten in seven features. His highest finish of the season is fourth place (San Diego), his lowest a fourteenth (Oakland).
7. Justin Brayton
Justin Brayton has shown that he has what it takes to shake up the season, despite injury. He has contested four rounds with a fractured leg (San Diego practice), has topped the charts during more than a few timed practices, finished on the podium (St. Louis), and has regrouped well since his Los Angeles DNQ.
6. Jake Weimer
Becoming the defending champion’s shadow has beginning to pay dividends for Jake Weimer. The second year 450 racer has finished on the podium twice (Phoenix and Dallas), led a main event (LA), and on multiple occasions shown lap times that place him within the top five in terms of speed. However, the season has had its share of distress, as the Kawasaki rider has been bumped and banged by racers that are more aggressive.