Five Points: Paris SX

Five things to watch in Paris tonight

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The annual Paris Supercross will provide some light in an otherwise bleak period this weekend, as the Paris La Défense Arena will boast a healthy entry list and multiple potential winners. That is really what will make this edition of the French race – the third to be run in this stadium – one of the best. There is absolutely no way to predict who is going to win! With that in mind, here is a look at some of the intriguing storylines to follow across the two nights of racing.

Dylan Ferrandis

There could be a changing of the guard of sorts this weekend, as Dylan Ferrandis attempts to take the King of Paris title for the first time. Ferrandis will be racing the YZ450F – as he did with some success only twelve months ago – and is a lot more prepared this time, so he could win the thing. The lack of a consistent 450SX winner will obviously help his case too. If he does achieve the goals that he has outlined, would he start to overtake Marvin Musquin as the current French hero? It certainly seems that is on the horizon now and his presence at this event will only strengthen that.

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Malcolm Stewart

It is hard to establish a pre-race favourite to clinch the King of Paris title, yet Malcolm Stewart could be the most likely candidate. Stewart has never even finished on the podium in a 450SX main (something that just Justin Barcia and Chad Reed can claim in the French field) but impressed at the Monster Energy Cup and is seemingly onto a good thing at the moment. A victory at the La Défense Arena would cause the hype to continue to build and ensure that he has considered a real threat through the month of December. Stewart is really one to watch out for.

Justin Barcia

The European supercross stops mean very little in the grand scheme of things, yet Justin Barcia is really in need of a positive showing. The Monster Energy Cup did not fall under that title and was cause for concern, but he has mentioned that significant improvements have been made since then and he expects to see the gains shine through this weekend. What happens if he flounders again and struggles to beat guys like Justin Hill or Chad Reed? Questions will continue to be raised and create more of a pressure cooker entering the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season.

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Justin Hill

The Paris supercross will be an interesting test for Justin Hill and the MotoConcepts outfit. Hill skipped the Monster Energy Cup, in favour of making his debut on a smaller stage, so no one really knows what he will bring to the table with his new steed. Are his insanely fast qualifying times going to transfer straight across? That would certainly be a good sign. One could argue that he belongs on the cusp of the top five, especially considering how impressive the entry list is this weekend, but there is the potential for him to shock people once again.

SX2 Discussion

The SX2 division is typically littered with lesser French stars and of no real interest to the international fans. Do not make the mistake of ignoring the class this weekend though! Enzo Lopes, Jace Owen, Darian Sanayei and Mitchell Harrison will add a bit of star power and ensure there is a lot to take from the feeder class. It is worth paying attention to this simply to see Sanayei in action, as he has not raced indoors in quite a while and that is obviously his priority next year. There is really no way to decide who is going to win in this class either. Perhaps Harrison would be the favourite on paper?

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy/Octopi

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