It was a must-win night for Eli Tomac at Daytona, and the defending Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion came through with a win. With the 2021 Supercross Championship Series past the halfway point, three riders control their own destiny—Tomac, Cooper Webb, and series leader Ken Roczen. When it comes to fantasy supercross, it’s not getting any more comfortable as the season continues. However, it’s our job to make sense of it all, so strap yourself in for our 2021 Arlington 1 Fantasy Supercross tip for players at RMFantasySX.com.
Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb are still the go-to 1-2 punch. The two riders have three wins and six podiums each. Roczen has finished in the Top 5 at every race, and Webb has done it in eight of nine races. They’re the Gold Standard for RMFantasySX.com fantasy supercross in 2021. Amazingly, Webb is the only rider to have more than one podium in the last three races, and he has three of them. Webb is on a 1-1-2 run, so put Webb down for the win. Despite P4 finishes in the last two races, Roczen remains the best choice for P2, as no one else has stepped up to reliably take the spot from him.
Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia are the only other riders with two Top 5 finishes in the last three races. Barcia is on a 4-3-6 run, and Tomac has gone 5-6-1. At this point, Barcia is out of the championship hunt, as he is 46 points behind Roczen and in P4. Tomac can definitely still repeat as champion, so put him down as more motivated. That puts Tomac in P3 and Barcia for P4. Of course, if Tomac wins, don’t be surprised.
Outside of the Top 4 riders in the standings, there are two active riders with three Top 5 finishes this year—Marvin Musquin and Malcolm Stewart. Just three Top 5 finishes in nine rounds hardly make you an odds-on favorite for a Top 5 finish at Arlington 1, but that’s what we’re left with. Both Musquin and Stewart have two Top 5 finishes in the last four rounds. Musquin’s two Top 5s have been podium rides, while Stewart is yet to make the podium in 2021. As we’re trying to nail down P5, I’m going with Stewart, as he has two P5 finishes this year. Aaron Plessinger is the only other rider competing at A1 who has two Top 5 wins, so he’s a viable alternative to Musquin and Stewart. Plus, Plessinger is coming off a Daytona podium.
There are two great choices for the P15 Wild Card—Mártin Dávalos and Vince Friese. Dávalos has two P15 finishes, and another four within one spot of P15. Friese has finished in P15 three times, and within one position another two times. It’s as close to a toss-up as you’re going to get. I’m going to go with Dávalos and cross my fingers—I got lucky with Dean Wilson at Daytona. Oh, and to give you something to think about, Mitchell Oldenburg was the P15 finisher at Daytona.
For those who don’t like to read the commentary, here are my picks for Arlington 1:
Malcolm Stewart Wild Card P15: Mártin Dávalos
Daytona was very, very good to me. As painful as it was to see Musquin pull off with an uncooperative motor, it moved Wilson into the P10 Wild Card spot, and I ended up with 94 points on the night. The year started out rocky for me, but now I’m in the top six-percent of RMFantasySX.com players. That’s not bad, though my goal is top one-percent, which is how I finished last year.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!