It's that time of year again! The 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship is right around the corner and this week saw some fun times at our official media sessions!
What more can be said about Aaron Plessinger? The 450SX rookie is fresh off of a 2018 250SX Western Regional title and is one of the most charismatic racers the sport has seen in decades. Tall, fast and versatile look for the new No. 7 to make an immediate impact on the premier division.
Perhaps the most fierce class of 450SX rookies the sport has ever seen, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy has already proven his speed on a 450SX machine at the 2018 Monster Energy Cup where he landed on the podium. Having a teammate like Eli Tomac, who has won half of the 450SX Main Events in the past two seasons, can only help. Keep your eyes on the No. 17!
Ken Roczen's comeback story captivated the world in 2018. He came back from a potentially career ending arm injury to rock the masses by claiming fastest qualifier at A1 last January. After some podium finishes and a near win in Oakland, Roczen again fell victim to injury and he'll have to do it all over again in Monster Energy Supercross. You can't stop the heart of a champion and the German comes into the 2019 season as one of the title favorites.
The Midwest Kid enters his third season of 250SX competition with only one mindset; a 250SX Divisional Championship. Austin Forkner has pure talent and is arguably one of the heavy favorites to take down the competition in 2019.
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM duo of Jordon Smith and Sean Cantrell will be a force in 2019. Smith is a proven race winner and young Cantrell is coming off a rookie season that saw a lot of promise and speed. They will be heard in 2019.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo has marked off every goal in the 250SX class except for a championship. Charismatic, extremely skilled in jumping and now a veteran of the 250SX division, "AC" is the odds on favorite to win whatever title he enters in 2019.
It is at this point in the story that along comes a warrior. Eli Tomac has won 17 450SX Main Events in the past two seasons. Anything less than the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross an FIM World Championship crown will not suffice for the No. 3. Is this the year Eli puts it all together? We shall see!
The storm is coming.