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Anaheim 2 Practice Report

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Rain made the biggest story coming into Monster Energy Supercross at Anaheim this weekend, as five days of storms dumped 7.5 inches of water into the stadium—that’s half of Anaheim’s entire annual rainfall!

  • Ryan Dungey ducked under the one-minute mark to top qualifying.
  • Josh Hill was right behind Dungey.
  • Justin Brayton looked strong and nailed an impressive third-fastest time.
  • Sporting special colors for the weekend on his Yamaha, James Stewart was fourth-fastest while riding with injuries left from last week.
  • Kevin Windham looked more like the KW from Anaheim 1 en route to fifth.
But the Feld Motorsports and Dirt Wurx crews put in nearly 50-straight hours last weekend (!), working all day in Phoenix, driving all night to California, and building the track until Sunday evening. No sleep for two days! The track was covered, fresh dirt was trucked in this morning, and now mud is not a factor at all. The track looks perfect. Amazing job, guys.

So now we get to focus on the racing and the racers. Practice was cut back today in anticipation of rain that never came. One free practice was held followed by one timed practice. And in timed practice, Ryan Dungey continued his run with a 59.476 lap, fastest overall. He was followed by Josh Hill (59.690) and Justin Brayton (59.747).

James Stewart admitted in an interview for the SupercrossLive! Webcast that will air tonight that his wrist is actually bothering him more than anything else. He logged some practice laps just to make sure he can go, and ended up fourth overall with a 59.777. He did pull out a few laps early to save his body for tonight’s racing. Rumors continue to circulate that Stewart may not be able to race tonight due to the wrist, and the whoops are particularly tough on this track, which can't help matters. Still, it's a game-time decision for the champ to race or not to race tonight.

  • Jake Weimer was fastest of the Lites riders.
  • Bad luck for Josh Hansen so far this year, but tonight could be the night to turn it around.
  • Look for Trey Canard to pick it up for tonight's races.
Kevin Windham rounded out the Supercross Class top five with a 1:00.269.

In Lites, Jake Weimer logged a1:00.196 to edge his teammate Josh Hansen’s 1:00.705 on top of the qualifying board. Wil Hahn was third fastest (1:00.886) followed by Ryan Morias (1:01.500) and Broc Tickle (1:02.062).

That leaves a few favorites on the outside looking in, like Ryan Villopoto in the Supercross Class and Trey Canard and Blake Wharton in Lites. But keep in mind there was only one timed session, so rider’s couldn’t make adjustments and get comfortable like they normally can in qualifying.

Can Dungey and Weimer continue to roll? Tune into tonight’s Webcast at supercrossonline.com/supercrosslive or follow Racer X Online for the race report late tonight. And don’t forget to follow us at twitter.com/racerxonline for lives updates.
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