Fantasy Racing: Industry Pre-Season Picks

Way back in issue 20 of TMWX, before the start of this year’s AMA Supercross Series, we polled some folks from around the industry to see who they thought would be on top at the end of the season.

This week, we tallied up their picks, using the standard AMA points. Ricky Carmichael’s championship-winning season earned each person who picked him 25 points, while Chad Reed scored 22 points each for those who chose him. To make things just a bit more interesting, we added five bonus points for each time that a rider was picked in their correct finishing order, for a possibility of 25 bonus points.

Below, you’ll find the results of everyone’s SX picks.

  1. Troy Lee, Owner, Troy Lee Designs 98
  2. Anthony Paggio, Sports Marketing, Oakley 93
  3. Jim Perry, Team Manager, Team Yamaha 92
  4. Bevo Forti, Rider Rep, Scott 89
  5. John Grise, Sales Manager, Smith 87
  6. Donn Maeda, Editor, TransWorld Motocross 87
  7. Alley Semar, Team Manager, Team Pro Circuit 87
  8. Denny Hartwig, SX Public Relations Manager, Clear Channel Motorsports 82
  9. Jimmy Button, Sports Agent, ASM Motorsports 81
  10. Erik Kehoe, Team Manager, Team Honda 79
  11. Larry Brooks, Team Manager, Red Bull/KTM79
  12. Steve Bruhn, Internet Bandit, Motonews 77
  13. Scott Gilley, VP Sales, Factory Effex 77
  14. Marc Fiore, Advertising Manager, TransWorld Motocross 76
  15. Beeker, Rider Rep, Thor 75
  16. Rick Zigfeilder, Owner, Factory Connection 74
  17. Bruce Stjernstrom, Kawasaki 73
  18. Greg Fox, VP Sales, Fox Racing 73
  19. Steve Giberson, Web Editor, TransWorld Motocross 73
  20. Rob Healy, Owner, N-Style 73
  21. Garth Milan, Associate Editor, Photo Editor, TransWorld Motocross 73
  22. Shawn Norfolk, Brand Manager, Renthal 73
  23. Mitch Payton, Owner, Pro Circuit 69
  24. Don Emler, Owner, FMF Racing 68
  25. Dave Castillo, Brand Manager, Asterisk 65
  26. Danny Dobey, Brand Manager, One Industries 63
  27. Big E, Assistant Editor, TransWorld Motocross 51
  28. Frank Kashare, Vice President, O’Neal 48
  29. Ron Heben, Red Bull/KTM 32

Congrats to Troy for topping the charts. Even though he picked Jeremy McGrath to place fifth in the series (for a total of zero points after MC retired in January), the remainder of his team; Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed. Ernesto Fonseca (in that order, for five bonus point each), and Tim Ferry was enough to top the charts.

Swap scored first in class (among the TWMX staffers) in a tie for fifth with Smith’s John Grise and Pro Circuit Team Manager, Alley Semar.

Now because we enjoy bench racing just like everyone else, we decided to do the same for the outdoor season…but when we put out the call for picks, we got some interesting reactions. Some people squirmed and moaned, claiming that they were, “Corporate geeks,” and couldn’t make picks that didn’t include all their riders. One rider rep told us a tale of making his pre-season SX picks that didn’t include one of his riders…who then gave him the silent treatment for a month afterward. Others dodged returning our calls (until we caught up with them, that is). Even for those who were brave enough to make picks, it was no easy task. Like Allsport Dynamics’ Jeff Brewer said, “This is tough! I love them all!”

So below you’ll find a batch of outdoor season prediction (from those who aren’t scared). This time around, we asked for their t three from each class, and once again, we’ll tally them up at the end of the season to find out who’s right, who’s wrong, and who’s toeing the corporate line.

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Troy Lee,
Troy Lee Designs
1. James “Bubba” Stewart
2. Ryan Hughes
3. Mike Brown
1. Chad Reed
2. Ricky Carmichael
3. Ernesto Fonseca
Terry Baisley,
Fly Racing
1. James “Bubba” Stewart
2. Mike Brown
3. Branden Jesseman
1. David Vuillemin
2. Chad Reed
3. Ricky Carmichael
Beeker,
Rider Rep, Thor
1. Grant Langston
2. Mike Brown
3. James “Bubba” Stewart
1. Chad Reed
2. Ricky Carmichael
3. Tim Ferry
Jeff Brewer,
Allsport Dynamics
1. Mike Brown
2. Craig Anderson
3. Grant Langston
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Robbie Reynard

Steve “TFS” Bruhn,
Humanitarian, Digital Photo Ace

1. Bubba
2. Grant Langston
3. Stephane Roncada
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Kevin Windham
Doc G,
Chiropractor, Trainer to a host of factory riders
1. James “Bubba” Stewart
2. Mike Brown
3. Grant Langston
1. Chad Reed
2. Ezra Lusk
3. Tim Ferry
Big E,
Answer/Pro Taper Marketing Manager
1. Mike Brown
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3.Grant Langston
1. Chad Reed
2. Ricky Carmichael
3. Kevin Windham
Alley Semar, Team Manager, Team Pro Circuit 1. Mike Brown
2. Michael Byrne
3. Eric Sorby
1. Kevin Windham
2. Ricky Carmichael
3. Chad Reed
Jimmy Button,
Sports Agent, ASM Motorsports
1. Ryan Hughes
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Mike Brown
(Jimmy didn’t want to limit his picks to three, so here’s his top five)
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Kevin Windham
3. Chad Reed
4. Tim Ferry
5. Ernesto Fonseca
Dave Castillo,
Brand Manager, Asterisk
1. Ryan Hughes
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Mike Brown
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Mike LaRocco
Rick Peterson,
RPM’s
1. Jeff Ward
2. Marty Smith
3. Broc Glover
1. Bob Hannah
2. Roger DeCoster
3. Brad Lackey
Dave Kimmey,
Engine Ice
1. Brock Sellards
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Grant Langston
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Tim Ferry

Steve Bauer,
Internet Bandit

1. Grant Langston
2. Mike Brown
3. Michael Byrne
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Travis Pastrana
John Grise,
Sales Manager, Smith
1. Mike Brown
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Ryan Hughes
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
2. David Vuillemin
Donn Maeda,
Editor, TransWorld Motocross
1. Grant Langston
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Mike Brown
1. Chad Reed
2. Ricky Carmichael
3. Kevin Windham
Garth Milan,
Associate Editor, TransWorld Motocross
1. Mike Brown
2. Michael Byrne
3. Eric Sorby
1. Kevin Windham
2. Ricky Carmichael
3. Chad Reed
Jimmy Button,
Sports Agent, ASM Motorsports
1. Ryan Hughes
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Mike Brown
(Jimmy didn’t want to limit his picks to three, so here’s his top five)
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Kevin Windham
3. Chad Reed
4. Tim Ferry
5. Ernesto Fonseca
Dave Castillo,
Brand Manager, Asterisk
1. Ryan Hughes
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Mike Brown
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Mike LaRocco
Rick Peterson,
RPM’s
1. Jeff Ward
2. Marty Smith
3. Broc Glover
1. Bob Hannah
2. Roger DeCoster
3. Brad Lackey
Dave Kimmey,
Engine Ice
1. Brock Sellards
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Grant Langston
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Tim Ferry

Steve Bauer,
Internet Bandit

1. Grant Langston
2. Mike Brown
3. Michael Byrne
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Travis Pastrana
John Grise,
Sales Manager, Smith
1. Mike Brown
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Ryan Hughes
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
2. David Vuillemin
Donn Maeda,
Editor, TransWorld Motocross
1. Grant Langston
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Mike Brown
1. Chad Reed
2. Ricky Carmichael
3. Kevin Windham
Garth Milan,
Associate Editor, TransWorld Motocross
1. James “Bubba” Stewart
2. Grant Langston
3. Andrew Short
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Kevin Windham
Jamie Little,
Editor-At-Large, TransWorld Motocross
1. James “Bubba” Stewart
2. Ryan Hughes
3. Mike Brown
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Kevin Windham
3. Tim Ferry
Luis Rodriguez,
Art Director, TransWorld Motocross
1. James “Bubba” Stewart
2. Ryan Hughes
3. Grant Langston
1. Chad Reed
2. Ricky Carmichael
3. Tim Ferry
Steve Giberson,
Webmaster, www.transworldmx.com
1. Mike Brown
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Ryan Hughes
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Kevin Windham
Marc Fiore,
Advertising Manager, TransWorld Motocross
1. Ryan Hughes
2. Grant Langston
3. James “Bubba” Stewart
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Kevin Windham

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2. Grant Langston
3. Andrew Short 1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Kevin Windham
Jamie Little,
Editor-At-Large, TransWorld Motocross
1. James “Bubba” Stewart
2. Ryan Hughes
3. Mike Brown
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Kevin Windham
3. Tim Ferry
Luis Rodriguez,
Art Director, TransWorld Motocross
1. James “Bubba” Stewart
2. Ryan Hughes
3. Grant Langston
1. Chad Reed
2. Ricky Carmichael
3. Tim Ferry
Steve Giberson,
Webmaster, www.transworldmx.com
1. Mike Brown
2. James “Bubba” Stewart
3. Ryan Hughes
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Keevin Windham
Marc Fiore,
Advertising Manager, TransWorld Motocross
1. Ryan Hughes
2. Grant Langston
3. James “Bubba” Stewart
1. Ricky Carmichael
2. Chad Reed
3. Kevin Windham