A constant front runner in the American Supercross championship and known as a specialist SX racer, Brayton will take some beating for this years championship, but with opening round playing host to a doubleheader round that will see the SX1 class race a 10 lap final, followed by a second 12 lap final on a tight indoor track, the door is open for quite a number of riders to walk away with the early championship points lead on Saturday night.
The CDR Yamaha pairing of Luke Clout and Dan Reardon will be two of the main challengers to Brayton, along with Rockstar Energy backed Jackson Richardson who announced he will race the SX1 class this season. Empire Kawasaki's Lawson Bopping and Dylan Long both have the outright speed and skill to take a win, along with Husqvarna backed Jesse Dobson.
DPH Husqvarna's Todd Waters should not be underestimated, then there are the riders like KSF's Gradie Featherstone, Davey Motorsports Caleb Ward, and the SB Motorsports Suzuki riders of Jayden Rykers and Cody Dyce, all riders that have plenty of natural talent and speed on a bike, but are yet to fully show what they are capable of on a Supercross track.
But for us it is hard to look past Brayton's Penrite Honda team-mate, Brett Metcalfe as a genuine title challenger, after taking the win in his home state of South Australia last year, Metcalfe will be looking take it to Brayton all year long in 2019.