We’re just about at the halfway point for the 2013 Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship and things are looking a little less predictable than in… Well a hell of a long time.
Predictable. The perfect word to sum up so many of the last 20 years of AMA Supercross. With only seven different winners in the last twenty years – more of the same is not what many sx fans are looking for.
Don’t get me wrong – I’d be very happy with another Championship taken by Villopoto or Stewart but I’d just like to see other riders and teams make them work for it. That’s what happened this past weekend in Atlanta. I know we got a previous Championship winner take the top step but Bubba and his team had to work hard for it and you could see what that meant to Stewart in his video blog (below).
Then there’s KTM. We all know that at times they have been sweeping everything before them in Europe and yes, that can and has made some Championships predictable. But is that because of the talent they had on their bikes? However, there’s no question that KTM’s push into the USA in the last few years is driving the established teams on.
So what about the rest of the 2013 series? Well Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps increased his lead in Atlanta with a hard-fought third position. But if he’d got out of the gate like he’s been doing most of this season then we may not have seen James Stewart taking his first win in almost a year.
Millsaps has increased his lead on the series to 22 points over defending champion Ryan Villopoto with his seventh podium from eight races.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto has had five top-three finishes and won three (Anaheim II, Oakland and Arlington) of the eight rounds from the 2013 series – he’s most likely the man to jump on any misfortune or mistake that comes Millsap’s way.
Although there’s no doubt that Red Bull KTM Factory rider, Ryan Dungey hasn’t given up on 2013 just yet – with five top-three finishes and just one win, it’s likely he’s going to need some luck to pull back the points he needs to give himself a realistic chance of the title. Who do you think is going to take the 2013 Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship? Vote in the poll here and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.