Anaheim First-Practice Update

  • The Monster display is all-out at this year's Monster-sponsored AMA Supercross Series.
  • Ricky Carmichael's Budds Creek MXdN-winning RM-Z450 is on display in the Suzuki pits.
  • Jason Lawrence (1), Nick Wey (27) and Nate Adams' bikes await track time.
  • Kevin Windham's new Shoei helmet sits astride his teammates' - Trey Canard and Dan Reardon - helmets.
  • Ben Townley's bike (101) is awaiting his return in February, while Andrew Short's, Davi Millsaps' and Ivan Tedesco's bikes get ready for Anaheim I.
  • Steve Boniface is making his Red Bull/Troy Lee Designs debut in the 450cc class.
The official start to the 2009 AMA race season, the Anaheim Supercross, got under way today with timed qualifying. All of the teams debuted their new looks, new riders, and many riders debuted their new numbers.

  • Andrew Short was the first rider to successfully triple-quadruple a seven-jump section on the Anaheim third-baseline.
  • James Stewart immediately followed Short off of the jump and set the fastest laptime in first practice. He was the only rider with laptimes under a minute.
  • Kevin Windham negotiates a rhythm section.
  • Ryan Villopoto (2) leads Chad Reed (1) in 450cc practice. Villopoto was second-fastest to Stewart, while Reed was third.
  • Ivan Tedesco.
  • Chad Reed was third fastest, only a hair behind Villopoto.
  • Mike Alessi is back up and going for Anaheim despite his off-season broken leg.
  • Josh Hill.
  • Josh Hansen.
  • Cody Cooper in his JGR SX debut.
  • Tyler Bowers is racing as a privateer.
  • Josh Grant.
  • Broc Hepler went down in the whoops during the unseeded practice and knocked himself out for a little while.
  • Hepler got up and walked off under his own power.
  • Hepler talks it over with trainer Ryan Hughes.

In 450cc practice, James Stewart, as many expected, was the fastest and was the only rider to circulate the track in under a minute. Ryan Villopoto was second-fastest, with Chad Reed right on his tail in third. In other big news, Broc Hepler was knocked unconscious when he endoed into a berm at the end of one of the track's two short whoop sections. He eventually got up under his own power, but by virtue of being unconscious, it's probably safe to say that he will, at minimum, sit out the night's racing.

  • Ryan Clark is back in the Lites class. He was second-fastest in the non-seeded practice.
  • Muscle Milk/MDK KTM's Ryan Sipes.
  • Despite rumors to the contrary, Ryan Dungey was sporting his normal One Industries gear in practice on Saturday. Dungey was fastest in first practice.
  • Jason Lawrence attempted the triple-quad section a couple of times, as did a couple other Lites riders. He never made it. Lawrence also debuted his One Industries gear, which was a source of the rumors that Dungey might not be in said gear today, given the two riders' strained relationship.
  • This is Lawrence's landing on the quad jump. Lawrence was second-fastest.
  • Muscle Milk/MDK KTM's Justin Brayton.
  • Trey Canard was near the front in laptimes.
  • Jake Weimer was among the front-runners in Lites times.
  • Canidae/Motosport Kawasaki's Kyle Cunningham.

In the Lites class, Jason Lawrence sat atop the charts for the first part of practice before getting knocked off the top spot by Ryan Dungey. Other front-runners included Justin Brayton, Jake Weimer and Trey Canard.

It's raining now and second practice is going on, and provided that nothing big changes, it should be business as usual come about 7 p.m. PST.