THE AFTERMATH: ANAHEIM 1
Photos by Daryl Ecklund
If you would have put your money on Shane Mcelrath to win at A1, you would have hit the jackpot. It was Shane’s first AMA win. Shane finished 7th in points last year in the 250 East. It looks like Shane has found the confidence needed to get to the next level and be a championship competitor.
As much as we would like to see the GOAT still racing, we are just glad he is still at the races. Ricky is one of the announcers for Fox sports for the races.
Ryan Dungey looked as if he placed it safe the first round. He did what he needed to do and got on the podium. He had a mediocre start in 4th and by the time he got around Musquin and Tomac, Roczen had already checked out. Hopefully The Diesel was saving some in the tank for when he gets Kenny in his sights, because he was over a second faster on his best lap. With Kenny’s 16 second gap, he could have just been on cruise control.
Notice Chad’s helmet missing the visor? He had a run in with Weston Peick on lap 13 and then pulled off.
Well, you can say we expected more out of Copper Webb in his first race, but again it was his first race racing against the big boys. Coop finished 10th overall. After a few rounds, he will get the hang of it.
From the start of the race, it looked like Eli was taking home 2nd. He had the speed, but after the 7th lap his lap times started to drop and the rest of the pack started to close the gap. Eli said he got severe arm pump and he was just simply trying to hold on. He dropped back to 5th.
The start of the 450 main.
It wasn’t the finish Austin Forker had in mind for his first SX race. He started in 7th place, crashed hard in the whoops on the 3rd lap and dropped to 16th place. He remounted and fought up to 8th. Not bad for the rookie. It will be interesting to see what he can do when he stays on two wheels.