Supercross Power Rankings: Roczen in control as series heads to Oakland
The offseason signing by RCH Racing to grab Ken Roczen is proving to the golden opportunity the team needed to rise to the forefront of the sport. Roczen raced to his second win in three races last week at Anaheim and has now opened a double-digit advantage in the points after just three weeks. Roczen’s making his claim to #WhosNext in a big way and he’s the clear-cut leader in this week’s Power Rankings.
1. Ken Roczen – RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s Suzuki
(Last Week: 1 / No Change)
His stats tell the story – an identical starting and finishing average of 1.3 and 52 of 60 laps led. You put up those kinds of numbers and there’s no way anyone will be able to keep up. The big question will be how long he’s able to keep up this torrential pace.
2. Ryan Dungey – Red Bull KTM
(Last Week: 2 / No Change)
It’s kind of hard to believe that Dungey’s runner-up effort was his best finish of the season thus far, but it was. He’s been exactly where you’d expect him to be, but it also looks like the team made some gains last Saturday. He might be one to keep an eye on Saturday night in Oakland.
3. Eli Tomac - GEICO Honda
(Last Week: 4 / +1)
Now that he’s fourth in points Tomac’s 20th-place finish at the opening round has been pretty much forgotten. That’s saying a lot about his performances since that was only a few weeks ago. Because of that you can’t help but think how much different this championship might look had he not had such a bad night.
4. Jason Anderson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
(Last Week: 3 / -1)
The most impressive part about Anderson’s rookie campaign thus far is that he’s had to deal with a little bit of everything. Good fortune, bad luck and everything in between. Through it all he’s still managed to finish no worse than seventh and has proven he can fight his way through the field. Anderson has yet to be fazed by the pressures of the 450SX Class and he deserves recognition for it.
5. Justin Barcia – Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha
(Last Week: 8 / +3)
Barcia appears to be hitting his groove with JGRMX. Last week he topped the practice charts and he rode his most assertive main event thus far in 2015, finishing fourth. We all knew this could be a successful relationship and now everyone looks to be gelling, which means we could see more big things from Barcia in Oakland.
6. Trey Canard – Team Honda
(Last Week: 5 / -1)
Canard versus Reed was all the rage this week, and understandably so. Not only was the black flag that came out of it something we very rarely see in this sport, it was high drama between two of the sport’s biggest names on a night when the race for the win was pretty much decided on the second lap. Canard made a big error in judgment in taking both him and Reed down, but they then became a casualty of frustration. Despite two crashes, he still fought his way to an 11th-place finish, and if not for the retaliation from Reed, I think he would have easily been in the fight for as high as sixth.
7. Broc Tickle - RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s Suzuki
(Last Week: Not Ranked)
Tickle has been sneaky good so far this season. He had a little bit of a hiccup in Phoenix, but his effort last weekend in Anaheim was impressive. He started up towards the front and stayed there. It was one of the best efforts we’ve seen out of Tickle since he joined RCH Racing and when you factor in that he’s coming off a major injury, it’s that much more extraordinary.
8. Cole Seely - Team Honda
(Last Week: Not Ranked)
We’ve been waiting for Seely to put together a solid main event and while his ride in Anaheim still wasn’t without some misfortune, his result was at the level we expect. Seely has shown speed, even winning a heat race, but it’s been tough sailing in the main events. It’s really been that way for all the rookies but Anderson. A sixth-place finish is the kind of jolt in confidence Seely needs to generate some momentum.
9. Davi Millsaps - Monster Energy Kawasaki
(Last Week: Not Ranked)
I think we all thought Millsaps would be more a fixture at the front of the field at this point in the season, but there’s clearly an adjustment phase going on at Kawasaki to get Millsaps as comfortable as he needs to be on the bike. He was able to start up front in the Anaheim main event but had an unusually quick drop to the tail end of the top 10. Not sure if there’s something that contributed to that, but a top-10 effort as a follow up to a fifth-place finish is nevertheless something the team has to be happy with. It’s a long season.
10. Andrew Short - BTO Sports KTM
(Last Week: 7 / -3)
As we’ve come to expect in 2015, Short put himself at the front of the field in the Main Event, but he crashed out of the race hard on the opening lap. Fortunately for the veteran he didn’t suffer any serious injury, but he was definitely banged up. With a pair of top-10 finishes to start the season the DNF didn’t prove to be a huge blow to Short, particularly when so many other contenders experienced trouble, but it will be interesting to see if he’s able to come back as good as he’s been in Oakland following the big hit he took.
Biggest Climb: Justin Barcia, +3
Biggest Drop: Andrew Short, -3
Dropped Out: Weston Peick, Chad Reed, Jake Weimer