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Vision Wheel Power Rankings: January 17, 2020

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Who impressed you the most in the past week of racing? Each week, Jim Beaver shares the latest Vision Wheel Power Rankings on the General Tire Down and Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR and highlights the top performances in worldwide action motorsport. Here’s a look at Jim’s rankings from the show this week, as well as Down and Dirty Show columnist/media manager Chris Leone’s rankings.

Stay tuned for this week’s General Tire Down and Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR to hear more!

Jim Beaver’s Power Rankings

1. Carlos Sainz: When you win your third Dakar overall in the car class on top of two World Rally Championships, you’re not just a great driver, you enter the greatest of all-time discussion.

2. Ricky Brabec: It was awesome to see Brabec make up for last year’s heartbreak at the Dakar, and to become the first American winner in Dakar history. But his time as the only one was short-lived, because…

3. Casey Currie: …Currie locked it up in SSV not too much later. Americans made a huge statement at this year’s Dakar with tons of incredible performances, and the rest of the world may need to step up its game.

4. Phil Blurton: I know firsthand how hard it is to compete in UTV Turbo. The fields are so big that a top 20 for us is almost like a top 10 in NASCAR. So imagine how hard wins are to come by, and Blurton piles them up.

5. Justin Barcia: Sure, Ken Roczen took the win, but he was who we thought he was. Barcia could’ve fallen off after winning Anaheim 1 like he did last year—instead, he backed it up with another podium in St. Louis.

Chris Leone’s Power Rankings

1. Ricky Brabec: It was high time that an American racer wins the Dakar, and Brabec’s dominant performance on the bike finally made 2020 the year. He led the class for most of the event and was unshakeable.

2. Casey Currie: In a year where the Dakar finally had its first American winner, Currie actually made it two. He wasn’t quite as consistent as Brabec, but Currie reclaimed the top spot in SSV on Stage 7 and never looked back.

3. Ken Roczen: Three long, winless years of injury and frustrating results made Roczen’s 450 victory in St. Louis one of the top stories of the season already, and we’re only two races in.

4. Phil Blurton: Losing the 2019 Best in the Desert title on a DNF in Laughlin was painful, but Blurton rebounded with his fourth win in the past five series racers in Saturday’s Parker 250.

5. Austin Forkner: If not for injury last year, who knows where Forkner would be right now? With a clean slate, he’s going after this year’s 250 West title, and his statement win in St. Louis should go a long way.

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