Jonathan McCready: A new series is always exciting mid-way through the dirt bike year and the US Nationals always has the added intrigue of will the supercross champions bringing over momentum into the motocross season or will they still be in supercross mode and not prepared for the more gruelling motocross races!

I think in Jason Anderson’s case the latter might be true. It will be hard to be at 100% at Hangtown after the emotional stress and a lifetime goal completed just two weeks ago.

Eli Tomac should however come out all guns blazing as he had plenty of time to prepare for outdoors and it’s hard to look past him for the win at Hangtown and in the championship. Blake Baggett though, might be the man to stop him a the first round as he usually excels on the Northern Californian track. Musquin shouldn’t be far away again while Ken Roczen might need a couple of rounds to find his feet after rushing back from another injury.

The 250 class is probably a deeper field than the 450 and could be shootout between Jeremy Martin and Zach Osborne but Aaron Plessinger, Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner shouldn’t be far away either. Add in the young guns like Cooper, Sexton, and Marchbanks plus Alex Martin, Shane McElrath and Justin Hill to name just a few the racing should be fast and furious all year long!

450

Hangtown prediction:

1. Eli Tomac
2. Blake Baggett
3. Marvin Musquin

Championship prediction

1. Eli Tomac
2. Marvin Musqin
3. Ken Roczen

250

Hangtown prediction

1. Jeremy Martin
2. Zach Osborne
3. Joey Savatgy

Championship prediction

1. Zach Osborne
2. Jeremy Martin
3. Aaron Plessinger

Andy McKinstry: “The Motocross season gets underway in America this weekend with the first round of the Pro AMA Nationals taking place at Hangtown.

In the 450 class, you’d think it’s going to be a three-way championship battle between Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin. Jason Anderson came out on top during the supercross season but can he make it the perfect season and beat the pair to yet another title? Honestly, for the title my money is on Tomac but the other two will certainly win races and if they can put the pressure on Tomac then you just never know.

German, Ken Roczen picked up another injury during the Supercross season which is the last thing he’d have wanted but he’s doing extremely well to make his return in Hangtown. During the first few rounds he’ll just want to stay in contention and there’s no doubt he’ll get stronger as the outdoor season progresses.

Justin Barcia and Blake Baggett are two guys not to be overlooked. Baggett usually comes alive at this time of the year as he is a better Motocross rider than he is at Supercross. The pair will definitely be looking to battle at the front regularly.

Hangtown prediction:

  1. Eli Tomac
  2. Marvin Musquin
  3. Jason Anderson

Championship prediction:

  1. Eli Tomac
  2. Marvin Musquin
  3. Ken Roczen

The 250 class is looking pretty stacked! Zach Osborne won the title last year and it’s hard to look past his experience. Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin will be the guy that’s all out to stop Osborne as he badly wants to reclaim the title and he certainly has the speed – expect plenty of battles between the pair.

Aaron Plessinger might just be the guy who could surprise and win the championship this year if he can get good starts as they tend to hold him back but speed certainly isn’t the issue.

Pro Circuit’s Joey Savatgy should also be right in the mix, he ended up fifth in the series last year but will certainly be looking to improve on that this year. His younger teammate, Austin Forkner is back on the bike after he broke his collarbone, he’s very talented and if he can put it together for the duration of the season shouldn’t be far from the front.

French rider, Dylan Ferrandis has recently announced he’s signed a two year deal extension with the Star Yamaha Racing team but unfortunately he picked up an injury during the Supercross season which is a shame. When he’s back at the races he should be right at the sharp end especially now that he’s learnt all the tracks last year during his rookie season.

Then there’s the youngsters, Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper should be strong. I definitely fancy Sexton to stand on the box a few times over the course of the outdoor season.

Hangtown prediction:

  1. Jeremy Martin
  2. Zach Osborne
  3. Aaron Plessinger

Championship predicition:

  1. Zach Osborne
  2. Jeremy Martin
  3. Aaron Plessinger

 

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