The second round at Indianapolis just keeps showing how great of a season 2021 is shaping up to be. With factory riders unfortunately dropping left and right due to injuries, the privateers are becoming more and more relevant, especially in the 250 class.
During the early day timed practice and qualifying, as well as the heat races, we saw this round's track really show how precise the riders need to be in order to compete at the top level. The dirt in Indianapolis is very unforgiving as the track breaks down. Fortunately, we did get to see privateer Kyle Chisholm once again advance straight to the main from his heat race, even with all of the chaos the track brought through the night.
The LCQs, as always, were some of the best racing the night would bring. And for the first time this year, we finally had more than two privateers advancing to the main event. Alongside Kyle Chisholm, Alex Ray, Cade Clason (finally!!!), and Carlen Gardner would take on the factory guys in the main event.
The main event was nothing short of exciting. Justin Barcia would lead the first lap before Ken Roczen took the position right after the finish line. As expected, Eli Tomac worked his way up and got into the mix as well, but just couldn't get past Barcia the entire race. Aaron Plessinger also surprised some fans, sitting in third, and then fourth for the majority of the race before finishing in fifth, with Cooper Webb passing him on the last lap - a big improvement over the past two years. However, at the end of the night Roczen was simply unstoppable and took his second win in a row, also his second of the season.
The privateers also had a solid night. Kyle Chisholm, the current PRVTR Party Fund leader, ended the night in an impressive 15th position, his second best finish of the season. Carlen Gardner finished in a respective 18th, with Alex Ray in 20th and Cade Clason in 21st. Congrats to all four of these guys on such an impressive night.
Kyle Chisholm is still leading the PRVTR Party Fund points. Do you think anyone can beat him? Here's a hint - Carlen Gardner had a total of 7 points at the end of last year's Supercross season. This season, he currently also has 7 points and we're only 5 rounds in. Things could change as we move into the middle stages of this season. Only time will tell.
Below you will find the current standings for the PRVTR Party Fund, including every eligible privateer who earned at least one point in the 2020 AMA Supercross series. For those who don't know, the PRVTR Party Fund rewards the most improved top five riders at the end of the season based on the points earned for the current compared to the points earned from the previous season. The winner will receive 50% of the pot with the other 50% being distributed equally the rest of the riders in the top five.
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