Mitch Payton and Chad Reed talk about matters of green now that Reedy is riding a Kawasaki. Pro Circuit is helping The TwoTwo Motorsports team for 2014. By the way, check out those gray pants that Reed is wearing. It’s part of the team outfit for TwoTwo. Reed’s semi is decorated in an array of different shades of gray.
The meaty Pirelli rear tire of Josh Grant.
Aussie Dean Ferris joined the Red Bull KTM team late in the offseason and is contesting the 250 West in what is his first foray in American Supercross. Ferris is behind the eight ball, given that he has had little time to prepare, but the friendly 23-year-old tried his hardest at Anaheim 1. Ferris qualified 16th fastest and finished 14th in the main.
Sophomore sensation Justin Hill throws out a turndown whip in the opening practice.
Ryan Villopoto tried his hardest to jump up the leader board in qualifying, but he had Justin Barcia (57.65 seconds), Ken Roczen (57.72) and James Stewart (57.76) ahead of his 58.07 second lap time.
Broc Tickle was all matchy-matchy on his RCH Racing Suzuki. “Tickle Time” finished eighth in the main event.
James Stewart didn’t exactly put down a signature Bubba Scrub at A1, but he had some nice style nonetheless. Word out of the Suzuki camp is that Stewart dropped down to 146 pounds during the offseason. It’s apparently the same amount that he weighed when he won his last Supercross title.
Zach Osborne always has great style on the bike. Osborne fought hard for a third place finish in the 250 West main.
Ivan Tedesco did a solid job on Saturday night considering that he had little time to prepare for Anaheim 1. The former 250 Supercross and AMA 250 National champ didn’t have anything lined up at the Monster Cup, but his phone rang once Davi Millsaps injured his leg. Tedesco is said to be doing developmental work for Millsaps and the Rockstar Energy Racing crew.
Chad Reed might be an old(er) dog, but he has the same new style as those ten years younger.
What you don’t see in this photo is Wil Hahn, whom Josh Grant (pictured) is looking at. Grant always styles it out, and he took this opportunity to pass the coasting Hahn in timed qualifying and give the rookie a look as if to say, “What’s up, sucka?” Welcome to the big leagues!
The Geico Honda team practices their John Hancock for the autograph seekers.
Dean Wilson kept his injured elbow, which he sustained on Wednesday while practicing, under wraps on race day. Wilson was hoping to gut out a podium finish, but the title favorite was edged out by Zach Osborne late in the main. Dean hopes for healthier days ahead.
Matt Goerke had one of those “Did you see that?” crashes when he lost control of his bike going up the face of the finish line. The bike spilled over the top while Goerke was left sitting there wondering what the heck just happened. He was fine, remounted and put ‘er in the show. Matt finished 20th.
Chris Blose, now a privateer, had an up-and-down day at Anaheim. He qualified 20th for the night program, but had troubles when the gate dropped. Blose will be back. Expect him to excel at his home race this weekend in Phoenix. We’re always pulling for the privateer, especially one as nice as Blose.
Ken Roczen takes a look back to check his place among the leader board in the final qualifying session. We’re sure that he was happy to see his number in second place in his first race as a full-time 450 Supercross rider.
Gone are carburetors and jets. Electronic fuel injection and computers are the new gold standard. The Geico Honda team tweaked Zach Bell’s bike before the night program kicked off.
Boom go the fireworks, and so began the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross series.
One of the coolest moments of the evening was when Chad Reed and his son, Tate, took a ride around Angel Stadium during the opening ceremonies.
Ryan Villopoto was greeted nicely by the Anaheim crowd. And, unlike in past years, James Stewart was welcomed with adulation by the SoCal fans.
Kevin Windham joined in in the opening ceremonies. K-Dub was down on the track throughout the night explaining to the crowd how the racers were approaching each section. It was excellent perspective.
Ricky Carmichael and Kevin Windham put on a whipfest, cutting through leftover smoke from the opening ceremony fireworks display.
Mike Alessi (800) kicked off the series by grabbing a patented holeshot. With Ryan Villopoto (1) in tow, it seemed like only a matter of time before RV took control of the race. It ended up being a memorable battle.
Feld Motorsports announced that Anaheim 1 was sold out. Though we saw empty seats, we’ll take their word that 45,050 fans packed Angel Stadium. Are you in this photo?
Mike Alessi was overcome with emotion after weathering the Ryan Villopoto storm and winning the first 450 Heat race. It was nice to see such jubilation from a racer.
James Stewart (7) takes the inside line through the first corner, but it was Justin Barcia (behind Eli Tomac, 3) that won the Heat.
Ryan Dungey had a ho-hum day. He was fifth practice in timed qualifying and though he finished second place in the main, there were a number of riders that had his number. Dungey did what he always does by staying the course and remaining consistent.
Darryn Durham is finally back to Supercross after being plagued by injuries in previous seasons. Let’s hope that the Pennsylvania kid gets a full season in. He finished seventh, which isn’t bad, but with teammates Dean Wilson (fourth) and Justin Hill (sixth) ahead of him in the Main, Durham was the lowest placing Pro Circuit rider. He’ll be a podium threat if he stays healthy.
Malcolm Stewart isn’t too large for a 250. He proved as much on Saturday when he won his Heat race (ahead of Zach Osborne, 16). A crash in the Main put him back to eighth, but he was well in the mix.
Zach Bell finished a distant 15th, but that’s okay. Why? After gruesome crashes in 2013, we’re just happy to see Bell back racing.
This was the kind of night that Jake Weimer had. He qualified third out of the LCQ (four riders are taken out of the Last Chance thanks to a format change) and finished 10th in the Main. The Monster Kawasaki rider had the most time on the Anaheim track (press day, practice, qualifiers, Heat, Semi, LCQ and Main event). Jake probably slept like a baby on Saturday night.
A sea of color highlight the start of the Semi race, which Ken Roczen (94) won. It was a sign of things to come.
K-Roc styling out. Kenny had the best gear combination of the evening.
Jimmy Albertson does a goon air wheelie to celebrate getting into the Main (where he finished 19th). That move is eerily reminiscent of what Ronnie Mac would do.
The pyrotechnics went off over the starting line in the 250 Main.
Jason Anderson was out to prove that he’s a title contender in the 250 West. He led for a few laps in the Main before being passed by Cole Seely (that’s Cole’s front tire peeking into the picture frame). Anderson would mount a last-lap charge that would culminate in bumping Seely out of the lead. It was a big win for Jason. The most important lap to lead is the last one.
Justin Hill’s mechanic conveys his point in one word, “Charge.” Hill listened.
Supercross rookie Cooper Webb (37) was exceptional in his debut. He started in eighth and moved up to fifth. This kid has serious potential.
Jason Anderson blew out the candles in what was his second ever 250 Supercross win. That’s Cole Seely trailing closely behind.
The look on Seely’s face after the race says it all. The 250 West is going to be a battle of epic proportions.
As the 450 Main took off there were 21 riders vying for the holeshot. Who was missing? Mike Alessi, who spent the first few seconds of the race pulling his bike out of the gate. It was a rare starting line mistake for the holeshot master.
Justin Barcia wanted to build on the Main event after winning his Heat race. It wasn’t to be. Barcia finished fifth after an abysmal start.
Ryan Villopoto might’ve had the win in the bag if not for washing his front end out while leading. RV got up and finished fourth.
Josh Grant didn’t have time to take in the spectators. Instead he powered on to a seventh place finish.
James Stewart mounted a serious challenge for the lead, but it was not to be. There’s something to be said for patience, but when James made hismove through the whoops he skip-hop-flopped. It ended his night.
And this is the result of Bubba’s misadventure. Look at that bent clutch-side handlebar, which is the reason why he didn’t finish the race.
Ken Roczen received a victory hug from his girlfriend after Kenny won the biggest race of his career.