Nitrocross is back! Not only is it back, but it’s racing on the wildest track the series has ever seen.
The course at Mid America Outdoors in Oklahoma features a huge drop from the start, straight into the biggest banked turn the series has ever run on, before a snaking dirt trail that encompasses over 150-feet of elevation changes.
But as well as the new course, being a new season, the championship standings have been reset too so it’s all to play for.
Once again taking us through the betting odds this season is Dominik Wilde. Who’s the favorite going into the weekend? Who’s the outsider? And who else should you keep an eye on? Let’s take a look…
Being a unique new track with no priors to go off of, it’s pretty clear that the favorite going into the weekend is the reigning champion Robin Larsson. At +350, he’s the out front by some margin, with RX Cartel teammate and last season’s runner-up Andreas Bakkerud just second (with Fraser McConnell) at +500
Kris Meeke is an outsider at +1000, but given the immense speed he showed during his partial season last year, and his fast experiences on loose surfaces, he’s definitely one to keep an eye on. Not only that, but he’s locked in for a full season this time around, so he’ll want to get his campaign off to the strongest possible start.
The Expert’s Pick
Not an outsider, but strangely not an odds-on favorite either, Travis Pastrana is however someone you ought to keep an eye on. Ignoring the fact he helped design and build the track – so has some prior knowledge of the place – Pastrana has a point to prove.
After winning the first full season of Nitrocross 2021, Pastrana had a tricky season in 2022-23, although still won three rounds. Now he’ll be looking for those regular wins and a return to title winning form, and what better place to get the ball rolling than at Mid America?