#44 Jordon Smith (Troy Lee Designs KTM):
Wow. What a race in Detroit, and Jordon Smith came out on top with his first ever career win! Smith’s ride is Most Impressive due to his tenacity; he never gave up in that race! Smith started slightly behind the lead battle, lost a bit of time to Ferrandis, but ultimately kept pushing and got into the lead with a few laps to go. Then, he was faced with the ultimate challenge of Joey Savatgy behind him, but confidently held on to a fast pace and remained aggressive by passing Savatgy back on the last lap. Watching the two of them battle it out was amazing!
The fact that Smith held on to win that is a bit surprising to me truthfully. He’s been great this year, but still just a bit off the lead pace at previous races. However, he definitely was able to run the pace of the quickest (i.e. Savatgy) in Detroit, which makes his ride even more impressive.
Smith was brought on to GEICO Honda as a rookie in 2015. Since then, he has shown promising pace, but never was able to follow through with results. Two years of crashing and injuries plagued his time at GEICO Honda, and he made the switch to TLD KTM this year. I didn’t really know what to expect of him, but he immediately impressed with a 2nd place finish at the opener in Minneapolis. Since then, he has continued a streak of impressive performances, resulting in his win this past weekend.
Smith sits only 9 points back from Savatgy now, and is in 2nd place in the points. I don’t think he will win this championship, but you have to admire how close he is. All in all, it has been an excellent year so far for the #44 rider.
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