I used to race off road, and have been a huge fan of supercross for decades. I remember plenty of years when a single rider dominated everyone else (Jeremy McGrath comes to mind immediately). Some of those years it was simply a boring sport to watch. I also remember years when there were two riders who were quite competitive. Ricky Johnson versus Jeff Ward would be one example, and, more recently, Ricky Carmichael versus James Stewart. It has been very rare that three riders would routinely compete for the top spot, and I can’t recall a single year where four or more riders could win on any given weekend.
Before Trey Canard (Honda) was injured while practicing last week, there were five riders capable of winning this year. The other four riders are still healthy, and, in the order of their current points total in the series, they are Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki), Chad Reed (Honda), Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) and James Stewart (Yamaha). Stewart is just nine points away from Villopoto’s top spot, but he has won the last two races rather easily.
Each of these riders has had disaster strike at least once this year in the form of a crash, a mechanical problem, or a failure to make the main event. With two races left, and these four riders separated by less than 10 points, I won’t try to predict the outcome of this year’s championship, but I will be paying close attention to the last two races.