A weird case of déjà vu for Cole Seely in Phoenix as Jason Anderson made another last-lap pass to take away a victory and diminish a dominant performance.
Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy Supercross. Thanks to his last-lap aggression for the second straight week, Anderson retains his spot atop the rankings.
1. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Racing (Last Week: 1 / No Change)
The fact that Anderson has the ability to charge late means you can never count him out. I wouldn’t have guessed that in the closing laps Anderson would have any shot at passing Seely. Catching him, maybe, but passing wasn’t easy in Phoenix. However, a couple lappers here and a small mistake there opens the door to anything to happen and for two weeks it has.
2. Cole Seely – Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda (Last Week: 2 / No Change)
He acknowledged he was battling through some stomach issues in Phoenix, so it could have contributed to the slowed pace at the end. While Seely has let a couple slip to start the season, he’s still led the most laps and has proven to be the most consistently dominant rider out there, even if the results to show that.
3. Zach Osborne – GEICO Honda (Last Week: 3 / No Change)
Osborne has outdueled Dean Wilson for two straight weeks to claim back-to-back podiums. He has gotten slow starts in each of the first two main events, but he has finished strong and confidence is building. A good start could be all he needs to take that next step.
4. Dean Wilson – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (Last Week: 4 / No Change)
Somewhat of a mystery thus far. He very well could be the fastest rider in the class, but he hasn’t been able to really push it in the main events. He could still be working through the effects of his preseason crash, but Wilson knows he needs to start making things happen before the title potentially gets out of reach.
5. Cooper Webb – MyPlash/Metal Mulisha/Star Racing Yamaha (Last Week: 5 / No Change)
You have to respect the rookie’s determination. He is in no way intimidated and it is fun to watch. He needs to work on his race craft a little bit, but in time that will come. I think Webb will make it onto the podium soon enough.
6. Malcolm Stewart – Troy Lee Designs/MAVTV Honda (Last Week: 6 / No Change)
Malcom was solid again on Saturday, but this time avoided misfortune. He has been quiet through the first two rounds, but he is gaining confidence with every race. He could surprise us at any point and put in a great ride.
7. Justin Hill – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (Last Week: 7 / No Change)
I like what I have seen in Hill. He looks like he is having fun and he definitely looks confident. He is aggressive and fast, but still working on putting it all together. Like Webb, he has the ability to make a podium run this season.
8. Jessy Nelson – Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda (Last Week: 9 / +1)
Jessy grabbed another top 10 in Phoenix and has gotten off to a solid start. He is becoming more consistent and appears to be finding a groove so we will see if he can step it up and start challenging for the top five.
9. Darryn Durham – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (Last Week: 8 / -1)
His finish last week was not indicative of how well he was riding. He had some hard luck all night long but never gave up. It is hard to believe he has not really raced supercross since 2012, but it also goes to show you how hard it is to miss time and come back at the same level with so much talent coming through.
10. Dean Ferris – Red Bull KTM (Last Week: Not Ranked)
Ferris got his feet wet in Anaheim with his first-ever supercross race and probably learned a lot from it. He applied those lessons in Phoenix and walked away with a 7th-place effort. We will see how he handles the momentum this weekend.
Dropped Out: Austin Politelli (Broken Leg, Out for Season)Cole Seely, Cooper Webb, Dean Wilson, Jason Anderson, Malcolm Stewart, Phoenix, Supercross, Zach Osborne