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As we make the transition from Supercross to Motocross, riders will be tested with some of the most brutal motocross tracks in America. Not all the riders will have a shot at claiming the first place trophy at the 2017 Hangtown season opener. Supercross took its toll on a handful of upper echelon riders this season and they will be out indefinitely for the first round, if not more, of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Injury Report Hangtown 2017
The list of riders is as follows: Ken Roczen (we all know what’s wrong), Benny Bloss ( dislocated shoulder ), Trey Canard (Collarbone), Adam Enticknap ( broken ribs, collapsed lung, two broken collarbones), Tyler Enticknap (broken Tib/Fib), Davi Millsaps (wrist), Chris Alldredge (broken everything), Chase Sexton (femur), Jordon Smith (back/soreness from the OTB in Vegas). These riders experienced a lot of ups and downs throughout the season, but unfortunately will have to miss the opening round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown.
With the new season of motocross upon us, we get to see new riders making their way into the pro ranks. It is always exciting to see the new upcoming phenoms of this sport. The professional ranks in Motocross/Supercross is the real turning point in their young career. Endless amounts knowledge and experience is dispersed, while metal capacity is tested and gained. Look for these top amateur riders making their pro debuts at Hangtown 2017!
Sean Cantrell is going to make his pro debut aboard the TLD/Red Bull KTM 250 at Hangtown alongside Oldenburg, Martin, and McElrath. Cantrell is a California born and raised motocross rider who is a 4-time Loretta Lynn Champion, but will that help him run with the big dogs?
Michael Mosiman is another California kid who has been on the Rockstar Energy Husqy amateur program and will make his pro debut this Saturday alongside Zach Osborne. This is a great opportunity for Mosiman as he will have a seasoned vet in his corner. Read up on him here at Transworldmx.com
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Rookie Debuts
These riders have already made their professional debuts early in the year with Supercross. That doesn’t matter any more though, these riders will test their skills one more time as a rookie in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Hangtown 2017 season opener!
Another Geico Honda rider making his outdoor debut is Cameron McAdoo. He raced well in the Supercross Series, and with a 2-time MX Champ his corner he should be able to learn a lot this season.
Now, Dylan Ferrandis already made his supercross debut, but his first trip to the states in the midst of summer is very different. His rookie season in the Lucas oil Pro motocross Championship will not be easy. Although motocross is HUGE in Europe and he has experience with long motos and rough, brutal tracks, nothing can compare to the intensity, the speed, and the heat of the outdoor season here in America. I am stoked to see how he will compare to the rest of the field, more so the Martin brothers.
Last, but not Least is Lorenzo Locurcio on the Rock River Yamaha Team. His presence wasn’t astounding in Supercross, but he did finish 16 overall with 1 top ten finish. He may come out swinging in his pro debut here in Hangtown!
250 Class | Hangtown 2017
With Cooper Webb out of the 250 class, who will be the one to beat this summer? Is it going to be one of the Martin brothers? Maybe Aaron Plessinger, Joey Savatgy or a rookie like Cantrell, McAdoo, or Ferrandis will come out guns blazing. In retrospect, it is really difficult for the rookies to get up to speed with the fast paced racing in the 250 class of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Unless you’re blessed by the power of Zeus, it is very difficult to win a race or become a threat, not to say it hasn’t happened in the past though. Handfuls of greats have made it happen like Dungey, Carmichael, Villopoto, Stewart, the list goes on and on.
All we can really know for sure is that there is room for a new champion to be crowned. Piggy backing off of that, Zach Osborne and Joey Savatgy may have some beef entering the outdoor season, so it may be wise to keep an eye out for these two when they get close. Also take out Webb from the picture and Alex Martin, Savatgy, Forkner, Plessinger would have a battle for the record books. I can see these 4 riders digging deep this year for a shot at the title, but these motocross tracks are very unforgiving; especially once the series heads east.
450 Class | Hangtown 2017
Cooper Webb… 450… will we be able to see those same spectacular rides he showed in the 250 class? It is hard to say…I think he will have impressive rides like before, but not for the same positions. To run with Eli Tomac in the outdoor season is to have god-like speed, extraterrestrial vision, strength, and guts. He is unreal on a motocross track and with Ken Roczen out indefinitely and Ryan Dungey retired, I believe he is the one to beat this year. He has the KX450F DIALED!
Marvin Musquin is one of his biggest competitors if Cole Seely isn’t 100%. Musquin is silky smooth; he chooses lines that are fast, yet smooth that others don’t see or think to take. This gives him an advantage in a couple categories: conserving energy, and speed.
Cole Seely on the other hand is just a savage. He is one of the fastest rides on the circuit, but a broken pinkie left him out for the rest of the season. If he maintains his hot streak and is injury free, Cole Seely will be a top contender for the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Although he’s known for his superior skills as a “Supercross specialist”, Cole Seely should always been in the back of the minds of his competitors. After a week off of racing, we are ready to go racing here at BTO Sports and we hope you are too!