What an A1! Mom Nature didn’t assist the monitor as rains in Southern California have soaked already saturated grounds however the Grime Wurx crew did a tremendous job on what was a really technical monitor. I made my means all the way down to Anaheim early Saturday morning and really left pretty late (for my requirements). I ended up staying and doing the reside Fly Racing present with Steve, JT and Weege and had fun bench racing about who we predict would win. Right here is the primary Daytime Program of 2023!
Eli Tomac: I admit when I’m unsuitable and I used to be unsuitable about Eli coming into A1. I assumed since I’ve heard there was some minor “attending to know the brand new bike struggles” with Eli and a few settings on the 2023 that he could have some hassle at A1, however he shoved that massive piece of crow in my mouth! Look, I’m not saying Eli is finished, I knew he can be nice, however I assumed they might have some rising pains, however he appeared precisely like he did on this new YZ450F like he did on his 2022 machine! He was throwing it round somewhat extra. His ft stayed on the pegs in corners extra. He crashed and nonetheless got here again and gained. I imply he even was sick with the flu for a bit a pair weeks earlier than A1 and his health appeared high notch. I’m carried out predicting these dame issues! I’m simply going to stay to check using! I’ll say that this manufacturing facility Yamaha that Eli is using is NOT something like a manufacturing YZ450F that all of us experience so everybody relax on that is one of the best bike ever. The 2023 YZ450F is a very good bike ( I even gained all my motos on it right this moment at an area race), however it isn’t the Jesus Christ of bikes like Matthes says it’s.
Cooper Webb: Washed up? Ehhhhh. Folks sort of wrote of Webb I really feel. I had my Cooper Webb #2 hat on after I was driveng to the stadium Saturday morning however I assumed I higher not put on it and piss off different riders. Coop had discovered a greater setting (not excellent, however higher) and he’s dedicated to profitable this season. KTM let him have his summer season trip and he received to see his youngster be born so I believe this could change his psyche! KTM has given him some rope and he’s not oblivious to that truth. He needs to work laborious for himself in addition to work laborious for the crew that gave him that additional rope. KTM has some chassis modifications that helps get Coop and Marv some extra entrance finish really feel. I’ll clarify all of this in an upcoming Racer X video!
Chase Sexton: Gisele appeared nice and to me a 3rd place is good the place he wanted to be. Certain his lap instances slipped somewhat on the finish however he hung in as the highest 5 had been all inside 10 seconds of one another on the end! Chase’s (skimming) whoop pace appears to be like higher than final 12 months however he did get pulled somewhat in that space in comparison with Eli, however I really feel like he was the subsequent finest rider within the whoops come foremost occasion time. Chase must get by Oakland’s upcoming mud race to make sure the title doesn’t get too far out of grasp. Chase can also be good within the mud in case you had been questioning!
Dylan Ferrandis: Dylan has been on board with the 23 YZ450F since his first time on it. Eli wasn’t as stoked on it as Dylan was, however you possibly can see Dylan getting a fourth within the opener tells us his emotions are actual. That is one thing he hasn’t carried out within the 450 class but. I do really feel that Dylan has that uncooked Eli kind pace and I believe we’ll see that because the season goes. Each Yamahas received nice begins (no query that the Yamaha’s engine is among the finest), however from what I used to be instructed, Yamaha made the engine smoother down low for Dylan as a result of he likes it a lot smoother/mellower than Eli. The brand new Monster Power Star Racing Yamaha 2023 YZ450F even sounds completely different than the older 2022 model. The bike isn’t as loud by the consumption. It’s nonetheless louder than different machines however not close to as loud as final 12 months’s scary as hell blue bike.
Ken Roczen: I’ve heard so many individuals say that Ken didn’t experience good, however I believe he rode nice! A high 5 within the first rattling race of the 12 months is simply effective. In the event you would ask any rider in the event that they get gifted a high 5 earlier than the race even began, they might take it. Jamie from Twisted Growth is doing the engine and ECU’s for the HEP Suzuki crew and he mentioned Roczen didn’t need something from him all day. He mentioned the bike was effective and he didn’t desire a factor carried out to it! THIS IS UNHEARD OF FROM ROCZEN! So, lets all chill down on 94 and see how Oakland goes. Oakland has been good to Roczen over time by the way in which. Can he experience some mud? He’s no AP7, however he’s fairly rattling good!
Colt Nichols: A sixth place! WHAT? Wanting like Wil Hahn and Nichols combo is figuring out nice. I spoke with Colt whereas testing at Pala earlier than Anaheim and he mentioned he likes the state of affairs he’s in as there may be ZERO strain on him to win. Having a laid again man like Wil round solely may also help! Wil additionally is aware of a factor or two abut being a troublesome SOB so having that rub off on Colt is an effective factor. I believe high 5’s are an actual factor for Colt in 2023, however let’s maintain him off the bottom, Wil!
Disappointments In The 450 Class: Among the disappointments to me must be the Rockstar Husqvarna riders, Christian Craig and Malcolm Stewart. Each appeared nice in qualifying however CC had a giant crash within the whoops of all locations and Mookie took a entrance flip over the on/off. Each had been scary crashed however will reside to combat one other day, banged and bruised, however not damaged.
Surprises In The 450 Class: The surprises for me had been Colt Nichols in addition to Grant Harlan. I’d have put Colt round tenth and Grant Harlan not making the principle, however as soon as once more this proves I suck at predicting riders finishes! Once more, simply give me a motorbike to check please!
Jett Lawrence: I can’t imagine Matthes and JT mentioned he didn’t look nice in daytime qualifying. Certain, the dude crashed however he nonetheless was SECOND! I don’t what else we will kind about this child that you just haven’t already heard. I do hear that there have been NOT quite a lot of modifications on the CRF250R facet of issues at Honda. Child is snug, however I really feel he can have extra completion to this man beneath this 12 months.
RJ Hampshire: Rick? Rick? Sure, sir Mr. Rick Hampshire was hauling the mail and has some additional pace within the tank for 2023. RJ has been some of the vocal riders on the circuit when his bike isn’t as much as par. To me that is what we (as followers) need/want! I’d like to know what precisely they’re altering and RJ really divulges some information for us followers! If RJ can keep wholesome I believe he can nonetheless a win or two away from Jett this season!
Cameron Mcadoo: Folks at all times say “oh MAC is sketchy”, however to me he appeared in management this weekend. His unfastened moments had been few and much between so that is superior to see. We don’t want a repeat of Charlotte can we, Mac. Nice begin to the 12 months for 48 and it’s good to have a two 12 months deal in your again pocket once you’re busting your ass week in and week out!
Max Vohland: Mac impressed quite a lot of us within the press field and to me is 150% higher than he was final 12 months. His whoop pace has improved and he talked about that their new 2023 KX250 race bikes are higher than their final 12 months’s race bike, particularly within the engine division! Extra low finish really feel.
Enzo Lopes: Who had Enzo being the quickest qualifier? Nobody higher elevate their hand! Enzo didn’t end off the day with the quickest time however he did handle to get a sixth in the principle and has carried out one thing substantial actually strong now to spice up his confidence. The Membership MX crew has come a great distance and sure, these engines are a Twisted Growth engine.
Disappointments In The 250 Class: Phil Nicoletti in addition to Austin Forkner received me bummed out man. Forker can’t purchase a rattling break and Phil needs to be higher. I’ve heard that Austin’s knee may not be as dangerous as we thought. I hope for this child’s sake that he will get out of this with solely a meniscus tear and bruising however rattling that was a tough slap. Phil is coping with a wrist challenge so let’s hope he can heal as he goes, however being that he’s 74 years outdated, it is likely to be robust.
Surprises In The 250 Class: I’m going to offer this one to Hunter Yoder as he has been A LOT higher than he was final 12 months and he’s in far more management (on the west coast) of the monitor than final 12 months’s east coast tracks he was racing on.