1. Jason Anderson can clinch the title with a fifth place or better. Regardless of what Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F) does in Salt Lake City, Anderson will take possession the title if he finishes in fifth place or better. That is a highly likely outcome, as Anderson has been in the top four at 14 of 15 rounds. Anderson has ridden smart all year long, so there is no reason to think he will abandon that strategy with the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship within his grasp at Rice-Eccles Stadium.2. All Marvin Musquin can do is try to stay alive in the championship race. Musquin only needs to finish 16th to prevent Anderson from clinching the title in Salt Lake City if Anderson scores zero points at Rice-Eccles. At the other end, Musquin can clinch second place in the standings if he scores four more points than Eli Tomac at SLC. Marvin has not outscored Tomac by more than three points at any round this year that didn’t include a crash or DNS from Tomac, so that’s a longshot bet. Still, Musquin should retain second place at the end of the year.3. Eli Tomac is simply racing for wins. Tomac has an impressive record of seven wins in 15 rounds. If Tomac can win out, he’ll have won more than half the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series races. While he can’t win the championship, he certainly can claim that he was the fastest, if not the most consistent, rider in the field—and it would be hard to argue against that point.4. Justin Brayton and Blake Baggett both need to beat Weston Peick in Salt Lake City to clinch top five positions in the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship Series. Accomplishing that isn’t a sure thing, as Peick has beaten at least one of them in five of the last six rounds. The real battle, however, is between Brayton and Baggett. Brayton holds a slim four-point lead over Baggett, and they have scored identical points over the last two rounds. Finishing in the top five will be a good overall result for either rider, given expectations at the beginning of the season.5. Prep yourself for a 5:30 p.m. ET broadcast time on Fox Network. Yes, it will be on over-the-air television, as well as starting at an unusual time. You can keep track of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross TV Schedule on our website.
2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Standings (after 15 of 17 rounds)
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
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