We are already more then halfway through the 250 East SX Championship and things got a little feisty at the last round in Indianapolis. There was contact between contenders of Cianciarulo and Osborne in practice that left AC on the ground holding his knee. Osborne also got aggressive in the main against Savatgy to take the lead and the win. Now the series heads to Detroit for round 6 and so here are my 250 Rankings.
Zach Osborne (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna)
It’s nice to see Osborne finally come into his own this year, but I honestly did not expect to see him be this dominant! He has been great at every race and if it weren’t for his crash at Minneapolis he probably would have won 4 of the 5 races. He has a nice cushion over Savatgy who sits 9 points back, but I am a little worried that Zach may be riding a little bit aggressive. He isn’t to blame for the practice incident, but come on Osborne, you’re older and have a kid and you are the point’s leader. He should have been smarter and stayed out of it. I was okay with his move in the main as he is going for the win and it worked, so I don’t see how we look down on that one; however, when your competitor thinks it was too aggressive, then he may be in some trouble. I still see Osborne as the guy to beat every week, but he may have to look out for an angry Pro Circuit team in Detroit.
Joey Savatgy (Pro Circuit/Monster Energy Kawasaki)
Savatgy rode great in Indianapolis, but unfortunately for him Osborne was just a touch better. At the beginning on the series, it looked like Savatgy and the rest of the field were clearly behind Osborne, but last race Savatgy really showed us that he can run up their with Osborne and I expect a good battle between these two for the remaining of the series. I was thinking of how last year Savatgy was 2nd to a really fast Webb, and now he is 2nd again to a really fast and improved Osborne! That must be getting annoying for him, as he definitely is capable of winning races and championships.
Jordon Smith (TLD/Red Bull KTM)
Jordon Smith has really impressed me so far this year. He was always fast through amateurs and even showed great speed at Geico Honda for his first two years, but his major problem was he crashed and he crashed a lot. Then he made an interesting move to leave Geico Honda and try out TLD KTM. Now they are both good teams, but it is always strange to me when a 250 rider who hasn’t had amazing results would leave one factory ride for another. Now he hasn’t been around this team for that long and has only raced 5 races with them, but Smith looks like a different rider out there! He is not nearly as flashy, he has kind of been struggling in the heats, but then the main comes and he is up front battling. Also he has only crashed two times and both weren’t his fault. If he can keep this up, I believe he will be a contender for wins and championships next year. I see him battling for a podium again this Saturday in Detroit.
Adam Cianciarulo (Pro Circuit/Monster Energy Kawasaki)
Cianciarulo made a not so smart move in practice last week and the end result was a hurt knee. It was evident that he was riding cautious last week and only raced to a 5th place ride. This will be interesting to watch for the rest of the series. Is his knee okay? Will he come back swinging and win more races? He lost a lot of points, so will he be flustered now and ride over his head? Is he mad at Osborne and himself? Will he retaliate? I think Cianciarulo will be right there again fighting for podiums come Saturday night.
Dylan Ferrandis (Star Racing Yamaha)
Ferrandis for whatever reason had an off night. Coming off his first podium, I expected a better performance in Indianapolis, but instead he could only salvage a 7th after dropping from 5th to 8th in one lap. I still see him as the next guy on this list because he has been up there more consistently than riders like Martin and Craig. In Detroit I expect a much better top 5 performance.
Christian Craig (Geico Honda): Things have not been good for Craig this year; He is still searching every weekend for better results.
Alex Martin (TLD/Red Bull KTM): Martin has struggled with arm pump this year, but he has still managed one podium and one other top 5. Lets see if he back up last week’s 4th in Detroit.
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