10 scenarios entering Budds Creek National 2022


Just a few races ago, it sure seemed like all the momentum in the 450 class belonged to Eli Tomac. He had won a ton of races in a row and had taken over the points lead from Chase Sexton. Well, Tomac still looks strong, but Sexton came out of the break with both guns on fire! The Honda HRC rider was unreal at Unadilla, coming from behind in both motos to not only catch Tomac, but leave him in the dust. Sexton now leads by one point over Tomac. Will Tomac get the red plate back at Budds Creek, or will Sexton close the gap? –Aaron Hansel

We had the return of heavy hitters last week in the form of Malcolm Stewart, Dean Wilson and, of course, 2021 champion Dylan Ferrandis. Stewart and Wilson finished 15th and 16th overall, while Ferrandis went 4-10 for seventh overall. It shows just how gnarly the national championships are and how difficult it is to get into a season that is already raging. Now that these three have an idea of ​​the current pace, will they move up the ladder a bit in what will be, for them, the second round? –Hansel

Justin Barcia isn’t having a disastrous season, but he’s not doing as well as usual – in the past we’ve grown accustomed to podium appearances, and even the occasional Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull driver win /GasGas. Well, the good news for Barcia fans is that he’s always been pretty good at Budds Creek. The worst he has ever finished there is sixth (2019), and he even won there in 2015. Can Barcia use a track that has been good to them to improve their results this weekend? –Hansel


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