We’ve arrived at our first holiday break with Ryan Villopoto right where a defending champ should be, in the points lead. Davi Millsaps, however, held the red plate through the first ten rounds, until a mid-week crash took him out and on put the red background back with the #1. Past the midways point, some real achievers have emerged this year, noteworthy of such heroic praise as found in our very own list here.
Through the first 8 rounds Millsaps has been, hands down, the rider of the year. Unfortunately, the 2012 Supercross runner-up suffered a practice crash, a few weeks back, and has relinquished the points lead to RV1. Millsaps did finish 2nd last year, but in a very depleted field. Nobody expected him to carry the lead through half of 2013, but 2nd is what Davi placed in the previous season. So by achieving what he did last year, DM18 is #10 on our list (we knew he could do it already).
Here is one tough hombre. Kiniry shows some serious consistency by battling in the LCQ with a certain other guy, every time! Because of Bobby’s grit and testicular fortitude, he finds a way to mix it up with the best riders every weekend. Kiniry is a solid, journey-man rider who overachieves at every Supercross main that he makes. He currently sits 20th in the 450 class after being recruited by the Ti-Lube/ Yamaha team.
Here is your certain other guy. Peick has electrified the LCQ scene and is the hands-down-favorite to win just about every physical battle on the track. Peick, for the umpteenth time in a row, has no ride and no pay for being one of the top 15 riders in the US. Weston is a big guy with no style, who wears his emotions on his sleeve and never quits. Nobody wants to give him a ride, ever. Peick is the hero of the common man with a cult fan-base. His program is literally funded by Southern California fans who want to see him race. Too bad nobody in the mainstream rewards that kind of raw humanity anymore. WP46 sits 14th in points, just behind Mike Allessi. Both are on Suzukis with no support from….you guessed it, Suzuki.
This year’s class of Supercross rookies have been pretty amazing to watch thus far, but like all that have come before, it lacks experience. Jessy Nelson and Joey Savatgy have been solid out West while Jeremy Martin, Justin Hill, and Zack Bell have all shown considerable speed in the East. Bell had the most remarkable debut in recent memory with his huge, catapulting crash, followed by an LCQ win and uber-emotional podium speech. Welcome to the big time, fellas.
Goerke, who is former German Supercross Champion, has really found his stride this year on the BTO Sports/KTM. A taller rider, Goerke has a flowing style similar to Davi Millsaps and Justin Sipes. Goerke has ran in the top ten numerous times this year and has often been the feature of a Ryan Villopoto Go Pro video. Every rider ahead of Goerke is a legitimate all-star of the sport and he currently sits in 11th place, just ahead of Villopoto’s teammate, Jake Weimer.