Four of motocross's top riders were injured this year. In a sport whose currency is the spectacle of a battle, who will step up to challenge Ryan Dungey and give the fans a show? On the other side of the business, MX sports director of operations, Davey Combs, describes the challenges of promoting a series whose main attractions are gone. After James Stewart is injured at Colorado, the pressure is on for Jake Weimer, Mike Alessi, Broc Tickle, and Andrew Short to race for the podium. Andrew Short won a Supercross this past year, and Larry Brooks, his team manager, believes it is his time. Brooks believes that industry colleagues have been trying to push him out, but he refuses to quit. He has barely been able to keep the race team financially afloat, and he responds to the greed he sees by devoting everything he has to Short's success. The gamble pays off, and Shorty and Brooks land on the podium at Colorado. At Highpoint the next weekend, apart from Ryan Dungey, Jake Weimer is the only factory rider left. His mechanic is not happy unless they beat the satellite team riders like Alessi and Short, but Jake is unable to take Alessi down in the race.Broc Tickle shows up as a podium contender at Budd's Creek. His team manager Mitch Payton was extremely disappointed in Tickle during Supercross. But Tickle used the outdoor season to put Payton's instruction to use and begin racing for podiums. Tickle passes Alessi, Weimer and Short at Budd's Creek to take second overall.Mike Genova, Alessi's team owner, is trying to teach his riders to stop giving away free advertising. He has his team race Suzuki bikes, but will not use a Suzuki logo or yellow color on the bikes because Suzuki refused to support him. Genova also decided to support the relationship of Mike Alessi and Mike's father, Tony. It's an unprecedented decision, and one that proves successful as Alessi is the only rider to beat Dungey all season. Ultimately, Dungey has raced away with the Championship. Mike Alessi solidifies him spot as the second-place rider, and Weimer is left to battle Short and Tickle for third in the championship. Alessi, Tickle and Weimer all sign new contracts that solidify their futures, and MX sports director of operations Davey Combs lays out his plan to improve the direction of outdoor motocross.