Justin Barcia: Can the Red Bull GasGas rider start over ?! Whether it’s a blessing or a curse, Barcia has earned a reputation for walking out the gate with the two blazing barrels in the first supercross of the year – he’s won the last three in a row! And whether they like it or not, everyone is waiting to see if he succeeds four times in a row on January 8. grab a few more wins later in the season and stay in the race for the championship. He even noticed that he was a one-ride pony and that he doesn’t like it. So, while the opening of the season is a big story for Barcia, the most important is whether he can grab a few wins down the line and stay relevant in the league until the end.
Malcolm Stewart: Stewart has been with the 450SX since 2017, but it looks like he’s starting to find his rhythm. In his first two years in the 450SX class, he only broke the top ten six times and a fractured femur sustained at Glendale took him out for most of 2019. In 2020, things started. to change to Stewart and he was in the top five of three. of the last five races. He backed him up the following year with Monster Energy / Star Yamaha by having the best season of his career, registering a stack of top five and even clinching a podium at Salt Lake City 1 to finish sixth in the overall points standings. . On paper, he’s riding a great wave of momentum, armed with Aldon Baker’s training. His new team, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, is betting big on him in 2022 as their best hope for any wins in the 450SX class. Mookie fever? It could spread quickly in January.
Marvin Musquin: Red Bull KTM’s longest continuous rider returns for another Monster Energy Supercross season. He’ll be thirty-two when he lines up, but you’d be hard pressed to know he’s one of over 30 in his riding. Musquin has been a threat to win for years, and although he had a mercurial season in 2021, he didn’t give up on the ladies on his season without winning at Salt Lake City 1. He finished ninth in the standings, way below what he may have done in the past, but he still had some highlights. He also didn’t benefit from the experience of a previous season – he missed 2020 with a knee injury. We’ll see if Musquin is able to continue producing the same solid results he’s had for so many years in what could be his final year with Red Bull KTM.
Returning children: There is so much hype surrounding so many riders that it becomes easy to overlook riders who have been through tough times and need to get back on the podium radar. This includes a pair of Rocky Mountain ATV / MC KTM WPS teammates in Joey Savatgy and Shane McElrath. These guys were once fighting at the top of the 250 ranks, right there with guys who are super excited about the 450 today. Do you remember Savatgy vs. Webb? McElrath vs. Sexton? This duo are set to rebuild and hope 2022 serves as a reminder of their potential. A third teammate there is Max Anstie, who was quietly effective when he joined the supercross field last year. Even in the face of a deep peloton, these riders hope they have the power to surprise, then remind everyone that it shouldn’t have been very surprising at all.