10 scenarios entering the High Point National 2022

If you’re looking for signs that Tony Cairoli is starting to figure things out here in America, you can easily find evidence in his performance at Thunder Valley. He was 5-4 for fourth overall, which is the best he has done so far, but that’s not all. In qualifying he started doing fast laps almost straight away, while in Hangtown he only crashed halfway through the final session. In other words, the intensity seems to rise. He also punctured both bikes and spent more time on the front end before being sent back to a track he expected to struggle on due to the combination of elevation and his asthma. Expect Cairoli to be even better at High Point this weekend. –Aaron Hansel

The sport of motocross can be a cruel female dog at times, but there are times when it goes the other way, as was the case for Ken Roczen at Thunder Valley. Roczen was fantastic, and the hell fought a bloodthirsty Eli Tomac for what felt like forever in round two! But he was still unable to win the overall. Until Chase Sexton missed a single section on the final lap and crashed, giving Roczen the win. Lucky or not, however, Roczen must be pumped about how he rode in this second moto. It’s not often someone has been able to turn down Tomac when charged. We’ll see if that does anything for his late-race courage. –Hansel

Although he’s won two motos so far and looks great, Tomac still hasn’t won an overall, which is kind of crazy considering some of the magnificent charges he’s put on so far. ‘now. You know this streak isn’t going to last forever, and you know Tomac wants to do it as soon as possible, especially since he’s third in points and 14 behind Sexton. If he goes 1-1 at High Point Raceway, he will cut that lead to at least eight points and become the fourth overall winner in the 450 class in as many rounds. –Hansel

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