Excitement is in the air, as the opening round of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Championship is just two days away. Fans, riders, and industry folks alike are eager to get another racing season underway. Adding fuel to the excitement, the Anaheim press conference took place earlier today in Anaheim’s Angel Stadium. Jamie Little from Fox Sports hosted the media in addressing the reigning champion Ryan Dungey and fellow riders Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, Chad Reed, Jason Anderson, Josh Grant, Davi Millsaps, Marvin Musquin, and Cooper Webb. Some hot topics: the absence of James Stewart, Davi Millsaps’ illness and rib injury, the recently announced timed-race format, and (of course) off-season preparation. To sum it all up: all riders feel ready! It was also announced that there will be a post-race press conference at every round shortly after the podium presentation, which will include the top three 450 finishers and the 250 winner.

Watch the entire press conference here, and check out my take on the press conference below:

My Opinion: These press conferences always disappoint me slightly; let’s face it: they’re boring. Honestly, the only reason people watch these is because we haven’t seen any racing action for a few months, and we’re all hungry to see just a little bit from our favorite riders. Fast forward to the Vegas end-of-the-season press conference in May, and I guarantee you that none of us will really care anymore. It’s a great opportunity for media to question riders but, come on… it’s the same old boring questions every year! How do you feel entering the season? You had a good off-season; does that help? Do you feel prepared after switching teams? We might as well be asking: how do you feel in the latest polka-dot leopard-print Fox gear? (We would get the same amount of insight: none). Is it really a shocker that all of these guys claim to have had an amazing off-season and feel prepared entering A1? Let’s drill these guys with some challenging questions. Hopefully adding additional post-race press conferences every race will allow the media to improve their questions. Other than that, the only other things I noticed were that Eli Tomac is surprisingly well-spoken and that Ken Roczen’s German accent is basically gone.

Let’s do better than NASCAR:

Scott Yargeau

I grew up racing motocross in a small town in Canada, and I now work as a mathematician in New York City. Combining my two passions, I'm excited to apply my skills in data analysis to the sport to produce stats-based race reports and projections.

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