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Throwback Thursday Meets The 2015 Atlanta Supercross

As we head into round 8 of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross in Atlanta, a few things are beginning to become clear in this series. What started out as a six or seven rider battle for the championship has now turned into a three or four rider battle as we approach the halfway point. In recent weeks we’ve seen Ryan Dungey slowly emerge as the rider who definitely is trending upwards. He has now won two main events and finished no worse than fourth in any of the first seven races. Whether it’s the new 2015 KTM 450SX-F, his new trainer or now being a married man, whatever the reason something has lit a fire under the nicest guy in SX.

Now, other than Eli Tomac, Trey Canard and of course Ken Roczen each winning main events in the 2015 series, since round five in Anaheim Dungey has really stepped up his game. Even though Roczen is only twelve points behind Dungey in the 450 points, at this point it seems like a lot more as since Roczen’s hard crash in Oakland. He certainly hasn’t been the same rider since that. While you could argue that Roczen is still finishing second every weekend and that is still very impressive. At this point finishing second for Roczen appears to look like a walk in the park, it’s the three points he’s losing each race to Dungey that is the concerning part. Roczen has to do something big in the next few weeks to turn the tide back into his favour before it becomes too late.

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This diesel is definitely firing on all cylinders right now. As the series visits the southeast for the first time this season, Ryan Dungey has to be the favourite to take home some more wins. photo by Frank Hoppen

We are now entering the meat of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. With two races back to back in Atlanta, then the tough Daytona SX followed by two or three more than likely soft and rutted dirt races in Indianapolis, Detroit and St Louis, anything can happen as racing mistake free will be tough for even the most talented of riders. Of the top four riders in this series, whichever one can through this upcoming March madness in the best shape will be in great position as the series moves into the home stretch in April.

It all begins this Saturday night in the Georgia Dome. Whether it’s the dewy sweet smell of the peach filled air of Georgia, or the cool vibe of the city, for whatever reason the racing is always great in Atlanta. We’ve seen great races going back as far as 1989 when Jeff Stanton picked up his first win of his career, or the main event in 2011 when Chad Reed and James Stewart battled right down to the final lap. The fans are definitely in for a treat this weekend and next weekend as the series invades Atlanta for rounds 8 and 9. As part of the popular Throwback Thursday theme, here are a couple of past races from Atlanta, GA.

2011 Atlanta Supercross

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