It's hard to believe AMA Supercross is already heading into Round 12 of the 2017 championship season. Rounding the corner for the final third of the 17-round season, the 450SX points chase gets tighter every weekend.
For that, fans can thank the success of the guy above, Eli Tomac, who's won the last three rounds and gotten six wins total. It's clear that had it not been for a crash that destroyed his front brake in Arlington, things would be neck-and-neck for Tomac and defending champion Ryan Dungey.
While not exactly in a slump, Dungey doesn't seem up to the pace as he has in the past. He's been getting beaten by Tomac and his teammate Marvin Musquin, who in the past, weren't threats to the two-time series champion.
The problem for Dungey is that when he falls from second to third, he also loses an additional two points to Tomac, so essentially his teammate - who's now out of the points chase for the title - has robbed two points in the war for the championship.
Of course, this is racing and every rider is trying to do the best he can, which makes this an interesting dilemma for the KTM/Red Bull team heading into these final, critical rounds of the season.
If there was rider that could get in between Tomac and Dungey, things could be very different for the number five. If Tomac wins the remaining rounds and Dungey follows behind in second, the points would be so close that they would almost be tied. But if there's a rider finishing between them, Dungey's chances at the championship drop tremendously.
The pressure on Dungey is exponentially building, as it's vital for him to stay ahead of his teammate Musquin if he wants to take the championship. One thing is clear: Tomac isn't slowing down.
One of the few other riders who has the potential to stir up the title chase is Blake Baggett. The number four has been on a roll lately and is proving his ability to run the leader's pace.
Unless Blake or Marvin actually beat Tomac though, their uprising will only hurt Dungey, as they're more likely to finish ahead of the number one than the number three.
Re-establishing dominance was the name of the game for Zach Osborne in Indy, and he did it several times throughout the night. En route to his third win of the season, it seems Osborne's poor finish in Daytona was just a bad night.
Quickly moving to the front in both his heat race and the Main Event (see below), Osborne's got the entire package this year and looks to be on his way to success in the 250SX East region.
Joey Savatgy was the early race leader in the Main Event at Indy and was putting together great laps until Osborne eventually found a hole to squeeze by. Once Osborne got out in front, was gone.
Savatgy held on for second but lost three more points in the championship points standings, putting him nine points down heading into Detroit. This is not a huge margin by any means, but with the intensity Osborne is performing with, Savatgy needs to get himself another win and have someone else finish in between he and Zach if he wants a chance at the title.
Another great ride was put in by TLD/KTM's Jordon Smith, who's having his career-best season this year. After Smith won his heat race, he and teammate Alex Martin were both in the top three during the Main Event, but Martin took a spill heading into a corner and Smith then worked his way past. Martin re-mounted to finish fourth, which is where Smith sits in the championship points standings.
AMA Supercross returns to Detroit, Mich. this weekend at downtown's Ford Field. As tradition dictates, the Detroit track heads up into the stands, but this time it's for the first turn!
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This week's race will be live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 7PM EDT.