MOTOCROSS / ATV
Top 5 Dirt Bikes in AMA Supercross
By James Folsom, ExtremeProSports.com
Kawasaki KX 450F
Any list of the top five dirt bikes in moto-cross racing must start with the Kawasaki KX 450F ridden by Ryan Villapoto. At the time of this writing, Ryan has won three consecutive events, his lastest at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas Texas. He leads the current points standings. His teammate Jake Weimer finished on the podium that night with a third place finish. Villapoto also won at Anaheim and at San Diego in the last three weeks and has won four events this season.
KTM 450 SFX
In second place in the points we have Ryan Dungey. Ryan rides a KTM 450 SFX.He has one win so far this season (Phoenix) and four out of six events he has a podium finish. He will be heading into Atlanta this weekend hungry to end the three week win streak of Villapoto.
Honda CRF 450R
In third place we have Chad Reed, who rides a Honda CRF 450R. He however sustained multiple injuries during last week's event in Dallas and is now out for the remainder of 2012. This has to be bitterly disappointing to Reed and also to Honda fans as he was their best chance to contend for the title. Now he must sit and watch the rest of the season and wonder what could've been as well as some painful recovery time.
In fourth place currently, James Stewart, perhaps the sport's biggest name is poised to move into the top three. He rides a Yamaha YZ450F for a guy you may have heard of if you are a fan of NASCAR or the NFL...Joe Gibbs. Look for Stewart to make a run at the title before it is all said and done. He has taken the sport over from Ricky Carmichael who left to chase his NASCAR dream. Stewart is compared to Tiger Woods as he is the first African American star in the sport. He is the real deal.
Jake Weimer sits in fifth place in the standings at this point and of course also rides a Kawasaki like his teammate Villapoto.
In sixth we have Kevin Windham, who also rides the Honda CRF.
In seventh Brett Metcalfe rides a Suzuki RM-Z450. So there are the Top Five dirt bikes in the current AMA Supercross Point Standings
Going by this, one would have to assume that the best dirt bike so far is the Kawasaki since it is currently first and fifth in the points. The Honda would have to be at # 2 with 3rd and 6th place, but with Reed out, it will be up for grabs. KTM may be in line to grab the #2 spot with Dungey running second, but I would not count Stewart out from putting Yamaha there soon. One thing you have to love about this series is every bike seems to be very competitive. When you've got five different manufacturers running in the top seven in any form of racing, you cannot beat that.
With Atlanta this week that means only two more events remain until the "Big One" on March 10 at Daytona International Speedway. As with almost every form of racing, Daytona is the place you want to win the most. I'm sure these guys can hardly wait.