Rider: Dean Wilson
Date: January 6, 2018
Event: 2018 Anaheim 1 Supercross
Photographer: Daryl Ecklund
Lens: 300mm f/2.8
Focal length: 300mm
Exposure: 1/2000sec
F-stop: f/3.5
ISO: 640


Start of the 450 main event in Houston. P/C Brian Converse

So far this is an interesting year for the 2018 Supercross season. The two favorites of winning the championship have already missed races due to small mistakes. Which were big enough to take them out of the race. The first round, Eli Tomac throws it away while leading the pack in the main event and Marvin Musquin crashes in his heat race that took him out for the night. Rumors are his shoulder is worse than we think. He could be out for a few, if not more races. If that is the case, Marvin will be out of the points race and will be focusing on outdoors.

Eli Tomac during qualifying in Houston. He qualified 40th then decided to sit out the rest of the night due to his shoulder injury. P/C Brian Converse

Can Eli still manage to win the championship? That is if he is healthy enough to race this weekend in Anaheim. Eli has 1 point while points leader, Jason Anderson has 49 points. That is a huge gap to close. However, will Jason stay consistent. Actually, that goes for second in points, Ken Roczen, and third Justin Barcia. History tells that these riders have either got injured, or only scored 1 point in a race on more than one occasion over the last few years.

Ken Roczen has been nothing but impressive so far this season. He is a championship contender. P/C Brian Converse

Next in line is Ken Roczen. He just keeps improving. Can he make it happen? How about the under dog Justin Barcia. Justin is riding like he used to in his 250 days. Bambam is back. Although can he stay consistent?

Justin Barcia from privateer to factory rider. What if Davi Millsaps never got injured so Justin could fill his shoes? Would Justin be able be able run up front if he wasn’t on a factory machine? P/C Brian Converse

This is an interesting season as no rider in the field has the experience of winning a 450 crown, save for Chad Reed. To guess that outcome of the season you may as well have a crystal ball. But it sure keeps the racing interesting with mister consistent Ryan Dungey out of the picture.

Jason Anderon was an underdog coming into the season. He is now in the points lead and has his sights on the title. P/C Brian Converse


We shared a photo of this bike last week, although it wasn’t complete. Jesper even has the CR125 graphics on. We would love to ride this project bike. 

It looks as it has a 1995 CR125 engine in the 2018 CRF450 chassis. 

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Ken Roczen–“This was a good weekend for us. I’m really stoked to be able to deliver a podium to the team in only our second race back. I would’ve loved to win it obviously, but Jason [Anderson] was going good all day so I wasn’t going to just send it and do something stupid. I had two good starts in the heat and main event and just tried to ride smart in both. I had some good battles with Justin [Barcia] and Jason; it was clean and fun. We’re moving in the right direction. It’s only the second round and everything is going how we planned. I don’t think there’s much more we could ask for.”

Cole Seely–I’m frustrated with tonight because Justin [Barcia] shouldn’t have gotten back by me, but overall fourth is still good. Other riders had much worse nights than I did so I can’t really complain. I had a hard time getting back into my flow and hitting my lines after he got back by me. We’re still making progress and I’m happy about that; I just want to get on the podium where I belong. and tonight I was so close.”

Kyle Chisholm– “I’m glad I was able to better my results, from a 10th to a 9th this week. I’m still adapting to the Yamaha and tonight with the deep ruts I was somewhat cautious and played it smart until I learned more how this bike reacts in those situations. I’ll keep chipping away and know a Top 5 is around the corner.”

Adam Cianciarulo– “I know the track was really tough, but it stings a little bit when I was feeling good all day. It was a big learning experience for me as I adapt more to the hard-packed race tracks that change so much over the course of 15 minutes. I know I can bounce back next weekend in Anaheim so I’m looking forward to it.”

Joey Savatgy– “I felt like I was riding fast to be comfortable on that track. I seemed to catch lappers at a bad spot not allowing me to catch first, but I didn’t want to ride over my head in only the second round of the season. The track changed every lap so it was challenging to pick up time, so in the end I’m really happy to get second.”

Marvin Musquin– “After qualifying 3rd today, I went down hard in the whoops in my heat race. I landed on my left shoulder and felt really beat up. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to line up for the rest of night. I’m really disappointed about that given the team and I were in a good place after our win last weekend. But I will get checked up as soon as I get home and will know more in the next few days. Supercross is a longer season so I’m hopeful I will be able to line up in Anaheim 2.”

Broc Tickle– “I was really looking forward to Houston this weekend, I had a really good week of riding and I felt really comfortable coming into this round. Overall, it was a decent night, I’m not pumped with where I finished but I am better than what I was last year. With that being said, that’s showing progress for myself but I’m not okay with 8th, I feel like I should be fighting for podiums and inside the top five each and every weekend so I’ll keep working this week, ride with the boys and put in another showing at Anaheim.”

Jason Anderson– “That race was tough for me but at the same time I felt good all day,” Anderson said on the podium. “I’m just excited to come out with the win. I feel good. I’m riding good. I’m thankful to have these opportunities to keep achieving my goals, and I just really want to keep staying up here.”

Weston Peick– “This weekend went well for me. The goal was to back up my top-five finish from Anaheim 1, and I succeeded. The track was technical and constantly breaking down, with big whoops and lots of ruts. Houston proved that I can handle the ever-changing conditions. I’m excited for Anaheim 2. My next target is to get on the podium. With good starts and consistent lap times I should be able to achieve that. I’m really gelling with the RM-Z450, and I like the progress that we’re making.”

Malcolm Stewart– “I tell you, going eight months without a gate drop feels like forever! It’s great to be back doing what I love to do. I have to give a huge shout out to the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team for giving me the opportunity to race. I appreciate the fans for sticking by me through thick and thin. The Houston fans made me feel like I was home again, so thanks! I’m looking forward to getting more time on the bike and making a big impact at Anaheim 2.”

Justin Hill– “I struggled all day and felt off. I’ve never had an entire day where I made zero progress. From the very first time my wheels touched the track, all of the way until the checkered flag flew in the main event, I didn’t get any better. My comfort level was off. We had a few minor tweaks that needed to be made to the rear suspension on my bike, but I didn’t ride the RM-Z250 for what it was worth. I was in a funk.”


AMSOIL Arenacross 250AX Class Main Event Results:
1. Gavin Faith, Duncombe, Iowa, Kawasaki (1-1)
2. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, North Carolina, Kawasaki (2-2)
3. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Arizona, Honda (3-3)
4. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, South Carolina, Kawasaki (4-5)
5. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, California, Husqvarna (5-10)
6. TJ Albright, Mount Marion, New York, KTM (6-11)
7. Gared Steinke, Woodland, California, Kawasaki (8-7)
8. Shane Sewell, Westville, Indiana, Kawasaki (7-8)
9. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM (10-4)
10. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Michigan, Kawasaki (9-6)

AMSOIL Arenacross AX Lites East Class Main Event Results:
1. Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Alabama, Honda
2. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki
3. Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, North Carolina, Kawasaki
4. Dillon Cloyed, Papillion, Nebraska, Yamaha
5. Hunter Hilton, Youngsville, Louisiana, Husqvarna
6. Jordan Bailey, Orlando, Florida, Husqvarna
7. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Georgia, Honda
8. Josh Mosiman, Menifee, California, Husqvarna
9. Luke Neese, Jamestown, North Carolina, Yamaha
10. TJ Albright, Mount Marion, New York, KTM


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Mike LaRocco holding a Gaerne SG10 back in 2005 at Anaheim 1 Supercross.

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