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At the 2018 Supercross season finale in Las Vegas, Eli Tomac won the battle but could only watch as the more consistent Jason Anderson wrapped up the title. Right smack in the middle was Marvin Musquin taking second in both the race and the championship.

A few months ago at the start of the SX season I talked about who would step up to fill the void with Ryan Dungey retiring.  My main point was that while Dungey was often not the fastest rider on the track, he knew how to manage the race and himself.

Ricky Carmichael brings up this point frequently; it is on the bad days that champions are made. Championships are about amassing the most points, nothing else. Wins, podiums, fast lap, qualifying, all those things are secondary. The points are what matter.

As I prophetically pointed out a few months ago, Eli Tomac was once again the fastest rider on the track. But he had his bad days too and they derailed his chance at a championship. He is so close to running away from everyone, but the lack of consistency is out of step with his talent.

While Ken Roczen was not really a factor this season, he too showed the same kind of incredible speed at times. But I cannot help but wonder if he was trying too hard to make an impressive come back from injury.

The improvement in Marvin Musquin is perhaps the most impressive aspect of the season. By the midpoint he was consistently getting good starts and running at the front every race. He certainly had a couple of bobbles and lost some valuable points. But overall, he may be the steadiest rider in the field as they head outdoors.

What can you say about Jason Anderson? Well call him champion that is what will go in the record books. He had the good fortune to find himself in the position of last man standing in a few early season races and that launched him into the points lead. From there he was able to ride steady and manage his points lead for the rest of the season.

Certainly Anderson had a bit of luck on his side. But in the big picture I don’t think that is just by luck that the two Dungey protégés take the top steps on the box for the year. KTM and Aldon Baker have a winning program going.

I guess I should say Husqvarna too. No discredit, but let’s be honest, they are really white KTM’s. KTM executives take two shirts to the track, one orange and one black. So let’s paint a bigger picture and give the credit to Stephan Pierer who wins all the way around.

I am going to pat myself on the back, my Supercross prognostications were pretty accurate. As for outdoors, the real motocross, my picks are Tomac, Musquin, Baggett. Blake Baggett quietly worked his way into fourth place for the season. He has always been stronger outdoors. I think he is on a roll. Keep an eye on Benny Bloss too.

2018 Las Vegas Supercross Results

  1. Eli Tomac, Kawasaki
  2. Marvin Musquin, KTM
  3. Blake Baggett, KTM
  4. Christian Craig, Honda
  5. Jason Anderson, Husqvarna
  6. Benny Bloss, KTM
  7. Weston Peick, Suzuki
  8. Dean Wilson, Husqvarna
  9. Justin Barcia, Yamaha
  10. Vince Friese, Honda
  11. Chad Reed, Husqvarna
  12. Justin Brayton, Honda
  13. Malcolm Stewart, Suzuki
  14. Cedric Soubeyras, Suzuki
  15. Alex Ray, Yamaha
  16. Henry Miller, Suzuki
  17. Dakota Tedder, KTM
  18. Cade Autenrieth, KTM
  19. Josh Hill, Yamaha
  20. Tyler Bowers Kawasaki
  21. Austin Politelli, Honda
  22. Kyle Cunningham, Suzuki

2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Final Standings

  1. Jason Anderson, 356 points (4 wins)
  2. Marvin Musquin, 347 (4 wins)
  3. Eli Tomac, 318 (8 wins)
  4. Blake Baggett, 285
  5. Justin Brayton, 275 (1 win)
  6. Weston Peick, 251
  7. Dean Wilson, 208
  8. Broc Tickle, 184
  9. Cooper Webb, 181
  10. Justin Barcia, 177
  11. Malcolm Stewart, 169
  12. Vince Friese, 168
  13. Chad Reed, 159
  14. Tyler Bowers, 149
  15. Benny Bloss, 140
  16. Christian Craig, 134
  17. Cole Seely, 124
  18. Ken Roczen, 102
  19. Kyle Cunningham, 99
  20. Josh Grant, 83
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