Supercross season preview: Predicting the Top 10 – No. 9/10

The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season will kick off at Anaheim on Jan. 3.

Editor’s note: From December 29th to January 2nd, FOX Sports’ Brandon Short will list his predictions for the Top 10 finishers of the 2015 Supercross season.

It’s been widely touted as the most talented field of competitors in Monster Energy Supercross history and – with 19 riders that have won a 450SX Class main event, finished on a 450SX Class podium and/or won a 250SX Class main event – its easy to understand why. While at this point it looks as though just two former champions will line up on the gate at Anaheim 1, this collection of premier class riders has more budding talent than any in recent memory.

The departure of reigning four-time champion Ryan Villopoto and subsequent suspension of James Stewart means this battle for the vacant title is truly wide open, thanks largely to the aforementioned young riders turning heads in the early portions of their racing careers. Unlike previous years, there’s simply no way to look at past results as an indicator of how things will play out considering the two winningest riders of the last six seasons won’t be a factor. Because of that, simply earning a top 10 in 2015 can be considered an accomplishment while the ability to contend for finishes inside the top five or on the podium will take an exceptional effort. Heck, just making the main event will be harder than it’s ever been before.

With all that being said, we break down our predictions for the top 10 finishers in the 2015 championship.

Tenth Place: Weston Peick – Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX

Supercross rider Weston Peick poses for a portrait on Oct. 17, 2014.

As a privateer, Peick often found himself battling alongside some of the sport’s most recognizable names. With a factory bike under him you have to expect that he’ll be better than ever before. While I think it may take some time for everything to gel between Peick and JGR, I think he will get better and better as the season wears on and the consistency will come. However, he’s up against a loaded field and he’ll need to bring his A-game each and every week in order to not get left behind in the points. Given what he’s up against and given the improvements around him, I think Peick will enjoy the best season of his career.

Ninth Place: Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Jason Anderson competes during a 250SX race during the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season.

Given his success last season during his final year in the 250SX Class, many consider Anderson to be the most promising rookie contender this season. Considering he’s the reigning Western Regional Champion that attention is deserved. There will be times this season that Anderson shows his potential, but the 17-race schedule and longer nights of racing are sure to have an impact, like they have with virtually every rookie before him. On top of that, Anderson will have familiar foes from the 250 ranks to battle with in addition to the more experienced 450 riders, and he’ll have a new team around him with Husqvarna. Memorable rides will be there and Anderson will establish himself as a rider of the future, but the longevity of the season play into where he ultimately finishes at season’s end.

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