This year stands to be another action-packed year of bar-to-bar racing from the start of Supercross’ 17 rounds to the much-anticipated outdoor Lucas Oil Motocross Championship. With revered veteran racer James Stewart out for the sum of the Supercross season and the first ten rounds of the Motocross Championship due to testing positive for amphetamines at 2014’s Seattle Supercross, the door is wide open for a new generation of talent to shine.
2015 Supercross Season
Supercross fans eagerly awaited Anaheim 1’s first gate drop in another season defined by stacked classes and strong factory teams. The 450 class championship is up for grabs with four-time title winner and reigning champ, Ryan Villipoto, opting to race a European series for Monster Energy Kawasaki. Many are looking to talented neophytes Cole Seely and Jason Anderson to make waves in the ranks after favorite 450 newcomer Dean Wilson was sidelined due to a knee injury early in the season.
In addition to rookies in the spotlight, high expectations have been placed on esteemed riders who have yet to see a 450 title, including Trey Canard, Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen. Nobody is fast to count out past winners Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey, but if the aging Reed is to see another title before retirement, he had better make this his year before Lites class fresh faces make the move up to the 450 class.
In the West Coast portion of the series, Lites racers Cooper Webb, Zach Osborne and Arenacross vet Tyler Bowers are the ones to watch. East Coast riders gear up for their debut on Valentine’s Day when the series makes a stop in Arlington, Texas. Reigning East champ Justin Bogle and counterpart Jeremy Martin are anticipated to put up a good fight while Martin Davalos – in his announced final Lites season – is expected to atone for the dislocated ankle and shattered scaphoid that took him out of the running for last year’s East Coast crown.
Las Vegas Shootout
On May 2, Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium is the setting for the crowning of a new Supercross champ for the first time in four years, given Villipoto’s SX sabbatical. The Lites classes are slated to serve up excitement given the raw aptitude in each class meeting up in the much-anticipated shootout when the top talent from both coasts have throttles pinned for more at stake than Lites class bragging rights.
Familiar Territory for Motocross Championship
Two weeks separate Supercross and outdoor pro racing. The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returns to the same 12 tracks in a slightly altered order this year. May 16 marks the first gate drop at Hangtown in Sacramento, California. Top racers in the world will battle heat, mud and deep ruts all across the country with the final stop in Crawfordsville, Indiana at the Ironman National. Unadilla promises to be action-packed on August 8 as young talents fresh from Loretta’s try their hands among the pro ranks. Unadilla is also the round Stewart is eligible to return to racing, and fans hope to see number seven out there after his unfortunate suspension.
Barring injury of favored racers, moto enthusiasts are certain to be on the edges of their seats as the fastest men on dirt bikes line up to prove their deep-seated drive to succeed among the finest factory-backed racers and privateers. Supercross and the Motocross Championship set the standard for elite racing, and 2015 showcases a continuation of the celebrated excellence among those racing on American soil. Check out OGIO’s moto gear whenever you need gear for the races.