Jason Anderson wins at Houston

Jason Anderson is the new championship leader after the Houston win.

The weekend started with 2 important moments, both of them before the Last Chance Qualifying:

-> Eli Tomac decided to withdraw from the rest of the round due to big pains at the shoulder on which he felt last week in Anaheim;

-> Marvin Musquin crashed also on his left shoulder and he was put out from the rest of the night.

The Main Event started with Justin Barcia taking the holeshot, while his teammate Cooper Webb collided in the first turn with Jeremy Martin, both of them returning in the race.

Ken Roczen also had a good start and took the lead before the end of the first lap. However, a fired-up Jason Anderson came from behind and overtook the Honda rider for his first victory of the season.

Barcia wasn’t thanked only with 3rd place and got very close to Kenny, with whom he had a great battle until the finish line. However, Roczen finished 2nd, his first podium since his comeback while Barcia got his 2nd 3rd place in a row.

Cole Seely and Weston Peick completed the top 5, while Broc Tickle and Josh Grant finished 7th and 8th, the last 2 being the best positioned KTM and Kawasaki.

With a 2nd place and a victory in the first 2 rounds, Anderson leads with 49 points, 7 over Roczen and Barcia. Seely and Peick are also tied with 36 points.

The Supercross world championship will return next week for the 2nd and last time this year on Angel Stadium, in Anaheim.

 

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Marvin Musquin wins season opener at Anaheim

The inaugural round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross World Championship took place in front of a sell out Angel Stadium at Anaheim. The race day started with a huge surprise.

Coming back a year long absence, Ken Roczen set the fastest lap in the practice session. The two heat races were very disputed. In the end, Jason Anderson and Justin Barcia won the two races. On the other hand, Dean Wilson had to retire from the whole event after a heavy crash and a shoulder injury.

The Main Event started pretty well for Eli Tomac. Firstly, he took the holeshot and then he managed to open up a confortable gap ahead of Justin Barcia and the others.

Unfortunately, his fairy tale season start was to be soon forgotten. In  a dramatic scenario, Eli Tomac lost the control of the bike and fell hard and injured his shoulder. As a consequence, he had to abandon the race.

Following Tomac’s misfortune, Justin Barcia was unexpectedly leading the Main Event. Sadly for him, his joy was short lived as he was passed by both Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson.

After Musquin and Anderson made their move on Barcia, the race tempo slowed down. In the end, Musquin made his famous win move as he crossed the finish line first. Jason Anderson did well in the season and finished second, while Justin Barcia completed an unexpected podium for the Yamaha factory team.

Comeback kid, Ken Roczen, had an uneventful night and finished fourth ahead of the likes of Weiston Peick, Cole Seely, Jeremy Martin, Blake Baggett or Broc Tickle.

On the other hand, Chad Reed’s night was awful. With his new CR22 private team, he managed to finish only 15th. The 2004 and 2008 champion declared before the race that this was first serious outing with his new Husqvarna bike.

Given the fact that this was the first round of the season, the championship standings is the same as the Anaheim standings. Therefore, Marvin Musquin leads the championship with 26 points and is followed by Jason Anderson, 23 points, and Justin Barcia, with 20.

The next round will take place next Saturday at Houston.

 

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Justin Barcia to replace injured Millsaps at Yamaha

After a heavy accident in a training session just right after he signed with Yamaha, Davi Millsaps will now miss the first six rounds of the World Supercross Championship.

In no time, Yamaha searched for a replacement rider so the Japanese team. After a short scrutiny they have decided to go on with Justin Barcia. Aged 25, Barcia will fill-in for Davi Millsaps in the first six rounds of the Supercross series.

Barcia was left without a bike for 2018 after he announced earlier this year that he will end his contract with his former team, JGR Suzuki at the end of this season,  In the first six races of the next season he will race alongside Cooper Webb at the Yamaha Factory Team.

 

photo – Yamaha Motor USA

Justin Barcia and JGR Suzuki part ways

Justin Barcia has made an official statement this morning. Aged, 25, Barcia will leave Joe Gibbs Racing Team after a very difficult season. In 2017, Barcia missed many races in both Supercross and Motocross championships.

Barcia won so far two SX 250 East titles in 2011 and 2012. This season, the former JGR Suzuki rider finished 17th in the Supercross championship and 13th in the AMA Pro Motocross championship.

Justin Barcia has not announced his new team in the statement. He was rumoured to race in MXGP for Suzuki, but Stefan Everts, the team manager of Suzuki MXGP Team didn’t confirm the news. Meanwhile, Barcia is rumoured to be one of the names on the KTM list to replace Ryan Dungey who retired after winning his fourth Supercross world championship.

 

photo – Racer X

AMA Motocross: Eli Tomac își demolează concurența la Hangtown

Eli Tomac s-a impus în ambele manșe ale rundei inaugurale a campionatului național de motocross a Statelor Unite ale Americii.

Cu Ryan Dungey scos din peisaj și cu Chad Reed și Ken Roczen absenți din varii motive, Eli Tomac pornea la debutul sezonului de outdoor ca principal favorit la titlul național din Statele Unite.

MANȘA 1

După ce și-a demolat competiția în cursa de calificare, Eli Tomac a repetat scenariul și în prima manșă de la Hangtown. În primă instanță, Christian Craig a furat holeshot-ul, dar Eli Tomac și Marvin Musquin au trecut repede la conducerea întrecerii.

După manevra reușită făcută asupra lui Musquin, Tomac a evadat nestingherit către victorie. Un singur moment dificil a mai existat, atunci când, cu trei minute rămase înainte de final, a avut o căzătură ușoară. Cu toate acestea, fotoliul său de lider a rămas intact, iar victoria i-a revenit fără prea mari emoții.

Marvin Musquin și Josh Grant au completat podiumul primei manșe, în timp ce Cole Seely și Cooper Webb au sosit pe patru și cinci. Singurul nume major care nu a încheiat prima manșă a fost Jason Anderson. Pilotul Husqvarna a suferit un accident cel puțin bizar, dar a revenit fără probleme în manșa secundă.

MANȘA 2

Spectacolul a fost total în manșa a doua de la Hangtown. După ce a ratat complet startul, Eli Tomac a trebuit să-și croșeteze drumul către poziția fruntașă. Americanul de la Kawasaki a avut un duel palpitan cu Dean Wilson, dar în cele din urmă a trecut de pilotul Husqvarna.

Apoi, rând pe rând, Webb, Musquin și Grant au fost victimele sale. În ultimele minute ale întrecerii secunde a zilei, Tomac a evadat nestingherit și și-a creat un avantaj confortabil, adăugându-și în cele din urmă victoria atât în cursa a doua, cât și în grand prix.

Marvin Musquin și Josh Grant au completat un podium la indigo cu cel din prima manșă, în timp ce Dean Wilson și Justin Barcia au sosit pe locurile patru, respectiv cinci. Jason Anderson a revenit cu brio după accidentul nefericit suferit în prima manșă și a încheiat pe locul al șaselea. Topul primilor zece a fost completat de Broc Tickle, Blake Baggett, Cooper Webb și Justin Bogle.

În clasamentul etapei, Eli Tomac s-a impus cu maximul de puncte, 50. El a fost urmat de Marvin Musquin și Josh Grant, cu 44 de puncte, respectiv 40. Clasamentul general al campionatului național de motocross al Statelor Unite este identic cu clasamentul etapei de la Hangtown.

Următoarea etapă din campionatul național de motocross al Statelor Unite ale Americii va avea loc sâmbătă, 27 mai, la Glen Helen.

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