#23 Aaron Plessinger (Star Racing Yamaha):
For, the first time this season, I’ve chosen Aaron Plessinger to be the Most Impressive 250 Rider. I expected a lot from Plessinger entering the season, and truthfully, he has probably been the most disappointing rider; this is not due to lack of results, but instead is due to not fully living up to the high expectations. I’m sure both Star Racing and Plessinger himself had these same high expectations, so they must also be relatively disappointed with the 2017 season so far.
However, he has had many promising moments, such as his come from behind performance in Arlington this past weekend. He had an AWFUL start in Arlington, drifting wide in the first corner, going off track, and coming out near dead last. He made quick work of the field in front of him however, passing into the top 10 by lap 2, and setting blistering fast laps time as he moved through the field. Some viewers complained that Fox Sports were giving him too much coverage, but I’m glad they did; it was a pleasure watching him weave his way through the traffic. These moments, similar to what we saw in San Diego as well, are why we have such high expectations for Plessinger in the first place.
And how about Plessinger’s whoop speed? The kid is extremely talented, hitting the whoops 1000 times faster than his competition, and wheelieing through them! He was definitely feeling it on Saturday, and it’s a shame that he got a bad start; I think he would have won if he had gotten a better start! (How many times have we said that in his career. Answer: TOO MANY TIMES!!). Plessinger is bound to win before the end of the season. It would be shocking if he didn’t.
Overall, Plessinger’s come from behind performance in Arlington was super impressive indeed. Let’s hope he can work on his starts over the near 2 month break that the 250 west riders now have, and come back with a vengeance. The hopes of winning the championship for him are next to nothing, but he can still make statements by winning the remaining races.
Cover photo from Racer X Online by Rich Shepherd