At the team USA press conference, the US trio of Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia and Aaron Plessinger were asked if they kept up with the world championship and know who to look out for as their competition at Red Bud. Their responses varied with some more knowledgeable than others!
Eli Tomac: I mean you see the dominant guys, the dominant guy right now is Herlings. I honestly don’t pay attention to the 250 class very much but Herlings is definitely the guy over their right now!
Justin Barcia: I keep up with them and watch them, I have a some friends over there. There are a lot of good racers but we race a lot of good racers here so it kind of is what it is. There are a lot of good 250 riders and really good 450 riders. We have home field advantage and we will take every advantage we can get over these guys but there is definitely a lot of competition and a lot of good racers.
Aaron Plessinger: Obviously Herlings is killing it over there right now. In the 250 class they have some really good guys but I think Ferrandis was battling with Herlings over there before he came over here and he is honestly the only guy that I see as a really big threat.