Jason Weigandt Explains Potential Troubles for 450SX Contenders in 2023

Christian Craig: Stable quantity of Craig hype for his first full 450SX season, as he has extra 450 races (particularly with motocross) beneath his belt than most, and he’s obtained, ahem, let’s make this constructive, age and knowledge. However the 17-races-in-19 weekends 450SX grind is unforgiving, and there’s no expertise like really getting the expertise.

Colt Nichols: Similar as for Craig right here, as that is Colt’s rookie 450SX marketing campaign. Little or no margin for error with only a SX-only cope with Honda to show his price. Nichols has an excellent steeper studying curve, since he didn’t race in any respect final yr, as a consequence of harm, and hasn’t raced a 450 a lot.

Ken Roczen: The wildest of untamed playing cards, it wouldn’t shock anybody to see Roczen win Anaheim 1 for the fifth time. Even on a Suzuki. Additionally, although, you must take into account that Roczen’s 2022 supercross marketing campaign was the worst of his profession, and whereas the Progressive/Ecstar HEP Suzuki story is compelling, there’s additionally an opportunity that bike is simply not what it as soon as was. Sink or swim? You possibly can see a few of each, for Ken, and for everybody.

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