New boss same as old boss as Anderson's lead grows



The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta, Georgia proved to be a worthy venue for Round 2 of the Triple Crown and Round 9 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series (and Round 3 for the east regional 250SX series). The racing that took place for the first time inside such an epic and instantly iconic venue also lived up to expectations.


The Triple Crown format meant that all qualifying happened during the afternoon sessions, with no heat races or LCQ's as part of the night's show. It also meant fans were treated to a total of six main events, three for each class, and each of differing duration with increasing length. The potential for six main event winners in one night was compelling and forced riders to push their limits every lap of the race. 


The first 450 main winner was a bit of a surprise as Justin Brayton held off Eli Tomac and others en route to his first-ever main event win. It was an impressive effort, but was not followed up with enough consistency to place Brayton on the podium for the overall. It did serve notice, though, that Brayton has the pace to stay with the top riders in the sport for at least 8 minutes plus one lap, which is quite a statement.


It was Marvin Musquin who nailed the second 450 main event down as he was able to more or less run away from the crowd of Tomac, Anderson and Webb. Musquin is fully up to speed now and this win was proof of that. Since Marvin is a Florida-based trainer and racer, not to mention a multi-time MX2 FIM World Champion, his sand riding skills make him a favorite to pick up the win at Daytona this weekend.


Jason Anderson took the overall win and extended his points lead to 42 over Musquin. Both riders live and train in the Sunshine State and are quite adept in the sand. That also could be said of several riders in the top five in points, in both classes. Many riders are now Florida-based and are proven not only at racing on sand, but motocross in general.


Jeremy Martin is certainly one of those outstanding sand motocross riders. Formerly based out of Minnesota and more recently Florida, Martin is enjoying an upswing in his results. Martin won a main in Atlanta and was understandably "super pumped" as it was his first podium this season. Look for Martin to come out with guns blazing in Daytona. Let us not forget - last year Martin scored a second-place finish behind Tomac in the 450SX class.


Austin Forkner was in full beast mode in Atlanta and is 100% healthy for the first time in a couple of years. He is a great motocross racer, although he has had trouble proving it recently. His sand skills are in question as well. Forkner won the overall in Atlanta to take his first 250SX win, and is very much on top of his game at the moment. He will no doubt be a factor in this weekend on the Ricky Carmichael-designed track. He is also only 2 points out of the lead behind Osborne, so he is smelling blood in the water.


Speaking of riders with upswings in their results, Cooper Webb really has been coming alive lately. The former 250SX champ has gone from barely making the top 10 or barely staying on the lead lap to battling for wins every time he hits the track. Webb was oh-so-close to a main event win in Atlanta and is as hungry as one can be for a top-step podium appearance. Smart money puts Webb at least on the podium for Daytona, and at even odds for a win with anyone else in the class.


Then there's this guy - Eli Tomac. Last year's winner by a large margin and by an even larger margin in 2016, Tomac is the 450SX favorite. With a win this Saturday night he will be one of an elite few to achieve three wins at the storied venue, not to mention an even more elite group who have done it consecutively. While he was not able to dominate last weekend in Atlanta and is no threat for Anderson's title, Tomac was on pace in Atlanta and did get on the podium. His Atlanta results show he is fully up-to-speed and high on confidence. He would love to add himself to such an elite list.


Which leads us to the track map for this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The track is constructed on the infield of the famed speedway. Designed by Ricky Carmichael, we know it will be challenging as it always is. The weather looks to be absolutely perfect and, with a few quite notable exceptions, the field is still strong heading into the second half of the season. Check out our website at for live timing and scoring. Follow our Facebook and Instagram feeds for up-to-the-hour photos of the day and night's action. 

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