Will he be better or worse than Decotis? I have not been so impressed just yet with Bisceglia or Mcelrath's pro results and I do not recall Covington being a threat to those two at Loretta's last summer.
He will be better than Decotis for sure and Mitch sees some serious talent in this kid. He is training hard right now and has a PC bike so I'm sure he will be better than ever and on a different level than ever before. He was easily one of the fastest at the Mini O's this year and I think the last couple years he was coming off injury and not that prepared. Covington will be fast and barring he stays healthy, has the talent to be a front runner.
Not impressed with Bisceglia or McElrath? They only did a few nationals last year and only Shane has raced a SX! At the end of the year next year if they haven't done anything, then maybe you can say that but look at Jason Anderson and how many years it took him to reach his potential!
High profile rookie's are expected to win their first race like Tomac these days! WTF happen to being top ten and that being a great year? Take Jeff Ward, Henry or McGrath's rookie years outdoors and look what they went on to accomplish! Let them get a year or two under their belts then decide if they lived up to their talent level / potential / expectations!
History proves that if rider's win motos at Loretta's, then they are talented enough to develop those results at the pro level with hard work and support.