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It’s been a long and painful wait for the moto faithful, but the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Series is finally here. Here at VitalMX, we’re just as excited as you are because there is so much to look forward to, the most obvious being the amazing list of talent that will be fighting for stadium glory each and every round, beginning this weekend at Anaheim I.
Although we'll be geeking out just as much any fan out there, we’ll also take the time between gasps to bring you the best racing coverage we can all season long. Do you want to not only follow the racing, but be a part of the action as well? Here are a few great ways to make it happen:
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2. Race Coverage
Before the gate drops, during the action, and after the checkers wave, we’ll have you covered in 2013.
If you want to those interesting little nuggets of information before race time, whether it’s something interesting a rider said, or a cool little unobtanium gizmo, GuyB always has his ear to the ground with Pit Bits.
Find out what’s going on in the minds of the best riders before it’s game time.
We’ll be bringing you up-to-the-minute results for each round of the series. Every heat, every main…every race as the riders cross the finish line in search of the the title.
All of our best shots from each night of racing. Drool, dream, and analyze away!
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Watch and hear what the best of the best have to say about how their evenings went down. With such a depth of talent this year, there are bound to be some great quotes!
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This year, more than ever before, the talent pool is so deep that predictions for Anaheim I and the series as a whole are very difficult to make. With so many top riders healthy and ready for war, plus a few rookies and wild cards, it’s anyone’s guess who will be at the top…or even in the top five!
So, since there are just too many good riders to choose from, here are a few quick predictions in order of racing number.
1. Ryan Villopoto
After a slow start to his premier class career, Villopoto has won two consecutive AMA Supercross titles and shows no signs of slowing down. That’s not a good thing for his competition. He’ll be sporting the number one plate, but that never seems to affect the multi-time champ. Where some riders can be weighed down by the highest rank plate, Ryan appears to thrive off of it.
2012 saw some extreme highs and lows for the Washington native, winning the title four rounds early (a new record), and then being taken out for the season with an ACL injury only a few weeks later. But Ryan didn’t miss a beat once he got back on the bike for he Monster Energy Cup, as he dominated the first main event of the evening. Look for Villopoto to be on his “A” game at A1.
5. Ryan Dungey
He’s been the most consistent rider since he moved up to the premier class in 2010, which ushered in the era of the Ryans. It’s hard to believe, but since Dungey first claimed his SX title a few seasons ago, either he or the other Ryan (Villopoto), have captured every 450 National title. What does that mean? Dungey is in it to win it.
With a full year under his belt aboard the KTM 450SX-F, not to mention a few Supercross wins on the orange machine, Dungey has his eyes on the title.
7. James Stewart
He’s up, he’s down, he’s nothing short of entertaining and one hell of a rider. On his third team in as many years, a lot of eyes are on Stewart heading into A1 largely because of two races in 2012. James showed up to Hangtown with only a couple weeks of testing under his belt on his new Suzukis, and laid the smackdown on the field. One week later he did it again at Freestone.
Now, with months of preparation leading up to Anaheim, can Stewart put his crashes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 behind him? When the Floridian is comfortable, he can be untouchable…and he’s looking comfortable on the yellow machine.
22. Chad Reed
Like so many riders last year, Reed fell victim to a season ending injury just as he seemed to be hitting his stride. With months of recuperation, Chad is back and fully healed. While he may be one of the older riders eyeing the title, Reed’s talent and determination have made him one of the best Supercross riders the sport has ever seen. Where the younger riders may use high energy and a twisted throttle to get to the front, Reed knows that patience and strategy bring the championships.
41. Trey Canard
After spending much of 2012 and 2011 on the mend from various injuries (the most severe being fractured vertebrae suffered at the 2012 L.A. Supercross), Canard has returned healthy and more focused than ever. He has the support, desire, and talent to take the checkers (as he did several times in his rookie season), now all he needs is to remain healthy. Unlike any of the previously mentioned riders, Trey does not yet have a 450 Supercross title to his credit, and you’d better believe he wants to change that.
51. Justin Barcia
Pegged from the time he was on minis to be a champion, Justin Barcia has now reached to pinnacle of motocross and Supercross racing as full fledged factory racer. On the mighty Honda Muscle Milk squad, Barcia won the Monster Energy Cup in his first big ride for the team, and there is no doubt that the rookie is hungry for more.
His strengths: raw speed and a “take no prisoners” attitude on the track. With Jeff Stanton as his personal trainer, Barcia turned a new corner in 2012 with stellar results both indoors and out. He’ll expect the same of himself in the premier class.