Every rider in the East Region is wishing they were on a Pro Circuit Kawasaki as the team moved to 3-0 to start the season and extended its 250SX winning streak to five races. Rookie superstar Adam Cianciarulo continues to exceed expectations, while Martin Davalos continues to receive terrible luck. There’s very little separating these two at the top, but with two wins to his credit, AC’s got the edge.
Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy Supercross.
1. Adam Cianciarulo – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
It’s unfortunate that his subpar rookie season outdoors diminished a lot of people’s expectations for Cianciarulo in supercross. Had he started this year off with a clean slate, he’d no doubt be the biggest thing in the sport right now. His comfort under pressure is impressive, and he’s only getting better.
2. Martin Davalos – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
Admittedly by Cianciarulo, Davalos has been the fastest rider in the class at each of the first three rounds. He’s led multiple laps in every main event and if not for some terrible luck could easily be 3-0. However, the reality is he’s five points down to his teammate and he’ll need to keep pace to ensure his spot in the title hunt.
3. Justin Bogle – GEICO Honda
He’s been pretty quiet with his back-to-back podium results, but Bogle has snuck his way into this title fight. He’s been solid and is gaining confidence each week. Unfortunately, he’s still pretty far off the Pro Circuit guys.
4. Blake Baggett – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
Baggett needs to really worry about one thing: starts. If he would have gotten one the past two weeks there is little doubt he’d be right on the podium with his teammates. Baggett’s has had to work extra hard for his finishes this season but he’s still been exceptionally fast. A win feels inevitable.
5. Vince Friese – The Factory Metal Works Honda
With the dominance of Pro Circuit and the threat of GEICO Honda, Friese isn’t going to garner a lot of attention but through three rounds he’s been as solid as anyone else. Results of fourth, sixth, and sixth have him fifth in the championship.
6. Cole Thompson – Rockstar Energy Racing
The Canadian is doing just what the Rockstar team asked him to do as a late substitute rider. Get solid results. While Thompson surely wants more given the opportunity with such an elite team, he’ll need to be patient and keep making gains. The results will come.
7. Blake Wharton – GEICO Honda
I’m a little surprised we haven’t seen more from Wharton in his return to GEICO Honda, but you’ve got to think he’ll start getting into form. His fourth-place effort in Atlanta was indicative of his talent, but a DNF last week will force him to pretty much start from square one.
8. Jimmy Decotis – South of the Border MX Honda
Decotis is another privateer that has risen to the occasion this season with solid results. Decotis always has the ability to pull a good start and has enough tenacity to stay up near the front. His back-to-back seventh-place efforts show that.
9. Kyle Cunningham – Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
I expected more from Cunningham as one of the most experienced riders in the field, but maybe he is still getting accustomed to the bike. He hasn’t been consistent, nor has he got good starts. At some point I think we’ll see him in the top five, but it just hasn’t happened yet.
10. Matt Bisceglia – GEICO Honda
The rookie deserves a lot of credit for his ride in Indy. He was forced to qualify through the LCQ but pulled an incredible start and ran in podium position for most of the main event. It was the kind of run he needed to give him some confidence and I’ll be curious to see how he builds off it.