Are all top MX/SX riders head cases?
I use 2010 as evidence to confirm my hypothesis. But there have been several other years that were similar. So I watched SX until all the top riders got hurt and thought it would get interesting as younger hungrier riders actually had a chance to win races or even the title. But it didn't seem to be that way, Dungey didn't dominate but did very wel,l won most races and got the title.
So then I thought to myself that outdoors would be different. Slightly different skills needed for nationals, Dungey has been "OK" in the past with several other riders stronger than him. But apparently riding that wave of confidence he is winning motos left and right and will likely be outdoor champ as well.
Watching MX/SX throughout the past 25 years it always seems there are perhaps three guys that have a legitimate shot at a championship in any given year, with perhaps another eight guys capable of winning individual races if the conditions are right. In 2010 we lost the top three riders, yet it wasn't a wide open field at all. The "aliens" were simply replaced with another set.
If the difference is confidence to be winning races or constantly finish fifth through tenth, does that make these guys head cases? The bike doesn't seem to matter much, it is almost all rider in MX.
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