A quick note before the 2009 High Point National starts Live on www.allisports.com. It's been a crazy beginning of the series in the 450 class with the injuries of title contenders and fastest guys, Ryan Villopoto and Mike Alessi. Everyone has been trying to make a pick for the "new" title contender and who's in line to take the championship but it is very hard to say right now. And maybe that's what makes this 2009 Motocross Outdoor Nationals very exciting and entertaining. I see 3 guys who can take it right now, Rockstar Suzuki Chad Reed, Joe Gibbs Racing's Josh Grant and Factory Honda Andrew Short. Even if the #29 is the furtherst in point, I believe that his consistency can pay. Shorty was involved in the title race 2 seasons ago, against Grant Langston and Alessi and must have learned from that. So, even if he's not really shining as Alessi, RV, Josh Grant and Chad have been until now, he's a serious contender.
Reed knows how to win championship and has shown some very good speed despite his health issues. As soon as #22's camp figure out his illness and get him sorted out, Chad will be the fastest on track.
Josh Grant has been a revelation this year. After a great rookie SX season he's been showing speed and a lot of potential in his MX 450 debut. He can take the title this year.
So, let's hope for lots of racing and let's see how this pans out.
Here's the link to the MX Sports/Racer X Pre-Race show with 2 of my favorite guys in the MX industry, andy Bowyer and The GOAT.
The 250 Class is as wide open as it was in Glen Helen but I think that the title will be go to either Rockstar Makita Suzuki Ryan Dungey or Monster Energy Pro Circuit Christophe "the crafty Frenchman" Pourcel.
On a personal note, I would like to have a thought and a prayer for our niece Ana Olson who passed away last night, at the too young age of 18. Very deep support and love to Remelle, Terry, Deny and all the family.