After taking a dominating debut 250cc AMA Supercross victory, on his third premier-class start, at Dallas last weekend, Kawasaki's James 'Bubba' Stewart is being touted by many to follow up with a further win at this Saturday's Pontiac round, which will also host the 125cc East Coast title decider.
Three riders still have a shot at the 125 East crown, with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Grant Langston leading Red Bull KTM's Josh Hansen by seven-points, while Suzuki young gun Davi Millsaps is just 10 behind Langston.
Langston is one of the most versatile riders in AMA racing. The South African native already has a 125 Motocross World Championship, an AMA 125 Motocross Championship and an AMA Supermoto Unlimited title to his credit.
He's now looking to add an AMA 125 Supercross title to his collection and went a long way to securing the title by winning last weekend at Texas Stadium.
"The championship was close so I definitely wanted and needed the win in Dallas," Langston said. "The win gives me a little bit of a margin. I'll sleep a little better this week, but I know I still have to put in a good performance at Pontiac. Being with the new team and being able to practice with all of Kawasaki's riders really helped motivate me this year."
Meanwhile, Hansen and Millsaps now need a little luck on their side to have a chance to catch Langston for the 125 East Championship. If Hansen can pull it off he will join his dad Donnie Hansen as the first father and son combo to win AMA Supercross titles.
Millsaps is in his first full season of Supercross and the 17-year-old from Georgia said he's been happy with his performance this season. "I'll go into Pontiac and ride my own race," he said. "I've had a successful season regardless of what happens there."
But while the 125 East title will be decided in Pontiac, four rounds still remain in the premier class. Three-time AMA Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael comes into the race with a 31-point lead over defending champ and two-time Pontiac Supercross winner Chad Reed.
Carmichael is hoping to get his first win at Pontiac since 2001 and give Suzuki its first victory at the event since 1983, but he remains focused on the big prize of his fourth AMA Supercross title.