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Anaheim 2 2017 Supercross Track Map

RMFantasySX Stats

  • Timestamps: For San Diego picks, a whopping 36 RMFantasySX players had perfect scores. Those who placed their picks earliest won the weekly prizes – the other 26 didn’t. Place your picks early in the week as you can always edit your picks later if you need to.
  • Eli Tomac: Just over 85% of players had Tomac in their top 5, causing more lost RMFantasySX points than any other single racer. Which rider will disappoint players this week?
  • Roczen & Dungey: Over 90% of players felt that either Roczen or Dungey would take 1st. With the speed that Roczen and Dungey have been showing, does it even make sense to go against the grain and pick someone else to win?

Eli Tomac at San Diego 2017
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Weather Report

  • Rain and Mud: Anaheim’s been rainy this week, and race day could be too. Weather hasn’t been an issue in Anaheim in the last several years. Can the Dirt Wurx crew stay on top of things? Or will the track turn muddy?
  • Podium Riders: If it’s muddy, Dungey has proven results. But Roczen likes messy conditions and Musquin has had success in bad weather during the outdoors. Which of the podium finishers will do best if the sky opens up?
  • Ken Roczen: Roczen’s finished in the top 5 for every Anaheim round he’s raced since entering the 450SX class, but weather was clear every time. If the weather turns, can Roczen keep his Anaheim reliability?

Ryan Dungey at Las Vegas 2016
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

On Track

  • Double Whoops: The track at Anaheim 2 has two whoops sections. According to Racer X, the whoops may have been the key to Roczen’s success at San Diego. Will this mean Roczen runs away with another win? Or will Dungey be prepared to turn the whoops into his advantage?
  • Over-Under Bridge: The over-under is making its 2017 debut this weekend. Will all of the riders be able to manage it effectively, or will it prove to be an obstacle that takes someone out of the race?
  • Hard Turn: Anaheim 2 features a hard left-hand turn (about 270°) to the over-under bridge, something very unusual for supercross. Few riders (if any) have dealt with something like this before. How will this affect their confidence –and ultimately their speed – this weekend?

Racing in Anaheim

  • Jason Anderson: In Anderson’s two years of racing 450SX, his strong Anaheim 1 finishes haven’t carried over to Anaheim 2. He fell four spots in 2016 and five in 2015. He dropped even further for 2015’s Anaheim 3. Can Anderson reverse the trend?
  • Eli Tomac: Besides a crash in 2015 at A1, Tomac has been in solid contention for 3rd-4th in Anaheim. Can Tomac knock off Anderson or even break into the podium this weekend?
  • Cole Seely: Seely has hovered around the same positions as Tomac in 2015 and 2016, but his reliability has fluctuated more between rounds. Will Seely and Tomac keep trading places, or will one of them fall behind?
  • Chad Reed: Reed isn’t always in contention during Anaheim rounds, but he’s still more likely to have a better performance at A2 than A1. Could he be a factor on Saturday or even break into the top 5?
  • Davi Millsaps: Millsaps has hovered around the 10th-6th spot for most Anaheim rounds in the last couple years, but in general, he finishes better in A2 than A1. Can Millsaps improve his already solid performance?

Jason Anderson at San Diego 2017
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Lap Times

  • Roczen vs. Dungey: Only the top six riders had lap times under 54 seconds at San Diego. Roczen’s and Dungey’s average lap times were under 54 seconds – that’s how fast they were. Is the only question remaining for these two riders who takes 1st and who takes 2nd?
  • Musquin vs. Anderson: Musquin’s lap times early in San Diego were fast. However, Anderson’s lap times in the second half of the race were consistently faster. Will he be able to finally catch Musquin and get on the podium at Anaheim 2?
  • Seely vs. Tomac: Seely and Tomac traded places twice at San Diego. Seely had the early advantage, but Tomac was strong mid-race. However, he faded in the final third, allowing Seely to catch back up and pass him on lap 19. Does Tomac have enough juice to stay in the top 5 with the competition so fierce?

Ken Roczen at San Diego 2017
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Consecutive Podiums

  • Identical Podium: The podium from Anaheim 1 to San Diego was exactly the same this year (Roczen in 1st, Dungey in 2nd and Musquin in 3rd). This has happened on consecutive rounds only 31 times in supercross history, or about 5% of the time.
  • Fresh Faces: Of the 31 times that the podium has been identical, the following round has never seen three completely new faces on the podium. Which riders are surefire bets to return to the podium this weekend?
  • Three in a Row: Identical podiums have occurred three times in a row only in four years of the 43-year history of supercross (2016, 2007, 2003 and 1988) – and never as part of the first three rounds of the year. Who will miss the podium at Anaheim 2?

Marvin Musquin at San Diego 2017
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

In and Out

  • Malcolm Stewart: After months of speculation, we’ve finally gotten news from M. Stewart when he posted a picture of an RM-Z450 on Instagram. How will he do at Anaheim 2? Can he get better results than the other rookie (Webb) or even break into the top 5?
  • James Stewart: As for Malcolm’s brother, James, he has posted that he’ll return but hasn’t mentioned when. Don’t get excited about placing him in your picks until you see him racing. He was among the most popular RMFantasySX choices in the first few rounds last year despite his results.
  • Out with Injury: Canard and Barcia are both out with injuries. While they are expected to resume racing before the end of the season, neither of them have mentioned when that will be. Make sure they’re not in your picks until you hear of their return.

Malcolm Stewart at Las Vegas 2016
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Wildcard Watch (9th)

  • Josh Grant: Taking 9th and 11th place so far this season, Grant has averaged 10th, putting him statistically closest to this week’s wildcard position. Grant was in the wildcard position three times last year, two of those times occurring in consecutive weeks with a 12th and then an 8th.
  • Weston Peick: Peick has consistently placed in the latter half of the top 10 so far this season – 8th and 7th – and is projected to finish in that category again. Will riders like Webb or Baggett find their footing and place in the top 10 at Anaheim 2, possibly pushing Peick back one or two positions into 9th?
  • Davi Millsaps: Swapping positions with Peick over the first two races and averaging the same overall placement, Millsaps is an equally strong contender for the wildcard this week. Will he land in the wildcard spot at A2?

Josh Grant at San Diego 2017
Photo Credit: Kardy Photo

Weekly Prizes for Anaheim 2

1 Bell Moto-9 Carbon Flex Helmet
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8 ODI Podium Flight Handlebars ODI Podium Handlebars and Lock-On Grips Up to
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9 RevArc MX Ramp RevArc MX Ramp $119.99 MSRP
10 Scott Prospect Goggles Scott Prospect Goggles and Goggle Case $113.94 MSRP

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